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Roger Donaldson

Director, Actor

Sleeping DogsSleeping Dogs (1977) Recommended
Dir. Roger Donaldson
Feat. Sam Neill, Warren Oates
Roger Donaldson's nihilistic action–thriller in which Sam Neill finds himself alone between two opposing extremist groups. A trail–blazer…
Roger Donaldson Collection, TheRoger Donaldson Collection, The (Sleeping Dogs, Smash Palace) (1977-1981)
Dir. Roger Donaldson
Roger Donaldson's first two features – both Kiwi classics – in a 2–disc set, including substantial retrospective featurettes and…
Smash PalaceSmash Palace (1981) Aro Favourite
Dir. Roger Donaldson
Feat. Bruno Lawrence, Grier Robson
One of local cinema's finest hours is this rural tale of a brusque auto–mechanic (Bruno Lawrence) whose estrangement from his family leads him…
Bounty, TheBounty, The (1984)
Dir. Roger Donaldson
Feat. Mel Gibson, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier
Robert Bolt’s (A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS) version of the ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’ tale of Fletcher Christian’s (Mel Gibson) mutiny…
No Way OutNo Way Out (1987)
Dir. Roger Donaldson
Feat. Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman, Sean Young
Hollywood success for expat Kiwi Donaldson. Well–executed conspiracy thriller stars Kevin Costner.
CocktailCocktail (1988)
Dir. Roger Donaldson
Feat. Tom Cruise, Bryan Brown
Tom Cruise receives behind–the–bar cocktail tips from Bryan Brown. Slick comedy was an early box–office for kiwi dir. Donaldson.
Cadillac ManCadillac Man (1990)
Dir. Roger Donaldson
Feat. Robin Williams, Tim Robbins
Motor–mouthed car salesman Robin Williams has his dealership (and alas, the fun) beseiged by a jealous, machine–gun toting husband (Tim…
White SandsWhite Sands (1992)
Dir. Roger Donaldson
Feat. Willem Dafoe, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Mickey Rourke
When Deputy Willem Dafoe discovers a dead man and half a million bucks, we know something is mighty queer. Enter Mickey Rourke and all is explained.
Getaway, TheGetaway, The (1993)
Dir. Roger Donaldson
Feat. Alec Baldwin, Kim Basinger, Michael Madsen
A glossy yet respectable remake of the 1972 Peckinpah thriller with real–marrieds Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger in the shoes of Steve McQueen…
SpeciesSpecies (1995) Recommended
Dir. Roger Donaldson
Feat. Ben Kingsley, Michael Madsen, Forest Whitaker
Ben Kingsley rounds up 'experts' (Michael Madsen, Forest Whitaker, Alfred Molina, Marg Helgenberger), a kind of A–Team of strange phenomena to…

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