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The Eighties Club
The Politics and Pop Culture of the 1980s
The Films of 1985
The Top 50 Box Office Hits of 1985

Harrison Ford in Witness; Cher and Sam Elliott in Mask; John Candy and Richard Pryor in Brewster's Millions

1. Back to the Future
($210.6 million-July)
2. Rambo: First Blood Part II
($150.4 million-May)
3. Rocky IV
($127.9 million-November)
4. The Color Purple
($94.2 million-December)
5. Out of Africa
($88.1 million-December)
6. Cocoon
($76.1 million-July)
7. The Jewel of the Nile
($75.9 million-December)
8.. Witness
($68.7 million-February)
9. The Goonies
($61.4 million-June)
10. Spies Like Us
($60.1 million-December)

 
Madonna in Desperately Seeking Susan; Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd in Back to the Future; Arnold Schwarzenegger in Commando

11. Police Academy 2
($55.6 million-March)
12. Fletch
($50.6 million-May)
13. A View to a Kill
($50.3 million-May)
14. European Vacation
($49.3 million-July)
15. Mask
($48.2 million-March)
16. The Breakfast Club
($45.9 million-February)
17. White Nights
($42.1 million-November)
18. Pale Rider
($41.4 million-June)
19. Pee Wee's Big Adventure
($40.9 million-August)
20. Brewster's Millions
($40.8 million-May)

 Mikhail Baryshnikov and Gregory Hines in White Nights; The Black Cauldron; Chuck Norris in Invasion U.S.A.

21. E.T.: The ExtraTerrestrial (reissue)
($40.6 million-July)
22. Jagged Edge
($40.5 million-October)
23. St. Elmo's Fire
($37.8 million-June)
24. Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome
($36.2 million-July)
25. Commando
($35.1 million-October)
26. Teen Wolf
($33.1 million-August)
27. 101 Dalamations (reissue)
($33 million-December)
28. Silverado
($32.2 million-July)
29. Murphy's Romance
($30.9 million-December)
30. A Nightmare on Elm Street 2
($30 million-November)

Jeff Bridges and Glenn Close in Jagged Edge; Pee Wee Herman in Pee Wee's Big Adventure; Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito in Romancing the Stone

31. Desperately Seeking Susan
($27.4 million-March)
32. Prizzi's Honor
($26.7 million-June)
33. The Last Dragon
($25.7 million-March)
34. Agnes of God
($25.6 million-September)
35. Fright Night
($24.9 million-August)
36. Summer Rental
($24.7 million-August)
37. The Emerald Forest
($24.5 million-July)
38. Weird Science
($23.8 million-August)
39. Santa Claus: The Movie
($23.7 million-November)
40. The Care Bears Movie
($22.9 million-March)

Mare Winningham, Demi Moore and Ally Sheedy in St. Elmo's Fire;
Sylvester Stallone and Dolph Lundgren face off in Rocky IV

41. Friday the 13th, Pt. 5
($21.9 million-March)
42. The Black Cauldron
($21.3 million-July)
43. Porky's Revenge, Pt, 3
($20.5 million-March)
44. Code of Silence
($20.3 million-May)
45. Volunteers
($19.9 million-August)
46. Young Sherlock Holmes
($19.7 million-December)
47. Year of the Dragon
$18.7 million-August)
48. Ladyhawke
($18.4 million-April)
49. The Sure Thing
($18.1 million-March)
50. Invasion U.S.A.
(17.5 million-September)


After Hours
D: Martin Scorsese. Griffin Dunne, Rosanna Arquette, Verna Bloom, John Heard, Cheech Marin, Bronson Pinchot. An ordinary guy has a series of bizarre adventures during one night in New York. R
Agnes of God
D: Norman Jewison. Jane Fonda, Anne Bancroft, Meg Tilly. A young nun apparently becomes pregnant and murders the baby. From the play by John Pielmeier, who wrote the screenplay. PG-13
Alamo Bay
D: Louis Malle.  Amy Madigan, Ed Harris. American and Vietnamese fisherman clash on the Gulf Coast. Based on a true story. R
Almost You
D: Adam Brooks. Griffin Dunne, Karen Young, Laura Dean. Romantic comedy about a man who tries to enliven his mundane existence. R
The Ambassador
D: J. Lee Thompson. Robert Mitchum, Ellen Burstyn, Rock Hudson. An American diplomat's attempt to broker peace in the Mideast is complicated by his wife's affair with a PLO leader. Hudson's last film. R
American Flyers
D: John Badham. Kevin Costner, David Grant, Rae Dawn Chong. Two brothers, one of whom is dying, enter a cross-country bicycling marathon. PG-13
American Ninja
D: Sam Firstenberg. Michael Dudikoff, John La Motta. Dudikoff is a soldier on an army base in the Philippines who finds lots of reasons to use his martial arts skills. Spawned four sequels. R
The Aviator
D: George Miller. Christopher Reeve, Rosanna Arquette, Jack Warden. Pioneer pilot crash lands in the middle of nowhere. PG
Back to the Future
D: Robert Zemeckis. Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson. An '80s teenager must travel back to the Fifties to make sure his mismatched parents meet and fall in love. Produced by Steven Speilberg. Followed by two sequels. PG
Bad Medicine
D: Harvey Miller. Steve Guttenberg, Allan Arkin, Julie Hagerty. Unable to gain admission into an American medical school, Guttenberg opts to attend a dubious Central American institution. PG-13.
Better Off Dead
D: Savage Steve Holland. John Cusack, David Ogden Stiers, Kim Darby. Comedy about a boy who can't cope with losing the girl of his dreams. PG
The Black Cauldron
D: Ted Berman, Richard Rich. Voices of Grant Bardsley, Susan Sheridan, John Hurt. Disnet animated sword-and-sorcery tale with impressive effects. Filmed in Super Technirama. PG
Blood Simple
D: Joel Coen. John Getz, Frances McDormand, M. Emmet Walsh. Chilling modern film noir tale of a husband who hires a slimy character to kill his wife and her boyfriend. McDormand's film debut. R
The Boys Next Door
D: Penelope Spheeris. Maxwell Caulfield, Charlie Sheen, Patti D'Arbanville, Moon Zappa. A pair of disaffected teens go on a killing spree. R
Brazil
D: Terry Gilliam. Jonathan Pryce, Robert DeNiro, Bob Hoskins, Michael Palin. Imaginative vision of a bleak future society in which a lowly clerk clings to his ideals. R
The Breakfast Club
D: John Hughes. Emilio Estevez, Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, Anthony Michael Hall. Sometimes poignant tale of five teenagers who talk about their dreams and disappointments during an all-day detention. R
Brewster's Millions
D: Walter Hill. Richard Pryor, John Candy. Seventh version of the novel; Pryor is a baseball player who has one month to spend $30 million. PG
The Bride
D: Franc Roddam, Sting, Jennifer Beals, Cary Elwes. Revisionist remake of Bride of Frankenstein. Has the look of a great gothic horror film, but the perfomances don't hold up. PG-13
The Care Bears Movie
D: Arna Selznick. Voices: Mickey Rooney, Georgia Engel. Music by Carole King, John Sebastian.  Canadian animated feature. G
Cat's Eye
D: Lewis Teague. Drew Barrymore, James Woods, James Naughton, Candy Clark, Robert Hays. A trio of Stephen King stories adapted for the big screen. J-D-C Scope. PG-13
Certain Fury
D" Stephen Gyllenhaal. Tatum O'Neal, Irene Cara, Peter Fonda, Moses Gunn. Two women are on the run from the police and criminals. Made in Canada. R
A Chorus Line
D: Richard Attenborough. Michael Douglas, Terence Mann, Alyson Reed. Film version of Broadway hit about performers auditioning for a play. Panavision. PG-13.
Clue
D: Jonathan Lynn. Eileen Brennan, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, Martin Mull. Based on the popular board game, this movie had not one but two alternate endings. PG
The Coca-Cola Kid
D: Dusan Makavejev. Eric Robertsm Greta Scacchi. Offbeat comedy about the misadventures of a hotshot Coca-Cola sales exec dispatched to Australia. R
Cocoon
D: Ron Howard. Don Ameche, Brian Dennehy, Steve Guttenberg, Jessica Tandy. Florida senior citizens discover a fountain of youth in this warm-hearted fantasy-drama. PG-13
Code Name: Emerald
D: Jonathan Sanger. Ed Harris, Max von Sydow, Eric Stoltz. World War II tale featuring Ed Harris as a double agent trying to capture a person with information on the plans for the D-Day invasion. PG
Code of Silence
D: Andy Davis. Chuck Norris, Henry Silva. Formula action film in which Norris plays a loner cop who makes his own rules in handling a gang war. R
The Color Purple
D: Steven Spielberg. Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey. A saga covering forty years of a black girl's life in the South. Based on Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. PG-13
Commando
D: Mark L. Lester. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rae Dawn Chong. A retired special agent goes back to work when bad guys kidnap his daughter.  R
Compromising Positions
D: Frank Perry. Susan Sarandon, Raul Julia, Mary Beth Hurt. A Long Island housewife becomes a little too fascinated in the murder of a local dentist. R
Creator
D: Ivan Passer. Peter O'Toole, Mariel Hemingway, Vincent Spano, Virginia Madsen. O'Toole plays an eccentric scientist trying to revive his long-dead wife. R
D.A.R.Y.L.
D: Simon Wincer. Mary Beth Hurt, Michael McKean, Barret Oliver. Childless couple adopt a boy who turns out to be a sophisticated robot. Panavision. PG
Death Wish 3
D: Michael Winner. Charles Bronson, Deborah Raffin. Winner and Bronson combine for a third time as America's favorite vigilante makes sure crime doesn't pay. R
Desperately Seeking Susan
D: Susan Seidelman. Rosanna Arquette, Madonna, Aidan Quinn. Fine cast augments story of a bored housewife who's fascinated with, and then is mistaken for, a kooky character. PG-13
The Dungeonmaster
D: Rosemarie Turko, John Buechler, et al. Jeffrey Byron, Richard Moll. Seven directors worked on this tale of a hero who faces seven challenges to rescue a girl from the villain. PG-13.
Eleni
D: Peter Yates. Kate Nelligan, John Malkovich, Linda Hunt. Reporter goes to Athens to learn the truth behind his mother's execution by communists after World War Two. PG
The Emerald Forest
D: John Boorman. Powers Boothe, Meg Foster, Charley Boorman. An American spends 10 years searching for his missing son, who's being raised by an Amazon tribe. Panavision. R
Enormous Changes at the Last Minute
D: Mirra Bank, Ellen Hovde. Three separate stories of women and their relationships with men, parents and children in New York City. (AKA "Trumps")
European Vacation
D: Amy Heckerling. Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo. Sequel to National Lampoon's Vacation, as the Griswold's invade Europe. John Hughes co-wrote the script. PG-13
Explorers
D: Joe Dante. Ethan Hawke, River Phoenix, Meshach Taylor. A boy hooked on science fiction gets his wish to travel in space, thanks to a whiz-kid friend. PG
The Falcon and the Snowman
D: John Schlesinger. Timothy Hutton, Sean Penn. Based on a true story about two young men who sell government secrets to the Russians. R
Fandango
D: Kevin Reynolds. Kevin Costner, Judd Nelson, Sam Robards. Five college friends embark on one last fling before getting on with their lives.. PG
Fast Forward
D: Sidney Poitier. John Scott Clough, Don Franklin. Eight teens leave their Ohio hometown in search of the "big break" in New York City show business. PG
Fear City
D: Abel Ferrara. Tom Berenger, Billy Dee Williams, Melanie Griffith, Rae Dawn Chong, Maria Conchita Alonso. Superb cast in a violent film about Manhattan lowlife. R
Fever Pitch
D: David Evans. Ryan O'Neal, Catherine Hicks, Chad Everett. A newspaperman suffers from a gambling addiction. R
A Flash of Green
D: Victor Nunez. Ed Harris, Blair Brown, Richard Jordan. Story of a small-town reporter, a scheming county commissioner, and a shady development deal. Based on John D. McDonald novel.
Flesh and Blood
D: Paul Verhoeven. Rutger Hauer, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Burlinson. Adventure set in the 16th century, in which a young woman betrothed to a prince falls into the clutches of a band of warriors. (AKA "The Rose and the Sword"). Technovision. R
Fletch
D: Michael Ritchie. Chevy Chase, Tim Matheson, Geena Davis, Joe Don Baker. Based on hit novel by Gregory McDonald, featuring the adventures of a wisecracking reporter with a knack for disguises. PG
Fool for Love
D: Robert Altman. Sam Shepard, Kim Basinger, Harry Dean Stanton. Film version of Shepard's play about a pair of ex-lovers who find their lives once more entwined. R
Friday the 13th, Part 5
("A New Beginning"). D: Danny Steinmann. John Shepard, Melanie Kinnaman, Corey Feldman. Just another entry in the seemingly interminable gorefest series. R
Fright Night
D: Tom Holland. Chris Sarandon, Amanda Bearse, Roddy McDowell. A teenager enlists the aid of a TV horror-movie host to kill a cunning vampire who has moved in next door. R
Ghoulies
D: Luca Bercovici. Peter Liapis, Lisa Pelikan, Michael Des Barres.
A young man invokes Satanic spirits that take the form of gremlin-like creatures. There were several sequels. PG-13.
The Gig
D: Frank Gilroy. Wayne Rogers, Cleavon Little. A group of middle-aged guys who play jazz for fun are hired for a gig that creates unexpected problems.
Girls Just Want to Have Fun
D: Alan Metter. Sarah Jessica Parker, Helen Hunt. Teen comedy about a girl who wants to enter a dance contest against her father's wishes. PG
The Goonies
D: Richard Donner. Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Corey Feldman, Kerri Green, Jeff Cohen. From a story by Steven Spielberg. Kids go on a grand adventure in search of hidden treasure. Panavision. PG
Gotcha!
D: Jeff Kanew. Anthony Edwards, Linda Fiorentino. A nerdy college kid goes to Paris for a vacation, only to meet a seductive older woman who involves him in an espionage plot. PG-13.
Heartbreakers
D" Bobby Roth. Peter Coyote, Nick Mancuso, Carole Laure. Thought-provoking film about two male friends who seek creative and sexual fulfillment. R
Heaven Help Us
D: Michael Dinner. Donald Sutherland, John Heard, Andrew McCarthy, Mary Stuart Masterson. Life in a Catholic high school, circa 1965. R
Heavenly Bodies
D: Lawrence Dane. Cynthia Dale, Richard Rebiere, Walter George Alton, Laura Henry. The owners and patrons of a small aerobics studio resists the efforts of the owner of a rival club to put it out of business. R
The Holcroft Covenant
(British) D: John Frankenheimer. Michael Caine, Anthony Andrews, Victoria Tennant. A man travels round the world in search of a fortune left behind by his Nazi father. Based on the novel by Robert Ludlum. R
Hot Resort
D: John Robins. Tom Parsekian, Bronson Pinchot. A couple of guys try to get lucky by landing summer jobs at a Caribbean resort. R
Into the Night
D: John Landis. Jeff Goldblum, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dan Ackroyd, David Bowie. An ordinary guy tries to save a beautiful woman from killers. Notable for a host of Hollywood directors in cameo roles. R
Invasion U.S.A.
D: Joseph Zito. Chuck Norris, Richard Lynch, Melissa Prophet. A retired American agent almost single-handedly foils a plot by Russian terrorists who invade Florida to wreak havoc in America.
Violent. R
Jagged Edge
D: Richard Marquand. Jeff Bridges, Glenn Close, Peter Coyote, Robert Loggia. Hotshot lawyer defending a wealthy man accused of murdering his wife falls in love with her client. R
The Jewel of the Nile
D: Lewis Teague. Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito. They're all back for an exciting sequel to Romancing the Stone. PG
The Journey of Natty Gann
D: Jeremy Kagan. Meredith Salanger, John Cusack,. Lainie Kazan, Verna Bloom. A girl traveling across the country to be with her father during the Depression acquires an unlikely companion -- a wolf. A Disney film, in Widescreen. PG
Key Exchange
D: Barnet Kellman. Brooke Adams, Ben Masters, Danny Aiello. A neurotic New Yorker exchanges apartment keys with a woman he just can't bring himself to commit to. Adaptation of offf-Broadway play. R
King David
D: Bruce Beresford. Richard Gere, Edward Woodward, Alice Krige. Strong performances enhance this Biblical tale of the life of Israel's greatest king. Panavision. PG-13.
King Solomon's Mines
D: J. Lee Thompson. Richard Chamberlain, Sharon Stone. based on novel by H. Rider Haggard, about an adventurer a la Indiana Jones. A sequel followed. J-D-C Scope. PG-13
Kiss of the Spider Woman
D: Hector Banbenco. William Hurt, Raul Julia, Sonia Braga. A gay man and a political activist share a cell in a South American prison. Hurt won an Oscar, and a stage adaptation followed. R
Krush Groove
D: Michael Schultz. Blair Underwood, Sheila E. Fat Boys, Kurtis Blow.. A rap musical. Good soundtrack. R
Ladyhawke
D: Richard Donner. Matthew Broderick, Rutger Hauer, Michelle Pfeiffer. A prince's bride-to-be is taken by a band of rogue warriors. A medieval fantasy adventure in Technovision. PG-13
The Last Dragon
D: Michael Schulz. Vanity, Keisha Knight, William H. Macy. Campy comedy involving martial arts, a video deejay and gangsters in Chinatown. PG-13
Legend
D: Ridley Scott. Tom Cruise, Mia Sara, Tim Curry. Fantasy about a demon who seeks control over a girl who represents purity and innocence. Panavision. PG
The Legend of Billie Jean
D: Matthew Robbins. Helen Slater, Keith Gordon, Christian Slater. A Texas girl and her brother, unjustly accused of crimes and on the run, become rebel heroes. PG-13
Lily in Love
D: Karoly Makk. Christopher Plummer and Maggie Smith star in this U.S.-Hungarian film about an actor who disguises himself as an Italian to court the woman he loves. PG-13
Lost in America
D: Albert Brooks. Albert Brooks and Julie Hagerty are a pair of yuppies who drop out and hit the road for a series of misadventures. Brooks also wrote it. R
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
D: George Miller. Mel Gibson, Tina Turner. In this third film of the series, Max is rescued by a band of wild children and takes on the cutthroats of Bartertown. PG-13
The Man With One Red Shoe
D: Stan Dragoti. Tom Hanks, Lori Singer, Dabney Coleman, Charles Durning, Jim Belushi. Remake about an innocent man mistakenly targeted by the CIA.
Maria's Lovers
D: Andrei Konchalovsky. Nastassia Kinski, John Savage, Robert Mitchum, Keith Carradine. Soldier returns to his bride a changed man after WW2. R
Marie
D: Roger Donaldson. Sissy Spacek, Jeff Daniels, Morgan Freeman. A Tennessee divorcee takes a state government job and blows the whistle on corruption.Based on a true story, and Peter Maas book. PG-13
Martin's Day
(Canadian) D: Alan Gibson. Richard Harris, Lindsay Wagner, James Coburn, Karen Black. An escaped prisoner kidnaps and then befriends a youth. PG
Marvin and Tige
D: Eric Weston. John Cassavetes, Billy Dee Williams, Gibran Brown. A loser takes an 11-year-old who attempted suicide under his wing. PG
Mask
D: Peter Bogdanovich. Cher, Eric Stoltz, Sam Elliott, Estelle Getty. Based on the true story of a teenage boy whose face is horribly disfigured, and his courageous mother, who tries to make his life worth living. PG-13
Maxie
D: paul Aaron. Clenn Close, Mandy Patinkin, Ruth Gordon. A screwball comedy in which the spirit of a flapper from the Roaring Twenties inhabits an Eighties woman. PG
The Mean Season
D: Phillip Borsos. Kurt Russell, Mariel Hemingway, Richard Jordan. A Miami newspaper reporter becomes enmeshed in the case of a crazed killer. R
Moving Violations
D: Neal Israel. John Murray, Jennifer Tilly, James Keach, Clara Peller. Comedy about various misadventures at a traffic violations school. PG-13
Murphy's Romance
D: Martin Ritt. Sally Field, James Garner, Corey Haim. A divorcee with a 12-year-old son tries to start all over in a small community where she meets and falls for a widowed pharmacist. PG-13
The New Kids
D: Sean Cunningham. Lori Loughlin, James Spader, Shannon Presby, Eric Stoltz. A brother and sister are bothered by a gang of thugs. PG
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2
("Freddy's Revenge") D: Jack Sholder. Mark Patton, Kim Myers, Clu Gulager, Hope Lange, Robert Englund. A teenage boy is tormented by dreams of Freddy. R
1984
(UK) D: Michael Radford. John Hurt, Richard Burton, Suzanna Hamilton, Cyril Cusack. Dark version of the Orwell classic, and Burton's last film. R
Once Bitten
D: Howard Storm. Lauren Hutton, Jim Carrey, Cleavon Little. Hutton is a vampiress who requires the blood of a virgin -- and that, of course, is Carrey.  PG-13
One Magic Christmas
D: Phillip Borsos.Mary Steenburgen, Gary Basaraba, Harry Dean Stanton. Disney film in which Santa Clause and an angel team up to rekindle the Christmas spirit in a woman. G
Out of Africa
D: Sydney Pollack. Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Klaus Maria Brandauer. Film (all 161 minutes of it) based on the life of Karen Blixen, whose marriage of convenience takes her to Nairobi, where she falls in love with a British adventurer. Won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography and Best Score. PG
Pale Rider
D: Clint Eastwood. Clint Eastwood, Michael Moriarty, Carrie Snodgress. Western in which a mysterious stranger helps struggling miners. Panavision. R
Pee-wee's Big Adventure
D: Tim Burton. Pee-wee Herman (Paul Reubens), Elizabeth Daily, Mark Holton, Diane Salinger, Phil Hartman, Morgan Fairchild. Music by Danny Elfman. Live-action cartoon with Pee-wee in search of his stolen bicycle. PG
Perfect
D: James Bridges. John Travolta, Jamie Lee Curtis, Marilu Henner. Reporter for Rolling Stone, about to pen a scathing expose on the L.A. health club scene, falls for an aerobics instructor. Panavision. R
Plenty
D: Fred Schepisi. Meryl Streep, Charles Dance, Tracey Ullman, John Gielgud, Sam Neill. Film version of the David Hare play about a British woman who triumphs over adversity during World War II. Panavision. R
Police Academy 2
("Their First Assignment") D: Jerry Paris. Steve Guttenberg, Bubba Smith, Colleen Camp, Howard Hesseman. First of numerous sequels to the 1984 hit. PG-13
Porky's Revenge
D. James Komack. Dan Monahan, Wyatt Knight, Kaki Hunter, Mark Herrier. Third and final "Porky's" film, this one involving a basketball game. R
A Private Function
(British) D: Malcolm Mowbray. Michael Palin, Maggie Smith, Denholm Elliott.Droll comedy set in post-WWII England where a contraband pig becomes the center of controversy. R
Private Resort
D: George Bowers. Rob Morrow, Johnny Depp, Emily Longstreth, Hector Elizondo. Sex comedy in which two guys seek sexual conquests at a resort. R
Prizzi's Honor
D: John Huston. Jack Nicholson, Kathleen Turner, Anjelica Huston. Black comedy about a slow-witted mob hitman who has the misfortune of falling in love. R
The Purple Rose of Cairo
D: Woody Allen. Mia Farrow, Jeff Daniels, Danny Aiello. Comedy-fantasy about a movie fan whose prosaic life is turned upside down when a movie star walks right off the big screen into her life. PG
Rambo: First Blood, Part 2
D: George P. Cosmatos. Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna. The hero of First Blood heads to Cambodia and acts as a one-man army to find and rescue American MIAs. Panavision. E
Ran
D> Akira Kurosawa. tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu. An adaptation of King Lear, in which a warlord turns his kingdom over to one of three sons, which sets off a power struggle. R
Re-Animator
D: Stuart Gordon. Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott,  Barbara Crampton. An over-the-top horror-comedy about a young med student who creates a serum that brings the dead back to life. R
Real Genius
D: Martin Coolidge. Val Kilmer,Gabe Jerret, Michelle Meyrink. A whiz kid recruited by a genius professor, discovers that he and his fellow students are being exploited, and seeks revenge. Panavision. PG
Red Sonja
D: Richard Fleischer. Brigitte Nielson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sandahl Bergman. Sord-and-sorcery movie based on story by Robert E. Howard, of Conan fame. Schwarzenegger has a small role in this one. Technovision. PG-13
Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins
D: Guy Hamilton. Fred Ward, Joel Grey. Based on the popular Destroyer series, about a cop recruited by a secret agency and turned into an assassin. PG-13
Return to Oz
D: Walter Murch. Nicol Williamson, Jean Marsh, Piper Laurie. Sequel to the classic has Dorothy escaping from a Kansas sanitarium to return to Oz, only to find it in evil hands. PG
Rocky IV
D: Sylvester Stallone. Sylvester Stallone, Dolph Lundgren, Carl Weathers, Talia Shire. This time Rocky takes on a seemingly superhuman Russian champ to avenge a friend's death. PG
Runaway Train
D: Andrei Konchalovsky. Jon Voight, Eric Roberts, Rebecca De Mornay. Topnotch suspense film in which a hardened criminal and his accomplice take refuge on a train rolling through Alaska. R
Rustler's Rhapsody
D: Hugh Wilson. Tom Berenger, Marilu Henner, Andy Griffith, Sela Ward. A send-up of the old Saturday-matinee western serials. PG
Santa Claus: The Movie
D: Jeannot Szwarc. Dudley Moore, John Lithgow, Burgess Meredith, Judy Cornwell. Story of how Santa Claus came to be, and pits him against an evil toy magnate. J-D-C Scope. PG
Secret Admirer
D: David Greenwalt. C. Thomas Howell, Lori Loughlin, Kelly Preston, Fred Ward, Corey Haim. An unsigned love letter ignites a series of comic mis- understandings. Score by Jan Hammer. R
The Shooting Party
(British) D: Alan Bridges. James Mason, Edward Fox, John Gielgud, Dorothy Tutin. A smart and satirical look at class consciousness as illustrated by the conflicts between people on a weekend shooting party.
Silverado
D: Lawrence Kasdan. Kevin Kline, Scott Glenn, Kevin Costner, Danny Glover, John Cleese, Rosanna Arquette. Sprawling, action-packed western. Super Techniscope. PG-13.
The Slugger's Wife
D: Hal Ashby. Michael O'Keefe, Rebecca De Mornay, Randy Quaid. Neil Simon story about a baseball player who falls in love with a singer. PG-13.
Smooth Talk
D: Joyce Chopra. Treat Williams, Laura Dern, Mary Kay Place, Levon Helm. Story of a teenage girl and a mysterious stranger. Made for PBS's American Playhouse. PG-13
Spies Like Us
D: John Landis. Chevy Chase, Dan Ackroyd, Donna Dixon, Steve Forrest. Numerous directors make cameo appearances in this farce about a pair of unlikely espionage agents set up as decoys. PG
St. Elmo's Fire
D: Joel Schumacher. Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, Andrew McCarthy, Ally Sheedy. Recent college grads try to adjust to real life. Panavision. R
Stephen King's Silver Bullet
D: Daniel Attias. Corey Haim, Gary Busey, Megan Follows. A werewolf terrorizes the inhabitants of a small town. J-D-C Scope. R
Stick
D: Burt Reynolds. Burt Reynolds, Candice Bergen, George Segal, Charles Durning. An ex-con tangles with drug dealers as he tries to avenge the death of a friend. R
Summer Rental
D: Carl Reiner. John Candy, Karen Austin, Richard Crenna, Rip Torn. A working-class guy won't let anything ruin his family's Florida vacation. PG
The Sure Thing
D: Rob Reiner. John Cusack, Daphne Zuniga, Anthony Edwards, Tim Robbins. A couple of college students who don't get along wind up traveling across the country together. PG-13.
Sweet Dreams
D: Karel Reisz. Jessica Lange, Ed Harris, Ann Wedgeworth. The story of Fifties country singer Patsy Cline. (Lange lip-synched to original recordings by Cline.) PG-13
Sylvester
D: Tim Hunter. Richard Farnsworth, Melissa Gilbert, Michael Schoeffling. A story about a girl and her horse. PG
Target
D: Arthur Penn. Gene Hackman, Matt Dillon, Gayle Hunnicutt. An ordinary guy and his son find international intrigue as they search for their kidnapped wife/mother. R
Teen Wolf
D: Rod Daniel. Michael J. Fox, James Hampton, Susan Ursitti. A teenager discovers that the fact that he's a werewolf makes him the most popular guy in school. Spawned animated TV series and a sequel movie. PG
That Was Then, This Is Now
D: Christopher Cain. Emilio Estevez, Craig Sheffer, Kim Delaney, Barbara Babcock. Delinquent kid is upset when his adoptive brother gets a girlfriend. From an S.E. Hinton book. R
Thief of Hearts
D: Douglas Day Stewart. Steven Bauer, Barbara Williams, John Getz. A burglar steals a woman's diaries and, after reading them, decides to court her. R
To Live and Die in L.A.
D: William Friedkin. William L. Petersen, Willem Dafoe, John Pankow, Debra Feuer, Darlanne Fluegel, Robert Downey.  A Secret Service agent pursues a wily counterfeiter in this gritty crime drama. R
Tomboy
D: Herb Freed. Betsy Russell, Jerry Dinome, Kristi Somers. Teen sex comedy in which a girl who happens to be an automotive wiz is determined to outrace the guy whose heart she intends to win. R
The Toxic Avenger
D: Michael Herz & Samuel Weil. Andree Maranda, Mitchell Cohen, Jennifer Baptist. Spoof about a weakling who, when transformed into a monster, does good deeds. Spawned two sequels. R
Transylvania 6-5000
D: Rudy DeLuca. Jeff Goldblum, Joseph Bologna, Ed Begley, Jr., Carol Kane, Geena Davis. A comedy intended as a spoof of horror films.PG
The Trip to Bountiful
D: Peter Masterson. Geraldine Page, John Heard, Richard Bradford, Rebecca De Mornay. Film version of Horton Foote's play about a widow who is determined to go home to Texas before she dies. Page won an Oscar. PG
Trouble in Mind
D: Alan Rudolph. Kris Kristofferson, Keith Carradine, Lori Singer, Genevieve Bujold. Offbeat drama about an ex-cop who befriends some young innocents who've come to the big city. R
Tuff Turf
D: Fritz Kiersch. James Spader, Kim Richards, Paul Mones, Matt Clark. A newcomer falls in love with the girlfriend of a gang leader. R
Turk 182!
D: Bob Clark. Timothy Hutton, Robert Urich, Kim Cattrall, Robert Culp. Young man becomes a vandal when the city doesn't come through for his brother, an injured fireman. Panavision. PG-13
Twice in a Lifetime
D: Bud Yorkin. Gene Hackman, Ann-Margret, Allen Burstyn, Amy Madigan, Ally Sheedy. Married man falls in love with a younger woman. R
A View to a Kill
D: John Glen. Roger Moore, Christopher Walken, Tanya Roberts, Grace Jones. James Bond takes on a villain who wants to destroy Silicon Valley. Moore's last film as 007. Panavision. PG
Vision Quest
D: Harold Becker. Matthew Modine, Linda Fiorentino, Michael Schoeffling, Daphne Zuniga. High school wrestler meets an older woman who inspires him. Madonna appears, briefly. R
Volunteers
D: Nicholas Meyer. Tom Hanks, John Candy, Rita Wilson, George Plimpton. A playboy accidentally signs up for the Peace Corps. R
Weird Science
D: John Hughes. Anthony Michael Hall, Kelly LeBrock, Bill Paxton, Robert Downey, Jr. two nerds use a computer to create the woman of their dreams. Inspired a cable TV series. PG-13.
White Nights
D: Taylor Hackford. Mikhail Baryshnikov, Gregory Hines, Helen Mirren, Geraldine Page.Russian ballet star who defected to the U.S. finds himself back behind the Iron Curtain, and an American expatriate is used to try to make him stay. PG-13.
Witness
D: Peter Weir. Harrison Ford, Kelly McGinnis, Josef Sommer, Lukas Haas, Alexander Gudenov. A cop on the run hides on among the Amish and falls in love with a young widow. R
Year of the Dragon
D: Michael Cimino. Mickey Rourke, John Lone, Ariane. Oliver Stone's script from the Robert Daley novel about a Vietnam vet turned NYC cop who's out to get a Chinatown crime czar. J-D-C Scope. R
Young Sherlock Holmes
D: Barry Levinson. Nicholas Rowe, Alan Cox, Sophie Ward. The story of Conan Doyle's famous detective as a youth who tackles his first case. Steven Speilberg produced. PG-13


59th Annual Academy Awards
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion,
 L.A. County Music Center,
Los Angeles, CA
24 March 1986
[winners in italics]

Best Picture
The Color Purple
Kiss of the Spider Woman
Out of Africa
Prizzi's Honor
Witness

Best Director
Hector Babenco
(Kiss of the Spider Woman)
John Huston
(Prizzi's Honor)
Akira Kurosawa
(Ran)
Sydney Pollack
(Out of Africa)
Peter Weir
(Witness)

Best Actor in a Leading Role
Harrison Ford
(Witness)
James Garner
(Murphy's Romance)
William Hurt
(Kiss of the Spider Woman)
Jack Nicholson
(Prizzi's Honor)
Jon Voight
(Runaway Train)

Best Actress in a Leading Role
Anne Bancroft
(Agnes of God)
Whoopi Goldberg
(The Color Purple)
Jessica Lange
(Sweet Dreams)
Geraldine Page
(The Trip to Bountiful)
Meryl Streep
(Out of Africa)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Don Ameche
(Cocoon)
Klaus Maria Brandauer
(Out of Africa)
William Hickey
(Prizzi's Honor)
Robert Loggia
(Jagged Edge)
Eric Roberts
(Runaway Train)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Margaret Avery
(The Color Purple)
Anjelica Huston
(Prizzi's Honor)
Amy Madigan
(Twice in a Lifetime)
Meg Tilly
(Agnes of God)
Oprah Winfrey
(The Color Purple)

Best Writing: Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
Woody Allen
(The Purple Rose of Cairo)
Terry Gilliam, Tom Stoppard, Charles McKeown
(Brazil)
William Kelley, Pamela Wallace, Earl Wallace
(Witness)
Luis Puenzo, Aida Bortnik
(La historia oficial)
Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale
(Back to the Future)

Best Writing: Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium
Richard Condon, Janet Roach
(Prizzi's Honor)
Horton Foote
(The Trip to Bountiful)
Kurt Luedtke
(Out of Africa)
Menno Meyjes
(The Color Purple)
Leonard Schrader
(Kiss of the Spider Woman)

Best Film Editing
John Bloom
(A Chorus Line)
Rudi Fehr, Kaja Fehr
(Prizzi's Honor)
Thom Noble
(Witness)
Henry Richardson
(Runaway Train)
Fredric Steinkamp, et al.
(Out of Africa)

Best Music: Song
Stephen Bishop
"Separate Lives"
(White Nights)
Marvin Hamlisch, Ed Kleban
"Surprise, Surprise"
(A Chorus Line)
Chris Hayes, Johnny Colla, Huey Lewis
"The Power of Love"
(Back to the Future)
Quincy Jones, Rod Temperton, Lionel Richie
"Miss Celie's Blues (Sister)"
(The Color Purple)
Lionel Richie
"Say You, Say Me"
(White Nights)

Best Music: Original Score
John Barry
(Out of Africa)
Bruce Broughton
(Silverado)
George Delerue
(Agnes of God)
Maurice Jarre
(Witness)
Quincy Jones, et al.
(The Color Purple)

Best Cinematography
Allen Daviau
(The Color Purple)
William A. Fraker
(Murphy's Romance)
Takao Saito, Masaharu Ueda, Asakazu Nakai
(Ran)
John Seale
(Witness)
David Watkin
(Out of Africa)

Best Art Direction- Set Decoration
Norman Garwood, Maggie Gray
(Brazil)
Stephen B. Grimes, Josie MacAvin
(Out of Africa)
Stan Jolley, John H. Anderson
(Witness)
Yoshiro Muraki, Shinobu Muraki
(Ran)
J. Michael Riva, Linda DeScenna
(The Color Purple)

Best Effects; Best Sound Editing
Fred J. Brown
(Rambo: First Blood Part II)
Charles L. Campbell, Robert R. Rutledge
(Back to the Future)
Robert G. Henderson, Alan Robert Murray
(Ladyhawke)

Best Effects: Visual Effects
Dennis Muren, et al.
(Young Sherlock Holmes)
Ken Ralston, et al.
(Cocoon)
Will Vinton, et al.
(Return to Oz)

Honorary Awards
Paul Newman
Alex North

Best Costume Design
Milena Canonera
(Out of Africa)
Donfeld
(Prizzi's Honor)
Aggie Guerard Rodgers
(The Color Purple)
Emi Wada
(Ran)
Albert Wolsky
(The Journey of Natty Gann)

Best Sound
Les Fresholtz, et al.
(Ladyhawke)
Chris Jenkins, et al.
(Out of Africa)
Donald O. Mitchell, et al.
(A Chorus Line)
Donald O. Mitchell, et al.
(Silverado)
Bill Varney, et al.
(Back to the Future)

Best Makeup
Ken Chase
(The Color Purple)
Carl Fullerton
(Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins)
Michael Westmore, Zoltan Elek
(Mask)

Best Foreign Language Film
Bittere Ernte (W. Germany)
La historia oficial (Argentina)
Oberst Redl (Hungary)
Otac na sluzbenom putu (Yugoslavia)
3 hommes et un couffin (France)

Best Short Film: Animated
Anna & Bella
The Big Snit
Second Class Mail

Best Short Film: Live Action
Graffiti
Molly's Pilgrim
Rainbow War

Best Documentary: Short Subjects
The Courage to Care
Keats  and His Nightingale: A Blind Date
Making Overtures: The Story of a Community Orchestra
Witness to War: Dr.  Charlie Clements
The Wizard of the Strings

Best Documentary: Features
Broken Rainbow
Las Madres de la Plaza de Mayo
Soldiers in Hiding
The Statue of Liberty
Unfinished Business


Golden Globe Awards
Beverly Hilton Hotel,  
Los Angeles, CA
24 January 1986
[winners in italics]

Best Motion Picture, Drama
The Color Purple
Kiss of the Spiderwoman
Out of Africa
Runaway Train
Witness

Best Motion Picture, Comedy/Musical
Back to the Future
A Chorus Line
Cocoon
Prizzi's Honor
The Purple Rose of Cairo

Best Director - Motion Picture
Richard Attenborough
(A Chorus Line)
John Huston
(Prizzi's Honor)
Sydney Pollack
(Out of Africa)
Steven Spielberg
(The Color Purple)
Peter Weir
(Witness)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
Harrison Ford
(Witness)
Gene Hackman
(Twice in a Lifetime)
William Hurt
(Kiss of the Spiderwoman)
Raul Julia
(Kiss of the Spiderwoman)
Jon Voight
(Runaway Train)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
Anne Bancroft
(Agnes of God)
Cher
(Mask)
Whoopi Goldberg
(The Color Purple)
Geraldine Page
(A Trip to Bountiful)
Meryl Streep
(Out of Africa)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy/Musical
Jeff Daniels
(The Purple Rose of Cairo)
Griffin Dunne
(After Hours)
Michael J. Fox
(Back to the Future)
James Garner
(Murphy's Romance)
Jack Nicholson
(Prizzi's Honor)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy/Musical
Rosanna Arquette
(Desperately Seeking Susan)
Glenn Close
(Maxie)
Mia Farrow
(The Purple Rose of Cairo)
Sally Field
(Murphy's Romance)
Kathleen Turner
(Prizzi's Honor)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Klaus Maria Brandauer
(Out of Africa)
Joel Grey
(Remo Williams: The Adventure...)
John Lone
(Year of the Dragon)
Eric Roberts
(Runaway Train)
Eric Stoltz
(Mask)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Sonia Braga
(Kiss of the Spiderwoman)
Anjelica Huston
(Prizzi's Honor)
Kelly McGillis
(Witness)
Amy Madigan
(Twice in a Lifetime)
Meg Tilly
(Agnes of God)

Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Woody Allen
(The Purple Rose of Cairo)
Bob Gale, Robert Zemeckis
(Back to the Future)
William Kelley, Earl Wallace
(Witness)
Kurt Luedtke
(Out of Africa)
Janet Roach, Richard Condon
(Prizzi's Honor)

Best Original Song - Motion Picture
"The Power of Love"
(Back to the Future)
"Rhythm of the Night"
(The Last Dragon)
"Say You, Say Me"
(White Nights)
"A View to a Kill"
(A View to a Kill)
"We Don't Need Another Hero"
(Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome)

Best Original Score - Motion Picture
John Barry
(Out of Africa)
Michel Colombier
(White Nights)
Maurice Jarre
(Witness)
Quincy Jones
(The Color Purple)
David Mansfield
(Year of the Dragon)

Best Foreign Film
La historia oficial
(Argentina)
Oberst Redl
(Hungary)
Otac na sluzbenom putu
(Yugoslavia)
Ran
(Japan)
Rok spokojnego slonca
(Poland)


Top Box Office Stars of 1985
(tabulated by Quigley Publications)

1.Sylvester Stallone
2. Eddie Murphy
3. Cliny Eastwood
4. Michael J. Fox
5. Chevy Chase
6. Arnold Schwarzenegger
7. Chuck Norris
8. Harrison Ford
9. Michael Douglas
10. Meryl Streep
11. Robert Redford
12. Sally Field
13. Kathleen Turner
14. Dan Ackroyd
15. Bill Murray
16. Jack Nicholson
17. Jessica Lange
18. Goldie Hawn
19. Charles Bronson
20. Cher
21. Mel Gibson
22. Pee Wee Herman
23. Burt Reynolds
24. Roger Moore
25. Sissy Spacek


The Stars Who Passed Away in 1985
Anne Baxter, 62 (4 December)
Indiana-born stage, film and TV actress. Nominated for an Oscar for All About Eve. Also starred in The Magnificent Ambersons, The Ten Commandments. At the time of her death she was starring in the TV series Hotel.
Yul Brynner, 65 (10 October)
Came to the U.S. in 1941, appeared on Broadway, won a Best Actor Oscar for The King and I. Also appeared in The Ten Commandments, The Magnificent Seven, Westworld. He appeared in anti-smoking public service announcements to be aired after his death, from cancer.
Ruth Gordon, 88 (28 August)
Actress and writer. Born in Massachusetts, had success in the theatre then appeared in numerous films, including Inside Daisy Clover, Harold and Maude, Every Which Way But Loose, and Rosemary's Baby, for which she won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar. With husband Garson Kanin she co-authored screenplays for Pat and Mike, Adam's Rib.
Henry Hathaway, 86 (11 February)
Sacramento-born director of more than 60 films, including The Lives of a Bengal Lancer, Sons of Katie Elder, Nevada Smith and True Grit.
Rock Hudson, 59 (2 October)
.Born Roy Scherer, Jr. in Indiana, served in the Navy in World War II, became the top box-office star between 1957-1965, appearing in such films as Farewell to Arms, Pillow Talk, The Undefeated, Tobruk, Darling Lili and Giant, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. He starred in the long-running TV series McMillan and Wife. His AIDS-related death did much to raise public awareness of the disease.
Rick Nelson, 45 (31 December)
Singing idol who grew up on the TV series The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (1952-1966). He appeared in a few films, and had a successful singing career. He and his band were killed in a plane crash near DeKalb, TX.
Lloyd Nolan, 83 (27 September)
San Francisco-born actor who appeared in Broadway and over 70 films, including St. Louis Blues, Guadalcanal Diary, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Peyton Place, Hannah and Her Sisters.
Edmond O'Brien, 69 (8 May)
Brooklyn-born actor of stage and screen, he appeared on Broadway and then went to Hollywood in 1939 for a successful film career. His movies include Winged Victory, Fighter Squadron, The Longest Day, 7 Days in May, The Wild Bunch. He won a Best Supporting Oscar for The Barefoot Contessa.
Phil Silvers, 73 (1 November)
Brooklyn-born comedian of stage, screen and television. Got his start in vaudeville, made his Broadway debut in 1938, appeared in such films as You're In the Army Now, It's A Mad Mad Mad World, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. He was best known for his role as Sgt. Bilko in the hit TV series The Phil Silvers Show.
Carol Wayne, 42
Chicago-born actress who had made numerous guest-appearances on TV and made such films as Viva Las Vegas, and was perhaps best known as the Matinee Girl on the Johnny Carson Show. She drowned in Santiago Bay near the resort of Manzanillo, Mexico.
Orson Welles, 70  (10 October)
Born in Wisconsin, and star of stage, film, radio and TV. In 1975 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the American Film Institute. His films include Citizen Kane, for which he won an Oscar for the screenplay (and two more nominations for his directing and acting.) He also starred in Macbeth, The Third Man, The Long Hot Summer, Othello, A Man for All Seasons, Voyage of the Damned.

All photos acquired from John Willis Screen World 1986 (Volume 37)