A Tribute to Dino De Laurentiis (1919-2010)


Dino De Laurentiis, legendary film producer, has died at age 91, and he will be sorely missed. The producer of over 500 films and two-time Oscar winner was responsible for some truly classic (if pulpy) movies, including titles such as Flash Gordon, Conan the Barbarian, Dune, Maximum Overdrive, Manhunter, Hannibal and Red Dragon. He also produced a gazillion Italian films, none of which I have seen. But the real reason that I will miss Dino is because he produced what I consider to be one of the greatest films ever made: Army of Darkness. Without Dino De Laurentiis, Bruce Campbell may never have become the awesome b-movie hero that we know and love today, and for that, Dino, I will be eternally grateful. Rest in peace.

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