Gramercy Pictures is a currently dormant American film production label of Universal Studios' Focus Features division, both of which are owned by NBCUniversal which is ultimately owned by Comcast. It was founded in May 1992 as a joint venture between PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Universal Pictures. Gramercy was the distributor of PolyGram films in the United States and Canada and also served as Universal's art-house division. After Seagram's buyout of PolyGram, Gramercy along with October Films were merged by Barry Diller to form USA Films in 1999. In 2015, Focus Features (the current art-house division for Universal) revived the name as a label for action, horror and sci-fi genre films; the label went silent after the release of Ratchet & Clank.
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Gramercy Pictures was formed in 1992 as a joint venture between PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Universal Pictures. Gramercy Pictures released its first film, the Mario Van Peebles western Posse, in May 1993.
In January 1996, PolyGram brought the 50% stake owned by Universal thus assuming full control of Gramercy. The distributor also had box office hits in 1994's Four Weddings and a Funeral, 1996's Fargo and 1997's Bean. Several Gramercy releases of the 1990s have grown in stature to become cult classics in the present day: The Big Lebowski, Dazed and Confused, Clay Pigeons and Mallrats. In addition, 1995's The Usual Suspects won two Oscars, for Best Original Screenplay (Christopher McQuarrie) and Best Supporting Actor (Kevin Spacey).
When Seagram acquired PolyGram in 1998, the latter was merged and folded into Universal; as a result, it reacquired Gramercy as it controlled Universal. In turn, Seagram sold the bulk of the PolyGram film library titles released up until March 31, 1996 to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1999, and later on, it sold Gramercy and another specialty division, October Films, to Barry Diller's USA Networks, which merged both companies into USA Films. USA Films was then merged with Universal's own art-house division, Universal Focus, and transformed into Focus Features in 2002 after Vivendi Universal acquired USA Networks from Diller.
|May 14, 1993||Posse||distribution only; produced by PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Working Title Films||$10 million||$18,289,763|
|August 20, 1993||King of the Hill||$8 million||$1,214,231|
|September 3, 1993||Kalifornia||distribution only; produced by PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Propaganda Films||$8.5 million||$2,395,231|
|September 24, 1993||Dazed and Confused||$6.9 million||$7,993,039|
|November 5, 1993||A Home of Our Own||distribution only; produced by PolyGram Filmed Entertainment||$12 million||$1,677,807|
|December 3, 1993||A Dangerous Woman||co-production with Amblin Entertainment||$1,497,222|
|February 4, 1994||Romeo Is Bleeding||distribution only; produced by PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Working Title Films||$10 million||$3,275,865|
|February 25, 1994||Savage Nights||distribution only; produced by Banfilm, La Sept Cinéma and Société Nouvelle de Cinématographie||$662,341|
|March 9, 1994||Four Weddings and a Funeral||distribution only; produced by PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Working Title Films||$4.4 million||$245,700,832|
|April 15, 1994||Backbeat||distribution only; produced by PolyGram Filmed Entertainment||$2,392,589|
|May 6, 1994||Dream Lover||distribution only; produced by PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Propaganda Films||$256,264|
|July 29, 1994||Foreign Student|
|August 10, 1994||The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert||distribution only; produced by PolyGram Filmed Entertainment||$2 million||$29,679,915|
|September 9, 1994||A Good Man in Africa||$20 million||$2,308,390|
|September 28, 1994||Jason's Lyric||distribution only; produced by PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Propaganda Films||$7 million||$20,851,521|
|October 28, 1994||Drop Squad||$734,693|
|November 4, 1994||Double Dragon||$7.8 million||$2,341,309|
|January 20, 1995||S.F.W.||distribution only; produced by PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Propaganda Films||$63,513|
|February 10, 1995||Shallow Grave||distribution only; produced by PolyGram Filmed Entertainment||$2.5 million||$2,079,569|
|February 24, 1995||Before the Rain||distribution only; produced by PolyGram Filmed Entertainment||$763,847|
|March 17, 1995||Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh||distribution only; produced by PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Propaganda Films||$13,940,383|
|April 19, 1995||New Jersey Drive||$5 million||$3,565,508|
|April 28, 1995||The Underneath||$6.5 million||$536,023|
|May 3, 1995||Panther||distribution only; produced by PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Working Title Films||$6,834,525|
|August 16, 1995||The Usual Suspects||distribution only; produced by PolyGram Filmed Entertainment||$6 million||$34,380,094|
|September 22, 1995||Canadian Bacon||distribution only; produced by PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Propaganda Films||$11 million||$178,104|
|September 29, 1995||Moonlight and Valentino||distribution only; produced by PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Working Title Films||$2,484,226|
|October 20, 1995||Mallrats||$6.1 million||$2,122,561|
|November 10, 1995||Carrington||distribution only; produced by PolyGram Filmed Entertainment||$3,242,342|
|December 29, 1995||Dead Man Walking||distribution only; produced by PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Working Title Films||$11 million||$83,080,768|
|February 23, 1996||La Haine||distribution only; produced by PolyGram Filmed Entertainment||€2,590,000||$309,811|
|March 22, 1996||Jack and Sarah||distribution only; produced by PolyGram Filmed Entertainment||$218,626 (USA) $2,492,000 (UK)|
|Land and Freedom||distribution only; produced by PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Working Title Films||$228,800|
|April 5, 1996||Fargo||distribution only; produced by PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Working Title Films||$7 million||$60,611,975|
|April 19, 1996||Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie||co-production with Best Brains, Inc.||$1,007,306|
|May 3, 1996||Barb Wire||distribution only; produced by PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Propaganda Films||$9 million||$3,793,614|
|May 10, 1996||Cold Comfort Farm||$5,682,429|
|August 30, 1996||The Trigger Effect||$8 million||$3,622,979|
|September 13, 1996||Grace of My Heart||$5 million||$660,313|
|September 20, 1996||Loch Ness||distribution only; produced by PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Working Title Films||$7 million||£1,239,343|
|October 4, 1996||Bound||$6 million||$3,802,260|
|October 18, 1996||Jude||distribution only; produced by PolyGram Filmed Entertainment||$7 million||$409,144|
|December 24, 1996||I'm Not Rappaport||$26,011|
|December 24, 1996||The Portrait of a Lady||distribution only; produced by PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Propaganda Films||$3,692,836|
|January 29, 1997||Gridlock'd||distribution only; produced by PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Interscope Communications||$5 million||$5,571,205|
|February 14, 1997||When We Were Kings||distribution only; produced by PolyGram Filmed Entertainment||$2,789,985|
|March 7, 1997||The Eighth Day||distribution only; produced by PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Working Title Films||$416,401|
|April 11, 1997||Keys to Tulsa||distribution only; produced by PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and ITC Entertainment||$57,252|
|May 2, 1997||Commandments||$5 million||$548,562|
|May 9, 1997||Twin Town||distribution only; produced by PolyGram Filmed Entertainment||$3.3 million||$127,923|
|August 6, 1997||Def Jam's How to Be a Player||distribution only; produced by PolyGram Filmed Entertainment||$12 million||$14,009,368|
|September 19, 1997||Going All the Way||distribution only; produced by PolyGram Filmed Entertainment||$113,069|
|October 3, 1997||The Matchmaker||distribution only; produced by PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Working Title Films||$3,392,080|
|November 7, 1997||Bean||distribution only; produced by PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Working Title Films and Tiger Aspect Films||$18 million||$251,212,670|
|December 17, 1997||Guy||$4,134|
|February 18, 1998||I Want You||distribution only; produced by PolyGram Filmed Entertainment||$1,672|
|March 6, 1998||The Big Lebowski||distribution only; produced by PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Working Title Films||$15 million||$46,129,927|
|March 27, 1998||No Looking Back||distribution only; produced by PolyGram Filmed Entertainment||$5 million||$222,099|
|May 1, 1998||Go Now||distribution only; produced by PolyGram Filmed Entertainment||$25,695|
|May 29, 1998||The Last Days of Disco||distribution only; produced by PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Castle Rock Entertainment||$8 million||$3,020,601|
|June 12, 1998||The Land Girls||distribution only; produced by PolyGram Filmed Entertainment||$238,497|
|August 21, 1998||Your Friends & Neighbors||distribution only; produced by PolyGram Filmed Entertainment||$5 million||$4,714,658|
|September 25, 1998||Clay Pigeons||distribution only; produced by PolyGram Filmed Entertainment||$8 million||$2,253,139|
|October 16, 1998||Reach the Rock||$4,960|
|November 22, 1998||Elizabeth||distribution only; produced by PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Working Title Films||$30 million||$82,150,642|
|January 22, 1999||The Hi-Lo Country||distribution only; produced by PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Working Title Films||$166,082|
|March 5, 1999||Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels||U.S. distribution only; produced by PolyGram Filmed Entertainment; Columbia Tristar Pictures internationally distributed outside of U.S.||$1.4 million||$28,172,686|
|October 29, 1999||Being John Malkovich||distributed by USA Films; co-production with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Propaganda Films||$13 million||$32,382,381|
|February 18, 2000||Pitch Black||distributed by USA Films; co-production with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Interscope Communications||$23 million||$53,187,659|
|March 24, 2000||Waking the Dead||distributed by USA Films; co-production with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment||$8.5 million||$327,418|
|April 14, 2000||Where the Money Is||distributed by USA Films; co-production with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Universal Pictures||$28 million||$7,243,669|
|August 4, 2000||Mad About Mambo||distributed by USA Films; co-production with Phoenix Pictures||$65,283|
|September 8, 2000||Nurse Betty||distributed by USA Films; co-production with IMF and Universal Pictures||$35 million||$29,360,400|
|November 2, 2001||The Man Who Wasn't There||copyright holder only; distributed by USA Films; co-production with Working Title Films and Good Machine||$20 million||$18,916,623|
|June 5, 2015||Insidious: Chapter 3||co-production with Stage 6 Films, Entertainment One and Blumhouse Productions||$10 million||$112,983,889|
|July 10, 2015||Self/less||co-production with Focus Features and Endgame Entertainment||$26 million||$30,523,226|
|August 21, 2015||Sinister 2||co-production with Entertainment One, Blumhouse Productions and IM Global||$10 million||$52,882,018|
|January 8, 2016||The Forest||co-production with AI Film and Lava Bear Films||$10 million||$37,608,299|
|March 4, 2016||London Has Fallen||co-production with G-BASE and Millennium Films||$60 million||$191,094,450|
|April 29, 2016||Ratchet & Clank||distribution only with Focus Features; produced by Cinema Management Group, Blockade Entertainment, PlayStation Originals and Rainmaker Entertainment||$20 million||$12,880,804|
Off to an auspicious start is Gramercy Pictures, with its first release, 'Posse,' immediately making the chart [of largest rentals from independent distributors]
A Dangerous Woman is a 1993 American romantic drama film directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal. The screenplay was written by his wife Naomi Foner, loosely based on the award-winning novel of the same name by Mary McGarry Morris. The feature was co-produced by Amblin Entertainment and Gramercy Pictures. It stars Debra Winger, Barbara Hershey and Gabriel Byrne. It included Gyllenhaal and Foner's two children, Jake and Maggie, who later developed acting careers.
Debra Winger was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for her performance and also won Best Actress at the Tokyo International Film Festival. The film has never been released on Region 1 DVD. It was once released on video in the United Kingdom by First Independent Films.A Good Man in Africa
A Good Man in Africa is a 1994 film, based on William Boyd's 1981 novel A Good Man in Africa and directed by Bruce Beresford. The film starred Colin Friels, Sean Connery, John Lithgow, Joanne Whalley, Diana Rigg and Louis Gossett, Jr.Bean (film)
Bean (also known as Bean: The Ultimate Disaster Movie or Bean: The Movie) is a 1997 comedy film based on the British television series Mr. Bean. Directed by Mel Smith and written by Robin Driscoll and Richard Curtis (both Mr. Bean veterans), the film stars Rowan Atkinson as Mr. Bean, Peter MacNicol, Pamela Reed, Harris Yulin and Burt Reynolds.
It is a British-American venture produced by Working Title Films, Tiger Aspect Films, and distributed by PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Gramercy Pictures. Bean was released in the United Kingdom on August 2, 1997 and in the United States on November 7, 1997 to mixed reviews from critics but was a box office success, grossing $250 million worldwide against an $18 million budget. A stand-alone sequel titled Mr. Bean's Holiday was released in 2007.Clay Pigeons
Clay Pigeons is a 1998 crime-comedy film written by Matt Healy and directed by David Dobkin. The film stars Joaquin Phoenix, Vince Vaughn, and Janeane Garofalo.Dead Man Walking (film)
Dead Man Walking is a 1995 American crime drama film starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn, and co-produced and directed by Tim Robbins, who adapted the screenplay from the non-fiction book of the same name.
Sister Helen Prejean (Sarandon) establishes a special relationship with Matthew Poncelet (Penn), a character based on convicted murderers Elmo Patrick Sonnier and Robert Lee Willie. He is a prisoner on death row in Louisiana, and she visits him as his spiritual adviser after having corresponded with him.Focus Features
Focus Features LLC is an American film production and distribution company, owned by Comcast through Universal Pictures, a division of its wholly owned subsidiary NBCUniversal. Focus Features distributes independent and foreign films in the United States and internationally.Gridlock'd
Gridlock'd is a 1997 American black comedy crime film written and directed by Vondie Curtis-Hall and starring Tupac Shakur, Tim Roth, Lucy Liu, and Thandie Newton. It was the directorial debut of Curtis-Hall, who also has a small role in the film. The film's opening was relatively low, despite critical acclaim; its opening weekend netted only $2,678,372 and it finished with a little over $5.5 million.The film paid tribute to star Tupac Shakur, who was murdered four months prior to the film's release.I Want You (1998 film)
I Want You is a 1998 English crime film directed by Michael Winterbottom.London Has Fallen
London Has Fallen is a 2016 American action thriller film directed by Babak Najafi and written by Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikt, Chad St. John and Christian Gudegast. It is a sequel to Antoine Fuqua's 2013 film Olympus Has Fallen and stars Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman, with Alon Moni Aboutboul, Angela Bassett, Robert Forster, Jackie Earle Haley, Melissa Leo, Radha Mitchell, Sean O'Bryan, Waleed Zuaiter and Charlotte Riley in supporting roles. The film follows a plot to assassinate the world leaders who are attending the funeral of British Prime Minister in London and Secret Service agent Mike Banning's efforts to protect US President Benjamin Asher from being killed by the terrorists.
Filming began in London on October 24, 2014. A Christmas break started in November with filming resuming in February 2015. The film was released by Focus Features under their recently revived Gramercy Pictures label on March 4, 2016, and grossed $205 million worldwide. However, the critical reception was generally negative, with Variety accusing it of fear-mongering and "terrorsploitation" while The A.V. Club named it worst film of the year.
A third film, titled Angel Has Fallen, was released on August 23, 2019.Nurse Betty
Nurse Betty is a 2000 American black comedy film directed by Neil LaBute and starring Renée Zellweger as a Kansas waitress who suffers a nervous breakdown after witnessing her husband's murder, and starts obsessively pursuing her favorite soap actor (Greg Kinnear), while in a fugue state. Morgan Freeman and Chris Rock play the hitmen who killed her husband and subsequently pursue her to Los Angeles.
For her performance, Zellweger won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.PolyGram Filmed Entertainment
PolyGram Filmed Entertainment (formerly known as PolyGram Films and PolyGram Pictures or simply PFE) was a British-American film studio founded in 1980 which became a European competitor to Hollywood, but was eventually sold to Seagram Company Ltd. in 1998 and was folded in 1999. Among its most successful and well known films were An American Werewolf in London (1981), Flashdance (1983), Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), Dead Man Walking (1995), The Big Lebowski (1998), Fargo (1996), The Usual Suspects (1995), and Notting Hill (1999).
In 2017, Universal Music Group established a film and television division, resurrecting the Polygram Entertainment name.Reach the Rock
Reach the Rock is a 1998 American comedy drama film directed by William Ryan and starring William Sadler and Alessandro Nivola. It was written and produced by John Hughes.The Eighth Day (1996 film)
The Eighth Day (French: Le huitième jour) is a 1996 Belgian comedy-drama film that tells the story of the friendship that develops between two men who meet by chance. Harry (Daniel Auteuil), a divorced businessman who feels alienated from his children, meets Georges (Pascal Duquenne), an institutionalised man with Down syndrome, after Georges has escaped from his mental institution and is nearly run over by Harry. The film was selected as the Belgian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 69th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.The film was written and directed by Jaco Van Dormael. Some scenes in the film appear as dream sequences, often employing magical realism. The music of Luis Mariano ("Mexico," and "Maman, Tu Es La Plus Belle Du Monde") is used in these scenes, with actor Laszlo Harmati playing Mariano, who died in 1970. The original music score is from Pierre Van Dormael, Jaco's brother.The Man Who Wasn't There (2001 film)
The Man Who Wasn't There is a 2001 American neo-noir crime film written, produced and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. Billy Bob Thornton stars in the title role. Also featured are Tony Shalhoub, Scarlett Johansson, James Gandolfini, and Coen regulars Frances McDormand, Michael Badalucco, Richard Jenkins and Jon Polito. Joel Coen won the Best Director Award at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival. Ethan Coen, Joel Coen's brother and co-director of the film, did not receive the Best Director Award as he was not credited as a director.
This was the last film to be produced and distributed by Gramercy Pictures until it was revived in 2015.The Portrait of a Lady (film)
The Portrait of a Lady is a 1996 film adaptation of Henry James's novel The Portrait of a Lady directed by Jane Campion.
The film stars Nicole Kidman, Barbara Hershey, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Martin Donovan, Shelley Duvall, Richard E. Grant, Shelley Winters, Viggo Mortensen, Valentina Cervi, Christian Bale, and John Gielgud.The Underneath (film)
The Underneath is a 1995 American neo-noir crime film directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Peter Gallagher and Alison Elliott. The film is based on the novel Criss Cross by Don Tracy, and is a remake of the original 1949 film adaptation. The plot revolves around many themes common to film noir, including romantic intrigue, a botched robbery, and a surprise ending.When We Were Kings
When We Were Kings is a 1996 Oscar-winning documentary film directed by Leon Gast about the famous "Rumble in the Jungle" heavyweight championship match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. The fight was held in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) on October 30, 1974.
The film features a number of celebrities, including James Brown, Jim Brown, B.B. King, Norman Mailer, George Plimpton, Spike Lee and Thomas Hauser.
When We Were Kings was released in 1996 to strong reviews, and won the 1996 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.It took Gast 22 years to edit and finance the documentary before it was finally released.Working Title Films
Working Title is a British film and television production company owned by Universal Pictures. The company was founded by Tim Bevan and Sarah Radclyffe in 1984. It produces feature films and several television productions. Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan are now the co chairmen of the company.
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