by Helen Earnshaw |
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close starring Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock, is on DVD and Blu-ray from 11th June.
The film tells the story of Oskar Schell, a remarkable boy who embarks on an expedition across New York to find the lock which will fit a key he discovered amongst his father’s belongings.
Adapted by the legendary Eric Roth from the acclaimed Jonathan Safran Foer bestseller, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close was amongst the films nominated for Best Picture at the 2012 Oscars®.
To celebrate its DVD release, we pay homage to the genius that is Eric Roth and the movies he has proudly penned.
- Forrest Gump - 1994
Possibly the most quoted movie ever, Forrest Gump is often considered one of the best films of all time.
Tom Hanks’ portrayal of the lovable simpleton earned him his second Oscar®. and screenwriter Eric Roth his first; the movie charts Forrest Gump’s life impressively set against the backdrop of modern American history. Forrest Gump is a visually stunning, moving and often amusing story of a man’s journey.
- The Postman - 1997
Kevin Costner’s drifter turned postman strives to rebuild civilisation in post-apocalypse America while at the same time facing off against a warlord’s neo-fascist army.
Eric Roth based his screenplay on the David Brin novel, the film was also directed by Costner and features ground-breaking cinematic sequences.
- The Horse Whisperer - 1998
In another case of the lead actor also directing, Robert Redford takes the reins in Eric Roth’s screenplay for The Horse Whisperer and succeeds in making a truly unique movie.
This country drama sees a mother approach a spiritual man in a bid to help heal her daughter’s horse after a horrific accident that has traumatized the entire family.
- The Insider - 1999
Russell Crowe and Al Pacino go head to head in the true story of a tobacco company executive who turns whistle-blower, consequently becoming blacklisted and suffering a ruined reputation.
Michael Mann’s masterful direction of Eric Roth’s Oscar®-nominated screenplay is still an important reference point when handling films about power and corruption.
- Ali - 2001
Will Smith perfected the role of Muhammad Ali in not just physique, but also demeanour and witticisms.
Charting his rise as Cassius Clay, through to his conversion to Islam and subsequent battles with formative opposition both inside the ring and out, Eric Roth’s script capitalised on Ali’s legendary personality.
- Munich - 2005
Taking place after the Black September assassinations at the Munich Olympics, five men are chosen to hunt down those responsible in a gritty story about home and identity.
Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece is accomplished by Eric Roth’s genius script which balances dry humour with poignant observations about the state of the world.
- The Good Shepherd - 2006
In this Robert DeNiro directed account of the creation of the CIA, Eric Roth smartly tells the story through the experiences of Edward Wilson, a fictional character based on a number of founding agents.
Matt Damon plays the unemotional lead at a complete opposite from Jason Bourne and steals the show from its impressive supporting cast.
- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - 2008
Eric Roth outdoes himself in this exceptional tale of a man who ages backwards. Brad Pitt plays the titular character so warmly that you are just as affected by his curious condition as the people you watch encounter him.
The film includes many fascinating observations, such as a 6-year-old Button flexing the muscles of his adult body and grinning from ear-to-ear, but never fixates on the gimmicks that could have been played out.
See the latest movie from acclaimed scriptwriter Eric Roth, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, on DVD and Blu-Ray now.