Wolfgang Petersen Poster


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Overview (3)

Born in Emden, Germany
Nickname Wolfie
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

This director seems to shine most when making movies that can best be described as part action movies/part disaster movies.

Beginning with Outbreak (1995) about the outbreak of a killer virus. This film had shades of an Irwin Allen disaster movie, The Swarm (1978), about the outbreak of killer bees. Both films had the military and scientists clash, also both had choppers all over the place.

Then came Air Force One (1997), about terrorists taking over the presidents plane. This film had shades of a 1970s Airport disaster film.

The Perfect Storm (2000) came next, and while the script about a boat at sea in a storm was okay, the constant fake looking computer generated sea water damaged the film.

And then came Poseidon (2006), about a passenger ship turning over at sea. Outbreak just hinted at being an Irwin Allen remake, but with Poseidon it was now official..this was a remake of Allen's The Poseidon Adventure (1972). The new Poseidon movie was Petersen's worst action/disaster movie by a long way. From casting to scripting the movie was terrible and our director made the same mistake seen in The Perfect Storm by having fake CGI sea water all over the place.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: StuOz

Spouse (2)

Maria-Antoinette Borgel (1978 - present)
Ursula Sieg (? - 1978) ( divorced) ( 1 child)

Trade Mark (2)

Frequently casts Jürgen Prochnow.
Always convinces actors to perform their own stunts.

Trivia (8)

Speaks English and German fluently.
Received the "Bayerischer Verdienstorden" (Bavaria's highest decoration) on 17 July 2003.
Broke into the entertainment industry in 1960 with the Hamburg Ernest Deutsch Theater as an assistant director.
Got to know his second wife, Maria-Antoinette Borgel, during the shooting of Smog (1973), where she worked as a script girl.
Father of Daniel Petersen.
Attended the 'Deutsche Film und Fernseh Akademie Berlin' (DFFB) from 1966 to 1970.
Was offered the chance to direct The Sum of All Fears (2002), but declined.
Directed one Oscar nominated performance: John Malkovich in In the Line of Fire (1993).

Personal Quotes (1)

Theaters are always going to be around, and doing fine. With computers and technology, we're becoming more and more secluded from each other. And the movie theater is one of the last places where we can still gather and experience something together. I don't think the desire for that magic will ever go away.

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