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

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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 and The Karate Kid in his 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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This affectionate portrayal of an unpretentious journeyman director will engage his detractors as well as his admirers.

Jul 18, 2017 | Full Review…

Derek Wayne Johnson's documentary John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs is a love letter to a man we didn't know we loved.

Aug 9, 2017 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Hollywood has little use for John G. Avildsen's brand of uplifting stories. This film reminds us how poorly that reflects on the industry.

Aug 2, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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