Downey, Robert 1965-
Most widely held works about Robert Downey
Most widely held works by Robert Downey
Good night, and good luck ( Visual )
4 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 2,502 libraries worldwide
Takes place in the 1950's America, during the early days of broadcast journalism. It chronicles the real-life conflict between television newsman Edward R. Murrow and Senator Joseph McCarthy and the House Un-American Activities Committee. With a desire to report the facts and enlighten the public, Murrow, and his dedicated staff - headed by his producer Fred Friendly and Joe Wershba in the CBS newsroom - defy corporate and sponsorship pressures to examine the lies and scaremongering tactics perpetrated by McCarthy during his communist 'witch-hunts'. A very public feud develops when the Senator responds by accusing the anchor of being a communist. In this climate of fear and reprisal, the CBS crew carries on and their tenacity will prove historic and monumental.
Iron Man ( Visual )
7 editions published in 2008 in English and Spanish and held by 2,128 libraries worldwide
A wealthy industrialist is held captive in enemy territory and escapes by building a high-tech suit made of armor. When he returns home, he decides to use his money, talents, and suit to save the world.
Sherlock Holmes ( Visual )
8 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 1,991 libraries worldwide
After finally catching serial killer and occult 'sorcerer' Lord Blackwood, legendary sleuth Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Dr. Watson can close yet another successful case. After his execution, Blackwood mysteriously returns from the grave and resumes his killing spree, Holmes must take up the hunt once again. Contending with Watson's new fiancée and the dimwitted head of Scotland Yard, the determined detective must unravel the clues that will lead him into a twisted web of murder, deceit, and black magic, not to mention the deadly embrace of temptress Irene Adler.
Iron Man 2 ( Visual )
3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,652 libraries worldwide
Now that the world knows billionaire inventor Tony Stark is the armored super hero Iron Man, his life has suddenly become even more intense. Everyone wants in on the Iron Man technology, whether for power or profit, but for Ivan Vanko, it's revenge. With Pepper Potts and James 'Rhodey' Rhodes at his side, Stark must once again suit up and face his most dangerous enemy yet.
The soloist ( Visual )
3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,647 libraries worldwide
In 2005, the only thing hurting Los Angeles Times columnist and recent bike accident victim Steve Lopez more than his banged-up face, was his pressing need for story ideas. He soon discovers Nathaniel Ayers, a skid row schizophrenic street musician, who possesses extraordinary talent - even though he only has half-broken instruments to play. Inspired by Nathaniel's story, Lopez writes an acclaimed series of articles about him and attempts to do more to help both him, and the rest of the underclass of L.A. have a better life. Lopez's good intentions run headlong into Nathaniel's personal demons and the larger issues of social injustice facing the homeless. Regardless, Lopez and Nathaniel find a way to conquer their deepest anxieties and frustrations.
Zodiac ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 1,362 libraries worldwide
A serial killer in the San Francisco Bay Area taunts police with his letters and cryptic messages. The four men most affected by the killer are San Francisco PD Homicide detectives David Toschi and William Armstrong, and the San Francisco Chronicle reporters Paul Avery and Robert Graysmith. Displays the psychological and emotional effects of the killings, as well as the endless procedural details of the investigation (handwriting experts, the "2500" suspects), the letters sent to the San Francisco Chronicle by Zodiac and the work of a 20+ year investigation that wears down and whittles away at any kind of normal life for Toshi and Graysmith. Both men are obsessed with Zodiac and both pay for this obsession with the hard years and loves lost and never regained.
The shaggy dog ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 1,327 libraries worldwide
Deputy District Attorney Dave Douglas takes his job very seriously -- so seriously, that his wife and family hardly ever see him. A case involving an animal laboratory finds Dave once again taking an extended leave of absence from his frustrated family. His luck takes a turn for the worst after he is inadvertently infected by a top-secret genetic-mutation serum that transforms the two-legged lawyer into a four-legged sheepdog. Though his current situation has its drawbacks, the fly-on-the-wall perspective afforded to Douglas in his newfound state alerts the well-intending father and husband that all is not well on the home front. Moved by the unfulfilled needs of his neglected family and determined to become a better father, Dave's unique new vantage point could offer just the motivation needed to bring the nefarious forces behind the serum to justice and win back his wife and kids once and for all.
Tropic thunder ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1,256 libraries worldwide
Watch John 'Four Leaf' Tayback as he fights a gruesome battle during the Vietnam War. But, this is actually a scene from 'Tropic Thunder,' a big-budget adaptation of Tayback's wartime memoir. Starring as the central platoon are Speedman, Lazarus, Chino and Portnoy, as well as young character actor Kevin Sandusky. To play the character of African American Sgt. Osiris, Lazarus dyes his skin dark and refuses to break from character. When a scene goes awry, the film's director, Damien Cockburn goes off. With filming a month behind schedule only five days into shooting, the real 'Four Leaf' takes Cockburn aside and suggests that he drop the actors in a real jungle and use hidden cameras to capture the action. Chaos and insanity ensue.
Wonder boys ( Visual )
11 editions published between 2000 and 2006 in English and held by 1,164 libraries worldwide
During a single weekend, college professor Grady Tripp scrambles to gather together a life that has suddenly reeled out of control. An unfinished novel, a stolen car, a murdered pet and a failing marriage are just a few of the crises piling up.
Due date ( Visual )
11 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and Chinese and held by 1,095 libraries worldwide
"Expectant first-time father Peter Highman (Robert Downey, Jr.) looks forward to his new child's due date five days away. As Peter hurries to catch a flight home from Atlanta to be at his wife's side for the birth, his best intentions go completely awry when an encounter with aspiring actor Ethan Tremblay (Zach Galifianakis) forces Peter to hitch a ride with Ethan on a cross-country trip that will ultimately destroy several cars, many friendships and Peter's last nerve"--Container.
Richard III ( Visual )
4 editions published between 2000 and 2007 in English and held by 949 libraries worldwide
In 1930's Britain, in the wake of a bloody civil war, the younger brother of the new King sets in motion a monstrous scheme to claim the throne for himself. Updated version of Shakespeare's tale.
Kiss kiss bang bang ( Visual )
4 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 940 libraries worldwide
While fleeing from the cops, small time hood Harry Lockhart stumbles into an acting audition and does so well he gets sent to Hollywood. While there, Harry pursues a girl he loved in high school and gets caught up in a twisted murder mystery. His only chance of getting out alive is a gay private detective named Gay Perry, who also works as a consultant for movies and has been hired to tutor Harry in portraying a private eye.
A scanner darkly ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in English and held by 887 libraries worldwide
Set in a future world where America has lost the war on drugs, an L.A. undercover agents change their faces along with their identities. One officer's liberal ingestion of the drug "Substance D" causes him to develop a split personality, a notorious drug dealer. Along with his superior officers, the police set up an elaborate scheme to catch his drug dealer alter-ego and tear down his operation. Filmed using an animation technique called interpolated rotoscope, with animation over filmed sequences.
U.S. Marshals ( Visual )
13 editions published between 1998 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 880 libraries worldwide
U.S. Marshal Sam Gerard is accompanying a planeload of convicts from Chicago to New York. The plane crashes and Mark Sheridan escapes. But when the FBI's John Royce is assigned to help Gerard recapture Sheridan, it becomes clear that Sheridan is more than just another murderer.
Gothika ( Visual )
15 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and Spanish and held by 825 libraries worldwide
A criminal psychologist is accused of the murder of her husband, a charge she is unable to defend herself against due to her deteriorating sanity.
Short cuts ( Visual )
6 editions published between 1993 and 2008 in English and German and held by 755 libraries worldwide
While helicopters overhead spray against a Medfly infestation, a group of peoples' lives in Los Angeles intersect, some casually, some to more lasting effect. While they go out to concerts and jazz clubs and even have their pools cleaned, these same folks also lie, drink, and cheat. Death itself seems never to be far away. A look at human life and American culture with over 20 lives interweaving.
Charlie Bartlett ( Visual )
5 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 751 libraries worldwide
Wealthy teenager Charlie Bartlett is failing miserably at fitting in at his new public high school. The school is run by the world-weary Principal Gardner. As he begins to better understand the social hierarchy, Charlie's honest charm and likability gives him the position as the resident 'psychiatrist.' Along with his partner and fellow student, Murphy Bivens, Charlie dishes out advice and the occasional prescription to other students in need. Along the way, he decides to take some of his own advice, find romance, and learn to accept who he is.
Chaplin ( Visual )
30 editions published between 1992 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 743 libraries worldwide
Portrays the amazing life and times of the "Little Tramp" from his poverty-stricken childhood in England, to his friendships, his many wives and scandalous affairs, his acting career, and his relentless pursuit by J. Edgar Hoover.
Only you ( Visual )
12 editions published between 1994 and 2004 in English and French and held by 672 libraries worldwide
A young woman flies to Italy with her best friend in search of the man she believes she's destined to marry.
Restoration ( Visual )
15 editions published between 1995 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 625 libraries worldwide
In 17th century Britain, a young man seduced by the wealth and indolence of the Restoration court, finds redemption of sorts through the love of a woman.
Action and adventure films Adler, Irene (Fictitious character) African American homeless persons Ayers, Nathaniel Anthony Biographical films California--Los Angeles California--San Francisco Comedy films Comedy films Crime films Criminal investigation Detective and mystery films Drama England Families Fantasy films Feature films Feature films Fiction films Film adaptations Films for the hearing impaired Films--for the hearing impaired Friendship Great Britain.--Metropolitan Police Office.--Criminal Investigation Dept Heroes Holmes, Sherlock (Fictitious character) Iron Man (Fictitious character) Journalists Man-woman relationships McCarthy, Joseph,--1908-1957 Motion picture actors and actresses Murder--Investigation Murrow, Edward R Musical films Revenge Schizophrenics Science fiction films Serial murderers Skid row Superheroes Superhero films Television broadcasting of news Thrillers (Motion pictures) United States United States.--Congress.--House.--Committee on Un-American Activities Video recordings--for people with visual disabilities Video recordings--for the hearing impaired Violoncellists Watson, John H. (Fictitious character) Weapons industry
Downey Jr., Robert
Downey, Robert, Jr.
Downey, Robert, Jr. 1965-
Multiple languages (27)
No Linguistic content (10)
Greek, Modern (1)