Amy Davis Irving (born September 10, 1953 in Palo Alto, California) is an American actress, best known for her films Crossing Delancey, The Fury, Carrie and her Oscar-nominated role in Yentl.
Irving's parents are film and stage director Jules Irving and actress Priscilla Pointer. (Her father is Jewish and her mother is a Christian Scientist). Irving's brother is writer/director David Irving (not the British holocaust denier of the same name), and her sister is singer Katie Irving.
In the late '60s and early '70s, Irving attended the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco where she appeared in a number of their productions. She also trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art,and made her off-Broadway debut when she was 17.
Irving was married to the American film director Steven Spielberg from 1985 to 1989. (She received an estimated $100 million divorce settlement). In 1990 she became romantically and professionally involved with the Brazilian film director Bruno...
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Hide and Seek is a 2005 film starring Robert De Niro and Dakota Fanning. It was directed by John Polson. The film opened in the United States in January 2005 and was top of the box office. It did not reach the same level of critical success; the majority of the mixed reviews it received were negative.  The performances of the actors were highly praised however.
After the suicide of his wife, David Callaway discovers that his nine-year-old daughter Emily behaves strangely as she finds solace in her creepy imaginary friend who wants to be called 'Charlie'.
The movie proceeds with increasingly disturbing events being perpetuated by 'Charlie' with Emily's help.
The twist occurs when, late in the movie, David discovers that he is suffering from multiple personality disorder. David realizes that Charlie is not imaginary at all, but that in fact, he is Charlie. David also discovers that under his Charlie personality, he killed his wife and then made it appear to be...
Thirteen Conversations About One Thing is a 2001 drama film directed by Jill Sprecher and starring Matthew McConaughey, Alan Arkin, Clea DuVall and John Turturro.
Thirteen Conversations About One Thing is set in New York City and consists of four briefly intersecting story threads. An ambitious young lawyer, Troy (Matthew McConaughey) is stricken with guilt after committing a hit and run. The woman he injures, Beatrice (Clea DuVall), is an idealistic housekeeper forced to reassess her attitudes after the accident. Insurance claims agent Gene (Alan Arkin) is rankled by an unrelentingly cheerful co-worker. College professor Walker (John Turturro) and his wife Patricia (Amy Irving) struggle with his infidelity and midlife crisis. Structurally, the film is divided into 13 sections, each prefaced by an aphorism.
Jill Sprecher wrote the script for Thirteen Conversations About One Thing in collaboration with her sister Karen, as with her previous film and directorial debut, Clockwatchers ...,
Bossa Nova is a 2000 romantic comedy film directed by Bruno Barreto dealing with several interwoven stories about people finding and losing love in Rio de Janeiro. The film stars Amy Irving (Barreto's wife and star of his earlier films A Show of Force, Carried Away, and One Tough Cop) as an English language teacher named Mary Ann.Films A-Z • Films by year:Pre 1930 • 1920s • 1930s • 1940s • 1950s • 1960s • 1970s • 1980s • 1990s • 2000s Actors • Directors • Cinematographers • Editors • Producers • Score composers • Screenwriters,
The Rage: Carrie 2 is the 1999 sequel to the 1976 horror film classic Carrie. Katt Shea (Poison Ivy) directed this sequel that starred Emily Bergl, Mena Suvari, Jason London and also saw the return of Amy Irving, who starred in the original film. This film is bloodier and gorier than the original Carrie.Taglines:The film is set in a small town high school, where the members of the football team set the social order. Emulating the "Spur Posse" from Lakewood, California, the boys on the team compete to see who can seduce the most girls, rating them on the point system, and then discarding them as pathetic losers.The story opens with Lisa, a victim of this game who responds by jumping off the school to her death. Lisa turns out to be the only friend of Rachel Lang. Intelligent but a social outcast, Rachel lives with abusive foster parents; her biological father is unknown and her mother has been institutionalized. Rachel plans to go after Lisa's victimizer, Eric Stark, but becomes...,
Deconstructing Harry is a film by Woody Allen released in 1997. This film tells the story of a successful writer called Harry Block, played by Allen himself, who draws inspiration from people he knows in real-life, and from events that happened to him (sometimes causing these people to become alienated from him as a result).
The actual plot is that of Block driving to a university from which he was once thrown out, in order to receive an honorary degree. The passengers he takes with him on the journey are his son, whom he has kidnapped from his divorced wife, a black prostitute and a friend. However, there are many flash-backs, parts of his stories that are played out, and interactions with his characters.
Woody Allen was nominated an Academy Award for Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen for Deconstructing Harry. The film was also nominated a Golden Satellite Award for Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical.
Allen is well-known as an admirer of many European...
Carried Away a 1996 English language film directed by Brazilian Bruno Barreto. It stars Dennis Hopper, Amy Irving (Barreto's then wife), Gary Busey, and Amy Locane. The film contains full frontal nudity of both Dennis Hopper and Amy Irving....,
An American Tail: Fievel Goes West is an animated film produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblimation animation studio, presented by Universal Pictures and originally released to movie theatres in 1991. It is the sequel to 1986's An American Tail. Don Bluth, the original film's director, had no involvement with this sequel. Instead, it was directed by Phil Nibbelink and Simon Wells, who went on to do We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story and Balto.
The film follows the story of a family of Jewish-Russian mice who emigrate to the Wild West. In the film, Fievel Mousekewitz is separated from his family as the train approaches the American Old West; the film chronicles Fievel and Sheriff Wylie Burp (played by James Stewart in his final film) teaching Tiger how to act like a dog.
Fievel Goes West is the sole theatrical sequel to An American Tail, and was followed at the end of the 1990s by another two direct-to-video sequels, both of which took place chronologically before this film. A continuation...,
Crossing Delancey is a romantic comedy film released in 1988. It is directed by Joan Micklin Silver and is based upon a play by Susan Sandler (Sandler also wrote the screenplay). It stars Amy Irving and Peter Riegert.Amy Irving was nominated for a Golden Globe for the movie, for "Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical".Isabelle (played by Irving) is the manager of the New York independent bookstore "New Day Books", which supports authors through public readings. When the poet Anton Maes (played by Jeroen Krabbé) comes to the bookstore to give such a reading, he becomes interested in Isabelle.Meanwhile, Isabelle is trying to resolve the conflict she feels between her desire to fit into the urbane environment offered by the bookstore and her more down-to-earth traditional Jewish upbringing. Isabelle still finds time to spend with her traditional Bubbie (grandmother), portrayed by the noted actress of Yiddish theater, Reizl Bozyk.Isabelle's male prospects...
Yentl is a play by Leah Napolin and Isaac Bashevis Singer.
Based on Singer's short story "Yentl, the Yeshiva Boy," it centers on a young girl who defies tradition by discussing and debating Jewish law and theology with her rabbi father. When he dies, she cuts her hair, dresses as a man, and sets out to find a yeshiva where she can continue to study Talmud and live secretly as a male named Anshel. When her study partner Avigdor discovers the truth, Yentl's assertions that she is "neither one sex nor the other" and has "the soul of a man in the body of a woman" suggest the character is undergoing a gender identity crisis, especially when she opts to remain living as Anshel for the rest of her life.
After eleven previews, the Broadway production, directed by Robert Kalfin, opened on October 23, 1975 at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre, where it ran for 223 performances. The cast included Tovah Feldshuh, John Shea, and Lynn Ann Leveridge.
As early as 1968, Barbra Streisand had expressed...,
The Competition is an American movie starring Richard Dreyfuss and Amy Irving, made in 1980. The plot turns on the conflict between professionalism and romance at an International Piano Competition.
The Fury is a 1978 sci-fi/horror/thriller film directed by Brian de Palma. The film was written by John Farris based on his novel of the same name. It starred Kirk Douglas, John Cassavetes, Carrie Snodgress, Amy Irving, Charles Durning and Andrew Stevens. The music was composed by John Williams, and was highly praised by critic Pauline Kael, who called it "as elegant and delicately varied a score as any horror film has ever had".The plot combines elements of horror and the spy thriller. A teenage girl, Gillian Bellaver (Amy Irving) discovers that she possesses psychic powers, including telekinesis and extra-sensory perception, but that other people suffer bleeding if they touch her. She volunteers to attend the Paragon Clinic, whose director, Dr McKeever (Charles Durning), works for a shady intelligence operative named Childress (John Cassavetes). Childress has betrayed his friend Peter Sandza (Kirk Douglas) and is using Sandza's psychic son Robin (Andrew Stevens) in research into the...,
Carrie is a 1976 American horror film directed by Brian De Palma based on the novel by Stephen King, with a screenplay written by Lawrence D. Cohen. The film, and its novel, deals with a socially discriminated teenage girl, Carrie White, who after being subjected to both physical and mental harassment by peers, her mother and teachers, discovers she harbors telekinetic powers. The film stars Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, Betty Buckley, Amy Irving, and John Travolta in one of his earliest film roles.
Carrie is regarded as a watershed in the horror genre and is seen as one of Stephen King’s greatest feature film adaptations. The film was also a major success for United Artists, and went on to gross over $33 million at the US box office, upon its $1,000,000 budget, and was welcomed by immense critical acclaim. The film spawned a sequel The Rage: Carrie 2, and a made for television remake, released in 2002, neither of which De Palma participated in.
The film begins in the locker-room fill...
Amy Irving was born