Writer-director who graduated to feature releases with the switched-identity, teen comedy "Dream a Little Dream" (1989). Rocco managed to draw out understated performances from his two stars, the two Coreys (Haim and Feldman), while greatly benefiting from the casting of Jason Robards in a supporting role. His next effort, "Where the Day Takes You" (1992), a "gritty" look at homeless youth, featured a Who's Who of the young Hollywood of its day including Dermot Mulroney, Lara Flynn Boyle and Ricki Lake. His follow-up was the Depression-era prison drama "Murder in the First" (1995), based on the real-life trial that eventually helped shut down Alcatraz. Working with a relatively big budget and stars, Rocco turned out a compelling drama with solid performances from Kevin Bacon, Christian Slater and Gary Oldman. Son of actor Alex Rocco.
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Directed first film, "Scenes From the Goldmine"; also wrote and produced
First credit as executive producer, "Where the Day Takes You"; also wrote and directed
Executive produced the film, "Teresa's Tattoo"
Helmed the gripping "Murder in the First"; also executive produced
Returned to features as writer-director of "The Jacket"
Executive produced the film, "Take"