» King of the Underdogs




John G. Avildsen’s films 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 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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Directed/Produced by: Derek Wayne Johnson
Producer: Chris May, Emmett James
Exec Producer: James Adamitis, Jodie Boyczuk, Will Boyczuk, Christopher J. Collier, Sara A.
Collier, Bernard A. Dalichau, James L. Hussey
Music By: Greg Sims
Cinematography: Anthony Avildsen


Sylvester Stallone, Ralph Macchio, Martin Scorsese, Burt Reynolds, John G.
Avildsen, Jerry Weindtraub, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Kevin
Connolly, Luke Perry, Stephen Baldwin, Stephen Dorff, William Zabka,
Martin Kove, Tamilyn Tomita, Yuji Okumoto, Leonard Maltin, Bill Conti,
Lloyd Kaufman, Mike Medavoy, Frank Serpico, Ron Thomas, Rob Garrison,
Tony O’Dell, Robert Mark Kamen, Darryl Vidal, Sean Kanan, Randall
Batinkoff, Christopher Atkins, Garrett Brown