Tag Archives: 1980s

Absence of Malice (1981) Sydney Pollack, Paul Newman, Sally Field, Bob Balaban, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Absence of Malice (1981)
Mike Gallagher is a Miami liquor wholesaler whose deceased father was a local mobster. The FBI organized crime task force has no evidence that he’s involved with the mob but decide to pressure him perhaps revealing something – anything – about a murder they’re sure was a mob hit. The let Megan Carter, a naive but well-meaning journalist, know he is being investigated and Gallagher’s name is soon all over the newspaper. Gallagher has an iron-clad alibi for when the murder occurred but won’t reveal it to protect his fragile friend Teresa. When Carter publishes her story, tragedy ensues. Needing to make amends, Carter tells Gallagher the source of the first story about him and he sets out to teach the FBI and the Federal Attorney a lesson.

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Eight Men Out (1988) John Sayles, John Cusack, Clifton James, Michael Lerner, Drama, History, Sport

Eight Men Out (1988)
The great Chicago White Sox team of 1919 is the saddest team to ever win a pennant. The team is bitter at their penny pincher owner, Charles Comiskey, and at their own teammates. Gamblers take advantage of this opportunity to offer some players money to throw the series. (Most of the players didn’t get as much as promised.) But Buck Weaver and the great Shoeless Joe Jackson turn back at the last minute and try to play their best. The Sox actually almost come back from a 3-1 deficit. Two years later, the truth breaks out and the Sox are sued on multiple counts. They are found innocent by the jury but baseball commissioner Landis has other plans. The eight players are suspended for life, and Buck Weaver, for the rest of his life, tries to clear his name.

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The Lightship (1985) Jerzy Skolimowski, Robert Duvall, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Tim Phillips, Drama

The Lightship (1985)
Just when US Coast Guard captain Miller takes his teenage son Alex to his lightship off the coast of Virginia, Calvin Caspary and two criminal accomplices, on the run for the police, decide to hijack it. What the crazy trio didn’t count on is that this small crew doesn’t just keep taking it lying low, they will put up a fight. Alex hides dad’s gun and wrestles his his war past and courage.

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The Milagro Beanfield War (1988) Robert Redford, Rubén Blades, Richard Bradford, Sonia Braga, Comedy, Fantasy, Drama

The Milagro Beanfield War (1988)
In Milagro, a small town in the American Southwest, Ladd Devine plans to build a major new resort development. While activist Ruby Archuleta and lawyer/newspaper editor Charlie Bloom realize that this will result in the eventual displacement of the local Hispanic farmers, they cannot arouse much opposition because of the short term opportunities offered by construction jobs. But when Joe Mondragon illegally diverts water to irrigate his bean field, the local people support him because of their resentment of water use laws that favor the rich like Devine. When the Governor sends in ruthless troubleshooter Kyril Montana to settle things quickly before the lucrative development is cancelled, a small war threatens to erupt.

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Megáll az idö / Time Stands Still (1982) Péter Gothár, Anikó Iván, István Znamenák, Péter Gálfy, Drama

Megall az ido (1982)
A Budapest high school in the beginning of the 1960s. Dinis suffers the torments of adolescence. His father had to leave Hungary after the uprise in 1956, and since then Dini’s mother has had to take care of her two sons on her own. A friend of Dinis’ father, Bodor, is released from prison and moves in with them. Dinis and his brother Bodor are far from happy over this intrusion of their family life.

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The Brother from Another Planet (1984) John Sayles, Joe Morton, Daryl Edwards, Rosanna Carter, Comedy, Sci-Fi

The Brother from Another Planet (1984)
The Brother is an alien who has crash-landed on Earth, in New York City. While mute, strongly empathic, and able to fix things, he resembles a Black man with strange feet. His attempt to make a place for himself in Harlem is an allegory for the immigrant experience in the United States. Meanwhile, two bounty hunters from the Brother’s home planet arrive and try to capture him.

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