Legends of Action

July 31, 2012

Legends of Action: Jerry Bruckheimer

BirthDate: September 21, 1945

Bruckheimer is not a man who requires an introduction; a legend in action cinema. He produced my all time favourite movie (Con Air) amongst many other classics, Top Gun, Crimson Tide, Black Hawk Down, Bad Boys, The Rock, Bad Company, Days Of Thunder, Enemy Of The State, National Treasure and to a lesser extent the Pirates Of The Caribbean movies (which I actually despise). But anyway, Up until the early 2000’s Bruckheimer was a master action movie producer.

The tragic demise of his partner Don Simpson in the 90’s was a great loss to cinema but the man lived to excess (See his Biography High Concept & the Hollywood Culture Of Excess) and died as he lived.

Anytime the Bruckeimer logo came up on screen with that crack of thunder and lightning you knew the trailer/movie was going to be badass. He quite frankly owned the 90’s, in the way that Mario Kassar owned the 80’s.

However, in recent times he has been producing more family oriented fare and TV shows (CSI, etc), which is a shame as I miss his action flicks. But times change and one must adapt with them. He has however produced so many classic movies that I’ll forgive the family fare. In the 90’s the movies he would produce would not only be great fun, but they would have A-List actors and really made the action genre “respectable”.

Anytime I’ve seen Bruckheimer interviewed, he comes across as a genuinely nice guy with a very likable personality and was (apparently) the polar opposite of his late business partner.

So Bruckheimer is a legendary producer who is still going strong, if I were to recommend my personal faves of his they would be: Con Air, Crimson Tide, Top Gun, The Rock, Black Hawk Down and Bad Boys. They are all great actioners and worth investigating.

About the Author

Eoin Friel
Eoin Friel
I grew up watching JCVD, Sly and Arnold destroy bad guys, blow things up and spew one-liners like it's a fashion statement. Action is everything I go to the movies for and the reason I came up with this site is to share my love for the genre with everyone.



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