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John G. Avildsen is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter, Producer, Assistant Director, Director of Photography, Editor and Cinematography American born on 21 december 1935 at Oak Park (USA)

John G. Avildsen

John G. Avildsen
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Nationality USA
Birth 21 december 1935 at Oak Park (USA)
Death 16 june 2017 (at 81 years)
Awards Academy Award for Best Director

John Guilbert Avildsen (born December 21, 1935) is an American film director. He won the Academy Award for Best Director in 1977 for Rocky.

Biography

Solide artisan du cinéma américain il débute comme chef opérateur, monteur et assistant. En 1967, John G. Avildsen débute à la réalisation mais n'obtient son premier succès que trois ans plus tard, avec Joe, un drame interprété par Peter Boyle et Susan Sarandon. Puis il dirige Jack Lemmon dans Sauvez le tigre. En 1976, il filme le scénario d'un acteur débutant. Cet acteur s'appelle Sylvester Stallone, et le film, Rocky, vaudra un Oscar au réalisateur. Il tourne par la suite avec Marlon Brando pour La Formule et John Belushi pour Les Voisins. En 1984, il retrouve les sommets du box-office avec Karaté Kid (The Karate Kid). Deux suites seront tournées dans les années 1980. Une autre suite, en 1990, avec Rocky 5, marque ses retrouvailles avec Sylvester Stallone et le personnage qui leur avait offert le succès quinze ans plus tôt. Le film est un succès critique, mais ne fonctionnera pas commercialement comme les autres épisodes de la saga. Les années 1990 furent, en effet, plus difficiles pour le réalisateur, marquées notamment par les échecs de La Puissance de l'ange, interprété par Morgan Freeman puis d'Inferno, avec Jean-Claude Van Damme.

John G. Avildsen meurt d'un cancer du pancréas le 16 juin 2017 à 81 ans.

Best films

Rocky (1976)
(Director)
The Karate Kid (1984)
(Director)
Rocky V (1990)
(Director)
The Karate Kid Part II (1986)
(Director)
Save the Tiger (1973)
(Director)

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Source : Wikidata

Filmography of John G. Avildsen (32 films)

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Actor

American Satan, 1h51
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians
Actors Malcolm McDowell, Andy Biersack, Mark Boone Junior, Denise Richards, Booboo Stewart, John Bradley-West
Roles Talk Show Host
Rating56% 2.842362.842362.842362.842362.84236
Ce film raconte l'épopée d'un jeune groupe de rock anglo-américain. Le personnage principal est Johnny Faust (Andy Biersack), qui vit à Columbus, dans l'Ohio avec sa mère (Denise Richards) et sa copine de longue date Gretchen (Olivia Culpo). Lui et ses amis musiciens déménagent à Los Angeles où ils rejoignent les autres membres du groupe qui viennent d'Angleterre ; ensemble, ils forment The Relentless. Après avoir fait passer des auditions afin de trouver un bassiste, ils choisissent une jeune femme prénommée Lily (Jesse Sullivan). Un jour, le groupe est accosté par un vieil homme (Malcolm McDowell) qui affirme être le diable. Il leurs raconte qu'il peut en faire d'immenses stars de la musique s'ils décident de lui faire confiance. Toutefois, pour que leur célébrité explose, ils doivent accomplir un sacrifice humain … Ainsi naît le succès du groupe et de leur album, American Satan.
Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films, 1h46
Genres Documentary
Themes Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry
Actors Menahem Golan, Molly Ringwald, Yoram Globus, Dolph Lundgren, Bo Derek, Marina Sirtis
Roles Self - Director
Rating73% 3.6959053.6959053.6959053.6959053.695905
Mélangeant interviews, extraits de films et images d’archives, ce documentaire retrace l’histoire de la société de production Cannon Films, créée par Menahem Golan et Yoram Globus. Dans les années 1980, ces deux producteurs ont sans aucun doute produit les plus grands nanars du cinéma, s’emparant de force de la machine hollywoodienne, et changeant à jamais l’histoire du cinéma bis.

Director

Inferno
Inferno (1999)
, 1h35
Directed by John G. Avildsen
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Romance
Actors Jean-Claude Van Damme, Danny Trejo, Pat Morita, Gabrielle Fitzpatrick, Larry Drake, Vincent Schiavelli
Rating51% 2.564022.564022.564022.564022.56402
The film opens as Eddie Lomax (Jean-Claude Van Damme) drives an Indian motorcycle in an open desert plain (referred to as the Dry Lake). Soon enough, the motorcycle breaks down and Eddie dismounts, carrying nothing but his jacket, his .45 pistol, and a bottle of tequilla. As he lies in the desert drinking, he eventually sees his friend Johnny Sixtoes (Danny Trejo), a Mexican Indian, whom he had sent a postcard notifying him of his arrival.
8 Seconds
8 Seconds (1994)
, 1h45
Directed by John G. Avildsen
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Romance, Western
Themes Films about music and musicians, Sports films, Musical films
Actors Luke Perry, Stephen Baldwin, Cynthia Geary, James Rebhorn, Carrie Snodgress, Linden Ashby
Rating66% 3.304263.304263.304263.304263.30426
While growing up in Oklahoma, young Lane Frost (Cameron Finley) learns the tricks of the bull riding trade at the hand of his father, Clyde (James Rebhorn), an accomplished rodeo bronco rider himself. As he enters his teenage and early adult years, Lane (Luke Perry) travels the western rodeo circuit with his best friends Tuff Hedeman (Stephen Baldwin) and Cody Lambert (Red Mitchell). He meets and falls in love with a young barrel racer, Kellie Kyle, and they eventually marry in 1984.
The Power of One, 2h7
Directed by John G. Avildsen
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about racism, Sports films, Martial arts films, Boxing films, Political films
Actors Stephen Dorff, Armin Mueller-Stahl, John Gielgud, Morgan Freeman, Daniel Craig, Simon Fenton
Rating71% 3.5509353.5509353.5509353.5509353.550935
Born in 1930 to a recently widowed Englishwoman on a homestead in rural Natal, little Peter Philip is schooled in the ways of England by his mother and the ways of Africa by a Zulu nanny (Nomadlozi Kubheka), whose son Tonderai is also his best friend. Their easy life is forever shattered, however, when the farm's cattle are claimed by rinderpest. PK's mother succumbs to a nervous breakdown, and he is sent away to a conservative Afrikaans boarding school while she recovers.
Rocky V
Rocky V (1990)
, 1h51
Directed by Sylvester Stallone, John G. Avildsen
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action
Themes Sports films, Martial arts films, Boxing films, Le boxe anglaise
Actors Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Sage Stallone, Richard Gant, Burgess Meredith
Rating53% 2.654732.654732.654732.654732.65473
Shortly after Rocky Balboa's victory over Ivan Drago in Moscow, he, his wife Adrian, his brother-in-law Paulie, and his trainer Tony "Duke" Evers return to the U.S., where they are greeted by Rocky's son Robert. At a press conference, boxing promoter George Washington Duke attempts to goad Rocky into fighting his boxer Union Cane for the World Heavyweight Championship in Tokyo, but Rocky declines the offer. Upon returning home, it is discovered that Paulie unknowingly had Rocky sign a "power of attorney" over to Rocky's accountant, who had squandered all of his money on real estate deals gone sour; in addition, the accountant had failed to pay Rocky's taxes over the past six years, and the mansion is discovered to be unpaid by $400,000.
The Karate Kid Part III, 1h52
Directed by John G. Avildsen
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Martial arts, Action, Adventure, Romance, Martial arts
Themes Sports films, Martial arts films
Actors Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Robyn Lively, Thomas Ian Griffith, Martin Kove, Sean Kanan
Rating53% 2.6563852.6563852.6563852.6563852.656385
The story picks up after The Karate Kid, Part II. In the aftermath of his abusive behavior at the All-Valley Tournament, Sensei John Kreese (Martin Kove) loses all of his students. Ostracised and broke, he visits his Vietnam War comrade Terry Silver (Thomas Ian Griffith), the wealthy billionaire owner of a toxic waste disposal business. Silver and Kreese scheme to take revenge on Daniel and Mr. Miyagi (Noriyuki "Pat" Morita), and re-establish Cobra Kai. Silver sends Kreese to Tahiti to rest up and get his life back in order.
Lean On Me
Lean On Me (1989)
, 1h49
Directed by John G. Avildsen
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography
Themes Films about education
Actors Morgan Freeman, Beverly Todd, Alan North, Robert Guillaume, Ethan Philips, Michael Beach
Rating73% 3.6987953.6987953.6987953.6987953.698795
Eastside High School in Paterson, New Jersey, is plagued with numerous problems, especially those dealing with drugs and gang violence. Furthermore, the students are receiving low scores on the state's basic skills test.
For Keeps
For Keeps (1988)
, 1h38
Directed by John G. Avildsen
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romance
Themes Pregnancy films, Films about sexuality
Actors Molly Ringwald, Randall Batinkoff, Kenneth Mars, Miriam Flynn, Conchata Ferrell, Sharon Brown
Rating59% 2.957852.957852.957852.957852.95785
In Kenosha, Wisconsin, Ivy, editor at her high school paper, and her long-term boyfriend Seth are in their final year of high school and already have been accepted at good colleges; before Ivy goes to college to study journalism, she will go on a trip to Paris with her mother for her graduation present, while Seth will go to Caltech to study architecture. With the help of Ivy's best friend Laura, Ivy and Seth spend a weekend together, where they sleep together, and Ivy becomes pregnant. They announce the news at Thanksgiving, and neither Ivy's mother Denise, who was abandoned by her husband and brought up Ivy alone, nor Seth's Catholic parents are very supportive. Respectively, they urge the young couple to have an abortion or give up the baby for adoption. Ivy plans to have an abortion, but does not go through with it, much to Seth's relief.
Happy New Year, 1h47
Directed by John G. Avildsen, Bruce Malmuth
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Crime, Romance
Themes L'action se déroule en une journée, Heist films
Actors Peter Falk, Charles Durning, Tom Courtenay, Wendy Hughes, Anthony Heald, Claude Lelouch
Rating58% 2.901452.901452.901452.901452.90145
Nick and Charlie, a couple of aging thieves looking for a last score before they retire, come to ritzy Palm Beach, Florida, where they have an elaborate scheme to rob a Harry Winston jewelry store.
The Karate Kid Part II, 1h53
Directed by John G. Avildsen
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Martial arts, Action, Adventure, Romance, Martial arts
Themes Seafaring films, Sports films, Transport films, Martial arts films
Actors Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Tamlyn Tomita, Joey Miyashima, Nobu McCarthy, Bruce Malmuth
Rating61% 3.052053.052053.052053.052053.05205
Furious over Johnny's loss at the All-Valley Karate Tournament, John Kreese attacks him in the parking lot. Miyagi confronts Kreese and passively immobilizes him. Miyagi threatens to strike a deadly blow but instead comically tweaks Kreese's nose and walks away.
The Karate Kid, 2h7
Directed by John G. Avildsen
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Martial arts, Comedy, Action, Adventure, Romance, Martial arts
Themes L'adolescence, Films about education, Films about children, Sports films, Martial arts films, Teen movie
Actors Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Elisabeth Shue, Martin Kove, Randee Heller, William Zabka
Rating72% 3.6490253.6490253.6490253.6490253.649025
Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio), a high school senior, moves with his mother Lucille (Randee Heller) from Newark, New Jersey to Reseda, a neighborhood in the Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley area. Their apartment's handyman is an eccentric but kind and humble Okinawan immigrant named Kesuke Miyagi (Noriyuki "Pat" Morita).
A Night in Heaven, 1h23
Directed by John G. Avildsen
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films
Actors Christopher Atkins, Lesley Ann Warren, Robert Logan, Carrie Snodgress, Deney Terrio, Deborah Rush
Rating42% 2.1120052.1120052.1120052.1120052.112005
Outspoken and overconfident Rick Monroe is a jock and a popular guy in college in Titusville, Florida. At the end of his final report for his class, Rick cracks a joke and his prim and proper speech professor, Faye Hanlon, is not amused. After chiding him for his joke, she decides to fail him and make him take the course over again.