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John G. Avildsen's 'The Karate Kid' is Still the Infinite Crowd Pleaser

I wanted to write about “The Karate Kid” because it’s one of those movies which stays with me to where I know every piece of dialogue in it. 1,188 more words

A Trio of Tributes...In Case You Missed It

Over the past week, Hollywood lost a legendary filmmaker, a beloved character actor, and a former baby actor from a major 80’s sequel. In a very special… 922 more words

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Today I Watched: Rocky (John G. Avildsen, 1976)

Rocky (dir. John G. Avildsen, 1976)

Provisional score: 9 to 9+ out of 10.

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R.I.P John G. Avildsen (1935–2017)

It would be easy to say that John G. Avildsen directed a few classics in his career, including “Rocky” (1976) and “The Karate Kid” (1984) but that would be putting it too simply. 174 more words

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In Memory: "I guess I just like to see underdogs winning against the odds."

“I guess I just like to see underdogs winning against the odds.”

— John G. Avildsen, 1935-2017, Academy Award for Best Director for Rocky, 1977

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John G. Avildsen Passes at 81

The 1976 film “Rocky” had a simple message about the underdog and that you can spend your whole life feeling like nothing, but it takes one time to truly become a champion. 741 more words

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John G. Avildsen, Oscar-Winning Director of 'Rocky,' Dies at 81

John G. Avildsen, who won an Academy Award for directing Rocky and helmed the first three original Karate Kid movies, has died. He was 81. 249 more words

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