Director of American cinema, born December 31, 1944 in Santa Barbara (California).
For two years, Hackford was volunteer of the peace forces in Bolivia. Had led him there his training as an expert in international relations, and from that experience all that interested in focusing on informing the developed countries, the problems of the third world. When he returned to the United States.UU., directed his steps towards a Los Angeles television station.
It soon extended their sights, and with experience set up his own production company, New Visions. Hackford was lucky to win an Oscar with his first short film, a documentary entitled Teenage Father (1978). This award opened the doors of the cinema, and in 1980 released their first film, The Idolmaker. Olympia Dukakis and Peter Gallagher staged the story of a writer of songs with the ability to turn into star unknown singers. The film was supposedly inspired by the life of Bob Marcucci, who, among others, discovered Frankie Avalon.
His next film, officer and a gentleman (1982), was a great success, thanks in part to the participation of Richard Gere (replacing John Travolta, who refused the role by its agent Council), which two years earlier had taken off with American Gigolo, and thanks in part to the superb soundtrack. The song "Up Where We Belong" won an Oscar, and he was also awarded a statuette Louis Gossett Jr., as best supporting actor. On rare occasions Hackford films broke away from the awards. Against all risks (1984), a thriller starring Rachel Ward, Jeff Bridges and James Woods, also featured a relevant soundtrack, and Phil Collins was nominated to the Oscar and Golden Globe for the song that gave the title to the film.
Hackford showed that he was more interested in their own themes which the narrative mechanisms of Hollywood when that premiered nights of Sun (1985) a detective thriller in reality was an excuse to experience something that seemed fascinating to Hackford: chemistry that could occur between two dancers who had nothing in common: Gregory Hines and Mikhail Barischnikov. Film shone again on its soundtrack, and Lionel Ritchie won the Oscar with the song "Say You, Say Me".
At this point already doubt the love of Hackford rock there 'n' Roll. The same year that produced La Bamba (1987), he released a documentary on the occasion of the 60th birthday of Chuck Berry, which included performances by the own honoree and material of other musicians such as Eric Clapton, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Roy Orbison, Bruce Springsteen and the then late John Lennon. In addition, Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll, which is the name of the documentary, was produced by Keith Richards.
In 1988 Hackford adapted the novel by Frank DeFord in a romantic history with the sport's Fund, which had as actors Dennis Quaid, Jessica Lange and Timothy Hutton. When I fall in love was not of the best titles in his filmography, Quaid saved the film even after having spent weeks, during which the shooting stopped, with a broken neck. The East Los Angeles of 1972 was the scene of Bound by Honor (1993), which tells the story of three Latino friends belonging to a band for three hours. Based on the experiences of poet Jimmy Santiago Baca, Bound by Honor boasts of being a Latin version of the godfather.
Without doubt one of the best titles of Hackford was Total Eclipse (Dolores Claiborne) (1994), a lesson of interpretation providing hand crafted Kathy Bates and Jennifer Jason Leigh and which is based on the novel by Stephen King. But what truly gave strength to the film is that Hackford took party and was permissive to the punishment by domestic and child abuse, subjects that they claimed over the years special today. Not less comments sparked his latest title, sup with the Devil (1997), an approach that sometimes is overflowing but had some spectacular special effects and an interesting treatment of the vanity.
On December 31, 1997 he married the British actress Helen Mirren, although they lived together in Los Angeles since 1986. Hackford has bet always for a commercial film, but with ingredients that give the opportunity to other public do a deeper reading of their stories. His experience as a producer in own and other titles, has made it possible that I can combine it with success.
As director:1978: Teenage Father (short film). 1980: The Idolmaker. 1982: Officer and gentleman. 1984: against all risk (and producer). 1985: nights of Sun (and producer). 1987: Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll. 1988: Cuando me enamoro. 1993: Bound by honor (and producer). 1994: Eclipse total (and producer). 1995: Great People of the Bible & How They Lived.1997: Pact with the Devil (and producer).
As productor:1987: La Bamba. 1989: Rooftops. 1990: The Long Walk Home; Defenseless. 1991: Queens Logic; Mortal thoughts; Sweet Talker. 1996: When We Were Kings (and mounting).