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Atherton, William

Works: 87 works in 284 publications in 4 languages and 12,455 library holdings
Genres: Drama  History  Film adaptations  Television adaptations  Biography  Interviews  Action and adventure films  Fiction  Film and video adaptations  Juvenile works 
Roles: Actor, Performer, Narrator
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by William Atherton
The last samurai by Edward Zwick( Visual )
19 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and held by 2,759 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 )
8 editions published between 1993 and 2013 in English and held by 1,423 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 )
22 editions published between 1990 and 2013 in English and held by 1,062 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 Roderick Thorp( Visual )
14 editions published between 1995 and 2013 in English and held by 882 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 782 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The paratroopers of the paranormal face their greatest challenge when a woman discovers that her refrigerator leads directly to the gates of hell! With the whole world watching, it's up to the Ghostbusters to keep Manhattan from becoming a madhouse! Includes featurettes, video game preview, commentary, deleted scenes, SFX team documentary, and more
James A. Michener's Centennial ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 759 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 582 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 Renny Harlin( Visual )
17 editions published between 1990 and 2013 in English and held by 449 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Terrorists seize a major international airport on Christmas Eve to release a drug lord while John McClane's wife circles above in a plane running low on fuel. McClane must battle the terrorists, an incompetent airport police chief, a ferocious winter storm, and the commander of the army's anti-terrorist squad to rescue her
Ghostbusters 1 & 2 ( Visual )
5 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and held by 398 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 368 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
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 271 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 )
11 editions published between 1991 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 217 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The disaster of the Hindenburg is recorded in this fictionalized story dealing with the people on the flight as well as possible reason and causes for the disaster
Die hard collection ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Die hard with a vengeance: New York cop John McClane is the personal target of the mysterious Simon, a terrorist determined to blow up the entire city if he doesn't get what he wants. Accompanied by an unwilling civilian, McClane careens wildly from one end of town to the other as he struggles to keep up with Simon's deadly game
Looking for Mr. Goodbar by Richard Brooks( Visual )
10 editions published between 1977 and 1997 in English and held by 177 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
Mad city by Costa-Gavras( Visual )
2 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 176 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Sam Baily, upset over losing his job, takes a natural museum history hostage. Max Brackett, a journalist, is in the museum when this occurs, and gets the scoop. The story spreads nation wide, and soon it is all anyone talks about
The crow salvation by Bharat Nalluri( Visual )
5 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in English and held by 169 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
Bio-dome ( Visual )
8 editions published between 1996 and 2004 in 3 languages and held by 168 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
The films of John McTiernan ( Visual )
3 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
John McTiernan talks about his films and the making of them, provides a brief autobiographical introduction of how he got started in his career, and follows with film reminiscences giving insights about the production, the casting process, studios, the industry and experiences with collaborators
The sugarland express by Steven Spielberg( Visual )
11 editions published between 1974 and 2008 in English and French and held by 109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Based on the true story of Lou Jean Poplin who kidnapped a Texas State Trooper and led the police on a wild chase across the state in an effort to save her son from adoption
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Alternative Names
Atherton, William Knight 1947-
Knight Atherton, William 1947-
Knight, William Atherton
Knight, William Atherton 1947-
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