WorldCat Identities

Black, Todd

Works: 39 works in 289 publications in 9 languages and 23,126 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Action and adventure films  Comedy films  Romantic comedy films  Biographical films  Thrillers (Motion pictures)  Film adaptations  Melodrama  Sports films  Interviews 
Roles: Producer, fmp, Author
Classifications: PN1997.2, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Todd Black
The pursuit of happyness by Gabriele Muccino( Visual )

34 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 3,341 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chris Gardner is an intelligent, energetic guy who can't catch a break. In the sluggish Bay Area economy of 1981, he's losing ground, by investing all his family's money in high cost bone-density scanners. His wife leaves him, he loses his apartment, and with his 5-year-old son in tow joins the ranks of the homeless, if not the hopeless. Bounced from shelter to shelter, he finds himself a single dad who has to support and care for a young child. Impressing a Dean Witter higher-up by solving a Rubik's cube during a taxi ride, Chris gets a place in a stockbroker-training program. But internships don't pay, and there's no guarantee he'll be offered a job at the end of it. Against all odds, he pushes toward success, and eventually turns his life around
The great debaters by Denzel Washington( Visual )

12 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and held by 2,594 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Filme acerca de la educación y el racismo en los Estados Unidos de la primera mitad del siglo XX. Inspirada en una historia real, cuenta la iniciativa de Melvin B. Tolson (Denzel Washington), un brillante intelectual y profesor afroamericano del Wiley College de Texas, para llevar a sus estudiantes a un gran campeonato de debates. En 1935, el profesor Tolson motivó a sus estudiantes también afroamericanos a formar el primer grupo de debate que participó en los campeonatos nacionales que se celebraron en Harvard
A knight's tale by Tim Van Rellim( Visual )

25 editions published between 2001 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 2,203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After his master dies, a peasant squire, fueled by his desire for food and glory, creates a new identity for himself as a knight
Antwone Fisher by Denzel Washington( Visual )

24 editions published between 2002 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 2,083 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Antwone Fisher, 25, is a gentle, soft-spoken seaman in the Navy. Unless he feels he's been disrespected--which prompts furious, violent outbursts that put him on the brink of a dishonorable discharge. Ordered to see a psychiatrist, eventually the story of his childhood in a foster home, where he was both beaten and sexually abused, comes out. Dr. Davenport argues that Antwone needs to deal with his past, find his family, and attain closure. For Antwone, the journey proves agonizing and freeing, as he puts his past behind him and graduates into responsible manhood
Seven pounds by Gabriele Muccino( Visual )

21 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and Spanish and held by 1,940 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tim Thomas was a gifted aerospace engineer with a beautiful wife. Then, while using his cell phone while driving, his car wandered across lanes and he became responsible for the deaths of 7 others, including his wife. Unable to forgive himself, Tim sets out to give "pounds of flesh" that will give new life to 7 deserving individuals to make up for the 7 lives he destroyed. Tim intends to kill himself and to bestow gifts to 7 worthy people, which includes body organs and material possessions. He personally investigates 7 people to verify that they are indeed the right people he should help and plans to have his best friend see that his wishes are carried out after he is dead. When he begins to fall in love with one of the people he is trying to help, his plan threatens to unravel
Hope springs by Colin Firth( Visual )

10 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and French and held by 1,851 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A couple goes to Great Hope Springs for a week of marriage therapy
Knowing by Alex Proyas( Visual )

30 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,673 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1959, as part of the dedication ceremony for a new elementary school, a group of students is asked to draw pictures to be stored in a time capsule. One mysterious girl fills her sheet of paper with rows of apparently random numbers instead. Fifty years later, a new generation of students examines the capsule's contents and the girl's cryptic message ends up in the hands of Caleb. But it is Caleb's father, professor John Koestler, who makes the startling discovery that the encoded message predicts with pinpoint accuracy the dates, death tolls and coordinates of every major disaster of the past 50 years. With the reluctant help of the daughter of the now-deceased author of the prophecies, John's increasingly desperate efforts take him on a race against time until he finds himself facing the ultimate disaster and the ultimate sacrifice
The taking of Pelham 1 2 3 by Joseph Sargent( Visual )

14 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,544 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

New York Metropolitan Transit Authority train dispatcher Walter Garber's day is turned upside down when he must face-off against Ryder, the criminal mind that has hijacked the passengers of subway train, Pelham 1-2-3. Ryder is the leader of a highly-armed gang of four, including a henchman who used to work for the MTA. NYPD Hostage Negotiator Detective Camonetti initially takes charge of the situation, but quickly realizes that Ryder will only deal with Garber. Garber begins to employ his vast knowledge of the subway system in a battle to outwit Ryder and save the hostages
The back-up plan by Alan Poul( Visual )

18 editions published between 2010 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 1,383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Zoe wants a baby, but has a problem letting anyone get close to her. The perfect solution is to become artificially inseminated. Shortly after she conceives twins, she finally meets the man of her dreams. Will he stick around when he finds out?
Southpaw by Arthur Penn( Visual )

11 editions published in 2015 in English and German and held by 1,353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Billy "The Great" Hope, reigning Light Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World, seemingly has it all: an impressive career, a beautiful and loving wife, an adorable daughter, and a lavish lifestyle. When tragedy strikes and his lifelong manager and friend leaves him behind, Hope hits rock bottom and turns to an unlikely savior at a run-down local gym: Tick Wills, a retired fighter and trainer to the city's toughest amateur boxers
Alex & Emma by Rob Reiner( Visual )

8 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and French and held by 1,292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Unluckily, he can't even finish one sentence. In steps smart-talking stenographer Emma Dinsmore. She's been employed to take dictation but ends up challenging, goading and just damn annoying Alex so much that he begins to write again. And as the words flow and the sizzling romantic novel takes shape, Alex and Emma begin to realise that sometimes life imitates art
Fire in the sky by Robert Liebermann( Visual )

7 editions published between 1993 and 2013 in English and held by 357 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1975, logger Travis Walton and his co-workers discover a hovering UFO. Walton is abducted by the craft and subjected to a painful medical study. Later an investigator arrives, believing the UFO story may be a murder cover-up
Dunston checks in by Faye Dunaway( Visual )

8 editions published between 1997 and 2011 in English and held by 116 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A 5-star hotel turns into a 3-ring circus when an orangutan named Dunston checks in on the eve of the social event of the season. Dodging his jewel-thieving owner and the frantic hotel manager, Dunston is befriended by the manager's 10-year-old son, Kyle, who's determined to help his new friend escape--Container
A family thing by Richard Pearce( Visual )

4 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in English and Italian and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Earl Pilcher jr. ha vissuto tutta la vita nella stessa casa di campagna in una piccola cittadina rurale dell'Arkansas. Un uomo comune la cui vita subisce un notevole contraccolpo alla morte della madre, che gi lascia una lettera dal contenuto alquanto sconvolente: la sua vera madre non era lei bensì una donna di colore che morì dandolo alla luce
Zookeeper by Antoine Fuqua( Visual )

9 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 70 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Een voormalige commando heeft zijn eigen dood in scène gezet om een rustig leven te leiden, maar als een callgirl ontvoerd wordt door Russische gangsters komt hij toch in actie
The weather man by Nicolas Cage( Visual )

8 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dave Spritz is a local weatherman in his home town of Chicago, where his career is going well while his personal life -- his relationship with his perfectionist writer father, his neurotic ex-wife, and his now-separated children -- is spiraling downward. Despite being both loathed and loved by the local masses, Dave is a guy who doesn't seem to have it all together, and in this film, he begins to feel it. An attractive job offer presents Dave with a major question: to pursue his career in New York City, or to remain at home with his family
Cities by Todd Black( Book )

3 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

El Diablo( Visual )

2 editions published between 1990 and 2010 in Spanish and English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When one of his pretty young students is kidnapped by the legendary outlaw El Diablo, a blundering schoolteacher meets up with a renegade gunman who teaches him how to handle a gun and ride like a man
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The pursuit of happyness
Alternative Names
Black, Todd Stuart 1960-

A knight's taleSeven poundsThe taking of Pelham 1 2 3The back-up planFire in the sky