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Sayles, John 1950-

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Most widely held works by John Sayles
The secret of Roan Inish by John Sayles( Visual )

36 editions published between 1993 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 1,923 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young Irish girl longs for the good old days she often hears about, back when the family lived on Roan Inish and had plenty to eat, and back before her younger brother so mysteriously disappeared
Eight Men Out by Sanford/Pillsbury( Visual )

33 editions published between 1988 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 1,755 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on the real-life scandal of the 1919 World Series, the film tells the story of eight baseball players who plan to throw games for money, and the scorn and anger the scheme earned them
Lone star by John Sayles( Visual )

73 editions published between 1995 and 2016 in 7 languages and held by 1,633 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An unsolved murder in a Texas border town uncovers a tale of corruption, intrigue, and forbidden love
Matewan by John Sayles( Visual )

46 editions published between 1987 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 1,439 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A labor leader seeking to organize the workers of a company town sets off a powderkeg of racial hostility, corruption and betrayal in this tale of the bitter clash between unionist miners and the tyrannical coal company owners in West Virginia in the 1920's
A moment in the sun : a novel by John Sayles( Book )

13 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 1,023 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 1897, gold has been discovered in the Yukon. New York is under the sway of Hearst and Pulitzer. And in a few months, an American battleship will explode in a Cuban harbor, plunging the U.S. into war. This is the story of that extraordinary moment: the turn of the twentieth century, as seen by one of our greatest storytellers of all time ... 'A Moment in the Sun' takes the whole era in its sights--from the white-racist coup in Wilmington, North Carolina to the bloody dawn of U.S. interventionism overseas. Beginning with Hod Brackenridge searching for his fortune in the North, and hurtling forward across five years and half a dozen countries ... this is a story as big as its subject: history rediscovered through the lives of the people who made it happen."--Page 4 of cover
Los gusanos : a novel by John Sayles( Book )

22 editions published between 1991 and 2004 in 3 languages and held by 920 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1981 Miami, exiled Cuban Marta de la Pena is beautiful, religious and obsessed with conquering Cuba via an odd assortment of would-be guerrillas. As the story unfolds, Marta's family story comes to light, where her father Scipio lives through the sweep of Cuban history toward Castro's revolution and the flight of the family to the United States. Marta remembers the death of her brother Ambrosio, who was killed in the ill-fated Bay of Pigs invasion 20 years earlier Now Scipio is a mute, ill relic of his former violent self and Marta's brother Blas becomes a simple criminal where he could have been a revolutionary. Marta is determined to claim revenge
Passion fish by Mary Sayles( Visual )

32 editions published between 1992 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 761 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After an auto accident leaves her paralyzed, ex-soap opera star May-Alice Culhane returns to her now-empty family home in the bayous of Louisiana where she proceeds to drive away a succession of nurses-- until Chantelle. May-Alice and Chantelle form an unlikely friendship, and explore the bayou, as well as the murkier aspects of men, romance, and family
The brother from another planet by John Sayles( Visual )

32 editions published between 1984 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 751 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Sayles takes a fresh look at our society through the eyes of a black extraterrestrial who crash-lands on Earth--in Harlem--and is taken in by the regulars of a local bar. The alien changes everyone he meets on his original and eye-opening journey through the streets of urban America. But can his message of brotherly love resonate with the intergalactic bounty hunters trying to track him down?"--Container
Thinking in pictures : the making of the movie Matewan by John Sayles( Book )

15 editions published between 1987 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 726 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What choices{u2014}creative, practical, and technical{u2014}make a movie what it is? Here a gifted writer and filmmaker takes us behind the camera and provides a full description of the movie-making process. When John Sayles turned from writing fiction to making movies, he did so with little help from Hollywood: Return of the Secaucus Seven, Sayles's first movie as director and writer, was produced with $60,000 of his own money. Many films later, he still works outside the studio system and guides every phase of his productions. Now Sayles has written an illuminating book about the complex choices that lie at the heart of every movie. Using the making of his film Matewan as an example, he offers chapters on screenwriting, directing, editing, sound, and more. Photographs, sketches, and the complete shooting script illustrate this engaging account of how Sayles's curiosity about a coal miners' strike in the town of Matewan, West Virginia, became a screenplay{u2014}and then a movie
Union dues : a novel by John Sayles( Book )

12 editions published between 1977 and 2006 in English and held by 705 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The setting is Boston, Fall 1969. Radical groups plot revolution, runaway kids prowl the streets, cops are at their wits end, and work is hard to get, even for hookers. Hobie McNutt, a seventeen year old runaway from West Virginia drifts into a commune of young revolutionaries. It's a warm, dry place, and the girls are very available. But Hobie becomes involved in an increasingly vicious struggle for power in the group, and in the mounting violence of their political actions. His father Hunter, who has been involved in a brave and dangerous campaign to unseat a corrupt union president in the coal miners union, leaves West Virginia to hunt for his runaway son. To make ends meet, he takes day-labor jobs in order to survive while searching for him. Living parallel lives, their destinies ultimately movingly collide in this sprawling classic of radicalism across the generations
Sunshine state by Jane Alexander( Visual )

14 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in 3 languages and held by 680 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A portrait of a richly diverse town on a sleepy Florida island threatened by real estate developers
The Clan of the Cave Bear( Visual )

19 editions published between 1985 and 2016 in English and held by 642 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of a Cro-Magnon woman orphaned as a child and raised by a group of Neanderthals
The howling by Joe Dante( Visual )

24 editions published between 1981 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 615 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Severely traumatized by a near-fatal encounter with a serial killer, TV newscaster Karen White takes time off at a secluded retreat called 'the Colony.' But when, after nights of being tormented by bestial, bloodcurdling cries, Karen ventures into the woods seeking answers, she makes a terrifying discovery. Now she must fight not only for her life-- but for her soul!"--Container
Casa de los babys by John Sayles( Visual )

26 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 586 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Six women -- dreamy Eileen, abrasive Nan, athletic Skipper, brusque Leslie, vivacious Jennifer and patient Gayle -- are staying at a hotel in South America. Focus on the turbulent emotions these American women face surrounding the adoption of foreign babies. The six women are fed up with the long delays of the adoption system in the United States and have the common desire to adopt a child. Includes a Latina mother who is certain that her baby will enjoy a better life with adoptive American parents, but still struggling with the anguish of her sacrifice
Honeydripper( Visual )

12 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and Spanish and held by 583 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1950s rural Alabama, Tyrone "Pine Top" Purvis, the owner of the Honeydripper Lounge, is deep in debt fighting a rival club's popularity. Desperate to stay open, Tyrone decides to bet on famous talent, laying off his regular performers and giving his last cash to bring in the popular Guitar Sam, for a one-night-only gig. But when the train arrives and Guitar Sam is nowhere to be found, Tyrone finds himself facing even longer odds yet
Silver City by John Sayles( Visual )

23 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 566 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A private detective is hired to determine the identity of a corpse discovered during the filming of a political commercial. Along the way, he discovers a complex web of influence and corruption, involving high-stakes lobbyists, media conglomerates, environmental plunderers, and undocumented migrant workers
Something wild( Visual )

3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 408 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A straitlaced businessman meets a quirky, free-spirited woman at a downtown New York greasy spoon. Her offer of a ride back to his office results in a lunchtime motel rendezvous--just the beginning of a capricious interstate road trip that brings the two face-to-face with their hidden selves"--Container
John Sayles reads "At the Anarchists' Convention." by John Sayles( Recording )

2 editions published between 1982 and 1983 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Following introductory comments on the author's life and writings, John Sayles reads his short story At the Anarchists' Convention, which was published in the collection entitled The Anarchists' Convention. The story deals with the foibles and follies of a group of aging anarchists
Sayles on Sayles by John Sayles( Book )

7 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Interviews with John Sayles who worked on such widely varied projects as The return of the Secaucus seven; Baby, it's you; Brother from another planet; Matewan; Passion fish; Piranha; Alligator; The howling; Apollo 13; City of hope, Lone star; Shannon's deal
John Sayles : interviews by John Sayles( Book )

6 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Nominated for both an Academy Award for scriptwriting and a National Book Award, John Sayles has written screen-plays, teleplays, short stories, and novels and has worked as a script doctor for a virtual who's who of Hollywood film and television talent. He has acted in films and on stage and even directed music videos for Bruce Springsteen."--BOOK JACKET. "Conducted over a period of twenty years, these interviews span Sayles's career as a writer, director, and sometimes actor. Whether he is interviewed in The Progressive or Film Comment, Sight and Sound, or Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone Magazine, Sayles is always direct and candid. In each conversation, he cuts to the core of the film business and to the meat of what he is trying to accomplish as an artist."--Jacket
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Lone star
Alternative Names
John Sayles acteur américain

John Sayles Amerikaans acteur

John Sayles director de cine estadounidense

John Sayles regista, sceneggiatore e montatore statunitense

John Sayles US-amerikanischer Filmregisseur, Drehbuchautor, Produzent und Schauspieler

Sayles, John

Sayles, John Thomas

Sayles, John Thomas 1950-

Джон Сейлс

Сейлз, Джон 1950-

Сэйлз, Джон 1950-

ג'ון סיילס במאי קולנוע אמריקאי

جان سایلس فیلمنامه‌نویس، بازیگر، نویسنده، و کارگردان آمریکایی

세일즈, 존 1950-


セイルズ, ジョン


Lone starMatewanA moment in the sun : a novelLos gusanos : a novelPassion fishThinking in pictures : the making of the movie MatewanUnion dues : a novelSunshine state