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Martin Brest (born August 8, 1951) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer.


Brest was born in the Bronx, New York, and graduated from Stuyvesant High School in 1969, from New York University's School of the Arts in 1973 and from the AFI Conservatory with an M.F.A. degree in 1977.[citation needed]


His major studio debut was Going in Style (1979), which starred George Burns, Art Carney, and Lee Strasberg.[1] Brest was then hired to direct WarGames (1983), which starred Matthew Broderick, but he was fired during production and replaced with John Badham.[2]

Brest then directed Beverly Hills Cop (1984), starring Eddie Murphy.[3] The film grossed over $300 million worldwide[4] and received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical, as well as an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay.

Brest's next film was the action-comedy Midnight Run (1988), starring Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin.[5] The film was another critical and commercial success and Grodin's and De Niro's performance earned Golden Globe nominations.[citation needed]

His work on Scent of a Woman (1992) earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama. The film also won Golden Globes for Al Pacino and screenwriter Bo Goldman. In addition, the film got four Academy Award nominations: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay (Adapted), and Best Actor, with Al Pacino winning Best Actor.[6]

Brest's next film, Meet Joe Black (1998), starring Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins, was a remake of 1934's Death Takes a Holiday.[7] The film had an American box office return of $44,619,100, though it fared much better overseas, taking in an additional $98,321,000 for a worldwide total of $142,940,100.[8]

Brest wrote and directed Gigli (2003), starring Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez.[9] During filming, production company Revolution Studios took creative control from him, resulting in a radically revised and re-shot version of the original film being released. It became one of the most notorious films of its time, with a scathing critical reception, some critics calling it one of the worst films of all time[10] and a disastrous box office performance. Since then, Brest hasn’t directed another film.

In 2009, his New York University student film, Hot Dogs for Gauguin, was one of 25 films chosen by the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress to "be preserved as cultural, artistic and/or historical treasures".[11]


Year Title Director Producer Screenwriter Editor Actor Role Notes
1972 Hot Dogs for Gauguin Yes No Yes Yes Yes Man on Ferry Short film
1977 Hot Tomorrows Yes Yes Yes Yes No Directorial debut
1979 Going in Style Yes No Yes No No
1980 Saturday Night Live Yes No No No No Segment Hot Dogs for Gauguin
1982 Fast Times at Ridgemont High No No No No Yes Dr. Miller
1984 Beverly Hills Cop Yes No No No Yes Clerk Uncredited role
1985 Spies Like Us No No No No Yes Drive-In Security Guard
1988 Midnight Run Yes Yes No No Yes Airline Ticket Clerk Uncredited role
1992 Scent of a Woman Yes Yes No No No
1993 Josh and S.A.M. No Yes No No No
1998 Meet Joe Black Yes Yes No No No
2003 Gigli Yes Yes Yes No No


Film Awards
Scent of a Woman Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Picture
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Director
Nominated – Producers Guild of America Award for Best Theatrical Motion Picture
Gigli Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Picture
Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Director
Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screenplay


  1. ^ Canby, Vincent (25 December 1979). "Movie: 3 Widowers Try 'Going in Style'". Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  2. ^ Brown, Scott (July 21, 2008). "WarGames: A Look Back at the Film That Turned Geeks and Phreaks Into Stars". Wired.
  3. ^ THR Staff (December 5, 2016). "'Beverly Hills Cop': THR's 1984 Review". The Hollywood Reporter.
  4. ^ "Beverly Hills Cop". Box Office Mojo.
  5. ^ Canby, Vincent (July 20, 1988). "REVIEW/FILM; DE NIRO AND GRODIN IN CROSS-COUNTRY CHASE". The New York Times.
  6. ^ Idasetima, Courtney (December 23, 2017). "The Cast of 'Scent of a Woman,' Then and Now". The Hollywood Reporter.
  7. ^ Maslin, Janet (November 13, 1998). "FILM REVIEW; When Death Comes to Call, Serve Peanut Butter". The New York Times.
  8. ^ "Meet Joe Black". Box Office Mojo.
  9. ^ Patches, Matt (December 19, 2014). "MARTIN BREST DIRECTED BEVERLY HILLS COP, MIDNIGHT RUN AND, YES, GIGLI. THEN HE VANISHED. WHY?". Playboy. Archived from the original on December 22, 2014.
  10. ^ Cieply, Michael; Eller, Claudia (August 7, 2003). "A Battle-Scarred Revolution". Los Angeles Times.
  11. ^ "Michael Jackson, the Muppets and Early Cinema Tapped for Preservation in 2009 Library of Congress National Film Registry". Library of Congress. December 30, 2009.

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