‘An Alan Smithee film’

Some films which have been directed by ‘Alan Smithee’ (ie, those which the director asked his name to be removed from).

Death of a Gunfighter  (Don Siegel, Robert Totten) 67

Fade In (d Jud Taylor) 68.

City in Fear (d Jud Taylor)

Fun and Games (Paul Bogart)

Moonlight (d Jackie Cooper, Rod Holcomb).

Stitches  (d Rod Holcomb)

Appointment with Fear 

Let’s Get Harry (d Stuart Rosenberg)

Morgan Stewart’s Coming Home (directed Terry Windsor)

Ghost Fever (d Lee Madden)


I Love NY

Catchfire/Backtrack (directed Dennis Hopper)


Boyfriend from Hell /The Shrimp on the Barbie (Martin Gottlieb)

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Call of the Wild

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The Birds II: Land’s End


Raging Angels


Hellraiser: Bloodline 



It is possible that Smithee is now dead: when Walter Hill had his name removed from the credits of Supernova, the film was credited to Thomas Lee.

Corey Monteith (1982 -2013)

No! That was Mark Salling’s tweet on hearing of the passing of his co-star and friend of Glee.

I think everybody had a similar reaction. Although it was reported that Monteith had missed the last three episodes of season 4 due to going into rehab, there was every hope that he would recover and rejoin the series for the fifth season. Now it seems our dreams are shattered. It looks as though he died of a drug overdose, a none too rare occurrence among actors. He always seemed so likeable and down to earth on the show, and it sounds as though he was like that in real life too. He was the same age as me (31). and he was due to marry Lea Michele (Rachel in Glee) in two weeks time. Our worst fears are seldom realised. Sadly, today they have been. 


Edward Snowden: a man without a country trapped in a bureaucratic no-man’s land

The latest turn in the increasingly kafka-esque saga of NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden is that he is hidden somewhere in Moscow’s Sheremotyo’s Terminal E, according to the Financial Times: 

‘With a design style reminiscent of the Startship Enterprise crossed with  dentist’s waiting room, the hotel offers clean towel and a standard shower to long-haul travellers who do not want to spend their time shopping for Swarovski crystals and designer cologne.’

In short, this is the only place it is possible for Snowden to be hiding. He is now effectively a man without a country, and every where he goes there is an increasingly likelihood that he will be extradited to the US for espionage charges, sharing a similar fate to similar whistle-blowers Bradley Manning and Julian Assange. He may be living like the man who inspired the film the Terminal, based on the story of Alfred Mehran Karimi Nasseri. Due to a complex mix-up with papers he was forced to spend 20 years in an airport, living in a limbo because he had nowhere else to go. In short, his home was the airport, because legally he was not able to pass the immigration to leave the terminal. He was forced to sleep on a concrete bench and had to scrounge food from the bins of the business lounge and broke into the showers at night. Yet life was better for him inside the airport where he became a celebrity than it would have been outside.

It is unlikely that Snowden will ever enjoy the sort of anonymity he has been used to. If he goes to the US he will likely spend time in little more than a eight by 6ft room cell, similar to wear he is staying currently. The choice that is also facing Assange, whether to face justice or spend time living in an ever decreasing room akin to a walk-in closet with a shower may not be a pleasant one but is the only one he has.

To some he is a hero, yet his supporters will never be able to provide the kind of privacy and anonymity he needs. For the sake of our freedom he has sacrificed his own. No doubt he will be spending his time wondering whether it has all been worth it.