The casualty: director Roland Joffé

It's amazing what a single box office turkey can do to a great filmmaker's career. Before he tragically directed Demi Moore and Gary Oldman in the critically savaged 1995 mess The Scarlet Letter, Roland Joffé was a very respected shotcaller with a pair of Oscar-nominated movies to his name: The Killing Fields (1984) and The Mission (1986).

With The Scarlet Letter, a universally panned Nathaniel Hawthorne adaptation that barely broke double-digit box office grosses but cost $46 million, Joffé squandered all of his hard-earned good will, and it's been uninspired torture porn (Captivity, 2007) and poorly reviewed, minimally released historical pics (There Be Dragons, 2011) ever since.