Alan Arkin has been ruling the showbiz for over six decades as an actor, screenwriter and director. He entered the industry as a member of ‘Terriers’, a folk-singing group.
He was nominated twice for the ‘Academy Award’ for his phenomenal performances in ‘The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter’ and ‘The Russians are Coming, the Russians are Coming.’ He subsequently won an ‘Academy Award’ for ‘Best Supporting Role’ in ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ and was also nominated for his role in ‘Argo.’
Some of his notable performances include ‘The In-Laws’, ‘Popi’, ‘Edward Scissorhands’, ‘Wait Until Dark’, ‘Thirteen Conversations About One Thing’, ‘Catch-22’ and ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’ besides various others. He also received two ‘Genie Awards’ for his works in ‘Joshua Then and Now’ and Improper Channels.’
Arkin is one of the most revered and versatile artist who has won a number of awards, nominations and accolades for his performances which include, ‘Screen Guild Awards’, ‘Tony Award’, ‘BAFTA Award’, ‘Oscar’ and ‘Golden Globe Award.’ He has also authored a number of books that include eight children’s books. The latest of them all has been titled, ‘Tony’s Hard Work Day.’ He also wrote a memoir titled, ‘An Improvised Life’ which was released in 2011.
After the premature death of his creator, Edward, an artificial humanoid, is left with scissor blades for hands. He is discovered by kind-hearted saleswoman Peg, who welcomes him into her home. He quickly wins affection in the neighborhood and falls in love with Peg's teenage daughter, but his luck turns when he is framed for a robbery.
After 7 year-old Olive Hoover qualifies for the Little Miss Sunshine beauty pageant, her whole dysfunctional family comes together for a cross-country trip from Albuquerque to California in their Volkswagen van. However, a series of disasters obstruct the way to their lofty dreams, including a vehicle breakdown and Olive being abandoned at a gas station.
The movie is adapted from a 1999 book -The Master of Disguise – by the CIA exfiltration specialist, Tony Mendez and a 2007 article by Joshuah Bearman. Depicting true events, the movie follows Mendez, as he devises an ingenious but risky plan to rescue six Americans from Tehran in 1979 by posing as a film crew unit scouting for location in Iran for a science-fiction film.
Ricky Roma, Shelley Levene, Dave Moss, and George Aaronow are four real-estate salesmen who work for Premiere Properties, Chicago. When during a sales meeting it is revealed that the bottom two salesmen of the month will be fired, rivalry turns into jealousy and treachery amongst the four.
In a futuristic society, genetically engineered individuals are preferred over those born traditionally. Vincent Freeman, born naturally, is therefore at disadvantage. To fulfil his desire of joining space mission to one of Saturn’s moons, he assumes the identity of a superior Valid. However, when a murder threatens to reveal his real identity, he must find a way to protect himself.
Martin Blank, a professional contract killer, who is unhappy with his work, receives an assignment in Detroit. His secretary persuades him to attend his ten-year high school reunion in Detroit suburb, Grosse Pointe. Putting his professional thoughts aside, he tries to re-connect with his school girlfriend; but things turn difficult when two NSA agents plus a contract hit-man come chasing after him.
Hard-working Puerto Rican widower, Abraham Rodriguez, is unable to provide his sons a decent life away from the violent Spanish Harlem neighborhood. After witnessing the good treatment given to Cuban exiles, he hatches a plot to set his sons adrift in a boat off Miami Beach, hoping that they’ll be rescued and adopted as Cuban escapees. Do the boys find wealthy homes?
Tex Richman, a materialistic oil tycoon, plans to take down the Muppet Theater to drill for oil. When ardent Muppet fan, Walter, his human-brother, Gary, and his girlfriend Mary learn about this, they search for the separated Muppets and help Kermit the Frog bring all Muppets together for ‘The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever’ to raise $10 million required to save their theater.
Million Dollar Arm is a sports drama film, which tells the story of a sports agent who attempts to find fresh baseball talent for his recently established company. To do this, he stages an unconventional recruitment strategy.
Joe, Willie and Albert, three lifelong friends get cheated of their pension money by a bank. Therefore, they plan to rob the same bank, in order to be able to take care of themselves and their loved ones.
After moving to Florida and getting new jobs at competing newspapers, newlyweds John and Jenny Grogan decide to adopt a puppy named Marley, as they are not ready to have children yet. The puppy soon grows up into a huge, mischievous dog which continuously irritates its owners, but also manages to bring out the best in them.
Rose Lorkowski is a single mother working as a cleaner. Her sister, Norah, is unreliable and very dependent and lives with their father, Joe. When Rose gets a chance to enter the more lucrative crime scene cleanup business, she involves Norah, and the two start the Sunshine Cleaning business. This ends up being a life-changing experience.
When Anwar El-Ibrahimi, a Chicago based American-Egyptian chemical engineer, goes missing, his wife, Isabella, starts a search for him, unaware that he is being interrogated for his supposed involvement in terrorist activities and tortured in a secret facility. Luckily, CIA analyst Douglas Freeman is not convinced of Anwar’s guilt.
Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins is a comedy drama film, which tells the story of two determined women who harass a clerk to drive them carefully to Louisiana. Although he is initially put off, he eventually finds himself charmed by both women.
An Italian-French-American co-production, this comedy film by director Vittorio De Sica comprises seven mini series featuring seven different types of women in different situations. The seven episodes include Funeral Procession, Amateur Night, Two Against One, Super Simone, At the Opera, Suicides and Snow.
Holt is a circus performer who is tasked with caring for a young elephant named Dumbo, having oversized ears. However, it is soon discovered that Dumbo’s ears can help him to fly, and a few cunning men try to take advantage of the situation.
When Val is released after serving 28 years in prison for killing the son of a crime boss, he finds his old friend and crime partner Doc waiting for him. The two friends spend the night in partying and while having their dinner, Doc confesses that he has been ordered to kill Val within 10 A.M. and if he does not do that he himself will be killed.
After the identities of secret agents are compromised following an attack at the spy agency, CONTROL, analyst Maxwell Smart is finally promoted to field agent and is paired with experienced and beautiful Agent 99. As they attempt to foil an evil plan by the terrorist organization KAOS, they realize that their identities were also compromised by a double-agent.
Friends Dave and Mitch have grown apart and lead vastly different lives. Dave is a family man and overworked lawyer while Mitch is an irresponsible adult enjoying life. After their bodies get magically switched one night, they end up with each other’s lives and must find a way to get back their own bodies.
Back in 1980s, boxers Henry "Razor" Sharp and Billy "The Kid" McDonnen were fierce rivals until Razor suddenly announced his retirement, leaving a three match series unresolved, thus effectively ending their career. 30 years later, a boxing promoter approaches him to face Kid in one last bout and he grudgingly accepts the challenge.
This black comedy romance film revolves around Charlie, a poet afraid of commitment, who falls in love with a girl Harriet. However, he soon starts suspecting that she may be a dangerous serial killer, and has killed all of her previous partners.
Based on the comic-strip superhero of 1930s. Cliff Secord, a stunt pilot, accidently comes across a rocket-powered jetpack that empowers him to fly. Turning into a masked superhero, he saves his girlfriend Jenny as well as others. As he acquires fame as The Rocketeer, everyone from mobsters greedy to rule the world, to FBI and German Nazis come chasing after the superhero.
During the Second World War, Captain Invincible helped the Allied Forces by using his superpowers against the Nazis, and he was proclaimed a hero. But when they accused him of being a supporter of the communists, he retires and goes to Australia. Now his help is required once again, after a super secret weapon is stolen in the US.
When two police officers in Boston are murdered, an ex-cop Spenser senses a big conspiracy. In order to unravel it, he teams up with his roommate, and returns to Boston’s criminal underground.
Benny owns a department store that is soon to undergo bankruptcy. As he prepares to go on a vacation, he plans a scheme that would solve all his financial problems. He would get his mentally ill brother-in-law to set fire to the store and burn it down, and then he would claim the insurance money.
Magicians Burt Wonderstone and Anton Marvelton have been hugely successful until Burt’s overbearing ego became unbearable. Challenged by the dangerous magician Steve Gray, Burt becomes even more careless and Anton ends their partnership. Down on his luck and a change of heart allows Burt to reconnect with Anton while preparing for a final showdown with Gray.
Jack Stanfield, head security executive of a bank, is forced by a scheming criminal to steal $100 million from his bank, as ransom for his family held captive at home. He pays by infiltrating bank’s computer security that he designed, but the criminals kidnap his family with no intentions of their safe return. Now he must act fast to save his family.
America’s Sweethearts is a romantic comedy film which tells the story of a movie publicist who has to deal with the split of the co-stars of his movie, while keeping journalists as bay, while a reclusive director is holding the print of his film hostage.
The Monitors is a sci-fi comedy film which tells the story of a benign group of aliens which take over the Earth, and establish peace and get rid of violence and war. However, few human beings start to resist and plan a rebellion against the aliens.
Flash used to be a skilled baseball player, but ruins his life by excessive drinking. One day he meets Chu Chu, who used to be a successful entertainer, but ruins her career like him after falling into alcoholism. Soon, they find government documents and decide to return them to their rightful owners, in hope of reward money, but instead they fall in trouble.
When the wicked Jack Frost comes up with a plan to sabotage the toy factory, it is up to Santa to stop him and also keep his family happy.
Alan Arkin Awards
|Little Miss Sunshine||Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role||2007|
|The Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming||Best Actor - Comedy or Musical||1967|
|Little Miss Sunshine||Best Actor in a Supporting Role||2007|