Patricia Davies Clarkson (born December 29, 1959) is an Academy Award-nominated American actress.
Clarkson was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, the daughter of Jackie Clarkson (a prominent local New Orleans politician and councilwoman) and Arthur Clarkson, a school administrator who worked at the Department of Medicine of Louisiana State University. Clarkson studied drama at Fordham University, where she graduated summa cum laude, and earned her MFA at the Yale School of Drama before making her film debut in The Untouchables in 1987.
Clarkson starred in a series of high-profile films in her early career, including The Dead Pool, Rocket Gibraltar and Everybody's All-American. She starred in the short-run television series Davis Rules, and in the miniseries Alex Haley's Queen. Other television appearances have included the role of "Aunt Sarah" in Six Feet Under, for which she won two Emmy Awards.
In 1999, she appeared in The Green Mile, and in 2002 in Far from Heaven. In 2003, she was...
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Married Life (working title: Marriage) is an upcoming film directed by Ira Sachs which is scheduled for release in 2007. The film is based on the 1953 John Bingham pulp mystery novel, Five Roundabouts to Heaven. The cast includes Chris Cooper, Pierce Brosnan, Patricia Clarkson and Rachel McAdams. The story is set in an unnamed Pacific Coast city in 1949.The film was shot between July 21, 2006 and October 26, 2006 in Vancouver, British Columbia....
The Dying Gaul is a 2005 drama film directed by Craig Lucas and based on his 1998 play.
Robert Sandrich (Peter Sarsgaard) is a novice screenwriter who has written a movie script based on his boyfriend's death by AIDS-related cerebral tuberculosis. Movie producer Jeffrey (Campbell Scott) and his wife, Elaine (Patricia Clarkson), both love the screenplay, but Jeffrey is willing to green-light the picture only if Robert changes the story so that it is about straight people. Jeffrey's hidden attraction toward Robert leads all parties down a dangerous path.
Good Night, and Good Luck. is an Academy Award-nominated 2005 film directed by George Clooney and written by Clooney and Grant Heslov that portrays the conflict between veteran radio and television journalist Edward R. Murrow and U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin, especially relating to the anti-Communist Senator's actions with the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.The movie, although released in black and white, was filmed on color film stock but on a grayscale set, and was later color corrected to black and white during post-production. It focuses on the theme of media responsibility, and also addresses what occurs when the media offer a voice of dissent against the government. The movie takes its title from the line with which Murrow routinely closed his broadcasts.Taglines:They took on the government with nothing but the truth; We will not walk in fear of one another.Good Night, and Good Luck. takes place during the early days of broadcast journalism in...,
Miracle (2004) is an American biographical sports film about the United States men's hockey team, led by head coach, Herb Brooks, that won the gold medal in the 1980 Winter Olympics. The USA team's victory over the heavily favored Soviet team in the medal round was dubbed the Miracle on Ice. Miracle was directed by Gavin O'Connor and written by Eric Guggenheim. Sports Action by ReelSports.
The movie chronicles the journey of the 1980 US Olympic Men's ice hockey team. The opening credits feature a montage of the 1970s, depicting events such as Watergate and the Iran hostage crisis. Then University of Minnesota head coach Herb Brooks (played by Kurt Russell) interviews with the United States Olympic Committee, discussing his philosophy on how to beat the Soviet team. Despite the fact that they seem very skeptical of his ambitious goal, Brooks is hired.
Brooks meets his assistant coach Craig Patrick at the tryouts in Colorado Springs. However, Brooks has already preselected a...,
The Station Agent is a 2003 American independent film about a dwarf who moves to live in an abandoned train station in rural Newfoundland, New Jersey to live a life of solitude. It was written and directed by Thomas McCarthy.
Finbar "Fin" McBride (Peter Dinklage) is a handsome 30-ish single guy with achondroplasic dwarfism.The beginning of the movie demonstrates the reason why Fin is so withdrawn,as the people around him treat him poorly, and he consequently feels increasingly ostracized. He becomes bitter and withdrawn. He works at a model train hobby shop owned by a similarly silent friend Henry (Paul Benjamin).
Henry dies unexpectedly and his will leaves Fin a bit of property with a disused railroad station agent's home on it. Fin sets off to find the place by walking down the railroad tracks, as he can't drive. He moves into the old building hoping for a life of solitude from the cruelties of APs (Average size People). He's a trainspotter.
He finds himself reluctantly becoming...,
Pieces of April is a 2003 movie written and directed by Peter Hedges. It stars Katie Holmes, Patricia Clarkson, Oliver Platt, Alison Pill, Derek Luke, Sean Hayes, and Lillias White. Holmes plays a girl living in New York City who — although she is estranged from her dysfunctional family and doesn't know much about cooking — invites them to her small apartment for a potentially disastrous Thanksgiving dinner.Patricia Clarkson was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in this film.Pieces of April is a low-budget independent film. It was shot in just 16 days on a budget of $100,000.,
All the Real Girls is a 2003 drama film, written and directed by David Gordon Green. Paul (Paul Schneider), the town's resident womanizer, falls for Noel (Zooey Deschanel), his best friend's virginal younger sister.
Love is a puzzle. These are the pieces....,
Far from Heaven is a 2002, Academy Award-nominated film written and directed by Todd Haynes and starring Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid, Ryan Ward, Dennis Haysbert, and Patricia Clarkson.
The film tells the story of Cathy Whitaker, a 1950s housewife, living in suburban Hartford as she sees her seemingly perfect life begin to fall apart. Although it is done in the style of a classic 1950s, Douglas Sirk film (especially All That Heaven Allows and Imitation of Life), it deals with complex contemporary issues such as race, sexuality, and class.
Set in suburban 1950s Connecticut, the film is about Cathy Whitaker (Julianne Moore), the perfect wife, mother, and homemaker. Cathy is married to Frank (Dennis Quaid), a successful executive at Magnatech. The film begins with Cathy preparing for her annual party with her best friend, Eleanor Fine (Patricia Clarkson). One day, Cathy spies an unknown man walking through her garden. He turns out to be Raymond Deagon (Dennis Haysbert), the son of Cathy...,
Welcome to Collinwood is a 2002 film about five guys from the Collinwood area of Cleveland who try to organise one last big job. The story is a remake of the 1958 italian movie I soliti ignoti, by Mario Monicelli.
The film was written and directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo.
The Pledge (2001) is a dramatic psychological thriller directed by Sean Penn. It is based on a novel of the same name by Swiss author Friedrich Dürrenmatt. Dürrenmatt wrote the novel along with the screenplay for the 1958 film Es geschah am hellichten Tag (It Happened in Broad Daylight).
Jerry Black is a retired detective, who during his retirement party decides to join one of his colleagues in one last case. The case involves the molested body of an eight-year-old girl, found in the mountains of Nevada. After breaking the news to the girl's parents, Jerry makes a pledge to the distraught mother that he would find the killer. The chief suspect is a mentally challenged Native American who commits suicide during an interrogation. Jerry doesn't believe that he is the killer, however, so he begins investigating. He learns that two similar incidents had occurred in the area. Mindful of the pledge he made, he buys an old gas station in the mountains, and searches for a tall man who calls...,
Wendigo is a 2001 horror film by Larry Fessenden starring Patricia Clarkson and Jake Weber.
George (Jake Weber) is a high-strung professional photographer who is starting to unravel from the stress of his work with a Manhattan advertising agency. Needing some time away from the city, George, his wife Kim (Patricia Clarkson), and their son Miles (played by Erik Per Sullivan) head to upstate New York to take in the winter sights, though the drive up is hardly relaxing for any of them. George accidentally hits and severely injures a deer that ran onto the icy road. After George stops to inspect the damage, he's confronted by an angry local named Otis who flies into a rage, telling George that he and his fellow hunters had been tracking the deer for some time. An argument breaks out, which leaves George feeling deeply shaken. When George and Kim arrive at their cabin, they discover that a dark and intimidating presence seems to have taken it over. The next day, when they stop at a store...,
The Green Mile is an Academy Award-nominated 1999 drama film, directed by Frank Darabont and adapted by him from the Stephen King novel The Green Mile. The film stars Tom Hanks as Paul Edgecomb and Michael Clarke Duncan as John Coffey.
The movie is primarily about Edgecomb and his life as a corrections officer on Death Row in the 1930s. The movie is told in flashback by the protagonist in a nursing home and follows a string of supernatural and metaphysical events upon the arrival of convicted murderer John Coffey.
In the 2000 Academy Awards, the movie was nominated for four awards (Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Picture, Best Sound, and Best Writing: Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published) but won none of them.
The Green Mile is a story told in flashback by an elderly Paul Edgecomb in a nursing home. He tells a friend about the summer of 1935 when he was a corrections officer in charge of Louisiana death row inmates. His domain was called "The Green Mile"...,
Simply Irresistible (1999) is a 20th Century Fox romantic comedy feature film starring Sarah Michelle Gellar as Amanda Shelton. It was directed by Mark Tarlov and was written by Judith Roberts. If nothing else, this movie is notable as the last one reviewed by film critic Gene Siskel.Amanda inherits her late mother's restaurant, but lacks her mother's ability to cook. The restaurant is failing when Amanda comes across an enchanted crab at the local market. The crab uses its magical powers to transform her into a superb food witch. As a result, not only is Amanda able to save her restaurant, but she is also chosen to replace a temperamental chef who walks out on the opening night of a fabulous department store's new restaurant. Assisted by the crab, Amanda stuns the jaded restaurant critics and saves the career of Tom Bartlett (the department store manager, played by Sean Patrick Flanery), her newfound romantic interest.The film contains interesting references to three musical films of,
For the general use of the term, see High cultureHigh Art (1998) is an independent movie directed by Lisa Cholodenko and starring Ally Sheedy and Radha Mitchell.Sydney (or simply 'Syd'), age 24, is a young woman who has her whole life mapped out in front of her. Living with longtime boyfriend, James, and working her way up at the well respected high art photography magazine "Frame", Syd's desires and frustrations seem typical and manageable. But when a crack in her ceiling springs a leak and Syd finds herself knocking on the door of her upstairs neighbor, a chance meeting suddenly takes Syd on a path she's never expected.Opening the door to an uncharted world for Syd is Lucy Berliner, a renowned photographer, enchanting, elusive, and curiously retired. Now at age 40, Lucy lives with her once glamorous, heroin--addicted German girlfriend, Greta, and plays host to a collection of hard-living party kids. Before Syd's caught her breath, she's caught Lucy's fascination and is drawn into...,
Jumanji is a 1995 feature film directed by Joe Johnston and based on Chris Van Allsburg's popular 1982 book, Jumanji. The story is about a magical and ominous board game which makes animals and other jungle hazards appear upon each roll of the dice. Expensive, state of the art computer graphics and animatronics were employed by Industrial Light and Magic for the special effects sequences.
The movie starred Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst, Bebe Neuwirth, and Bonnie Hunt. The movie is dedicated to the memory of Stephen L. Price.
The film starts on a dark and stormy night in New England, 1869 where two boys are burying a mysterious trunk. As they bury it, some drums start beating and the boys are spooked by it. The younger brother asks his sibling "What if someone digs the trunk up?" The other replies with "May God have mercy on his soul..." and with that the boys depart, abandoning whatever is in the trunk.
A hundred years on, in the fictional town of Brantford, New Hampshire, a 12...,
The Dead Pool (1988) is the fifth and last film in the Dirty Harry series, set in San Francisco and starring Clint Eastwood as Inspector 'Dirty' Harry Callahan.
Picking up a couple years after the events in Sudden Impact, Harry "Dirty Harry " Callahan (Clint Eastwood) is assigned to investigate the death of rock singer Johnny Squares (Jim Carrey). He discovers that film director Peter Swan (Liam Neeson) is part of a game in which participants try to predict the most celebrity deaths, presumably from natural causes or from those that work in dangerous professions. In the meantime, Harry is being targeted by a mob boss named Lou Janero (Anthony Charnota), whom Harry had put in prison. In the end, it turns out that the killer is a deranged fan of Swan, named Harlan Rook (David Hunt) who thinks all of his ideas have been stolen by Swan.
Along the way Harry has to deal with the media (particularly reporter Samantha Walker (Patricia Clarkson)), to balance their interference with the...,
Rocket Gibraltar was an American film released in 1988, directed by Daniel Petrie and starring Burt Lancaster and Patricia Clarkson. In the movie, an aging patriarch reunites his entire family for his birthday, but personal and social problems abound....
The Untouchables is a 1987 film, directed by Brian De Palma, based on the 1959 ABC television series, which, in turn, was based on Eliot Ness's autobiographical account of his efforts to bring Al Capone to justice. It was adapted by David Mamet, and stars Kevin Costner as Ness, Sean Connery as Irish-American beat cop James Malone, and Robert De Niro as Capone. Connery received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the film. The film became a solid hit, grossing over $76 million dollars domestically.
The film, like the television series, exaggerates the role Ness and his men played in the capture of Al Capone (most notably his involvement in Capone's trial and eventual conviction on tax evasion charges).
Prohibition in the United States led to an organized crime wave in the 1920s and early 1930s. Various gangs bootleg vast amounts of alcohol and enforce their business with violence and extortion. The problem is most serious in Chicago, where gang leader Al...,
The Woods is a film directed by Lucky McKee. A psychological horror story set in 1965, the plot is about an all-girls private school which deals with the mysterious incident in the woods that surround the school.
Patricia Clarkson was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Louisiana