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John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs (2017)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 1 August 2017 (USA)
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An examination of the Oscar-winning director who brought to life some of cinema's most beloved motion pictures.
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Credited cast:
Renée Zellweger ... (archive footage)
Luke Perry ... Himself
Sylvester Stallone ... Himself
Matthew McConaughey ... (archive footage)
John Travolta ... (archive footage)
Martin Scorsese ... Himself
Elisabeth Shue ... (archive footage)
Morgan Freeman ... Himself (archive footage)
Martin Kove ... Himself
Jean-Claude Van Damme ... (archive footage)
Sigourney Weaver ... (archive footage)
William Zabka ... Himself
Ralph Macchio ... Himself
Sean Kanan ... Himself
Susan Sarandon ... (archive footage)
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John G. Avildsen's films have inspired millions of 'underdogs' and shaped popular culture for decades, yet most people don't even know his name. Discover the unknown legend behind Rocky (1976) and The Karate Kid (1984) in this official biography about a prolific filmmaker who directed seven actors to Academy Award nominations and earned his own Oscar for Best Director.

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Discover the unknown legend behind Rocky and The Karate Kid

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USA

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English

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1 August 2017 (USA) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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AJ16 Entertainment See more »
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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This documentary is a companion to a book about John G. Avildsen entitled "The Films of John G. Avildsen: Rocky, The Karate Kid, and Other Underdogs", written by Larry Powell and Tom Garrett. See more »

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Outstanding!
19 February 2018 | by ivisastarSee all my reviews

Saw this in theaters and was blown away. I learned so much about John Avildsen that I didn't realize. It's inspiring and well made. Definitely one of the best documentaries of this genre.


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