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John Sayles
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Date of Birth: Sep 28, 1950

Country: USA

Biography: John Thomas Sayles (born September 28, 1950) is an American independent film director, screenwriter and author.He has written and directed his own films, including Lone Star, Passion Fish, Eight Men Out, The Secret of Roan Inish, and Matewan. His films tend to be politically aware; social concerns are a theme running through most of his work. He serves on the advisory board for the Austin Film Society...(Wikipedia)

Total Titles at Criticker: 40 - You've Seen 0

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Titles You Haven't Rated: Writer (30) | Director (18) | Actor (14)
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Go for Sisters (2013)
Upon her release from jail, Fontayne enlists the help of Bernice - her estranged old friend and current parole officer - and a disgraced cop to search for his son, who went missing on the Mexican border.
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...Men filmen ar min alskarinna (2010)
Guided by Liv Ullmann and with commentaries from a number of prominent filmmakers for whom Bergman is and remains an important influence - such as Woody Allen, Olivier Assayas, Bernardo Bertolucci, Arnaud Desplechin, John Sayles, Martin Scorsese and Lars von Trier, the film provides a vivid portrait of the artist who in each new project found a challenge for himself and for the people he worked with - both actors and colleagues behind the camera. (imdb)
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Amigo (2010)
A fictional account of events during the Philippine-American War.
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Great Directors (2009)
Features original, in-depth conversations with nine of the world's greatest living directors: Bernardo Bertolucci, David Lynch, Liliana Cavani, Stephen Frears, Agnes Varda, Ken Loach, Todd Haynes, Catherine Breillat, Richard Linklater and John Sayles
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Honeydripper (2007)
1950. Rural Alabama. Cotton harvest. It's a make-or-break weekend for the Honeydripper Lounge and its owner, piano player Tyrone "Pine Top" Purvis. Deep in debt to the liquor man, the chicken man, and the landlord, Tyrone is desperate to lure the young cotton pickers and local Army base recruits into his juke joint, away from Touissant's, the rival joint across the way... (imdb)
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Who Needs Sleep? (2006)
In 1997, after a 19-hour day on the set, assistant cameraman Brent Hershman fell asleep behind the wheel, crashed his car, and died. Deeply disturbed by his death, Wexler shows how sleep deprivation and long work hours are a lethal combination.
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Silver City (2004)
Set against the backdrop of a mythic "New West," this film that is equal parts scathing political lampoon and sun-stunned neo-noir detective story. (Newmarket Films)
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Casa de Los Babys (2003)
A poignant, sharp, insightful look at clashing cultures, modern maternity and the mystery of fate. (IFC Films)
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American Storytellers (2003)
John McNaughton, Harold Ramis, John Sayles, and Forest Whitaker reflect on their careers as filmmakers.
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Sunshine State (2002)
A woman and her new husband returns to her hometown roots in coastal northern Florida, and must deal with family, business, and encroaching real estate development.
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A Constant Forge (2000)
A look at the life, times, and art of independent film pioneer John Cassavetes through interviews with his family, friends, and admirers of his work. (imdb)
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Limbo (1999)
Unconventional narrative about the interactions amongst a group of people in a small town in Alaska, each of whom has guards a secret. (imdb)
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Men with Guns (1997)
Humberto Fuentes is a wealthy doctor whose wife has recently died. In spite of the advice of his children, he takes a trip to visit his former students who now work in impoverished villages (imdb)
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Gridlock
After a friend overdoses, Spoon and Stretch decide to kick their drug habits and attempt to enroll in a detox program.
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Lone Star (1996)
John Sayles' murder-mystery explores interpersonal and interracial tensions in Rio County, Texas. Sam Deeds is the local sheriff who is called to investigate a 40-year-old skeleton found in the desert....As Sam delves deeper into the town's dark secrets, he begins to learn more about his father, the legendary former sheriff Buddy Deeds, who replaced the corrupt Charlie Wade... (imdb)
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Piranha (1995)
Piranha (1995) - TV Movie
Doctor Baines has been conducting genetic experiments on piranhas and has made them virtually unstoppable. Unfortunately, his assistants, Maggie and Paul, accidentally release the hybrids into the Lost River Lake threatening to destroy everyone in their path. Can they prevent the flesh-eating piranhas from escaping into the ocean and spawning? (imdb)
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Men of War (1994)
Nick Gunnar (Dolph Lundgren) leads a group of international mercenaries to an island in the south seas. Their mission is to obtain the rights to the unusual treasure that the island beholds. Many generations have tried to secure these valuables, but so far none have succeeded. (imdb)
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The Secret of Roan Inish (1994)
10 year old Fiona is sent to live with her grandparents in a small fishing village in Donegal, Ireland... (imdb)
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Straight Talk (1992)
A woman ditches her small town life for big city Chicago, where she becomes a sensation as a radio show host. (imdb)
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Passion Fish (1992)
May-Alice Culhane was a successful soap opera star, but a car accident has left her bound to a wheelchair... (imdb)
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City of Hope (1991)
John Sayles's urban drama follows the intersecting lives of a dozen or more characters as they move through their lives, affect each other without knowing it, and do their best to survive -- both within and outside of legality -- in the crumbling cityscape of the ironic title (imdb)
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Little Vegas (1990)
A cast of misfits, refugees from checkered pasts, alcoholic binges and unrequited loves, each seek something different from this scorched wasteland and each other. (imdb)
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Breaking In (1989)
Professional thief Ernie takes Mike on as an apprentice, but while Mike clearly has "larceny in his heart", it will take him a long time to get as good as Ernie. (imdb)
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Eight Men Out (1988)
A dramatization of the Black Sox scandal when the underpaid Chicago White Sox accepted bribes to deliberately lose the 1919 World Series (imdb)
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Matewan (1987)
A labor union organizer comes to an embattled mining community brutally and violently dominated and harassed by the mining company. (imdb)
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Wild Thing (1987)
A child witnesses drug dealers murder his parents. He escapes and grows up wild in the city's slums. Years later he emerges to help the residents of the area who are being terrorized by street gangs and drug dealers. (imdb)
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The Clan of the Cave Bear (1986)
A young Cro-Magnons woman is raised by Neanderthals. (imdb)
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Something Wild (1986)
A free-spirited woman "kidnaps" a yuppie for a weekend of adventure. But the fun quickly takes a dangerous turn when her ex-con husband shows up. (imdb)
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Hard Choices (1985)
A teenage boy goes for a ride with his brother and the brother's friends, who proceed to rob a store and murder the clerk. They are caught and, despite the young boy's protestations, he is convicted of murder and sent to prison. A female social worker assigned to the boy's case not only believes him, but begins to fall in love with him, and determines to either help him prove his innocence or escape. (imdb)
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The Brother from Another Planet (1984)
The Brother is an alien who has crash-landed on Earth, in New York City. While mute, strongly empathic, and able to fix things, he resembles a Black man with strange feet. His attempt to make a place for himself in Harlem is an allegory for the immigrant experience in the United States. Meanwhile, two bounty hunters from the Brother's home planet arrive and try to capture him. (imdb)
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Enormous Changes at the Last Minute (1983)
This film is made up of three segments that share no plot but have a general thematic relationship. In the first segment, Virginia and her three children are left by her shiftless husband and she is courted by an old beau who is now married. In the second, a divorced woman reacts to some unexpected revelations from her aged father. In the third, childless, middle-aged social worker is swept into an affair with cab driver Dennis, and finds herself pregnant. (imdb)
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Baby It
Not your typical high school romance, this is the story of a college-bound girl (Arquette) and a blue-collar boy (Spano) who fall in love. But, their relationship gets a lot more complicated when their lives diverge after graduation.
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Lianna (1983)
Lianna and her husband Dick has been married for a few years but the mariage isn't a happy one, since Dick treats her with arrogance. One day Lianna falls in love - with Ruth, a teacher. The people who know them behave very diffently: her husband with feelings of sexual betrayal, her children with curiosity and Lianna's friends with ambivalence. (imdb)
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The Challenge (1982)
A down-and-out American boxer becomes involved in a feud between two Japanese brothers. (imdb)
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The Howling (1981)
After a bizarre and near fatal encounter with a serial killer, a newswoman is sent to a rehabilitation center whose inhabitants may not be what they seem. (imdb)
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Alligator (1980)
A giant alligator is on the loose in Chicago. Chicago?, yup, don't go down the sewers!. (imdb)
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Battle Beyond the Stars (1980)
In yet another film patterned on _The Seven Samurai_, a band of diverse heroes in outer space are assembled to defend a planet of peaceful colonists from an armada of aggressors. If the special effects look familiar, it is because you've the same space sequences recycled in other low budget SF films. (imdb)
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The Lady in Red (1979)
1930's gangster era film about Dillinger and his last girl. Written by John Sayles. (imdb)
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Return of the Secaucus 7 (1979)
The "Secaucus 7" of the film's title are seven friends who, during their college days, were arrested in New Jersey on their way to a protest in Washington. The film takes place ten years after all that, as the friends gather at the home of Mike and Katie, now schoolteachers... (imdb)
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Piranha (1978)
When flesh-eating piranhas are accidently released into a summer resort's rivers, the guests become their next meal.
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