Roger Donaldson is a highly regarded director and producer, best known for The Bank Job (2008) starring Jason Statham, The Recruit (2003) starring Al Pacino and Colin Farrell and Dante’s Peak (1997) starring Pierce Brosnan.
His first feature was Sleeping Dogs (1977), starring Sam Neill. Then followed Smash Palace in 1981. Legendary producer Dino De Laurentis then enlisted him to take over the troubled production of The Bounty (1984). The film was nominated for the top award at Cannes.
Donaldson has since thrived as a Hollywood-based studio director, first winning Stateside box office success with Kevin Costner thriller No Way Out in 1987. Donaldson followed it with Tom Cruise hit Cocktail. He would collaborate with Costner again on the critically acclaimed Thirteen Days (2000), based on the 1962 Cuban missile crisis.
In 2014 he directed the Pierce Brosnan spy thriller The November Man based on Bill Granger’s canonical novel There Are No Spies.
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