Tag Archives: 1980s

The Trip to Bountiful (1985) Peter Masterson, Geraldine Page, John Heard, Carlin Glynn

The Trip to Bountiful (1985)
Carrie Watts is living the twilight of her life trapped in an apartment in 1940’s Houston, Texas with a controlling daughter-in-law and a hen-pecked son. Her fondest wish — just once before she dies — is to revisit Bountiful, the small Texas town of her youth which she still refers to as “home.” The trouble is her son, Ludie, is too concerned for her health to allow her to travel alone and her petty daughter-in-law, Jessie Mae, insists they don’t have money to squander on bus tickets. This prompts “escape” attempts each month which coincide with the arrival of Mrs. Watts’ Social Security check. Then, Mrs. Watts makes a successful escape and last trip home.
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La vallée fantôme (1987) Alain Tanner, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Jacob Berger, Laura Morante

La Vallee Fantome (1987)
This uneven drama concerns the efforts of an aspiring filmmaker to include an unwilling female in his production. Paul finds difficulty deciding on a location for his film and angrily throws out his script. Jean is the film student who is sent by Paul to track down Dara and recruit her for the feature. All three end up in Brooklyn, where Dara’s father believes Paul and Jean are only interested in having sex with his daughter.
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Slavnosti snezenek / The Snowdrop Festival (1984) Jirí Menzel, Rudolf Hrusínský, Jaromír Hanzlík, Josef Somr

Slavnosti snezenek (1984)
This movie is based on texts of Bohumil Hrabal, world-known Czech prosaic. It’s a story (in a form of a mosaic of short episodes and pictures) about the sadness and happiness of inhabitants of Kersko (Kersko is a small woody area full of cottages and roods). These people are both simple and sensitive, they have their own pleasures (e.g. Leli is a collector of cheap, but inutile things) and the greatest delight of all of them is a hunting. Crude poetics of amateur hunting is screened by dreamy pictures of this area. Menzel mixes sentimental lyricism and rough (but not vulgar!) humor and the outcome is the never-ending landscape of continuous life in the proximate nearness of nature.
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Tough Guys (1986) Jeff Kanew, Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Charles Durning

Tough Guys (1986)
Harry and Archie are released from prison ready to collect their Social Security. How could they get into trouble at their age? Let’s count the ways; A parole officer who is a famous criminal groupie, Dead end where people don’t know they are dealing with dangerous, though older, criminals, a hit man who can barely see, but who still has an outstanding contract on them. Does anyone still rob trains?
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Eleni (1985) Peter Yates, Kate Nelligan, John Malkovich, Linda Hunt

Eleni (1985)
Nick is a writer in New York when he gets posted to a bureau in Greece. He has waited 30 years for this. He wants to know why his mother was killed in the civil war years earlier. In a parallel plot line we see Nick as a young boy and his family as they struggle to survive in the occupied Greek hillside. The plot lines converge as Nick’s investigations bring him closer to the answers.
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Mad Foxes / Los violadores (1981) Paul Grau, José Gras, Laura Premica, Andrea Albani

Mad Foxes (1981)
A guy, Robert O’ Neil, with a fancy sports car goes out for some fun with his 18-year old girlfriend (who happens to be a virgin). That’s when they are attacked by a bunch of Nazi-bikers who beat them and rape the girl. O’ Neil calls a friend of him, a martial arts teacher, for help. The same night, the teacher and his students attack the bikers and castrate their leader. A circle of vengeance has begun…
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The Sea Wolves (1980) Andrew V. McLaglen, Gregory Peck, Roger Moore, David Niven

The Sea Wolves (1980)
In March 1943, in the World War II, the Germans use the neutral harbor of the Portuguese colony of Mormugoa to transmit information to a U-Boat about the allied ships to sink them in international waters. In Calcutta, the British Intelligence assigns Colonel Lewis Pugh and Captain Gavin Stewart to spy in Goa and they discover that there are three German vessels anchored in the area and the famous spy Trompeta is based in Goa. They kidnap Trompeta to interrogate him but Lewis accidentally kills the spy after fighting with him in the runaway car. Meanwhile Gavin has one night stand with the gorgeous and elegant Mrs. Cromwell, who is the partner of Trompeta. They fail in their mission, but Lewis and Gavin convince their chief to use the veterans from Calcutta Light Horse led by the retired Colonel W.H. Grice to travel to Goa on board of the old ship Phoebe, pretending to be drunken businessmen on holiday.
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Wong gok ka moon (1988) Kar Wai Wong, Andy Lau, Maggie Cheung, Jacky Cheung

Wong gok ka moon (1988)
A low-level triad “big brother” has a hot-tempered “little brother” who can’t keep out of trouble, and consequently is in constant need of being bailed out by his protector. The “big brother” is super cool, but lacks the ambition to rise in the ranks of the triad societies – and once he meets his cousin from Kowloon and falls in love with her, he even thinks about leaving “the life”.
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Decko koji obecava / The Promising Boy (1981) Milos ‘Misa’ Radivojevic, Aleksandar Bercek, Dara Dzokic, Rade Markovic

Decko koji obecava (1981)
Slobodan Milosevic is young promising guy. He is a solid student, obedient son and considerate boyfriend. But after his affair with one Swiss girl, all of that changes. When he told his girlfriend Masa about that affair she hits him in the head and he changes completely. He quarrels with his parents, runs away from home, has sex with different girls, even with Masa’s mother, masturbates while driving the car, finds a way to express himself by playing rock’n’roll music and does similar anarchic stuffs. Masa thinks that another hit in the head would put the things back where they were, and when that happens and Slobodan starts acting normal again they plan a wedding. But in the middle of the wedding Slobodan hears that his friend from a band Pit had died and he, not knowing what else to do, goes bumping his head against the wall.
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Babylon (1981) Franco Rosso, David N. Haynes, Trevor Laird, Victor Romero Evans

Babylon (1980)
Babylon follows the story of David, a working class musician and black man in South East London. By day he works as a mechanic, at night David is a Mic controller at a local dance hall. The film centers around the racial divide of London in the 80’s, the lack of opportunities available to black people and poverty. David loses his job, gets beaten up and charged by the police, forcing him to go on the run. Then breaking up with his girlfriend, all of his frustrations culminate in the stabbing of a racist neighbour.
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Street Smart (1987) Jerry Schatzberg, Christopher Reeve, Kathy Baker, Mimi Rogers

Street Smart (1987)
Magazine reporter Jonathan Fisher, in danger of losing his job, promises to write a factual hard-hitting story of prostitution. But when he tries to get information from the subjects, he is ignored. So he ends up faking a well received story of a pimp, describing his life and crimes. But police think the story is of a real life pimp who is wanted for murder and start pressuring him to reveal the identity of subject in his story, and all he knows. The pimp the police suspect, also thinks the story is about himself, and wants to know what Jonathan knows, and who told him.
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