Monday, August 1, 2016

1980 AT THE MOVIES

Clockwise from the top left corner: The Empire Strikes Back; Any Which Way You Can; Smokey and the Bandit II; The Blues Brothers. Center: The Shining.


Retro Movie Nerd finally hits up the 1980s. We've received requests for more films from this decade, and we're finally able to oblige. This was a solid year for big films, both in terms of box office and in terms of pop culture. The Empire Strikes Back was released on 5/21, continuing the saga started in Star Wars back in 1977; The Shining was released just two days later, so that was a hell of a weekend, wasn't it? On 6/20, The Blues Brothers marked the first time that a Saturday Night Live skit received the big screen treatment. Let us not forget Heaven's Gate bombing huge at the box office, leading to the demise of United Artists.

At the Academy Awards, Ordinary People nabs Best Picture honors and nets a Best Director award for Robert Redford as well as Best Supporting Actor for Timothy Hutton. We said goodbye to Jimmy Durante, Mario Bava, Alfred Hitchcock, Peter Sellers, Steve McQueen, Mae West and John Lennon.

Here are the top ten domestically grossing films for 1980:


  1. The Empire Strikes Back (Fox) - $209.4 million
  2. 9 To 5 (Fox) - $103.3 million
  3. Stir Crazy (Columbia) - $101.3 million
  4. Airplane! (Paramount) - $83.5 million
  5. Any Which Way You Can (WB) - $70.7 million
  6. Private Benjamin (WB) - $69.8 million
  7. Coal Miner's Daughter (Universal) - $67.2 million
  8. Smokey and the Bandit II (Universal) - $66.1 million
  9. The Blue Lagoon (Columbia) - $58.9 million
  10. The Blues Brothers (Universal) - $57.2 million
This week's reviews will include The Empire Strikes Back on 8/3, The Shining on 8/5 and Flash Gordon on 8/7. Keep up to date by following us on Twitter, Facebook and subscribing to our e-mail posts. Check the right sidebar for links to these options.

Enjoy your week!
~Chris

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