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A bright child, John Sayles began reading novels before age 9. A Williams grad in 1972, he shunned a corporate career to work various blue-collar jobs, moving to east Boston to take a factory job. He wrote stories and submitted them to various magazines, and the Atlantic Monthly gave him the idea of publishing them in a novel--thus "Pride of the ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 28 wins & 30 nominations. See more awards »

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Lone Star
Lone Star Writer
Piranha Writer
Eight Men Out
Eight Men Out Writer


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 2016 Dr. Del (TV Movie)
 2010 Amigo (written by)
 2008 The Spiderwick Chronicles (screenplay)
 2007 Honeydripper (written by)
 2004 Silver City (written by)
 2003 Casa de los babys (written by)
 2002 Sunshine State (written by)
 1999 Limbo (written by)
 1997/II Men with Guns (written by)
 1996 Lone Star (written by)
 1995 Piranha (original screenplay) / (story)
 1994 The Secret of Roan Inish (screenplay)
 1994 Men of War (screenplay)
 1992 Passion Fish (written by)
 1991 City of Hope (written by)
 1990 Shannon's Deal (TV Series) (written by - 2 episodes)
- Custody (1990) ... (written by)
- Words to Music (1990) ... (written by)
 1989 Breaking In (written by)
 1989 Shannon's Deal (TV Movie)
 1988 Eight Men Out (screenplay)
 1987 Matewan (written by)
 1987 Wild Thing (screenplay) / (story)
 1986 Unnatural Causes (TV Movie)
 1986 The Clan of the Cave Bear (screenplay)
 1983 Baby It's You (screenplay)
 1983 Lianna (written by)
 1982 The Challenge (written by)
 1981 The Howling (screenplay)
 1980 A Perfect Match (TV Movie)
 1980 Battle Beyond the Stars (screenplay) / (story)
 1980 Alligator (screenplay) / (story)
 1979 The Lady in Red (written by)
 1978 Piranha (screenplay) / (story)
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Other Works:

Book: "Thinking in Pictures: The Making of the Movie "Matewan" See more »

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3 Print Biographies | 9 Interviews | 16 Articles | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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There's a basic structure to movies. It's rigid and reductive. In a movie you only deal with core relationships: a protagonist, an antagonist. But in a novel you can do whatever you want. You can introduce characters that disappear for a hundred pages. You can have a dozen plot lines that interweave and overlap. In a novel, you get to be God. That doesn't happen in the movies. See more »


Sayles is a great admirer of Akira Kurosawa and borrowed the basic plot of "Battle beyond the Stars" from "The Seven Samurai.". See more »


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