Jack Hill biography

Jack Hill

Film director

1933 –


Who is Jack Hill?

Jack Hill is a U.S. film director, noted for his work in the exploitation film genre. Despite this, several of Hill's later films have been characterized as feminist works.

Quentin Tarantino described Jack Hill as “The Howard Hawks of exploitation filmmaking” in his introduction to the film Switchblade Sisters which his company Rolling Thunder Pictures re-released to cinemas and on DVD. Tarantino has also described Hill as “really great... a really, really talented man... I'm a big fan of his work”. Hill is now considered a living legend of the American exploitation film. His discoveries include Pam Grier, Sid Haig and Ellen Burstyn.

Hill was born in Los Angeles. His mother, Mildred, was a music teacher and his father, Roland Everett Hill, worked as a set builder for film studios and was an architect.

A full biography of his work, in which Hill was closely involved, is entitled Jack Hill: The Exploitation and Blaxploitation Master, Film by Film. It is written by British critic and documentarian Calum Waddell.

Famous Quotes:

  • Now, listen. My old man's coming back any minute, and if SHE catches you here, she's gonna wanna kick your ass!

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Jan 28, 1933
Los Angeles
Also known as
  • Jane Witherspoon
  • Brian Stuart
  • United States of America
  • University of California, Los Angeles

on July 23, 2013


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