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John Dahl

Director John Dahl's 1993 film Red Rock West was hailed as modern film noir filled with humor and twists. The picture starred Nicolas Cage as a man who is mistaken for a contract killer hired by Dennis Hopper to do in a seductress played by Lara Flynn Boyle.

Dahl followed Red Rock West with another critically acclaimed thriller. The Last Seduction, starring Linda Fiorentino as a femme fatale who ditches her husband, Bill Pullman, in New York City after stealing money he's made from a drug deal. She then wreaks havoc on a small town man, Peter Berg, using him as a patsy.

In 1994 Dahl received the Los Angeles Film Critics Association New Generation Award for Red Rock West and The Last Seduction.

Dahl's credits also include Kill Me Again starring Joanne Whalley-Kilmer, Unforgettable, a thriller starring Ray Liotta and Linda Fiorentino; and Rounders, a drama set in the world of high stakes poker, starring Matt Damon, Edward Norton and John Malkovich.

Dahl entered the industry as a storyboard artist on films such as Something Wild, RoboCop and Married to the Mob, and as an assistant director. He attended the American Film Institute as a directing fellow, and later helmed music video shorts.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.

John Dahl Facts

BirthplaceBillings, Montana, USA

Selected Filmography

For Blood or Money
Never Let Me Go
Hitting the Ground
Buffet Froid
...and the Woman Clothed with the Sun
Episode 9
Ray Donovan: Rattus Rattus
Black Cadillac
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