Andrew Davis (born November 21, 1946) is an American film director, producer and cinematographer, noted for the action films Code of Silence, The Fugitive, Chain Reaction, Collateral Damage and Under Siege.
Born on the south side of Chicago, Illinois, Davis has directed several films using Chicago as a backdrop. He is the son of actor Nathan Davis and Metta Davis and the brother of musician Richard “Richie” Peter Davis co-founder of the cover band Chicago Catz and Jo Ellen Friedman.
After attending Harand Camp of the Theater Arts and Bowen High School, Davis went on to study journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It was not long before his interest in civil rights and anti-war issues converged with his growing interest in film-making. Davis was mentored by acclaimed cinematographer Haskell Wexler with whom he worked on Medium Cool and began his film career as a cameraman on blaxploitation films like The Hit Man, Cool Breeze and The Slams in the 1970s… read more
Nicholas Meyer is probably best known for his involvement in the Star Trek films. According to his website, it was seeing his first movie The Beggar’s Opera (1953) that inspired him to become a filmmaker. He was fascinated by such literary classics as Jules Verne’s “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” and made an ambitious 8mm film adaptation of “Around the World in 80 Days”. His start in the business included work as unit publicist for the Paramount hit Love Story (1970). From that experience he wrote “The Story of Love Story” using the income from that book to move to the West Coast. He parlayed his love for Sherlock Holmes mysteries into the novel, “The Severn-Per-Cent Solution” and adapted it for the screen: The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976). He received an Oscar nomination for this screenplay. His collaborations with producer Harve Bennett and later Leonard Nimoy resulted in the most popular and profitable entries in the Star Trek features canon. In addition to directing Star Trek… read more
Editorial choices devalue understated Greenberg choices as much as the scripting. What remains is unique analysis of domestic serviceman Brewer, whom observes difference between uniform and the values it represents. Davis symbolism: Brewer awakening multiple times to observes change in the dynamics between politics and familial values; terrorist agenda also struggles with internal-conflict about ideals over family.