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Martin Brest
American film director

Martin Brest

Martin Brest
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Intro American film director
Is Film producer Film director Film editor Writer Screenwriter Actor
From United States of America
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio Literature
Gender male
Birth 8 August 1951, The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA
Age 72 years
Star sign Leo
New York University Tisch School of the Arts
Stuyvesant High School
AFI Conservatory
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Martin Brest (born August 8, 1951) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer.


Brest was born in the Bronx, New York, and graduated from Stuyvesant High School in 1969, from New York University's School of the Arts in 1973 and from the AFI Conservatory with an M.F.A. degree in 1977.


His major studio debut was Going in Style (1979), which starred George Burns, Art Carney, and Lee Strasberg. Brest was then hired to direct WarGames (1983), which starred Matthew Broderick, but he was fired during production and replaced with John Badham.

Brest then directed Beverly Hills Cop (1984), starring Eddie Murphy. The film grossed over $300 million worldwide and received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical, as well as an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay.

Brest was involved in the development stages of Rain Man (1988), casting Tom Cruise in the role opposite Dustin Hoffman, before Barry Levinson eventually directed the film.

Brest's next film was the action-comedy Midnight Run (1988), starring Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin. The film was another critical and commercial success, earning Brest another Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy as well as a Best Actor Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy nomination for De Niro.

His work on Scent of a Woman (1992) earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama. The film also won Golden Globes for Al Pacino and screenwriter Bo Goldman. In addition, the film received four Academy Award nominations: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay (Adapted), and Best Actor, with Al Pacino winning Best Actor.

Brest's next film, Meet Joe Black (1998), starring Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins, was a remake of 1934's Death Takes a Holiday. The film had an American box office return of $44.6 million, though it fared much better overseas, taking in an additional $98.3 million for a worldwide total of $142.9 million.

Brest wrote and directed Gigli (2003), starring Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez. During filming, production company Revolution Studios took creative control from him, resulting in a radically re-written and re-shot version of the original film being released. It became one of the most notorious films of its time, with a scathing critical reception, some critics calling it one of the worst films of all time and a disastrous box office performance. Brest has not directed or produced a film since. A 2014 article in Playboy observed that he appeared to have left public life entirely after Gigli's release, though in 2021, he appeared as a featured guest at a screening of Beverly Hills Cop and Midnight Run in Los Angeles, where he was interviewed by fellow filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson.

His 1972 New York University student film, Hot Dogs for Gauguin, starring a then unknown Danny DeVito, was one of 25 films chosen in 2009 by the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress to "be preserved as cultural, artistic and/or historical treasures".


Year Title Director Producer Screenwriter Editor Actor Role Notes
1972 Hot Dogs for Gauguin Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Man on Ferry NYU student film
1977 Hot Tomorrows Yes Yes Yes Yes No American Film Institute
1979 Going in Style Yes No Yes No No Directorial debut
1982 Fast Times at Ridgemont High No No No No Yes Dr. Miller
1984 Beverly Hills Cop Yes No No No Yes Clerk Uncredited role
1985 Spies Like Us No No No No Yes Drive-In Security Guard
1988 Midnight Run Yes Yes No No Yes Airline Ticket Clerk Uncredited role
1992 Scent of a Woman Yes Yes No No No
1993 Josh and S.A.M. No Yes No No No
1998 Meet Joe Black Yes Yes No No No
2003 Gigli Yes Yes Yes No No


Film Awards
Scent of a Woman Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Picture
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Director
Nominated – Producers Guild of America Award for Best Theatrical Motion Picture
Gigli Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Picture
Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Director
Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screenplay
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