Screenwriter Profile: Oliver Stone

The Writer:

Oliver Stone has written, directed, and produced some of the most powerful films of the last thirty years. His films are always controversial, dark, and unforgettable. Known for writing such classics as Scarface, Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, Natural Born Killers, and Evita, Stone is a true Hollywood legend.

Credits:

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (characters) Р2010

Singularity¬†(short) (short film “Michael & Marie”) – 2008

Alexander (written by) Р2004

America Undercover (TV series documentary) Р2004

Comandante (documentary) (narration) Р2003

Any Given Sunday (screenplay) Р1999

Evita (screenplay) Р1996

Nixon (written by) Р1995

Natural Born Killers (screenplay) Р1994

Heaven & Earth (screenplay) Р1993

JFK (screenplay) Р1991

The Doors (written by) Р1991

Born on the Fourth of July (screenplay) Р1989

Talk Radio (screenplay) Р1988

Wall Street (written by) Р1987

Platoon (written by) Р1986

8 Million Ways to Die (screenplay) Р1986

Salvador (written by) Р1986

Year of the Dragon (screenplay) Р1985

Scarface (screenplay) Р1983

Conan the Barbarian (written by) Р1982

The Hand (screenplay) Р1981

Midnight Express (screenplay) Р1978

Seizure (written by) Р1974

Last Year in Viet Nam (short) (uncredited) Р1971

Quotes:

I consider my films first and foremost to be dramas about individuals in personal struggles and I consider myself to be a dramatist before I am a political filmmaker. I’m interested in alternative points of view. I think ultimately the problems of the planet are universal and that nationalism is a very destructive force. I also like anarchy in films. My heroes were Bu√Īuel and Godard. Breathless was one of the first pictures I really remember being marked by, because of the speed and energy. They say I’m unsubtle. But we need above all, a theatre that wakes us up: nerves and heart.

I love intelligent films that come at you fast. I don’t have attention deficit disorder, my mind moves fast. There’s a lot to deal with in my films. We had so many facts to go through, so the governing style was flash, cut, flash, repeat.

I wasn’t prophetic. It was there all around us. Money was the sex of the 1980s.

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  1. Just curious, what is your favorite of Stone’s work? I just watched and reviewed Savages and Natural Born Killers, but I’ve got to say that by far my favorite film by his is still Platoon. I recognize that any film
    maker who takes as many risks as Stone is bound to rub a lot of viewers the wrong way a good portion of the time, but without boldness in movie making we would never have been given some of our most classic films.

    In any case feel free to check out my reviews of Savages and Natural Born Killers, I always love feedback from fellow bloggers ūüôā

    http://rorschachreviews.com/2012/07/10/ghost-of-movies-past-natural-born-killers/
    http://rorschachreviews.com/2012/07/08/savages-review/

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