Niles-Maine District Library

LEAN ON ME, director John Avildsen, on-set, 1989, ©Warner Bros. /

In Memory of John G. Avildsen: 1935-2017

Winning a Best Director Oscar for 1976’s Rocky, Avildsen was one of the top directors of the day.  He followed his success of Rocky with directing the movies of the Karate Kid franchise in the 1980s.

The Formula


The Karate Kid (1984)

The Karate Kid Part II (1986)

Lean On Me

Rocky (also on Blu-ray)

Save the Tiger

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