Renny Harlin

Renny Harlin; born Renny Lauri Mauritz Harjola ( born March 15, 1959 in Riihimäki, Finland) is a Finnish film director and film producer.


Renny Harlin started his career in 1980 as a director of commercials. The following year he worked as a camera assistant at Janne Kuusi as well as cinematographer on two short films. Together with screenwriter Markus Selin, he wrote his first feature film Born American three Americans who inadvertently the border with the Soviet Union violated during a Finland - leave and taken prisoner. For the main role they undertook Mike Norris. Although the film in 1986, first due to the glorification of violence was in Finland on the index, Harlin was known by this film as a director. He moved then to the United States and turned first low-budget films. He had, which grossed with the horror movie sequel A Nightmare on Elm Street 4 at a budget of 13 million than 45 million U.S. dollars His breakthrough. 20th Century Fox signed him then for Ford Fairlane - Rock 'n ' Roll Detective and shortly thereafter for Die Hard 2 While the former film was a flop, Die Hard 2 was a box office success.

Harlin was married from 1993 to 1998 to actress Geena Davis, who starred in two of his films: Cutthroat Island and The Long Kiss Goodnight. Both films had not been a great success, Cutthroat Island was according to the Guinness Book of Records as the largest commercial flop of the film business. With an estimated production costs of about 100 million U.S. dollars, the strip played with almost 10 million U.S. dollars, only about ten percent of expenditures. Another low point of his career experienced Harlin 2001 Driven, which was panned by critics consistently received six Golden Raspberry Award nominations and grossed a budget of 72 million, only 32 million U.S. dollars.

In autumn 2009, Harlin directed the Georgian- American coproduction Georgia through the Caucasus conflict in 2008. Longer Another planned project, a film biography of President of Finland Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim, Harlin wants to achieve in his native Finland.

Trademark Harlin are subtle references to his Finnish homeland in his works, it is in Cliffhanger a paraglider in the design of the Finnish flag to see in Deep Blue Sea, a newspaper article about a Finnish Formula 1 driver and the bar a Finnish vodka and in Die Hard 2 was the score Finnish reference and it was shot on a Finnish marketplace a scene. In twelve rounds to see the flag of Finland in the accident at the beginning of the film on a wall.

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