Clive Owen (born October 3, 1964) is a Golden Globe- and BAFTA-winning English actor, now a regular performer in Hollywood and independent American films. In 2005, Owen was nominated for an Academy Award and won a Golden Globe and BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the film version of Closer.
Owen was born in Coventry, West Midlands, England, the fourth of five brothers. When Owen was three, his father (a country and western singer) left the family. Owen was raised by his mother and step-father, a railway ticket clerk, and only met his father again at the age of nineteen. While initially opposed to drama school, he changed his mind in 1984, after a long and fruitless period of searching for work. Owen graduated from RADA in 1987 in a class including both Ralph Fiennes and Jane Horrocks. After graduation, he won a position at the Young Vic, performing in several William Shakespeare plays. In an incident he later described as "very schmaltzy," he met his future wife Sarah...
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Sin City 2 is the announced sequel to the 2005 movie Sin City, which was based on Frank Miller's comic book miniseries Sin City, which were later collected into bound graphic novels. It was originally scheduled for release in the summer of 2007, but due to scripting and other delays, the current release date of the film is unknown. Although the film's script has been completed, a start date has not been set for the project.
It was revealed by director Robert Rodríguez that the story for the film was to be based around A Dame to Kill For, as well as a new story to be written by Frank Miller. The new story revolves around the character of Nancy Callahan (Jessica Alba). It will weave in and out of A Dame to Kill For, and will show "a whole new side of Nancy", according to Miller. Frank Miller has also expressed interest in including other Sin City short stories in the film, mentioning a couple of 'Blue Eyes' stories, which introduce the assassin Delia, and an 'Old Town Girls' story.Even...,
Elizabeth: The Golden Age is the film sequel to the film Elizabeth, starring Cate Blanchett. Written by William Nicholson and produced by Working Title Films, The Golden Age is directed by Shekhar Kapur. It is planned for an October 2007 release. The film will have music composed by A.R. Rahman.
It was filmed at Shepperton Studios, and on the following locations around the UK: Westminster Cathedral, Ely Cathedral, Winchester Cathedral, Wells Cathedral, Burghley House, Petworth House, Dorney Court and St. John's College, Cambridge.
For the video/computer game genre, see Shoot 'em up.Shoot 'Em Up is a 2007 action/thriller film written and directed by Michael Davis (Monster Man) and produced by Susan Montford and Don Murphy. The film was released on September 7, 2007. The film follows Mr. Smith (Clive Owen), a down-and-out squatter with both an extensive military background and a fondness for carrots, who wants nothing more than to be left alone. Smith finds himself embroiled in a complex political conspiracy once he aids a pregnant woman who is being chased by hitmen. He takes the baby and goes on the run with a prostitute (Monica Bellucci) specializing in lactating fetishes. The unlikely family is trailed by the intelligent Hertz (played by Paul Giamatti) and Hertz's army of thugs. When writer/director Michael Davis's original concept was passed on by movie studios, he put together a 17-minute reel of animated footage, consisting of 17,000 line drawings, in order to give studio heads an idea of how the action...,
Children of Men is a 2006 dystopian science fiction film loosely adapted from P.D. James' 1992 novel The Children of Men. The film was directed by Alfonso Cuarón and stars Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Claire-Hope Ashitey, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Caine.
Set in an apocalyptic United Kingdom of 2027, the film explores a grim world in which two decades of global human infertility have left humanity with less than a century to survive. Societal collapse, terrorism, and environmental destruction accompany the impending extinction, with Britain, perhaps the last functioning government, persecuting a seemingly endless wave of illegal immigrant refugees seeking sanctuary. In the midst of this chaos, Theo Faron (Clive Owen) must find safe transit for Kee (Claire-Hope Ashitey), a pregnant African refugee.The film was released on September 22, 2006 in the UK and on December 25 in the US, with critics noting the relationship between the Christmas opening and the film's themes of hope,...,
Inside Man is a 2006 crime-drama film starring Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Willem Dafoe and Jodie Foster, and directed by Spike Lee. The film's screenplay is written by Russell Gewirtz and produced by Brian Grazer. It was released in North America and several European markets on March 23 and 24, 2006.The film was shot on location in New York City and features an expansive and diverse ensemble cast. In addition to being a cerebral action-oriented thriller, the film handles issues of good and evil in unexpected sources, corruption, anti-heroes, multiculturalism in America (and New York City in particular) post-September 11, 2001, and leaves several interpretations of right and wrong open to the audience.The title comes from several different meanings of the term "inside man", and may be considered a use of wordplay.Inside Man opens with a closeup of Dalton Russell (Clive Owen) sitting in confinement, though the location of the cell he is in is not revealed. He muses, to the audience,...,
Derailed is a 2005 American thriller/drama film based on a James Siegel novel by the same name adapted by Stuart Beattie. The film is directed by Mikael Håfström and stars Clive Owen, Jennifer Aniston and Vincent Cassel.
Derailed has also been adapted as a Tamil film, which released in February 2007, titled Pachaikili Muthucharam; and as a Bollywood film, which released in June 2007, titled The Train : Some lines should never be crossed.
The protagonist, Charles Schine (Clive Owen), is an advertising executive married to a schoolteacher in Chicago. The introductory scenes of the movie reveal that Charles' marriage is deteriorating due to the stresses of caring for a teenage daughter who is seriously ill with diabetes, while the parents both have busy careers.
While on a commuter train, Charles encounters an alluring woman named Lucinda (Jennifer Aniston) — he had forgotten his fare and was about to be thrown off the train when Lucinda offers to pay for it. The attraction is mutual,...,
Sin City is a 2005 neo-noir anthology film written, produced and directed by Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez. Based on Miller's graphic novel series of the same name, the film is primarily based on three of Miller's works; "The Hard Goodbye" focuses on a hulking man who embarks on a brutal rampage in search of his one-time lover's killer; "The Big Fat Kill" focuses on a street war held between a group of prostitutes and a series of mercenaries; and "That Yellow Bastard" focuses on an aging police officer who protects a young woman from the hands of a psychotic child molester. The film stars Jessica Alba, Devon Aoki, Alexis Bledel, Michael Clarke Duncan, Rosario Dawson, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Hartnett, Jaime King, Brittany Murphy, Clive Owen, Mickey Rourke, Nick Stahl, Bruce Willis and Elijah Wood, among others.The film opened to wide critical and commercial success, gathering particular recognition for the film's unique coloring process, which rendered most of the film in black and...,
Closer is a 2004 film written by Patrick Marber, based on his award-winning play of the same name. It was directed by Mike Nichols and stars Julia Roberts, Natalie Portman, Clive Owen, and Jude Law in a story involving infidelity, intimacy and sacrifice.
The film, like the play on which it is based, has been seen by some as a modern and tragic version of Mozart's opera Così fan tutte, with references to that opera in both the plot and the soundtrack.Clive Owen starred in the 1997 play Closer as "Dan", the role assumed by Jude Law in the film.
The film was recognized with a number of awards and nominations, including Oscar nominations for both Portman and Owen for their performances in supporting roles.
In the opening scene, a twenty year old Alice Ayres, (played by Portman), and Dan Woolf, (played by Law), see each other for the first time from opposite sides of a street, as they are walking toward each other amongst many other rush hour pedestrians. Alice is a young American stripper...,
King Arthur is a film first released in the United States on June 28, 2004, dubbed as "The Untold True Story That Inspired The Legend" by Touchstone Pictures.The makers of the film claim to present a historically accurate version of the Arthurian legends, supposedly inspired by new archaeological findings. The accuracy of these claims is subject to debate, but the film is unusual in representing Arthur as a Roman soldier rather than a medieval knight.A historical approach to the Arthurian legends had already been showcased in film once - in Arthur of the Britons, a 1972-1973 British TV series, and King Arthur, The Young Warlord, a movie-length compilation of some of its episodes.Arthur, known as Artorius from his name Artorius Castus (Clive Owen), is portrayed as a Roman cavalry officer and commander, the son of a Roman father and a Celtic mother, who leads a military force of Sarmatian cavalry in Britain at the close of the Roman occupation in 467 A.D. He and his men guard Hadrian's...,
Beyond Borders was a 2003 movie about aid workers, starring Angelina Jolie and Clive Owen. Although well-intentioned, and reflecting Jolie's real-life interest in promoting humanitarian relief, the film was critically and financially unsuccessful. Concurrently with the release of the film, Jolie published Notes from My Travels, a collection of journal entries from her real-life experiences as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees — similar to what the character she plays in the movie does.
The Bourne Identity is a 2002 film loosely based on Robert Ludlum's novel of the same name.It stars Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, an amnesiac attempting to discover the truth of his identity amidst a CIA-involved conspiracy of which he is the center. Along the way he teams up with Marie, played by Franka Potente, who assists him on his globe-trotting journey to learn about his past and regain his memories. The film also stars Chris Cooper as Alexander Conklin, Clive Owen as The Professor, Brian Cox as Ward Abbott, and Julia Stiles as Nicky Parsons.The film was directed by Doug Liman and adapted for the screen by Tony Gilroy and William Blake Herron from the novel of the same name written by Robert Ludlum, who also produced the film alongside Frank Marshall. Universal Studios released the film to theaters in the United States on June 14, 2002 and it received a positive critical and public reaction. The film was followed by a 2004 sequel, The Bourne Supremacy, and a third part released in...,
Gosford Park is an award-winning 2001 film, directed by Robert Altman. The screenplay is by Julian Fellowes, based on an idea by Altman and producer Bob Balaban. It features an ensemble cast including Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Kristin Scott Thomas, Jeremy Northam, Bob Balaban, Ryan Phillippe, Stephen Fry, Kelly Macdonald, Clive Owen, Helen Mirren, Eileen Atkins, Emily Watson, Camilla Rutherford, Tom Hollander, Alan Bates, Derek Jacobi, and Richard E. Grant.
The film is set in 1932 at an English country house. A party of wealthy Britons and Americans, all accompanied by their servants, gather at the home of Sir William McCordle for a weekend of pheasant shooting. A murder occurs in the middle of the night. The Plot presents the murder from the perspective of the servants. But rather than a simple mystery to be solved, the film uses the whodunit format to create a drama showcasing the tensions of the British class system. Many intertwining subplots detail the complex...,
Greenfingers is a 2000 film directed by Joel Hershman. It is loosely based on a true story about the award-winning prisoners of HMP Leyhill, a minimum-security prison in the Cotswolds, England.When Colin Briggs is placed in an experimental program to finish off his prison sentence, all he wants is peace and quiet. But after his wise, elderly roommate Fergus introduces him to gardening, Colin uncovers a talent and passion for plants. Teaming up with his fellow inmates, Colin gets the attention of celebrated gardener Georgina Woodhouse. Soon, the unexpected gardeners are preparing to compete for England's highset flower show award. And when Colin meets Georgina's beautiful daughter Primrose, he discovers another reason to fight for his freedom: true love....,
Croupier is a 1998 film starring Clive Owen as a croupier. The film was directed by Mike Hodges. The film was released by Image Entertainment on DVD in the USA, and Alliance Atlantis in Canada. Though intended as a feature film, it was shown on television in North America. It was also initially released in cinemas and drew a steady audience at the box office. It had a strong critical following in North America, and helped to launch Clive Owen's acting career there.
Croupier was disqualified from the Academy Awards after it was shown on television.
The film has been classified as neo-noir. It uses interior monologues in the style of many early noir detective films.
Jack Manfred is an aspiring writer going nowhere fast. To make ends meet, and against his better judgement, he takes a job as a croupier. He finds himself drawn into the casino world and the job gradually takes over his life; his relationship with girlfriend Marion begins to deteriorate. One gambler in particular catches his...,
The Rich Man's Wife is a 1996 suspense-thriller film written and directed by Amy Holden Jones. The films stars Halle Berry along with Peter Greene and Clive Owen.A beautiful young woman's marriage to a rich older man is on the rocks. When a make-up vacation goes badly, the wife confides to a stranger in a bar that she wishes her husband were dead. A short time later he is killed in an apparent car-jacking, and the wife is the prime suspect.This article contains a trivia section.The article could be improved by integrating relevant items into the main text and removing inappropriate items....,
Clive Owen was born in Keresley, United Kingdom