Peter Hyams


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Peter Hyams was born in New York on July 26, 1943, and attended Hunter College Elementary School. He studied art and music at the Art Students League and the High School of Music and Art as well as at Syracuse University, where he majored in music and art. Before he became a CBS News news anchor in New York at the age of 21 he had been a drummer ... See full bio »

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Outland Director
(1981)
Timecop Director
(1994)
End of Days Director
(1999)

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 2005 Threshold (TV Series) (1 episode)
 2001 The Musketeer
 1999 End of Days
 1997 The Relic
 1995 Sudden Death
 1994 Timecop
 1992 Stay Tuned
 1990 Narrow Margin
 1988 The Presidio
 1985 Amazing Stories (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1981 Outland
 1978 Capricorn One
 1975 Peeper
 1974 Our Time
 1974 Busting
 1972 Goodnight, My Love (TV Movie)
 1972 Rolling Man (TV Movie)
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Height:

6' 1" (1.85 m)
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There's a really wretched invention called a zoom lens, which is the most abused, single abused, thing in filmmaking. It's more abused by young filmmakers than anybody. It's just a vile piece of equipment. As for tricky scene transitions, I know directors who sit down and literally look for those things as ways to get from scene to scene. I mean, what is the point of starting on a blade of grass ... See more »

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Claims that he has never been invited to join the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) because they "don't like" him and are biased against directors who shoot their own films. In 1997, he said this to Conrad L. Hall, who didn't believe him. After Hall and Haskell Wexler offered to sign recommendations on an application letter for him, the ASC summoned him for a 90-minute interview. Several... See more »

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Likes to shoot his movies on soundstages, where none of the light is natural and all of it can be controlled. See more »

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