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Alan Sharp (b. 1934 in Greenock) is a Scottish novelist and screenwriter.
Total Books: 33
Sharp's career began in 1965, with the publication of his acclaimed first novel, A Green Tree in Gedde. It was the first part of a proposed trilogy, but Sharp completed only one more novel, The Wind Shifts (1967), before migrating to Hollywood and becoming a much sought after screenwriter.
Sharp's most active period was the early and mid-1970s, when five of his screenplays became high-profile Hollywood feature films, most of them dealing with quintessentially American themes and characters. At least three are now recognized as classics of the New American Cinema of the 1970s: Peter Fonda's The Hired Hand, Robert Aldrich's Ulzana's Raid and Arthur Penn's Night Moves. Critic Walter Chaw has written, "On the strength of his scripts for The Hired Hand, Ulzana's Raid, and Night Moves, Scottish novelist Alan Sharp seems well at home with the better-known, more highly-regarded writers and directors of the New American Cinema. Sharp's screenplays are marked by a narrative complexity and situations gravid with implication and doom."
Critic David N. Meyer has incorporated an appreciation of Sharp's writing in his review of Night Moves. Following a description of an important seduction scene from the film, Meyer adds: "These delicious, poisonous moments - these cookies full of arsenic - come courtesy of Alan Sharp's venomous, entrapping, perfectly circular screenplay. It's hard not to regard him - rather than Penn - as the engine of Night Moves' enduring power. Sharp had an unbroken forty year career writing features and television."
His screenplays were considered mediocre by European critics, notably from Le Figaro and Kino.
Since the 1980s, Sharp has mostly been writing for American television; his 1993 television screenplay for The Last Hit was nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award. His film projects include Sam Peckinpah's swan song The Osterman Weekend (1982), Rob Roy (1995), Dean Spanley (2008), which is based on the 1936 novella My Talks with Dean Spanley by Irish writer Lord Dunsany), and Burns (in production), a biographical film about Robert Burns, Scotland's national poet .
Sharp and writer Beryl Bainbridge are the parents of actress Rudi Davies.