Arthur Penn


Arthur Hiller Penn (September 27, 1922 – September 28, 2010) was an American director and producer of film, television and theater. He made his feature film debut with The Left Handed Gun (1958), with Paul Newman, Lita Milan, and John Dehner. Closely associated with New Hollywood, he was nominated three times for the Academy Award for Best Director for The Miracle Worker (1962), with Anne Bancroft, Patty Duke, Victor Jory, Inga Swenson, and Andrew Pine; and Bonnie and Clyde (1967), with Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Michael J. Pollard, Gene Hackman, and Estelle Parsons; and Alice’s Restaurant (1969), with Arlo Guthrie, Pat Quinn, William Obanhein, James Broderick, Pete Seeger, and Lee Hays.

Other notable films of the 1960s and 1970s include Mickey One (1965), with Beatty, Hurd Hatfield, Alexandra Stewart, Franchot Tone, and Jeff Corey; The Chase (1966), with Marlon Brando, Peter Fonda, Robert Redford, E.G. Marshall, Angie Dickinson, Janice Rule, Miriam Hopkins, Martha Hyer, Robert Duvall, and James Fox; Little Big Man (1970), with Dustin Hoffman, Chief Dan George, Dunaway, Martin Balsam, Corey, and Richard Mulligan; Night Moves (1975), with Hackman, Jennifer Warren, Susan Clark, Melanie Griffith, and James Woods; and The Missouri Breaks (1976), with Brando, Jack Nicholson, Randy Quaid, Harry Dean Stanton, Frederic Forrest, John McLiam, and Kathleen Lloyd.

Films in the 1980s include Four Friends (1981), with Craig Wasson, Jodi Thelen, Jim Metzler, and Glenne Headly; Target (1985), with Hackman, Matt Dillon, Gayle Hunnicutt, and Josef Sommer; Dead of Winter (1987), with Mary Steenburgen, Roddy McDowall, Jan Rubes, and William Russ; and Penn & Teller Get Killed (1989), with Penn Jilette, Teller, Caitlin Clarke, David Patrick Kelly, Leonardo Cimino, Bill Randolph, and Jon Cryer.

TV movies include Flesh and Blood (1968), with Edmond O’Brien, Kim Stanley, Marshall, Kim Darby, Suzanne Pleshette, and Duvall; The Portrait (1993), with Gregory Peck, Lauren Bacall, and Cecilia Peck; and Inside (1996), with Nigel Hawthorne, Eric Stoltz, and Louis Gossett Jr.

Each review will be linked to the title below.

  • The Left Handed Gun (1958)
  • The Miracle Worker (1962)
  • The Train (1964) – uncredited – replaced by John Frankenheimer
  • Mickey One (1965)
  • The Chase (1966)
  • Bonnie and Clyde (1967)**
  • Flesh and Blood (1968) – TV movie
  • Alice’s Restaurant (1969) – also co-writer
  • Little Big Man (1970)
  • Visions of Eight (1973) – directed with Miloš Forman, Claude Lelouch, Yuri Ozerov, Mai Zetterling, Kon Ichikawa, John Schlesinger, & Michael Pfleghar – documentary
  • Night Moves (1975)
  • The Missouri Breaks (1976)
  • Four Friends (1981)
  • Target (1985)
  • Dead of Winter (1987)
  • Penn & Teller Get Killed (1989)
  • The Portrait (1993) – TV movie
  • Lumière and Company (1995) – also directed by Merzak Allouache, Gabriel Axel, Vicente Aranda, Theo Angelopoulos, Bigas Luna, John Boorman, Youssef Chahine, Alain Corneau, Costa-Gavras, Raymond Depardon, Francis Girod, Peter Greenaway, Lasse Hallström, Michael Haneke, Hugh Hudson, Gaston Kaboré, Abbas Kiarostami, Cédric Klapisch, Andrei Konchalovsky, Patrice Leconte, Spike Lee, Claude Lelouch, David Lynch, Merchant & Ivory, Claude Miller, Sarah Moon, Idrissa Ouedraogo, Lucian Pintilie, Jacques Rivette, Helma Sanders-Brahms, Jerry Schatzberg, Nadine Trintignant, Fernando Trueba, Liv Ullmann, Yoshishige Yoshida, Jaco Van Dormael, Régis Wargnier, Wim Wenders, & Zhang Yimou
  • Inside (1996) – TV movie