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John Flynn is a Director, Writer and Assistant Director American born on 14 march 1932 at Chicago (USA)

John Flynn

John Flynn
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Nationality USA
Birth 14 march 1932 at Chicago (USA)
Death 4 april 2007 (at 75 years) at Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles (USA)

John Flynn (March 14, 1932 – April 4, 2007) was an American film director and screenwriter known for making efficient, no-nonsense crime-thrillers The Outfit and Rolling Thunder.


Flynn was raised in Hermosa Beach, California and served in the Coast Guard, It was during this stint that he studied journalism with Roots author Alex Haley. Flynn received a degree in journalism from UCLA.

He began his cinematic career as an apprentice to director Robert Wise on Odds Against Tomorrow and worked as the script supervisor on West Side Story. From there, Flynn worked as a second unit director on Kid Galahad and The Great Escape. He made his debut as a director with The Sergeant starring Rod Steiger.

Flynn's substantial commercial success was with The Outfit starring Robert Duvall. The filmmaker achieved a dedicated cult following with the gritty revenge thriller, Rolling Thunder starring William Devane and Tommy Lee Jones. In a 1994 interview with Jon Stewart, Film maker Quentin Tarantino cited Rolling Thunder as an influence and Flynn among his favorite directors.

In 1994, he directed the cult classic Brainscan, a thriller about the dangers of virtual reality starring Edward Furlong and Frank Langella.

Flynn continued to work on genre films like Best Seller, the Sylvester Stallone prison drama Lock Up, and the Steven Seagal action film, Out for Justice. In the early 1990s, Flynn directed two made-for-cable-TV films, the Dennis Hopper cop film, Nails, and the crime drama Scam. His last film was the direct-to-video film Protection.

Best films

Lock Up (1989)
The Great Escape (1963)

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Filmography of John Flynn (21 films)

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Absence of the Good
Directed by John Flynn
Genres Thriller
Actors Tyne Daly, Stephen Baldwin, Lesley Fera, Allen Garfield, Frank Gerrish, Tony Devon
Rating53% 2.6557352.6557352.6557352.6557352.655735
Depuis la mort accidentelle de son fils, un jeune flic se sent complétement à côté de la plaque. Il se lance à corps perdu dans une enquête sur une série de meurtres. Ce qu'il découvre du tueur, le renvoie à ses cauchemars, ses "démons du mal"!...
Brainscan (1994)
, 1h30
Directed by John Flynn
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantasy, Horror
Themes L'adolescence, Films about education, Films about children, Films about computing, Jeu, Films about video games, Films about school violence
Actors Edward Furlong, Frank Langella, David Hemblen, Jamie Marsh, Amy Hargreaves, T. Ryder Smith
Rating61% 3.0507453.0507453.0507453.0507453.050745
A lonely boy named Michael Brower (Edward Furlong) lives an isolated existence in his absentee father's mansion. Michael's mother was killed in a car accident, which also permanently injured his leg. He spends his spare time stalking his crush, a typical girl-next-door named Kimberly. A huge fan of horror films and video games, Michael's only friend is a similar-minded misfit named Kyle. Kyle tells Michael about a new, ultra-realistic game called Brainscan. Intrigued, Michael sends away for the first disc.
Scam (1993)
, 1h42
Directed by John Flynn
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Crime
Themes Mafia films, Gangster films
Actors Christopher Walken, Lorraine Bracco, Miguel Ferrer, Martin Donovan, James McDaniel, Daniel von Bargen
Rating53% 2.6649152.6649152.6649152.6649152.664915
Maggie Rohrer (Lorraine Bracco) is a seductive con-artist scamming the rich in Miami Beach. When she picks the wrong mark, Jack Shanks (Christopher Walken), he blackmails her into working with him on the ultimate scam in Jamaica. He wants to use her talents in a much bigger scam: ripping off a crime lord by getting at his programmer's computer files. But she starts to have doubts about what he's really after when she finds a huge stash of loot with the disks. He claims no knowledge of the money, she distrusts him, he's using her, things start getting dangerous and even murderous - and then her boyfriend shows up. When the scam turns deadly, murder and double-cross become the only way to finish their dangerous game.
Out for Justice, 1h31
Directed by John Flynn
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Martial arts, Action, Crime, Martial arts
Themes Mafia films, Sports films, Martial arts films, Gangster films
Actors Steven Seagal, William Forsythe, Jerry Orbach, Anthony DeSando, Jo Champa, Dominic Chianese
Rating61% 3.0500453.0500453.0500453.0500453.050045
Gino Felino is an NYPD detective from Brooklyn who has strong ties within his neighborhood. Gino and his partner Bobby Lupo wait to bust up a multi-million dollar drug deal. However, Gino sees a pimp violently assaulting one of his girls and intervenes. Shortly afterward, Richie Madano murders Bobby in broad daylight in front of his wife, Laurie, and his two children.
Lock Up
Lock Up (1989)
, 1h49
Directed by John Flynn
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Adventure, Crime
Themes Prison films
Actors Sylvester Stallone, Donald Sutherland, John Amos, Darlanne Fluegel, Frank McRae, Sonny Landham
Rating64% 3.20173.20173.20173.20173.2017
Frank Leone, a skilled mechanic and football player in Hoboken, New Jersey, is a model prisoner nearing the end of his sentence in Norwood, a low security prison. He occasionally spends time outside prison in his garage fixing cars, playing football and spending time with his girlfriend Melissa.
Best Seller, 1h35
Directed by John Flynn
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Adventure, Crime
Themes Films about writers
Actors James Woods, Brian Dennehy, Victoria Tennant, Paul Shenar, Allison Balson, George Coe
Rating64% 3.2471753.2471753.2471753.2471753.247175
The movie opens in 1972 as a group of gunmen wearing Richard Nixon Halloween masks steal evidence from a police evidence storage unit, killing several officers in the process. Officer Dennis Meechum (Brian Dennehy) is seriously wounded after stabbing one of the robbers. He survives and publishes a book titled Inside Job based on his experience. Years later, Meechum, who by now has become an acclaimed author and a much decorated Detective, is working on his next novel. He now suffers from writer's block, and is a widowed father raising his daughter, Holly (Allison Balson).
Touched (1983)
, 1h33
Directed by John Flynn
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Robert Hays, Kathleen Beller, Ned Beatty, Gilbert Lewis
Rating58% 2.9233552.9233552.9233552.9233552.923355
Its plot is about two inmates of a mental institution, a man named Daniel and a woman named Jennifer, who are not as ill as the psychiatrists at the institution perceive them to be. Daniel and a Jennifer seek to escape and make lives for themselves together in the world at large.
Defiance (1980)
, 1h43
Directed by John Flynn
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Actors Jan-Michael Vincent, Theresa Saldana, Danny Aiello, Rudy Ramos, Art Carney, Joseph Campanella
Rating62% 3.1493053.1493053.1493053.1493053.149305
Un marin paumé et sans le sou s'installe provisoirement dans un appartement situé dans un quartier mal famé, gouverné par une bande de loubards. D'abord indifférent à leur sort, il va s'attacher à leurs habitants et tenter de lutter efficacement contre les activités du gang.
Rolling Thunder, 1h35
Directed by John Flynn
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Political films
Actors William Devane, Tommy Lee Jones, James Best, Linda Haynes, Dabney Coleman, Luke Askew
Rating69% 3.498393.498393.498393.498393.49839
In 1973, Major Charles Rane (William Devane) returns home to San Antonio with Master Sergeant Johnny Vohden (Tommy Lee Jones), and two other soldiers, after spending seven years as a POW in Hanoi. He finds a home very different from the one he left when he meets his wife Janet (Lisa Blake Richards), his son Mark (Jordan Gerler), and local policeman Cliff (Lawrason Driscoll), waiting to drive him home. Rane soon realizes that his son doesn't remember him, and that Cliff seems overly familiar with Janet and Mark. Janet admits that she has become engaged to Cliff and has no plans to break it off, despite still having feelings for Rane. Rane stoically accepts this, but privately reacts by self-imposing the same institutionalized daily regime he had in captivity.
The Outfit
The Outfit (1973)
, 1h43
Directed by John Flynn
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Themes Mafia films, L'Outfit de Chicago, Gangster films
Actors Robert Duvall, Karen Black, Joe Don Baker, Robert Ryan, Timothy Carey, Sheree North
Rating69% 3.496933.496933.496933.496933.49693
Two hitmen drive to Eddie Macklin's house to assassinate him as he builds a brick wall in his backyard. Meanwhile, Eddie's brother Earl (Robert Duvall) is released from prison in Illinois after a 27-month term for carrying a concealed weapon. His girlfriend Bett (Karen Black) picks him up and takes him to a motel. She informs Earl of his brother's execution by the Outfit. Earl deduces that the motel stay is a setup, and when one of the hitmen who killed his brother bursts into the room, Earl ambushes him and tortures him for information.
The Jerusalem File, 1h36
Directed by John Flynn
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action
Actors Bruce Davison, Nicol Williamson, Daria Halprin, Donald Pleasence, Ian Hendry, Ze'ev Revach
Rating59% 2.974922.974922.974922.974922.97492
The film follows a young American named David, who comes to Israel to study and finds an Arab friend who legally lives there. Before long he finds
The Sergeant, 1h48
Directed by John Flynn
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Rod Steiger, John Phillip Law, Frank Latimore, Ludmila Mikaël, Nadine Alari
Rating62% 3.1483853.1483853.1483853.1483853.148385
A dedicated, decorated war veteran, Sgt. Callan (Rod Steiger), is posted in France at a fuel supply depot in 1952. Finding a lack of discipline under the frequently drunk Capt. Loring, he takes charge in a tough, no-nonsense manner.