Stuart Rosenberg (August 11, 1927 – March 15, 2007) was an American film and television director whose notable works included the movies Cool Hand Luke (1967), Voyage of the Damned (1976), The Amityville Horror (1979), and The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984).
Early life and career
Born in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, Rosenberg studied Irish literature at New York University in Manhattan, and began working as an apprentice film editor while in graduate school. After advancing to film editor, he then transitioned into directing in 1957 with the syndicated television series Decoy, starring Beverly Garland as an undercover police woman. It was the first police series on American television built around a female protagonist.
Over the next two years, Rosenberg directed 15 episodes of the 1958–1963 ABC police-detective series Naked City, which like Decoy was shot in New York City. Rosenberg was then hired to direct his first film, Murder, Inc. (1960), starring Peter… read more
Walter Matthau gum-chew mumble humming "Ain't We Got Fun" was the high point of this film.
Gritty police thriller creates of genuine atmosphere of 1970s San Francisco underworld, but falls a bit short in the story department. Excellent performances, especially from Walter Matthau and Bruce Dern - but the plot is just too dry and convoluted, and drags in the middle. But still, worth watching for the clashing personalities of Matthau and Dern and the hard-hitting, if dated, style.