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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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3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Burt Reynolds ... Himself
Renée Zellweger ... (archive footage)
Matthew McConaughey ... (archive footage)
Sylvester Stallone ... Himself
Elisabeth Shue ... (archive footage)
Martin Scorsese ... Himself
John Travolta ... (archive footage)
Morgan Freeman ... Himself (archive footage)
Jean-Claude Van Damme ... (archive footage)
Sigourney Weaver ... (archive footage)
Susan Sarandon ... (archive footage)
Talia Shire ... Herself
Ralph Macchio ... Himself
Luke Perry ... Himself
Dan Aykroyd ... (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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cinema | story | legend | boxing | karate | See All (7) »

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Discover the unknown legend behind Rocky and The Karate Kid

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Documentary

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USA

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English

Release Date:

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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John G. Avildsen is one of director Derek Wayne Johnson's filmmaking influences and friends. 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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