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

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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:
Sylvester Stallone ... Himself
Matthew McConaughey ... (archive footage)
Renée Zellweger ... (archive footage)
Martin Scorsese ... Himself
Carl Weathers ... Himself
Elisabeth Shue ... (archive footage)
John Travolta ... (archive footage)
Morgan Freeman ... Himself (archive footage)
Jean-Claude Van Damme ... (archive footage)
Luke Perry ... Himself
Ralph Macchio ... Himself
Sigourney Weaver ... (archive footage)
Stephen Dorff ... Himself
Susan Sarandon ... (archive footage)
Burt Reynolds ... Himself
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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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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Rocky (1976) and The Karate Kid (1984) are director Derek Wayne Johnson's two favorite films of all time. 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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