Ivan Reitman

Canadian Film Director & Producer Born in Slovakia

Ivan Reitman

Born on October 27 1946 in Komarno, Slovakia (eastern part of former Czechoslovakia). [Komarno is not and never has been Czech, therefore Reitman is not "Czech-born" as other sources erroneously claim.] His concentration camp-survivor parents fled with him to Canada at the age of four after the Communists came to power in Czechoslovakia (after WWII). His nickname Ivanco seems to be related to Ivanko, the typical Slovak diminutive form of the name Ivan.

After majoring in music at McMasters University, Reitman's first project Columbus of Sex, a 1969 adaptation of the notorious Victorian sex novel My Secret Life, nearly landed him in jail. The film was considered soft porn and deemed out of line according to the new Canada's decency laws. He was convicted, fined $300 and put on probation for a year, despite widespread critical acclaim and support from the arts community. He went on to direct, produce, edit and score the mildly exploitive Foxy Lady (1971), then directed and produced the horror semi-spoof Cannibal Girls (1973). In-between handling the producing chores on several early David Cronenberg movie projects, Reitman produced Doug Henning's 1974 Broadway musical The Magic Show, then he helped elevate John Belushi to film stardom with his spectacularly successful 1978 production National Lampoon's Animal House, doing the same for Bill Murray in his 1979 directorial effort Meatballs, which ended up the biggest-grossing Canadian film of the year. After flirting with the Cinema of the Fantastic in his productions Heavy Metal (1981) and Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone (1983), Reitman combined fantasy and comedy with his direction of the 1984 cash cow Ghostbusters. Though he has earned his comic stripes as a director, Reitman continues to produce and executive-produce other director's projects, notably the runaway hit Beethoven (1991). However, not every Reitman's project has turned to box-office gold: After helping to give Arnold Schwarzenegger a lighter, more amusing image in Kindergarten Cop (1990), he failed to do same with Sylvester Stallone in Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot (1991). Other of his major Hollywood movies include Legal Eagles, Dave, Fathers' Day, and Six Days Seven Nights.

Producer - filmography

Killing Me Softly (2001) (executive producer)
Evolution (2001) (producer)
Road Trip (2000) (executive producer)
Wonder Woman (2000)
... aka Wonder Woman: Legacy (1998) (USA: working title)
... aka Wonder Woman: The Right (1998) (USA: working title)
Doomsday Man (1999)
Six Days Seven Nights (1998)
Mummies Alive! The Legend Begins (1998) (V) (executive)
Fathers' Day (1997)
Private Parts (1997) starring Howard Stern
... aka Howard Stern's Private Parts (1997)
Commandments (1997) (executive)
Space Jam (1996) starring Bugs Bunny and Michael Jordan
Late Shift, The (1996) (TV) (executive)
Junior (1994)
Beethoven's 2nd (1993) (executive)
Dave (1993)
Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot (1992) starring Sylvester Stallone
Beethoven (1992) (executive)
Kindergarten Cop (1990)
Ghostbusters II (1989)
Twins (1988/I)
Casual Sex? (1988) (executive)
Feds (1988) (executive)
Legal Eagles (1986)
Ghostbusters (1984)
Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone (1983) (executive)
... aka Adventures in the Creep Zone (1983)
... aka Road Gangs (1983)
Stripes (1981)
Heavy Metal (1981)
Blackout (1978) (executive)
... aka Black-Out à New York (1978) (France)
... aka Et la terreur commence (1978) (France)
... aka New York Blackout (1978)
... aka New York ne répond plus (1978) (France)
Animal House (1978)
... aka National Lampoon's Animal House (1978)
Death Weekend (1977)
... aka House by the Lake, The (1977)
Rabid (1977) (executive) starring Marilyn Chambers
... aka Rage (1977/I)
Shivers (1975)
... aka Frissons (1975) (Canada: French title)
... aka Orgy of the Blood Parasites (1975) (Canada: English title: working title)
... aka Parasite Murders, The (1975)
... aka They Came from Within (1975) (USA)

Director - filmography

Evolution (2001) starring David Duchovny
Six Days Seven Nights (1998) starring Harrison Ford and Anne Heche
... aka 6 Days 7 Nights (1998)
... aka 6 Days 7 Nights (1998)
Fathers' Day (1997) starring Billy Crystal and Robin Williams
Junior (1994) starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito
Dave (1993)  starring  Kevin Kline and Sigourney Weaver
Kindergarten Cop (1990) starring Arnold Schwarzenegger
Ghostbusters II (1989)
Twins (1988/I) starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito
Legal Eagles (1986) starring Robert Redford, Debra Winger and Daryl Hannah
Ghostbusters (1984) starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Sigourney Weaver
Stripes (1981) starring Bill Murray
Meatballs (1979) starring Bill Murray
... aka Summer Camp (1979/II)
Cannibal Girls (1973)
... aka Des filles cannibales (1973) (Canada: French title)
Foxy Lady (1971)

Actor - filmography

Ghostbusters (1984) (voice) (uncredited) .... Zuul

Writer - filmography

Legal Eagles (1986) (story)

Cinematographer - filmography

Columbus of Sex, The (1969)
... aka My Secret Life (1969) (USA)

Editor - filmography

Foxy Lady (1971)

Miscellaneous crew - filmography

"Real Ghostbusters, The" (1986) TV Series (executive consultant)
Rabid (1977) (music supervisor)
... aka Rage (1977/I)
Shivers (1975) (music supervisor)
... aka Frissons (1975) (Canada: French title)
... aka Orgy of the Blood Parasites (1975) (Canada: English title: working title)
... aka Parasite Murders, The (1975)
... aka They Came from Within (1975) (USA)

The Internet Movie Database

Hollywood Movies Shot in Slovakia

Ivan Reitman - Hollywood Filmmaker
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