NYC: Spend an evening with Tom Cruise – 12/17


Tom Cruise will be at the Rose Theater on Monday, December 17th for a conversation about his work and a special early screening of Jack Reacher. This conversation will be moderated by Kent Jones, New York Film Festival Director of Programming. Tickets go on sale Monday, December 10th and are $35 for balcony seats and $50 for orchestra and mezzanine seats.

In addition, An Evening with Tom Cruise will kick off a seven-film Tom Cruise retrospective at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. All the Right Moves: The Films of Tom Cruise will run from December 18th to December 20th and will feature the films Born on the Fourth of July, Jerry Maguire, The Last Samurai, Mission: Impossible, Rain Man, Risky Business, and Top Gun. (Oddly, no All the Right Moves.)

For more information on An Evening with Tom Cruise and the retrospective screenings, visit

After the cut is the full press release.


All proceeds for the screening will go to the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s 50th Anniversary Fund

The event will kick-off a career retrospective, ALL THE RIGHT MOVES: THE FILMS OF TOM CRUISE, taking place December 18-20th

New York, NY (December 3, 2012) – The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today that they will host An Evening with Tom Cruise on Monday, December 17th, taking a look at some of Cruise’s most iconic character work in a conversation with moderator and New York Film Festival Director of Programming, Kent Jones. The event will be followed by a sneak preview screening of Cruise’s new film JACK REACHER, in which he plays a tough ex-military investigator out for justice — a character that audiences have come to love from the three-time Academy Award® nominated actor. Tickets are $50 and $35 and all proceeds from the event will go to the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s 50th Anniversary Fund, which supports the new education program and emerging filmmaker initiatives. Tickets go on sale Monday, December 10th. The event will be held at the Rose Theater, (5th floor of the Time Warner Center, Broadway and 60th street). Visit for more information.

“Tom’s body of work is defined by the bold characters he plays so brilliantly and his collaborations with filmmaking’s most venerable directors. Tom consistently chooses smart and exciting projects and we are pleased to present audiences with a first look at his newest role, Jack Reacher,” said FSLC Executive Director Rose Kuo. “We are honored to host this exciting evening and to support our 50th anniversary fund to benefit education and emerging artists.”

An Evening with Tom Cruise will kick off a film retrospective that reunites fans with a selection of Cruise’s most beloved characters. The retrospective, ALL THE RIGHT MOVES: THE FILMS OF TOM CRUISE, runs December 18-20th and will include a seven-film tribute to some of his most extraordinary work: BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY, JERRY MAGUIRE, THE LAST SAMURAI, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE, RAIN MAN, RISKY BUSINESS and TOP GUN.

“It’s incredibly fortunate that the Film Society chose the opening week of JACK REACHER to pay tribute to Tom’s incredible talent and accomplishments” said the film’s director Christopher McQuarrie. “I’ve had the great luck to find myself working with an incomparable actor in this extraordinary role at the peak of an unparalleled career.”

After his big screen debut in ENDLESS LOVE (1981), Cruise made such an impression on director Harold Becker in the military drama TAPS (1981) that it inspired Becker to give him a larger role in the film, that of Cadet Captain David Shawn. Cruise’s performance in TAPS effectively launched his career, leading him to be cast in Francis Ford Coppola’s THE OUTSIDERS (1983) alongside a group of celebrated young actors that collectively became known as “the brat pack”. Since then, from his iconic slide across the floor of a suburban Chicago living room in RISKY BUSINESS (1983) to his considerably riskier footwork atop a Dubai skyscraper in MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL (2011), Cruise has spent a remarkable three decades as the world’s most popular movie star, and one of its most adventurous and unpredictable actors. An instant pop culture sensation for his role as the fighter pilot Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in TOP GUN (1986), Cruise quickly cemented his serious dramatic credentials opposite Dustin Hoffman in RAIN MAN (1988) and in Oliver Stone’s BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY (1989) where he earned his first Academy Award® nomination as well as a Golden Globe for Best Actor. Cruise has since earned two more Academy Award® nominations — Best Actor for Cameron Crowe’s JERRY MAGUIRE (1996) and Best Supporting Actor for Paul Thomas Anderson’s MAGNOLIA (1999), with both films earning him Golden Globes for the critically acclaimed performances. His career has been singular in working with the most noteworthy directors such as Coppola, Stone, Stanley Kubrick in EYES WIDE SHUT (1999), Steven Spielberg in MINORITY REPORT (2002) and WAR OF THE WORLDS (2005), and Michael Mann in COLLATERAL (2004), while breaking box-office records in blockbusters like THE LAST SAMURAI and the MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE series.

Tickets for the Monday, December 17th conversation and Jack Reacher screening will be available beginning Monday, December 10th. The event will be held at the Rose Theater, on the 5th floor of the Time Warner Center (Broadway and 60th street). Tickets will be sold for $50 and $35, and all proceeds from the event will go to the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s 50th Anniversary Fund, which supports the new education program and emerging filmmaker initiatives. Visit for additional information.

Special Two Film Package available for the films in the retrospective, ALL THE RIGHT MOVES: THE FILMS OF TOM CRUISE, running from December 18-20th. Tickets on sale today, visit All screenings will take place at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater, 165 West 65th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam).

Films, Descriptions & Schedule

An Evening with Tom Cruise featuring a Sneak Preview Screening of Jack Reacher
Fresh from his biggest worldwide success to date with Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and about to hit screens in the hotly anticipated Jack Reacher, we are pleased to welcome three-time Academy Award® nominee Tom Cruise for a career-spanning conversation moderated by New York Film Festival Director of Programming, Kent Jones, followed by a special advance screening of Cruise’s latest film, Jack Reacher, directed by Christopher McQuarrie. All proceeds from the event will go to the Film Society’s 50th Anniversary Fund, which supports the new education programs and emerging filmmaker initiatives. Info on the fund can be found at

JACK REACHER (2012) 130min
Director: Christopher McQuarrie
Country: USA
From The New York Times bestselling author Lee Child comes one of the most compelling heroes to step from novel to screen — ex-military investigator Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise). When a gunman takes five lives with six shots, all evidence points to the suspect in custody. On interrogation, the suspect offers up a single note: “Get Jack Reacher!” So begins an extraordinary chase for the truth, pitting Jack Reacher against an unexpected enemy, with a skill for violence and a secret to keep. Written for the screen and directed by Oscar-winner Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects). Co-starring Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, Werner Herzog, David Oyelowo and Robert Duvall!
*Mon. Dec 17, 7:00PM

Director: Oliver Stone
Country: USA
Cruise earned the first of three Oscar nominations for his transformative portrayal of disillusioned Vietnam vet Ron Kovic in Oliver Stone’s shattering portrait of the loss of American innocence.
*Wed. Dec 19, 9:00PM

JERRY MAGUIRE (1996) 139min
Director: Cameron Crowe
Country: USA
Cruise earned his second Best Actor Oscar nomination as the eponymous high-powered sports agent whose existential epiphany loses him all but one client (Oscar-winner Cuba Gooding, Jr.) in Cameron Crowe’s wry American success story.
*Thurs. Dec 20, 8:45PM

THE LAST SAMURAI (2003) 154min
Director: Ed Zwick
Country: USA
Ed Zwick’s visually majestic, old fashioned Hollywood epic stars Cruise as a disillusioned Civil War vet (Cruise) hired to train conscript in Japan’s first modern army, caught between the past and present of a rapidly changing nation.
*Thurs. Dec 20, 3:30PM

Director: Brian De Palma
Country: USA
Finding himself the only survivor of a mission gone awry, secret agent Ethan Hunt (Cruise) must unravel the conspiracy in the film that launched the successful franchise, directed by master of suspense Brian De Palma.
*Thurs. Dec 20, 6:30PM

RAIN MAN (1988) 133min
Director: Barry Levinson
Country: USA
As a slick yuppie unexpectedly reunited with his autistic older brother (Dustin Hoffman), Cruise more than holds his own in Barry Levinson’s beloved 1988 Oscar-winner.
*Wed. Dec 19, 6:00PM

RISKY BUSINESS (1983) 98min
Director: Paul Brickman
Country: USA
When mom and dad leave town, an enterprising Chicago teen (21-year-old Cruise in his star-making role) gets in over his head with a kind-hearted prostitute (Rebecca De Mornay) in writer-director Paul Brickman’s sparkling coming-of-age comedy.
*Wed. Dec 19, 3:45PM

TOP GUN (1986) 110min
Director: Tony Scott
Country: USA
Cruise flew into the danger zone (and sent sales of Ray-Bans and leather jackets soaring) as a hotshot Navy pilot romancing his civilian instructor (Kelly McGillis) in producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Tony Scott’s prototypical ’80s blockbuster.
*Tues. Dec 18, 8:30PM

Film Society of Lincoln Center

Under the leadership of Rose Kuo, Executive Director, and Richard Peña, Program Director, the Film Society of Lincoln Center offers the best in international, classic and cutting-edge independent cinema. The Film Society presents two film festivals that attract global attention: the New York Film Festival, having just celebrated its 50th edition, and New Directors/New Films which, since its founding in 1972, has been produced in collaboration with MoMA. The Film Society also publishes the award-winning Film Comment Magazine, and for over three decades has given an annual award — now named “The Chaplin Award” — to a major figure in world cinema. Past recipients of this award include Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep, and Tom Hanks. The Film Society presents a year-round calendar of programming, panels, lectures, educational programs and specialty film releases at its Walter Reade Theater and the new state-of-the-art Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center.

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Hubert Vigilla
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