Director John G. Avildsen (1935)

John G. Avildsen
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Inferno
Inferno

Director: John G. Avildsen
Genre: Action (Movies)
Cast:
Jean-Claude Van Damme
Jean-Claude Van Damme
Danny Trejo
Danny Trejo
Gabrielle Fitzpatrick
Gabrielle Fitzpatrick
The film opens as Eddie Lomax drives an Indian motorcycle in an open desert plain (referred to as the Dry Lake). Soon enough, the motorcycle breaks down and Eddie dismounts, carrying nothing but his jacket, his .45 pistol, and a bottle of tequila. As he lies in the desert drinking, he eventually sees his friend Johnny Sixtoes, a Mexican Indian, to whom he had sent a postcard notifying him of his arrival. In their conversation Eddie reveals that the surprise he wrote about in the letter was, in fact, the Indian motorcycle. He also reveals that he’s there to kill himself as he goes into a drunken rage, revealing deep regret from their days in ...
5.2
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8 Seconds
8 Seconds

Director: John G. Avildsen
Genre: Western (Movies)
Cast:
Luke Perry
Luke Perry
Cameron Finley
Cameron Finley
Carrie Snodgress
Carrie Snodgress
While growing up in Oklahoma, young Lane Frost learns the tricks of the bull riding trade at the hand of his father, Clyde, an accomplished rodeo bronco rider himself. As he enters his teenage and early adult years, Lane travels the western rodeo circuit with his best friends Tuff Hedeman and Cody Lambert. He meets and falls in love with a young barrel racer, Kellie Kyle, and they eventually marry in 1984. As Lane’s legend and fame increase, so does the amount of pressure he puts on himself, to be what everyone wants him to be, and he wants to show that he is as good as they say he is. His ascent to the world championship is marred by a ...
The Power of One
The Power of One

Director: John G. Avildsen
Genre: Sport (Movies)
Cast:
Stephen Dorff
Stephen Dorff
Armin Mueller-Stahl
Armin Mueller-Stahl
Daniel Craig
Daniel Craig
Born in 1930 to a recently widowed Englishwoman on a homestead in South Africa, little Peter Philip is schooled in the ways of England by his mother and the ways of Africa by a Zulu nanny, whose son Tonderai is also his best friend. Their peaceful life is shattered, however, when the farm’s cattle are claimed by rinderpest. PK’s mother succumbs to a nervous breakdown, and he is sent away to a conservative Afrikaans boarding school while she recovers. Being the only English student at the boarding school, PK soon earns almost universal contempt from his scathing Afrikaner fellows—particularly from Jaapie Botha, an older student. ...
7.2
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Rocky V
Rocky V

Director: John G. Avildsen
Genre: Sport (Movies)
Cast:
Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester Stallone
Burgess Meredith
Burgess Meredith
Burt Young
Burt Young
Immediately after his victory over Ivan Drago in Moscow, Rocky experiences physical complications from the fight. Rocky, his wife Adrian, his brother-in-law Paulie, and his trainer Tony “Duke” Evers return to the United States where they are greeted by Rocky’s son, Robert. At a press conference, boxing promoter George Washington Duke attempts to goad Rocky into fighting his boxer, Union Cane, who is the top-rated challenger. Rocky declines. After returning home, Rocky and Adrian discover they are broke after Paulie was fooled into signing a “power of attorney” over to Rocky’s accountant, who squandered all of his ...
5.3
The Karate Kid Part III
The Karate Kid Part III

Director: John G. Avildsen
Genre: Sport (Movies)
Cast:
Ralph Macchio
Ralph Macchio
Martin Kove
Martin Kove
Pat Morita
Pat Morita
In September 1985, John Kreese, broke and destitute after the loss of his students due to his assault on Johnny Lawrence (in The Karate Kid Part II), visits his Vietnam War comrade, Terry Silver, a wealthy businessman who founded Cobra Kai and is the owner of a toxic-waste disposal business. Silver vows to personally help him get revenge on Daniel and Mr. Miyagi and re-establish Cobra Kai, sending Kreese on vacation to Tahiti to rest and recuperate. Upon returning to Los Angeles from Okinawa, Daniel and Miyagi discover that the South Seas apartment complex is being renovated, leaving Miyagi unemployed and Daniel homeless. They also learn ...
5.3
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Lean on Me
Lean on Me

Director: John G. Avildsen
Genre: Drama (Movies)
Cast:
Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman
Alan North
Alan North
Beverly Todd
Beverly Todd
By 1987, the once successful Eastside High School in Paterson, New Jersey, has deteriorated due to drugs and crime. The majority of students cannot pass basic skills testing, and even the teachers are not safe from gang violence. Mayor Bottman learns that the school will be turned over to state administration unless 75% of the students can pass the minimum basic skills test. He consults with school superintendent Dr. Frank Napier, who suggests the school hire elementary school principal Joe Clark, aka “Crazy Joe”, a former teacher at Eastside High, as the new principal. Reluctantly, the mayor hires Clark. Clark’s immediate radical ...
7.5
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For Keeps?
For Keeps?

Director: John G. Avildsen
Genre: Romance (Movies)
Cast:
Molly Ringwald
Molly Ringwald
Conchata Ferrell
Conchata Ferrell
Kenneth Mars
Kenneth Mars
In Kenosha, Wisconsin, Darcy, editor at her high school paper, and her steady boyfriend Stan are in their final year of high school and already have been accepted at good colleges. Before Darcy goes to the University of Wisconsin to study journalism, she will go on a trip to Paris with her mother for her graduation present, while Stan will go to Caltech to study architecture. With the help of Darcy’s best friend Lila, Darcy and Stan spend a weekend together and Darcy becomes pregnant. They announce the pregnancy to their families at Thanksgiving. Neither Darcy’s single parent mother Donna nor Stan’s Catholic parents are very supportive. Respectively, they urge the ...
Happy New Year
Happy New Year

Director: John G. Avildsen
Genre: Comedy (Movies)
Cast:
Peter Falk
Peter Falk
Charles Durning
Charles Durning
Tom Courtenay
Tom Courtenay
Nick and Charlie, a couple of aging thieves looking for a last score before they retire, come to ritzy Palm Beach, Florida, where they have an elaborate scheme to rob a Harry Winston jewelry store. The shop is well guarded and has high-tech security. Its manager, Edward, welcomes an elderly customer seeking an expensive gift for a terminally ill wife. The eager-to-please Edward has no idea that this old gentleman is actually a middle-aged criminal, Nick, in disguise. Dressed as himself, Nick encounters a sophisticated, attractive woman named Carolyn who owns an antique shop next to the jewelry store. He gets better acquainted with her while haggling ...
5.8
The Karate Kid Part II
The Karate Kid Part II

Director: John G. Avildsen
Genre: Sport (Movies)
Cast:
Ralph Macchio
Ralph Macchio
Danny Kamekona
Danny Kamekona
Nobu McCarthy
Nobu McCarthy
Shortly after the 1984 All-Valley Karate Tournament, John Kreese becomes furious with Johnny Lawrence for his defeat and attacks him in the parking lot. Miyagi confronts Kreese and passively immobilizes him. Miyagi threatens to strike a deadly blow but instead, he honks Kreese’s nose and walks away. Johnny and his friends abandon Cobra Kai after seeing Kreese’s true colors. Six months later, Daniel LaRusso visits Mr. Miyagi’s house after recently attending a senior prom. He angrily explains that his girlfriend Ali has dumped him for a football player from UCLA, while his mother has received a business opportunity in Fresno, where ...
6.1
The Karate Kid
The Karate Kid

Director: John G. Avildsen
Genre: Sport (Movies)
Cast:
Ralph Macchio
Ralph Macchio
Elisabeth Shue
Elisabeth Shue
Martin Kove
Martin Kove
In 1984, 17-year-old Daniel LaRusso and his mother Lucille move from Newark, New Jersey, to Reseda, Los Angeles, California. Their apartment’s handyman is an eccentric, but kind and humble Okinawan immigrant named Mr. Miyagi. At a beach party, Daniel befriends Ali Mills, a high school cheerleader, drawing the attention of her arrogant ex-boyfriend Johnny Lawrence, a black belt and the top student from the Cobra Kai dojo, training in an aggressive form of karate. Johnny and his Cobra Kai gang continually bully Daniel. On Halloween, after Daniel sprays water on Johnny with a hose as payback, he and his gang pursue Daniel down the street and brutally beat him, until Mr. Miyagi ...
7.3
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Neighbors
Neighbors

Director: John G. Avildsen
Genre: Comedy (Movies)
Cast:
John Belushi
John Belushi
Cathy Moriarty
Cathy Moriarty
Dan Aykroyd
Dan Aykroyd
Earl Keese is a low-key, ineffectual, middle-class suburbanite with a wife, Enid, and a teenage daughter, Elaine. Earl’s peaceful, dreary life changes when a younger couple, Vic and Ramona Zeck, move in next door. Upon arrival, the new neighbors immediately impose themselves on the Keese household, leaving Earl infuriated with the loud, gung-ho Vic, and flustered by the sly and seductive Ramona. Earl is frustrated by his inability to handle them, and the fact that he can never come up with any proof that the couple are doing anything wrong on purpose. Enid and Elaine are no help, and over the course of one night, the antagonism between Earl and his new neighbors escalates into ...
5.6
The Formula
The Formula

Director: John G. Avildsen
Genre: Detective (Movies)
Cast:
George C. Scott
George C. Scott
Beatrice Straight
Beatrice Straight
G.D. Spradlin
G.D. Spradlin
The film opens in the final days of World War II as Soviet forces close in on the outskirts of Berlin. Panzer Korps General Helmut Kladen is dispatched to the Swiss frontier with top secret documents to be used as a bargaining chip with the Allies to save Germany from the Soviets. He is subsequently intercepted by the U.S. Army and turned over to Army Intelligence. In contemporary Los Angeles, Lt. Barney Caine is assigned to solve the murder of his former boss and friend Tom Neeley, which presumably occurred during a drug deal gone wrong. However, Neeley has written “Gene” on a newspaper in his own blood, and Caine finds a map of Germany ...
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Rocky
Rocky

Director: John G. Avildsen
Genre: Sport (Movies)
Cast:
Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester Stallone
Burgess Meredith
Burgess Meredith
Burt Young
Burt Young
In 1975, the heavyweight boxing world champion, Apollo Creed, announces plans to hold a title bout in Philadelphia during the upcoming United States Bicentennial. However, he is informed five weeks from the fight date that his scheduled opponent Mac Lee Green is unable to compete due to an injured hand. With all other potential replacements booked up or otherwise unavailable, Creed decides to spice things up by giving a local contender a chance to challenge him. Creed selects Rocky Balboa, an Italian journeyman southpaw boxer who fights primarily in small gyms and works as a collector for a loan shark. Rocky meets with promoter George Jergens assuming that Creed is seeking local ...
8.1
Save the Tiger
Save the Tiger

Director: John G. Avildsen
Genre: Drama (Movies)
Cast:
Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
Jack Gilford
Jack Gilford
Laurie Heineman
Laurie Heineman
Harry Stoner is the owner of a struggling Los Angeles apparel company. He and his partner Phil Greene, have kept it from collapsing by fraudulent accounting. He lives in a mansion in Beverly Hills and is obsessed with the past, which included combat during World War II. With no legal way to keep the company from going under, Stoner considers torching his warehouse for the insurance settlement. The arson is agreed to very reluctantly by Greene, an older family man who watches Harry’s decline with alarm. Through it all, Harry drinks, laments the state of the world, and tries his best to keep the business rolling as usual. This last task is ...
6.9
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Joe
Joe

Director: John G. Avildsen
Genre: Thriller (Movies)
Cast:
Peter Boyle
Peter Boyle
Dennis Patrick
Dennis Patrick
Susan Sarandon
Susan Sarandon
Advertising executive Bill Compton, his wife Joan, and daughter Melissa are a wealthy family living in New York’s Upper East Side. Melissa has been living with her drug-dealing boyfriend. After Melissa overdoses and is sent to a hospital, Compton goes to her boyfriend’s apartment to get her clothes. He confronts and kills the boyfriend in a fit of rage. At a nearby bar he hears factory worker Joe Curran ranting about how he hates hippies, and Compton blurts out that he just killed one. Joe reacts favorably, but Compton says it was a joke. A few days later, Joe sees a news report about a drug dealer found slain a few blocks from the bar. ...