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Atherton, William

Works: 100 works in 349 publications in 5 languages and 13,586 library holdings
Genres: Drama  History  Film adaptations  Film and video adaptations  Television adaptations  Comedy films  Fiction  Personal narratives  Science fiction films  Fantasy films 
Roles: Actor, Author, Narrator, Proofreader, Performer
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by William Atherton
The last samurai by Edward Zwick( Visual )

21 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and held by 2,774 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tormented Civil War veteran Capt. Nathan Algren is coerced by a mercenary officer to train the Japanese Emperor's troops in the use of modern weaponry. Opposing this modernization are the samurai warriors who are holding fast to their traditions of honor, despite their strategic disadvantage. As a captive of the samurai leader, Algren learns, appreciates, and adopts the samurai code, switching sides for a climactic battle that will put everyone's honor to the ultimate test
The pelican brief by Alan J Pakula( Visual )

9 editions published between 1993 and 2013 in English and held by 1,448 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two Supreme Court Justices have been murdered. A lone law student turns her suspicions about the deaths into a speculative brief that sends shock waves into the highest levels of government. She finds herself embroiled in a terrifying web of intrigue extending to the highest levels of government. She writes a speculative legal brief exposing the activities of a powerful oil magnate. With the help of Gray Grantham, an investigative reporter, they suspect a good friend of the president is trying to manipulate the outcome of a trial that is now before the Supreme Court
Die hard 2 die harder by Renny Harlin( Visual )

21 editions published between 1990 and 2013 in English and held by 1,076 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John McClane is off-duty on Christmas Eve in the nation's capital when a team of terrorists, in town to rescue a drug lord from justice, has taken over a major international airport, holding thousands of travelers hostage. Amidst a blinding blizzard, McClane must race against time to defeat the terrorists and their murderous leader while also contending with an inept airport police chief, the stubborn head of the Army's anti-terrorist squad, and the knowledge that his wife is trapped in a plane desperately low on fuel, circling overhead
Die hard by John McTiernan( Visual )

12 editions published between 1995 and 2013 in English and held by 874 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

New York detective John McClane has just arrived in Los Angeles to spend Christmas with his family. As he waits for his estranged wife's office Christmas party to break up, German terrorists occupy the building, and McClane wages a one-man war to stop them
Ghostbusters by Ivan Reitman( Visual )

3 editions published between 1984 and 2014 in English and held by 802 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When ghosts go on a rampage, only three men can save the world. It's ghostbusters, a maniacal band of parapsychologists specializing in psychic phenomena. Fired from university research jobs, Drs. Venkman (Murray), Stanz (Aykroyd) and Spengler (Ramis) set up shop as "Ghostbusters," ridding Manhattan of bizarre apparitions. But even the spirit exterminators are severely tested when beautiful Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver) and her nerdy neighbor (Rick Moranis) become possessed by demons living in the building
James A. Michener's Centennial( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 762 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Relives the grand hopes, dreams, loves, and adventures of generations of residents in Centennial, Colorado-- from their risky attempts to establish a settlement in 1795 through the politics and power plays of the 20th century. Begins with French and Scottish trappers interacting with Native Americans and follows the increasing conflicts as more permanent settlers arrive. Shows how the town of Centennial is founded by the young Mennonite Levi Zendt and his bride-to-be. Looks at the effects of the American Civil War on the settlement and the disputes between cattle ranchers and farmers. Shows the plight of Mexican residents who find their rights threatened by a real estate tycoon from back East. Examines more recent dirty politics as two contestants face off over the future of the town and its dwindling natural resources
The day of the locust by John Schlesinger( Visual )

13 editions published between 1974 and 2008 in English and held by 581 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A naive young set designer seeks work in Tinseltown and falls in love with a wannabe actress who lives with her alcoholic father, a former vaudevillian entertainer
Die hard 2 Die harder by Bonnie Bedelia( Visual )

18 editions published between 1990 and 2013 in English and held by 448 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On a snowy Christmas Eve in the nation's capitol, terrorists seize a major international airport to rescue a drug lord from justice. John McClane, an off-duty cop, battles not only the terrorists, but incompetant airport police, the commander of the army's anti-terrorist squad and a deadly winter snowstorm. McClane's wife Bonnie is trapped on one of the planes cicling somewhere overhead, desparately low on fuel
The complete western stories of Elmore Leonard by Elmore Leonard( Recording )

7 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 434 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of short fiction features pieces written over the course of five decades and includes the author's first short story, "The Trail of the Apache."
Ghostbusters 1 & 2( Visual )

5 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and held by 412 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Ghostbusters, when Doctors Venkman, Stantz and Spengler suddenly find themselves downsized from the University's parapsychology department, they decide to go the entrepreneurial route, chasing down ghostly ghosts, unappetizing apparitions and the occasional insolent succubae. In Ghostbusters 2, Doctors Venkman, Stantz and Spengler regroup to nuke the spooks in this high-spirited comedy. Sidelined after their spectacular save of New York CIty five years ago, the heroes of the hereafter once again answer the call when an underground river of ghoulish goo threatens to rot the Big Apple to the core
Race to space by Feature Films for Families( Visual )

11 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and Spanish and held by 367 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on the true story of the first chimpanzee in space. When young Billy, whose dad works for NASA, is asked by Dr. McGuiness to help train the chimps for the NASA space mission, he develops a close bond with Mac, one of the chimps. Billy soon realizes that something is going wrong on the mission and works in the hope of bringing Mac safely home
Die hard collection( Visual )

9 editions published between 1996 and 2007 in English and held by 332 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Die hard: New York City detective John McClane is in Los Angeles to spend the holidays with his estranged wife Holly. But while McClane waits for Holly's office party to end, terrorists take control of the building. As their sinister leader, Hans Gruber, and his savage henchman round up hostages, McClane gets ready to blast a few rounds of his own and launch a one-man war - as only McClane can!
Frank and Jesse( Visual )

4 editions published between 1994 and 2007 in English and held by 324 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The James Brothers, Frank and Jesse, feel they have no choice but to seek their own justice after witnessing the murder of their younger brother
Into the sun( Visual )

3 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 272 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When the governor of Tokyo is murdered, it falls on ex-CIA agent Travis Hunter to track down the responsible terrorists. However, the plot to kill the Governor is only the beginning of a web of corruption and violence. Hunter discovers a plan by a rising Yakuza leader to build an enormous drug-dealing network with the Chinese Mafia. With time running out and the Yakuza determined to see their plan through, Hunter must thwart the operation - and get out alive
The Hindenburg by Robert Wise( Visual )

12 editions published between 1991 and 2011 in 6 languages and held by 223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A dramatization of the journey and crash of the German dirigible, the Hindenburg
Bio-dome( Visual )

10 editions published between 1996 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bud and Doyle, two goofball slackers, get more than they bargained for when they are unwittingly sealed for a year inside the "Bio-Dome," an environmentally controlled scientific community
Looking for Mr. Goodbar by Richard Brooks( Visual )

10 editions published between 1977 and 1997 in English and held by 174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Story of a young woman trying to escape the claustrophobic atmosphere of her family and search for her own identity. By day she is a compassionate teacher of deaf children; by night she seeks uninvolved sexual encounters; she is challenged to integrate the various aspects of her life
The crow salvation by Bharat Nalluri( Visual )

5 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in English and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wrongly executed for the death of his girlfriend, Alex Corvis returns from the dead and sets out to find the real killer. Aided by his girlfriend's sister and under the guidance of the mysterious crow, he unmasks a tangled web of corruption and deceit. Alex seeks not only retribution for his injustice, but redemption for the darkness in his soul
Narrative of the suffering & defeat of the north-western army under General Winchester : massacre of the prisoners: sixteen months imprisonment of the writer and others with the Indians and British by William Atherton( Book )

14 editions published between 1842 and 1982 in English and Undetermined and held by 169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mad city by Costa-Gavras( Visual )

2 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

TV reporter, whose sensation-seeking style has cast him out of favor and landed him in a small California town, finds a chance for redemption when recently fired museum guard's attempt to get his job back leads to a shooting and a hostage situation that becomes a media sideshow
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Alternative Names
Atherton, William Knight 1947-

Knight Atherton, William 1947-

Knight, William Atherton

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English (182)

Spanish (6)

German (1)

French (1)

Italian (1)

GhostbustersThe day of the locustThe complete western stories of Elmore LeonardGhostbusters 1 & 2Frank and JesseInto the sunBio-dome