11 Directors Who Were Uncredited in Movies

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11 Directors Who Were Uncredited in Movies

11 Directors Who Were Uncredited in Movies

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Sometimes even big name directors don’t get credit for working on movies. Here are 11 directors who were uncredited.

    • Steven Spielberg. It’s been long rumored that Steven Spielberg directed Poltergeist than its credited director Tobe Hooper. Apparently, Spielberg was on set during all of production, while the actors referred to him instead of Hooper, who merely approved all of Spielberg’s decisions.
    • Kurt Russell. He starred as Wyatt Earp in Tombstone, but during production, it is believed that he took the director’s role when George P. Cosmatos wasn’t really calling the shots on set. As it goes, Russell would write a shoot list every day and bring it to Cosmatos for approval. Journalist Henry Cabot Beck was on a set visit when he noticed Russell calling the shots during production.
    • George Lucas. During the early 80s, Star Wars became a giant industry for George Lucas. So he needed to attend to more of the business side of Star Wars instead of directing the film. It is believed that George Lucas was more hands on with Return of the Jedi instead of its credited director Richard Marquand.
    • Sylvester Stallone. George P. Cosmatos also directed Rambo: First Blood Part II and it was a similar situation on Tombstone, only with Sylvester Stallone calling the shots.
    • Howard Hawks. The original The Thing, which was called The Thing From Another World, was directed by Christian Nyby, which was his directorial debut. Howard Hawks was credited as its producers, but the film resembles more of a Hawks film than a Nyby movie. It has been long believed that Howard Hawks actually directed the film but gave his longtime collaborator most of the credit.
    • Amy Heckerling. It was rumored that Amy Heckerling did some uncredited directing work on A Night At The Roxbury, but not enough to get full credit, which went to John Fortenberry, who never directed another movie again. Maybe it was a good thing that Amy Heckerling didn’t get any credit for directing this movie.
    • Richard Donner. Gavin Hood didn’t have a good time while making X-Men Origins: Wolverine and the final film reflects that struggle he had with the movie studio. It was rumored that Richard Donner directed a few scenes because his wife is the franchise’s producer Lauren Shuler Donner.
    • Orson Welles. He starred in the movie Black Magic in 1949. While director Gregory Ratoff has sole directing credit on the film, Orson Welles actually directed a few scenes and helped develop the project. But alas, he didn’t get credit for his work.
    • Paul Thomas Anderson. At age 80, A Prairie Home Companion was director Robert Altman’s last film. The studio didn’t want to make the movie unless Altman had a backup to take his place if anything would go wrong with his health. Altman asked Paul Thomas Anderson to help him direct the movie. He was more hands-on with the actors, while Altman had final approval.
    • Saul Bass. You know that shower scene from Psycho? Well, designer Saul Bass help Alfred Hitchcock storyboard and direct the scene. The pair wanted to make it appear that a naked woman was getting slashed without actually showing any nudity or a woman getting stabbed.
    • Kevin Costner. Director Kevin Reynolds was fired from Waterworld in the middle of production, but it’s believed that Kevin Costner finished the shoot but gave Reynolds sole credit. Costner also supervised the film’s editing process.
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