Against the wall

John Frankenheimer could have disappeared, but he refused to go away

If the system doesn't quite know where he fits in, then neither does he. As of now, he has no project in the works. He bides his time, hoping only that Reindeer Games does enough box-office to catapult him once more to the top of the directors' scrap heap. If not...

John Frankenheimer, the director of Reindeer Games, turned 70 last week.
John Frankenheimer, the director of Reindeer Games, turned 70 last week.

"I don't know what studios think of me," Frankenheimer says. "I think they're confused. They thought of me eight years ago as someone who has been and is no more. Then, they were very intrigued and encouraged by the resurgence of the cable movies. Ronin got incredible attention, and I think school is out. They wanna wait and see what happens with this, as far as getting back on the super A list -- the top six. I don't think I'm there yet. I was there in the '60s, but I don't think I'm there now. I'm on that list just below the top eight. But now, I have to be very careful who I am doing these pictures for. I mean, who am I getting into this ship with, and what is their past history? I ask around a lot. I find out. At this point, the fucking you get isn't worth the fucking you get."

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