Pollack himself won an Academy Award® as Best Director for his l985 film Out of Africa, which also received the Best Picture award. He was previously nominated for They Shoot Horses, Dont They? and Tootsie. Among his other honors are the New York Film Critics Award, two Golden Globes, the National Society of Film Critics Award, the NATO Director of the Year Award, and prizes at the Moscow, Taormina, Brussels, Belgrade and San Sebastian film festivals.
Pollack made his directorial debut with The Slender Thread, starring Sidney Poitier and Anne Bancroft, in l965. Among the best known of his many films, in addition to Tootsie, Out of Africa, and They Shoot Horses, Dont They? are The Firm and Sabrina (both produced with Scott Rudin), The Way We Were, The Electric Horseman, Jeremiah Johnson, Absence of Malice and Three Days of the Condor.
Born in Lafayette, Indiana, Pollack went to New York after graduating high school. He studied with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse, eventually becoming Meisners assistant, and then a teacher there. Soon he began to work professionally as an actor on stage and television. Following two years of military service, he began to direct as well. In l965, he received an Emmy for The Game, starring Cliff Robertson.
Pollack has produced his own films under the Mirage Enterprises banner since l975, and has increasingly begun producing the films of other directors. Among the films to bear the Mirage/Pollack imprint are The Talented Mr. Ripley, Sense and Sensibility, The Fabulous Baker Boys, White Palace, Presumed Innocent, Searching for Bobby Fischer and Iris (the latter two produced with Scott Rudin).
Pollack has also become more visible as a screen presence of late, and his performances are usually met with critical raves. Audiences have enjoyed him in Tootsie, The Player, Death Becomes Her, Eyes Wide Shut and Woody Allens Husbands and Wives. He has also appeared in guest starring roles in such series as Will & Grace, Just Shoot Me and Mad About You.
WILLIAM HURT (Doyles Sponsor) trained at Tufts University and New Yorks Julliard School of Music and Drama. He spent the early years of his career between schooling, summer stock, regional repertory and Off Broadway, appearing in more than fifty productions including Henry V, 5th of July, Hamlet, Richard II, Hurlyburly (for which he was nominated for a Tony Award), My Life (winning an Obie Award for Best Actor), A Midsummer Nights Dream and Good.
Hurt most recently completed production on the independent film Rare Birds, co-starring Molly Parker and directed by Sturla Gunnarson; and also was recently seen in Steven Spielbergs A.I. and will soon be seen in Disneys Tuck Everlasting, directed by Jay Russell.
Hurt also starred in the prestigious TV film The Flamingo Rising, for CBS, based on the novel by Larry Baker and directed by Martha Coolidge.
In 2000, Hurt delivered memorable performances in Sunshine, directed by Istvan Szabo; The Simian Line, with Lynn Redgrave; and Dune, for the Sci-Fi Channel.
Altered States marked Hurts film debut in 1980. He was nominated for Best Actor Oscars® for Broadcast News and Children of a Lesser God. His performance in Kiss of the Spider Woman received a Best Actor Oscar®, plus the BAFTA and Cannes acting awards.
Among his other films are Body Heat, The Big Chill, Eyewitness, Gorky Park, Alice, I Love You to Death, The Accidental Tourist, The Doctor, The Plague, Trial by Jury, Second Best, Smoke, Confidences à un Inconnu Jane Eyre, Michael, Dark City, The Proposition The Big Brass Ring and One True Thing.
In 1988, Hurt was awarded the first Spencer Tracy Award from U.C.L.A.
AMANDA PEET (Cynthia Banek) can currently be seen in the popular WB series Jack and Jill, as Jacqueline Jack Barrett, a small-town girl in love with David Jill Jillefsky (Ivan Sergei). She recently was seen opposite Jason Biggs, Jack Black and Steve Zahn in the comedy Saving Silverman directed by Dennis Dugan; and also appeared opposite Bruce Willis and Matthew Perry in The Whole Nine Yards. Most recently, she completed Carl Franklins High Crimes, with Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd.
Her other films include Isnt She Great, Simply Irresistible, Body Shots, Whipped, Take Down, Jump, Southie, Shes the One and One Fine Day. On television, she appeared in a recurring role in Central Park West and in guest shots on Seinfeld, The Single Guy, Law & Order and Spin City.
A native of New York, Peet graduated from Columbia University with a degree in American history. She has studied acting under Uta Hagen, and currently, she resides in Los Angeles.
KIM STAUNTON (Valerie Gipson) has an extensive film, television and theater career. Her film credits include the newly released Dragonfly, opposite Kevin Costner, Heat, starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, Holy Man, opposite Eddie Murphy and Deceived, opposite Michael Caine. Currently, Staunton stars opposite Whoopi Goldberg in Disneys California Adventure Theme Parks Golden Dreams.
On the small screen, Stauntons credits include guest starring roles on Judging Amy, Law and Order, City of Angels, New York Undercover, Feds and Crime Story. She also starred opposite Delroy Lindo in the telepic Glory and Honor, and she has appeared in recurring roles on the daytime dramas As the World Turns, One Life to Live and Another World.
On stage, Staunton has performed at some of the nations most prestigious regional theaters including the Denver Center Theater, South Coast Repertory, The Shakespeare Theater, Arena Stage, Hartford Stage Company and the Eugene ONeill Center.
A Washington, D.C. native, Staunton is a distinguished Julliard graduate.
RICHARD JENKINS (Arnell) has established a most impressive list of film and television credits including the recent The Man Who Wasnt There, starring Billy Bob Thornton and the critically acclaimed HBO series Six Feet Under. Nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for the 1996 comedy, Flirting With Disaster, Jenkins additional film credits include Me, Myself and Irene, with Jim Carrey, Mike Nichols What Planet Are You From? with Garry Shandling, One Night at McCools, Say It Isnt So, Theres Something About Mary, Snow Falling on Cedars, The Indian and the Cupboard, Trapped in Paradise, It Could Happen to You, How to Make an American Quilt, The Witches of Eastwick and Stealing Home.
On the small screen, Jenkins has starred in the television movies Into Thin Air: Death on Everest, The Boys Next Door and And the Band Played On.
Release Date: 1 Nov
Running Time: 98 minutes