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The Producer

The man who discovered Quentin Tarantino, on finding success in Hollywood

| From BU Today | By Anna Horovitz-Gelb and Alan Wong

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In the videos, Richard Gladstein, a 1983 Redstone Film Festival finalist, talks about aspects of his work. Choose from the following topics:

It started with Reservoir Dogs. The violent, nonlinear story of a half-dozen wiseguys and their disastrous getaway from a botched jewel heist put the film’s producer, Richard Gladstein, on the Hollywood radar. It also put writer and director Quentin Tarantino on the fast train to fame.

Tarantino has credited Gladstein with plucking him from oblivion, which in his case was a job as a clerk in a video store. But Reservoir Dogs also helped to nudge Gladstein (CGS'81,COM’83) up the food chain: the year after its release, the Bronx native signed on as executive vice president of production for Miramax Films, and two years later he founded his own production company, FilmColony. Since then, movie-goers have been flocking to such Gladstein products as Pulp Fiction, The Bourne Identity, The Nanny Diaries, Finding Neverland, and The Cider House Rules. Two of his films, The Cider House Rules and Finding Neverland, were nominated for Academy Awards.

Additional videography by Joe Chan and Devin Hahn.

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On 16 February 2010 at 11:31 PM, Coleen (COM'81) wrote:

I never hear the Stealer's Wheel song, Stuck in the Middle With You, without thinking of the Michael Madden ear scene in Reservoir Dogs.

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