Tony Scott


Anthony David Leighton Scott (June 21, 1944 – August 19, 2012) was an English film director, producer and screenwriter. His debut feature was vampire romantic drama, The Hunger (1985), with Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie, and Susan Sarandon. He was best known for directing action and thriller films such as Top Gun (1986), with Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Anthony Edwards, Val Kilmer, Tom Skerritt, and Meg Ryan; Beverly Hills Cop II (1987), with Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, Jürgen Prochnow, Ronny Cox, John Ashton, Brigitte Nielsen, Allen Garfield, Dean Stockwell, and Paul Reiser; Days of Thunder (1990), with Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Robert Duvall, Randy Quaid, Cary Elwes, Caroline Williams, and Michael Rooker; The Last Boy Scout (1991), with Bruce Willis and Damon Wayans; True Romance (1993), with Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, James Gandolfini, Dennis Hopper, Michael Rapaport, Bronson Pinchot, Kilmer, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt, Samuel L. Jackson, and Christopher Walken. Crimson Tide (1995), with Denzel Washington, Gene Hackman, George Dzundza, Viggo Mortensen, Gandolfini, and Matt Craven; The Fan (1996), with Robert De Niro, Wesley Snipes, John Leguizamo, Benicio del Toro, and Ellen Barkin; Enemy of the State (1998), with Will Smith, Hackman, Jon Voight, Lisa Bonet, Gabriel Byrne, Dan Butler, Loren Dean, Jack Black, Jake Busey, Barry Pepper, Jason Lee, Regina King, and Jason Robards; Man on Fire (2004), with Washington, Dakota Fanning, Walken, Radha Mitchell, Giancarlo Giannini, Marc Anthony, Rachel Ticotin, and Mickey Rourke; Déjà Vu (2006), with Washington, Paula Patton, Jim Caviezel, Kilmer, Adam Goldberg, and Bruce Greenwood; and Unstoppable (2010), with Washington, Chris Pine, and Rosario Dawson.

Other films include Revenge (1990), with Kevin Costner, Anthony Quinn, Madeleine Stowe, Miguel Ferrer, and Sally Kirkland; Spy Game (2001), with Robert Redford, Pitt, Catherine McCormack, Stephen Dillane, and Larry Bryggman; Domino (2005), with Kiera Knightley, Rourke, Édgar Ramírez, Delroy Lindo, Mena Suvari, Lucy Liu, and Walken; and The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009), with Washington, John Travolta, John Turturro, Luis Guzmán, Michael Rispoli, and Gandolfini.

He was the younger brother of film director Sir Ridley Scott. They both graduated from the Royal College of Art in London, and both were among a generation of British film directors who started their careers making television commercials. In 1995 both Tony and Ridley received the BAFTA Award for Outstanding British Contribution To Cinema. In 2010, they received the BAFTA Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Filmed Entertainment. He took his own life on August 19, 2012, by jumping off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro, California.

Each review will be linked to the title below.

(*seen originally in theaters)

(**seen rereleased in theaters)

  • The Hunger (1983)
  • Top Gun (1986)**
  • Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)
  • Revenge (1990)
  • Days of Thunder (1990)
  • The Last Boy Scout (1991)
  • True Romance (1993)
  • Crimson Tide (1995)
  • The Fan (1996)
  • Enemy of the State (1998)
  • Spy Game (2001)
  • Man on Fire (2004)
  • Domino (2005)
  • Déjà Vu (2006)
  • The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009)
  • Unstoppable (2010)*