The Directors

Season 2 Episode 40

John Avildsen

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Aired Saturday 12:00 PM Nov 09, 1999 on Encore
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The director is profiled from his beginnings in advertising and the army, his early work for directors like Otto Preminger, and his industrial films, on to early pictures such as Joe and Cry Uncle and his box office successes like Save the Tiger, Rocky and The Karate Kid, which all resulted in Oscars for the leads.moreless

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      • John Avildsen: (of making "8 Seconds") Luke Perry, who played [Lane Frost], had learned to ride bulls on his own, hoping that this would turn into a movie. Luke and I got together, and he convinced me that it was safe, 'cause I thought it was nuts to have our star really doing this, 'cause we're doing a story about a guy who got killed doing it.

      • Christopher Atkins: (of making "One Night in Heaven") I hadn't really taken any acting lessons, or learned the craft. I was a kid who came off of a very big hit movie, I was a hot property at that time and John took that raw kid who was– at that point in time he had his hands full with me, you know what I mean?

      • John Avildsen: (of making "W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings" with Burt Reynolds) That proved to be one of the most unhappy experiences of my movie-making career, and he wanted me to do it, he okayed me. But at a certain point, I didn't have the knack of being able to get what I wanted and make him happy.
        Burt Reynolds: And, quite honestly, it was truly reverse prejudice on my side. That his not being from the South, and not having a sense of what these people were about, that he would have trouble connecting with them. Now, if I'd have just thought back for half a second, I'd have remembered that maybe the best film that I ever made was about the South called Deliverance, and it was directed by an Englishman.

      • Charles Durning: He is an honest man, and that's what I like about him. If he tells you, "that's bullshit," you know it is; he doesn't say it because he's trying to hear himself, he tells you what's good and what's bad.

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      • Clips & Stills Provided by

        20th Century Fox, Cannon Films, Columbia Pictures, Jama Films, John Avildsen, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, New Line Cinema, Paramount Pictures, Tri-Star Pictures, Troma Films, Turner Entertainment, United Artists, Warner Bros.

      • Special Thanks to Directors Guild of America, American Film Institute.

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