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Jon Avnet is a Director, Scriptwriter, Producer and Presenter American born on 17 november 1949 at New York City (USA)

Jon Avnet

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Birth name Jonathan Michael Avnet
Nationality USA
Birth 17 november 1949 (70 years) at New York City (USA)

Jonathan Michael Avnet (born November 17, 1949), better known as Jon Avnet, is an American director, writer and producer.

Best films

Black Swan (2010)
(Executive Producer)
George of the Jungle (1997)
(Producer)
Inspector Gadget (1999)
(Executive Producer)
Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
(Director)
Up Close & Personal (1996)
(Director)
Risky Business (1983)
(Producer)

Usually with

Jordan Kerner
Jordan Kerner
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Thomas Newman
Thomas Newman
(7 films)
Steven Brill
Steven Brill
(4 films)
Paul Brickman
Paul Brickman
(3 films)
Ed Shearmur
Ed Shearmur
(4 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Jon Avnet (32 films)

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Director

Have a Little Faith, 1h40
Directed by Jon Avnet
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Laurence Fishburne, Bradley Whitford, Mykelti Williamson, Martin Landau, Anika Noni Rose
Rating67% 3.3863953.3863953.3863953.3863953.386395
The film is based on Detroit Free Press columnist Mitch Albom’s best-selling nonfiction book of the same name.
Righteous Kill, 1h41
Directed by Jon Avnet
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Adventure, Crime
Themes Serial killer films
Actors Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Donnie Wahlberg, John Leguizamo, 50 Cent, Carla Gugino
Rating59% 2.999632.999632.999632.999632.99963
Police psychologists review recordings of a man (Robert De Niro), who states his name as Detective David Fisk, the "Poetry Boy" killer. The Poetry Boy earned the moniker for his modus operandi of murdering criminals and leaving short poems with their bodies. Fisk reveals that he looks up to his partner of almost 30 years, Tom Cowan (who the audience is led to believe is the character portrayed by Al Pacino), and considers him to be his role model of how a cop should be. Pacino's character is known by the nickname "Rooster" and De Niro's by "Turk," and they are referred as such outside of the recordings.
88 Minutes
88 Minutes (2007)
, 1h47
Directed by Jon Avnet
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Crime
Themes Serial killer films, Films about capital punishment
Actors Al Pacino, Alicia Witt, Leelee Sobieski, Deborah Kara Unger, Amy Brenneman, Neal McDonough
Rating58% 2.949222.949222.949222.949222.94922
Forensic psychiatrist Dr. Jack Gramm (Al Pacino) testifies at the trial of suspected serial murderer Jon Forster (Neal McDonough), dubbed "The Seattle Slayer" by police. Gramm's testimony and expert psychiatric opinion are crucial to help convict Forster of the attempted killing of Janie Cates and the murder of Joanie Cates, who was drugged, hanged upside down, and killed after the killer broke into her home. After receiving his conviction by the jury, Forster taunts Gramm, saying "Tick-tock, Doc."
Uprising
Uprising (2001)
, 2h57
Directed by Jon Avnet
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Historical
Themes Films about religion, Political films, Films about Jews and Judaism
Actors Leelee Sobieski, Hank Azaria, David Schwimmer, Jon Voight, Donald Sutherland, Stephen Moyer
Rating71% 3.597323.597323.597323.597323.59732
Polish Jews imprisoned in the Warsaw Ghetto rise up against the Nazi German army in 1943.
Red Corner
Red Corner (1997)
, 2h2
Directed by Jon Avnet
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Themes Political films
Actors Richard Gere, Bai Ling, Bradley Whitford, Byron Mann, Peter Donat, Robert Stanton
Rating62% 3.148523.148523.148523.148523.14852
Red Corner tells the story of a wealthy American businessman named Jack Moore (played by Richard Gere) working in China and attempting to put together a satellite communications deal as part of a joint venture with the Chinese government. Before the deal goes through, he is framed for the murder of a powerful Chinese general's daughter, and the satellite contract is awarded to Moore's competitor, Gerhardt Hoffman. Moore's court-appointed lawyer Shen Yuelin, (played by Bai Ling), initially does not believe his claims of innocence, but the pair gradually unearth further evidence that not only vindicates Moore but also implicates powerful figures within the Chinese central government administration, exposing undeniable conspiracy and corruption. Shen manages to convince several high-ranking Chinese officials to release evidence that proves Moore's innocence. Moore is quickly released from prison while the conspirators that framed him are arrested. At the airport, Moore asks Shen to leave China with him, but she decides to stay as there are many more things to change in China. However, she admits that meeting Moore has changed her life, and she considers him part of her family now. They both then share a heartfelt hug on the airport runway.
Up Close & Personal, 2h4
Directed by Jon Avnet
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Robert Redford, Michelle Pfeiffer, Stockard Channing, Joe Mantegna, Fabian Forte, Kate Nelligan
Rating62% 3.1000253.1000253.1000253.1000253.100025
Sally 'Tally' Atwater (Michelle Pfeiffer) is an ambitious, aspiring news reporter, who is hired by Miami local news director Warren Justice (Robert Redford) when she sends in a homemade audition tape. He carefully guides her career to new heights, all the while becoming increasingly attracted to her. Tally soon rises through the ranks of network news to become successful, while Warren's once-stellar career sinks into mediocrity. Furthermore, Tally's ascension takes her away from Warren when she is forced to relocate to Philadelphia. Tally struggles at her new post, in no small part due to the hostility of veteran reporter Marcia McGrath (Stockard Channing), who jealously protects her position as the top reporter. Warren turns up to inspire Tally, and the two partners begin a new career together. However, on a routine assignment in a Philadelphia prison, Tally and her cameraman are taken hostage in a prison riot and forced to endure hours of intense violence. Tally covers the groundbreaking story from within the walls of the collapsing prison as Warren looks on from outside, guiding her through her first national broadcast. This incredible act of bravery leads to Tally's eagerly anticipated advancement to a national network newscaster position and the continuation of the dynamic duo's rise to fame - but shortly after, disaster strikes when Warren is killed during an assignment.
The War
The War (1994)
, 2h6
Directed by Jon Avnet
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Political films
Actors Elijah Wood, Kevin Costner, Mare Winningham, Lexi Randall, Lucas Black, Christine Baranski
Rating67% 3.399233.399233.399233.399233.39923
Stephen, a shell-shocked Vietnam veteran, returns from a mental hospital, which he entered voluntarily because he was suffering from nightmares about the war and had in consequence lost three jobs in a row. After having been treated and finally coming home again, he gets a new job as custodial engineer at a grammar school, but loses it again within less than one week because of a law forbidding people who spent time in a mental hospital to work within the vicinity of children. However, the Simmons family desperately needs money, so Stephen continues looking for work, and finds a job picking potatoes. There he makes friends with a man called Moe Henry, with whose help he succeeds in obtaining a job working in a mine - his best one yet.
Fried Green Tomatoes, 2h10
Directed by Jon Avnet
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Crime
Themes Cooking films, Feminist films, Films about sexuality, Vieillesse, LGBT-related films, Political films, Buddy films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy, Mary Stuart Masterson, Mary-Louise Parker, Cicely Tyson, Chris O'Donnell
Rating76% 3.849773.849773.849773.849773.84977
Evelyn Couch (Bates), a timid, unhappy housewife in her forties, meets elderly Virginia Threadgoode, known as Ninny (Tandy) in an Anderson, Alabama nursing home. Ninny, over several encounters with Evelyn, tells her the story of the now-abandoned town of Whistle Stop, and the people who lived there. The film's subplot concerns Evelyn's dissatisfaction with her marriage and her life, her growing confidence, and her developing friendship with Ninny. The narrative switches several times between Ninny's story, which is set between World War I and World War II, and Evelyn's life in 1980s Birmingham.

Scriptwriter

Uprising
Uprising (2001)
, 2h57
Directed by Jon Avnet
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Historical
Themes Films about religion, Political films, Films about Jews and Judaism
Actors Leelee Sobieski, Hank Azaria, David Schwimmer, Jon Voight, Donald Sutherland, Stephen Moyer
Roles Writer
Rating71% 3.597323.597323.597323.597323.59732
Polish Jews imprisoned in the Warsaw Ghetto rise up against the Nazi German army in 1943.
Red Corner
Red Corner (1997)
, 2h2
Directed by Jon Avnet
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Themes Political films
Actors Richard Gere, Bai Ling, Bradley Whitford, Byron Mann, Peter Donat, Robert Stanton
Rating62% 3.148523.148523.148523.148523.14852
Red Corner tells the story of a wealthy American businessman named Jack Moore (played by Richard Gere) working in China and attempting to put together a satellite communications deal as part of a joint venture with the Chinese government. Before the deal goes through, he is framed for the murder of a powerful Chinese general's daughter, and the satellite contract is awarded to Moore's competitor, Gerhardt Hoffman. Moore's court-appointed lawyer Shen Yuelin, (played by Bai Ling), initially does not believe his claims of innocence, but the pair gradually unearth further evidence that not only vindicates Moore but also implicates powerful figures within the Chinese central government administration, exposing undeniable conspiracy and corruption. Shen manages to convince several high-ranking Chinese officials to release evidence that proves Moore's innocence. Moore is quickly released from prison while the conspirators that framed him are arrested. At the airport, Moore asks Shen to leave China with him, but she decides to stay as there are many more things to change in China. However, she admits that meeting Moore has changed her life, and she considers him part of her family now. They both then share a heartfelt hug on the airport runway.
Fried Green Tomatoes, 2h10
Directed by Jon Avnet
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Crime
Themes Cooking films, Feminist films, Films about sexuality, Vieillesse, LGBT-related films, Political films, Buddy films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy, Mary Stuart Masterson, Mary-Louise Parker, Cicely Tyson, Chris O'Donnell
Rating76% 3.849773.849773.849773.849773.84977
Evelyn Couch (Bates), a timid, unhappy housewife in her forties, meets elderly Virginia Threadgoode, known as Ninny (Tandy) in an Anderson, Alabama nursing home. Ninny, over several encounters with Evelyn, tells her the story of the now-abandoned town of Whistle Stop, and the people who lived there. The film's subplot concerns Evelyn's dissatisfaction with her marriage and her life, her growing confidence, and her developing friendship with Ninny. The narrative switches several times between Ninny's story, which is set between World War I and World War II, and Evelyn's life in 1980s Birmingham.

Producer

Black Swan
Black Swan (2010)
, 1h48
Directed by Darren Aronofsky
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Fantastic
Themes Dance films, Films about music and musicians, Films about sexuality, Bisexuality-related films, LGBT-related films, Musical films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Christopher Gartin, Winona Ryder, Vincent Cassel, Barbara Hershey
Roles Executive Producer
Rating79% 3.99733.99733.99733.99733.9973
Nina Sayers (Natalie Portman), a young dancer in a prestigious New York City ballet company, lives with her mother, Erica (Barbara Hershey), a former dancer herself. The company is preparing to open the season with Swan Lake. The director, Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel), has to cast a new principal dancer after forcing Beth Macintyre (Winona Ryder) into retirement. Thomas wants the same ballerina to portray the innocent, fragile White Swan as well as her dark, sensual twin, the Black Swan. Nina auditions for the part, performing flawlessly as the White Swan, but not quite able to emulate the characteristics of the Black Swan. Although Nina does not do well during her audition, she approaches Thomas and asks him to reconsider her as the lead role. He tells her she is the ideal dancer to cast as the White Swan, but she lacks the passion needed to correctly portray the Black Swan.
Righteous Kill, 1h41
Directed by Jon Avnet
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Adventure, Crime
Themes Serial killer films
Actors Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Donnie Wahlberg, John Leguizamo, 50 Cent, Carla Gugino
Roles Producer
Rating59% 2.999632.999632.999632.999632.99963
Police psychologists review recordings of a man (Robert De Niro), who states his name as Detective David Fisk, the "Poetry Boy" killer. The Poetry Boy earned the moniker for his modus operandi of murdering criminals and leaving short poems with their bodies. Fisk reveals that he looks up to his partner of almost 30 years, Tom Cowan (who the audience is led to believe is the character portrayed by Al Pacino), and considers him to be his role model of how a cop should be. Pacino's character is known by the nickname "Rooster" and De Niro's by "Turk," and they are referred as such outside of the recordings.