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      John Flynn

      John Flynn

      Highest Rated: 80% The Outfit (1974)

      Lowest Rated: 13% Brainscan (1994)

      Birthday: Mar 14, 1932

      Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

      A director of some the most fast-paced, tightly-edited thrillers in film history, John Flynn grew up in the Hermosa Beach district of Los Angeles and studied journalism at UCLA. He took his first job in Hollywood as an apprentice to Robert Wise on the set of the movie "Odds Against Tomorrow" in 1959. He then served as a script supervisor for Wise's 1961 musical " West Side Story," which won 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Flynn then went on to work as a second unit director on a number of films before starting out on his own. The first feature he directed was "The Sergeant," which starred Rod Steiger as a World War II-era war hero struggling to repress his feelings of sexual attraction to one of underlings. After the release of "The Sergeant" in 1968, Flynn continued to direct, establishing a reputation for successfully crafting blunt, effectual crime dramas like 1977's "Rolling Thunder," 1980's "Defiance" and 1991's "Out for Justice." His films are usually spare and literal and tend to focus on the struggles of a lone male protagonist. In an interesting departure, Flynn directed the TV movie "Marilyn: The Untold Story" in 1980. His only film to focus on a female protagonist, the movie traced the life of an orphan named Norma Jean who would grow up to become the world's most lusted-after movie star, Marilyn Monroe.


      THE SERGEANT, Rod Steiger, director John Flynn, on location in France, 1968



      No Score Yet 23% Protection Director - 2001
      No Score Yet 40% Absence of the Good Director - 1999
      No Score Yet 77% Love's Deadly Triangle: The Texas Cadet Murder Producer - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Escape From Terror: The Teresa Stamper Story Producer - 1995
      13% 60% Brainscan Director $3.1M 1994
      No Score Yet 50% Scam Director - 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Nurses on the Line: The Crash of Flight 7 Producer - 1993
      No Score Yet 31% Nails Director - 1992
      23% 53% Out for Justice Director $36.8M 1991
      31% 50% Lock Up Director $20.3M 1989
      69% 54% Best Seller Director $2.9M 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Touched Director - 1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Marilyn: The Untold Story Director - 1980
      No Score Yet 52% Defiance Director - 1979
      80% 77% Rolling Thunder Director - 1977
      80% 73% The Outfit Director,
      - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Jerusalem File Director - 1972
      20% 71% The Sergeant Director - 1968