’80s rewind: Movies

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Movies in the ‘80s were a way to leave your own World behind. They would transport you to; Space, Teenage years, Science labs, War zones, the Future, Fantasy lands, and Hellish nightmare Worlds. They had a way of grabbing our minds and making them Open to new Concepts. The best part about the movies after you saw them, was their Soundtracks. These Albums would allow you to Dance as you have never done before. Although there are over 140 Essential ‘80’s Movies to watch, I have posted the ones that I personally connected with and found to be great representations of the ‘80s Era.

We will start off with a movie that brings out; Religious injustice, wrong judgments passed, High school life, and the need to express one’s self. This movie opened my eyes to the way that Bible verses are nitpicked for our own agendas. The movie I am referring to is..

FOOTLOOSE (1984)

PG | 1h 47min | Drama, Music, Romance | 17 February 1984 (USA)

A city teenager moves to a small town where rock music and dancing have been banned, and his rebellious spirit shakes up the populace.

Cast:

  • Kevin Bacon        …           Ren
  • Lori Singer           …            Ariel
  • John Lithgow      …            Rev. Shaw Moore
  • Dianne Wiest     …            Vi Moore
  • Chris Penn          …            Willard (as Christopher Penn)
  • Sarah Jessica Parker        …            Rusty
  • John Laughlin     …            Woody
  • Elizabeth Gorcey              …            Wendy Jo
  • Frances Lee McCain         …            Ethel McCormack
  • Jim Youngs          …            Chuck Cranston
  • Douglas Dirkson                …            Burlington Cranston
  • Lynne Marta       …            Lulu Warnicker
  • Arthur Rosenberg            …            Wes Warnicker
  • Timothy Scott    …            Andy Beamis
  • Alan Haufrect    …            Coach Roger Dunbar

Box Office

Budget: $8,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA: $8,556,935, 19 February 1984

Gross USA: $80,035,402

Fact about Footloose

It Was Based on a True Story.

Footloose‘s Bomont is loosely based on Elmore City, a town in Oklahoma known for the saying “If the South is the Bible belt, then we are the buckle.” Dancing really was outlawed, until the juniors at the local high school asked to allow dancing at their prom. Kevin Bacon’s character Ren McCormack was based on Leonard Coffee and Rex Kennedy, leaders in the pro-dance movement. (IFC)

The music in the movie was Amazing! the original soundtrack of the Paramount motion picture Footloose. The original nine-track album was released in 1984 and reached number one on the US Billboard 200 chart on April 21, 1984, where it stayed until June 30, 1984. When it was re-released in 1998, four bonus tracks were added to the album. (Wikipedia)

  • 1.   “Footloose”        Kenny Loggins, Dean Pitchford   Kenny Loggins   3:47
  • 2. “Let’s Hear It for the Boy”             Tom Snow, Dean Pitchford           Deniece Williams              4:22
  • 3. “Almost Paradise” (Love Theme from Footloose) Eric Carmen, Dean Pitchford        Mike Reno and Ann Wilson  3:49
  • 4. “Holding Out for a Hero”               Jim Steinman, Dean Pitchford     Bonnie Tyler       5:50
  • 5.”Dancing in the Sheets” Bill Wolfer, Dean Pitchford           Shalamar             4:05
  • 6 “I’m Free (Heaven Helps the Man)”          Kenny Loggins, Dean Pitchford   Kenny Loggins   3:46
  • 7. “Somebody’s Eyes”         Tom Snow, Dean Pitchford           Karla Bonoff       3:29
  • 8. “The Girl Gets Around”  Sammy Hagar, Dean Pitchford    Sammy Hagar     3:23
  • 9. “Never” Michael Gore, Dean Pitchford     Moving Pictures                3:47

1998 15th Anniversary Collectors’ Edition bonus tracks

No.         Title       Writer(s)              Artist     Length

  • 10.  “Metal Health (Bang Your Head)” (single edit)     Carlos Cavazo, Kevin DuBrow, Frankie Banali, Tony Cavazo  Quiet Riot            3:55
  • 11.  “Hurts So Good”               John Cougar Mellencamp, George M. Green        John Cougar Mellencamp                3:38
  • 12. “Waiting for a Girl Like You”        Mick Jones, Lou Gramm Foreigner            4:49
  • 13.”Dancing in the Sheets” (12″ version)      Bill Wolfer, Dean Pitchford           Shalamar             6:17

How to watch Footloose

‘Footloose’ is currently available to; rent, purchase, or stream via subscription on Amazon.com, VUDU, YouTube, iTunes Store, and Epix .

This movie made me realize that it’s ok to be yourself. It showed me that courage can be mustered up when needed and that Friends are a great gift. It also taught me to be careful what you wish for.

WEIRD SCIENCE (1985)

PG-13 | 1h 34min | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi | 2 August 1985 (USA)

Two high school nerds use a computer program to literally create the perfect woman, but she turns their lives upside down.

Cast

  • Anthony Michael Hall      …            Gary Wallace
  • Kelly LeBrock     …            Lisa
  • Ilan Mitchell-Smith          …            Wyatt Donnelly
  • Bill Paxton          …            Chet Donnelly
  • Suzanne Snyder …            Deb
  • Judie Aronson   …            Hilly
  • Robert Downey Jr.           …            Ian (as Robert Downey)
  • Robert Rusler     …            Max
  • Vernon Wells     …            Lord General
  • Britt Leach          …            Al Wallace
  • Barbara Lang      …            Lucy Wallace
  • Michael Berryman           …            Mutant Biker
  • Ivor Barry             …            Henry Donnelly
  • Ann Coyle            …            Carmen Donnelly (as Anne Bernadette Coyle)
  • Suzy J. Kellems  …            Gymnast

Box Office

Budget: $7,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA: $23,834,048

Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $38,934,048

Fun Facts About Weird Science

THE HIGH SCHOOL USED IN EXTERIOR SHOTS WAS THE SAME ONE USED IN SIXTEEN CANDLES AND RISKY BUSINESS.

That’d be Niles East High School, in Skokie, Illinois. It had closed in 1980, which is why it was available for film shoots. Since then, it has been torn down.

LISA WAS NAMED AFTER AN EARLY APPLE COMPUTER.

The Apple Lisa was the first personal computer to have a graphical user interface (i.e., you can point and click at icons instead of having to type line commands). Released in 1983, it was aimed at business users and sold for $9,995 ($23,700 in 2015 dollars). It sold poorly (duh), but had a lasting influence on computers and on John Hughes’ imagination. (Mental Floss)

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This next Film opened my eyes to the advances in A.I. This movie shows you that Computers and Robots could take over the World as we know it if we are not careful. It also makes you feel for A.I. Robots.

SHORT CIRCUIT (1986)

PG | 1h 38min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi | 9 May 1986 (USA)

Number 5 of a group of experimental robots in a lab is electrocuted, suddenly becomes intelligent, and escapes.

Cast overview, first billed only:

  • Ally Sheedy        …            Stephanie Speck
  • Steve Guttenberg            …            Newton Crosby
  • Fisher Stevens   …            Ben Jabituya
  • Austin Pendleton             …            Howard Marner
  • G.W. Bailey         …            Skroeder
  • Brian McNamara              …            Frank
  • Tim Blaney          …            Number 5 (voice)
  • Marvin J. McIntyre          …            Duke
  • John Garber       …            Otis
  • Penny Santon    …            Mrs. Cepeda
  • Vernon Weddle …            General Washburne
  • Barbara Tarbuck               …            Senator Mills
  • Tom Lawrence  …            Howard Marner’s Aide
  • Fred Slyter          …            Norman
  • Billy Ray Sharkey              …            Zack

Short Circuit Movie facts

Director John Badham wanted Johnny Five to look like he was from 50 to 100 years in the future

And designers Syd Mead and Eric Allard worked hard to make the robot look nothing like R2D2, C-3PO or other famous robots from films like Silent Running or Saturn 3. Talking to the Oregonian, Badham said, “We may have seen those films and lots of others, but we were never worried about copying some other film by accident. We have no fear that anyone will recognize Johnny 5 from some other film—or anything else!”

The biggest inspiration for Syd Mead’s design of the robot was an organ-playing robot that he saw at a robotics exhibition at the Tsukuba Expo in Japan, which had two camera “eyes” to scan music, so it could play.

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Mead also insisted that Johnny Five was feasible for military combat, with his back-mounted laser. Said Mead in one interview, “The laser was mounted on the back to resemble the way soldiers carry guns on their backs when they aren’t using them. They are back out of the way but can be instantly brought into position when needed. And it comes into position right by the head so it’s in line with the robot’s scanning system — a very logical position for the weapon to be in. Another design element that we hoped would make the robot believable as a military weapon was its ability to crouch down into a lower silhouette as if in combat. Also, the treads denoted military use and were covered with shrouds.”

It took a dozen people to operate Johnny Five at one time. But when they were shooting the Three Stooges scene, with the reprogrammed assassin droids, that went up to 18 per robot. Badham said, “That was an absolute nightmare! The Three Stooges sequence was just horrendous, horrible. We were training people right and left. If you had been on the set, I might have grabbed you, put some controls in your hand, and said, ‘Here, you do this part.’” (Gizmodo)

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This film touched my heart in so many ways. It showed me that as a Mother, Sacrifice is necessary. This movie showed us the ugly side of Death as well as the beauty in it. The film allows you to see that Friendship is the only way to get through the hardest times in life. It also shows you that Life goes on!

STEEL MAGNOLIAS (1989)

PG | 1h 57min | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 22 November 1989 (USA)

A young beautician newly arrived in a small Louisiana town finds work at the local salon, where a small group of women shares a close bond of friendship, and welcome her into the fold.

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:

  • Sally Field            …            M’Lynn Eatenton
  • Dolly Parton       …            Truvy Jones
  • Shirley MacLaine              …            Ouiser Boudreaux
  • Daryl Hannah     …            Annelle Dupuy Desoto
  • Olympia Dukakis               …            Clairee Belcher
  • Julia Roberts      …            Shelby Eatenton Latcherie
  • Tom Skerritt       …            Drum Eatenton
  • Sam Shepard     …            Spud Jones
  • Dylan McDermott            …            Jackson Latcherie
  • Kevin J. O’Connor             …            Sammy Desoto
  • Bill McCutcheon               …            Owen Jenkins
  • Ann Wedgeworth            …            Aunt Fern
  • Knowl Johnson  …            Tommy Eatenton
  • Jonathan Ward  …            Jonathan Eatenton
  • Bibi Besch           …            Belle Marmillion

Box Office

Budget: $15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA: $5,425,440, 19 November 1989, Limited Release

Gross USA: $83,759,091

Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $95,904,091(IMDB)

Soundtrack playlist

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This next Film will make you; Cry, laugh, and think about stereotypes. It makes you realize that Death doesn’t take someone away, it brings them closer to your heart. It shows us the importance of Family and how it isn’t just those you come from through blood. It reinstates the importance of teamwork and Friendship.

THE LAND BEFORE TIME (1988)

G | 1h 9min | Animation, Adventure, Drama | 18 November 1988 (USA)

An orphaned brontosaurus teams up with other young dinosaurs in order to reunite with their families in a valley.

Cast

Complete credited cast:

  • Judith Barsi         …            Ducky (voice)
  • Pat Hingle            …            Narrator / Rooter (voice)
  • Gabriel Damon  …            Littlefoot (voice)
  • Helen Shaver     …            Littlefoot’s Mother (voice)
  • Bill Erwin             …            Grandfather (voice)
  • Burke Byrnes     …            Daddy Topps (voice)
  • Candace Hutson               …            Cera (voice) (as Candy Hutson)
  • Will Ryan             …            Petrie (voice)

Facts about the film

OVER 600 BACKGROUND PAINTINGS WERE MADE FOR THE FILM.

Most of these depicted beautiful but barren wastelands, which presented a real challenge for the creative team. As one studio press release put it, “The artists had to create a believable environment in which there was almost no foliage.” Whenever possible, Bluth’s illustrators emphasized vibrant colors. This kept their backdrops from looking too drab or monotonous—despite the desolate setting.

LITTLEFOOT’S ORIGINAL NAME WAS “THUNDERFOOT.”

This was changed when the filmmakers learned that there was a triceratops in a popular children’s book called Thunderfoot. Speaking of three-horned dinosaurs: Cera evolved from a pugnacious male character called Bambo.

THE ACTRESS BEHIND DUCKY PASSED AWAY BEFORE THE MOVIE’S RELEASE.

Judith Barsi’s career was off to a great start. By age 10, this daughter of Hungarian immigrants had already appeared in 70 commercials and voiced the leading lady in Don Bluth’s All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989). For The Land Before Time, Barsi voiced the ever-optimistic Ducky, which was reportedly her favorite role. Then tragedy struck: In July of 1988, Barsi’s father József murdered both her and her mother before taking his own life. (Mental Floss)

Soundtrack

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This next Movie is a Goofy one that Spoofs Star wars in a way that even George Lucas Appreciated. It has all the loveable characters that we associate with Star Wars but in a new light. This Film has some adult humor that even little kids can pick up on. It made me laugh and made me question at times, the reason for it to be made. None the less, it is a great representation of the ‘80s vibe.

SPACEBALLS (1987)

PG | 1h 36min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi | 24 June 1987 (USA)

A rogue star pilot and his trusty sidekick must come to the rescue of a Princess and save the galaxy from a ruthless race of beings known as Spaceballs.

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:

  • Mel Brooks         …            President Skroob / Yogurt
  • John Candy         …            Barf
  • Rick Moranis      …            Dark Helmet
  • Bill Pullman        …            Lone Starr
  • Daphne Zuniga  …            Princess Vespa
  • Dick Van Patten …            King Roland
  • George Wyner  …            Colonel Sandurz
  • Michael Winslow              …            Radar Technician
  • Joan Rivers          …            Dot Matrix (voice)
  • Lorene Yarnell Jansson  …            Dot Matrix (as Lorene Yarnell)
  • John Hurt             …            John Hurt
  • Sal Viscuso          …            Radio Operator
  • Ronny Graham  …            Minister
  • Jim J. Bullock      …            Prince Valium (as JM J. Bullock)
  • Leslie Bevis         …            Commanderette Zircon

Box Office

Budget: $22,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA: $6,600,000, 28 June 1987

Gross USA: $38,119,483

Facts about the Film

The Millennium Falcon from Star Wars: A New Hope appears in the film during a shot of the Space Diner. It’s parked with several other space vehicles.

The novelization of Spaceballs was written by Goosebumps author R.L. Stine.

A full bulldog facemask was originally made for the character of Barf, who was played by John Candy. Brooks didn’t like it and quipped that “if they were going to hide John Candy behind a mask, he might as well hire someone else for half the price.” The next thing they tried was a nose and upper lip piece, which Candy approved of, but again, Brooks didn’t. They finally settled on the look that we saw in the film, which made so much more sense than a full mask. It included animatronic ears that were connected to a hairpiece, a small nose application, and a patch over one eye just like the dog from the ‘Our Gang’ shorts. It was controlled by three people. Candy worked the tail and two assistants controlled the ears. (Geeky Tyrant)

Soundtrack playlist

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This next Movie, I had never watched until I had my youngest son Ashton. Ashton is my Transformers Guru! Without his wisdom and Knowledge of the Transformers, I would not have been as thorough on this Topic or the proper way to watch it. Ashton has suggested that you watch the animated series before watching the movie.

why this is important to watch before the movie? Because the movie will be very confusing without knowing the back story behind it. Co-writer, Ashton Reimer

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Once I watched it, I liked the advances in Animation and the Transformations of the Characters. The action scenes are great! The music and sounds are unique and good for keeping your attention. This is a great Film for kids!

THE TRANSFORMERS – THE MOVIE (1986)

PG | 1h 24min | Animation, Action, Adventure | 8 August 1986 (USA)

The Autobots must stop a colossal planet consuming robot who goes after the Autobot Matrix of Leadership. At the same time, they must defend themselves against an all-out attack from the Decepticons.

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:

  • Norman Alden   …            Kranix (voice)
  • Jack Angel           …            Astrotrain (voice)
  • Michael Bell        …            Prowl / Scrapper / Swoop / Junkion (voice)
  • Gregg Berger     …            Grimlock (voice)
  • Susan Blu             …            Arcee (voice)
  • Arthur Burghardt              …            Devastator (voice)
  • Corey Burton     …            Spike / Brawn / Shockwave (voice)
  • Roger C. Carmel …            Cyclonus / Quintesson Leader (voice)
  • Victor Caroli        …            Narrator (voice)
  • Regis Cordic        …            Quintesson Judge (voice) (as Rege Cordic)
  • Peter Cullen       …            Optimus Prime / Ironhide (voice)
  • Scatman Crothers            …            Jazz (voice)
  • Bud Davis            …            Dirge (voice)
  • Walker Edmiston              …            Inferno (voice) (scenes deleted)
  • Paul Eiding          …            Perceptor (voice)

Box Office

Budget: $6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA: $1,779,559, 10 August 1986, Wide Release

Gross USA: $5,849,647

Facts about the Animated movie

“Transformers: The Movie” was Orson Welles’ last film. He voiced the transforming, planet-sized threat, Unicron. How did the production secure the Hollywood legend? “He was available,” said Friedman. “He was looking for work all the time. He would’ve opened a supermarket. He was eminently available.”

Friedman’s favorite characters to write for? Autobot veteran Kup, Starscream and, of course, Optimus Prime.

Marvel published an adaptation of the movie. The three-part comic was based on an early version of the script, and as a result, the comics featured a different design of the Matrix and a different death for Autobot Ultra Magnus. (Moviephone)

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Transformers – The Movie Soundtrack (20th Anniversary Edition) [FULL ALBUM]

This next Film shows us the Dangerous side of babysitting. It lets us see that you can guard your babysitting kids with your life. This movie is a must see!

ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING (1987)

PG-13 | 1h 42min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime | 3 July 1987 (USA)

A babysitter must battle her way through the big city after being stranded there with the kids she’s looking after.

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:

  • Elisabeth Shue  …            Chris
  • Maia Brewton   …            Sara
  • Keith Coogan     …            Brad
  • Anthony Rapp   …            Daryl
  • Calvin Levels      …            Joe Gipp
  • Vincent D’Onofrio            …            Dawson (as Vincent Phillip D’Onofrio)
  • Penelope Ann Miller       …            Brenda
  • George Newbern             …            Dan
  • John Ford Noonan           …            Pruitt
  • Bradley Whitford             …            Mike
  • Ron Canada        …            Graydon
  • John Davis Chandler        …            Bleak (as John Chandler)
  • Dan Ziskie            …            Mr. Anderson
  • Allan Aarons       …            Janitor #1
  • Marcia Bennett …            Nurse

Facts about the film

That iconic blues bar scene wasn’t in the original draft.

There was too much snow outside the Anderson house. Coogan remembered, “They had to get out there and melt the snow every morning and just leave a little bit to match the non-snow we had in Chicago.”

Because of child labor laws, Maia Brewton had a Canadian double. Let’s just say Brewton’s double didn’t bring it exactly the same as her. “A lot of the child labor laws don’t allow kids to work past certain hours. And somehow they had finagled with SAG to let me work until midnight – and that was super cool. I had a Canadian double that would take over at midnight, because they have no rules there.” Coogan later added, “On the Canadian Sara had this very thick Canadian accent. It was hysterical when she would do the lines too. Anytime you see the helmet up in the movie, that’s usually the other Sara…” “The back of the helmet,” Brewton clarified. (Fresh Fiction Tv)

Adventures In Babysitting Soundtrack

And Then He Kissed Me- The Crystals

Twenty-Five Miles-Edwin Starr

Gimme Shelter-The Rolling Stones

Expressway to Your Heart-Southside Johnny, The Asbury Jukes

What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)?-Junior Walker

Real Wild Child-Iggy Pop

Babysittin’ Blues-Albert Collins

Future In Your Eyes-Southside Johnny, The Asbury Jukes

Evil (Is Going On)-Koko Taylor

The Brady Bunch Theme-The Brady Bunch

Just Can’t Stop-Percy Sledge

Blues Had A Baby And They named It Rock-N-Roll-Muddy Waters

Bring It On Home To Me-Sam Cooke

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This Film introduces us to the notion of Alien abduction, loss of time, Nasa cover-ups, and some loveable characters. The Film teaches us to never give up on Family. The importance of Science is shown in a fun way. It also makes you kind of Hate Nasa at the same time. The movie I am talking about is..

FLIGHT OF THE NAVIGATOR (1986)

PG | 1h 30min | Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi | 1 August 1986 (USA)

In 1978, a boy travels 8 years into the future and has an adventure with an intelligent, wisecracking alien ship.

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:

  • Joey Cramer       …            David Freeman
  • Paul Reubens    …            Max (voice) (as Paul Mall)
  • Cliff De Young    …            Bill Freeman
  • Veronica Cartwright        …            Helen Freeman
  • Sarah Jessica Parker        …            Carolyn McAdams
  • Albie Whitaker  …            Jeff (8 years)
  • Matt Adler          …            Jeff (16 years)
  • Howard Hesseman          …            Dr. Louis Faraday
  • Robert Small       …            Troy
  • Jonathan Sanger               …            Dr. Carr
  • Iris Acker             …            Mrs. Howard
  • Richard Liberty  …            Mr. Howard
  • Raymond Forchion          …            Detective Banks
  • Cynthia Caquelin              …            Woman Officer
  • Ted Bartsch        …            Night Guard Brayton

Box Office

Budget: $9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA: $3,115,097, 3 August 1986, Wide Release

Gross USA: $18,564,613

Facts about the Film

The Spaceship from the film, Max, can now been found on the MGM Studios Backlot Tour at Walt Disney World, Orlando FL. Max is quite prominent and can now be seen as you board the train for the tour, and also part way round.(Fast Rewind)

One big surprise for 1986 audiences was the voice of MAX, the ship’s computer: Paul Reubens, who had already become a movie star in Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure. In Flight, he used the pseudonym “Paul Mall” in the credits. Kleiser explains: “Paul did not want to have his name used in this project because he wanted to stay low key and have it be a surprise.

The film marked the feature film debut of actress Sarah Jessica Parker. (D23)

Soundtrack

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The Next movie had me keeping a close eye on my Venus Fly Trap plant. It is a Musical that incorporates Aliens, Skidrow, and a Plant shop. The movie introduces us to the idea that some people should be eaten for their wrong doings to others. It is also a love story.

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (1986)

PG-13 | 1h 34min | Comedy, Horror, Musical | 19 December 1986 (USA)

A nerdy florist finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant who demands to be fed.

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:

  • Levi Stubbs         …            Audrey II (voice)
  • Rick Moranis      …            Seymour Krelborn
  • Ellen Greene      …            Audrey
  • Vincent Gardenia             …            Mushnik
  • Steve Martin      …            Orin Scrivello – D.D.S.
  • Tichina Arnold   …            Crystal
  • Michelle Weeks …            Ronette
  • Tisha Campbell-Martin  …            Chiffon (as Tisha Campbell)
  • Jim Belushi          …            Patrick Martin (as James Belushi)
  • John Candy         …            Wink Wilkinson
  • Christopher Guest           …            The First Customer
  • Bill Murray          …            Arthur Denton
  • Stan Jones          …            Narrator (voice) (as Stanley Jones)
  • Bertice Reading …            ‘Downtown’ Old Woman
  • Ed Wiley               …            ‘Downtown’ Bum #1

Facts about the Film

IT CAN BE TRACED BACK TO A BET.

THE BIGGEST PLANT PUPPET REQUIRED UP TO 60 TECHNICIANS TO OPERATE.

Oz’s biggest challenge was creating the plant itself. Named Audrey II, it not only grows from a sapling to a giant over the course of the film, but it also sings, shimmies, and eats people alive. Technicians built six animatronic flytraps of varying sizes for the film. The smallest was a mere 4 inches tall and the largest stood over 12 feet in height. Used toward the climax of the movie, it required as many as 60 human operators.

TWO OF JIM HENSON’S KIDS WERE INVOLVED.

Before Audrey II reaches its full size, the plant sings for some supper in “Feed Me.” On the film’s DVD commentary, Oz notes that Brian Henson—who currently chairs the Jim Henson Company—was the puppet’s main operator throughout this scene. A few minutes later, viewers see his little sister Heather Henson doing a cameo as an abused dental patient.

A TV-FRIENDLY VERSION OF “MEAN GREEN MOTHER FROM OUTER SPACE” ROCKED THE 1987 ACADEMY AWARDS. (Mental Floss)

Mean Green Mother from Outer Space – Levi Stubs – 59th Annual Academy Awards

Soundtrack Playlist

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This movie takes Puppetry to a whole new level. It brings them to life in an Amazing way! The puppets make you care about them. The Film teaches you to be careful of what you wish for. It shows us the reality of a Wish gone wrong. It shows us that you can’t always trust what you see.  It teaches you to Value Family over Material things. This is a Great representation of 80s Filming advances. The movie I am describing is

Labyrinth

(1986)

PG | 1h 41min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy | 27 June 1986 (USA)

A 16-year-old girl is given 13 hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King.

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:

  • David Bowie       …            Jareth
  • Jennifer Connelly             …            Sarah
  • Toby Froud         …            Toby
  • Shelley Thompson           …            Stepmother
  • Christopher Malcolm      …            Father
  • Natalie Finland  …            Fairy
  • Shari Weiser       …            Hoggle
  • Brian Henson     …            Hoggle / Goblin (voice)
  • Ron Mueck         …            Ludo / Firey 2 / Goblin (voice)
  • Rob Mills              …            Ludo / Firey 3
  • Dave Goelz         …            Didymus / The Hat / The Four Guards / Left Door Knocker / Firey 3 (voice) (as David Goelz)
  • David Alan Barclay           …            Didymus / Firey 1
  • David Shaughnessy         …            Voice of Didymus / The Hat / The Four Guards / Goblin
  • Karen Prell          …            The Worm / The Junk Lady / Firey 2
  • Timothy Bateson              …            The Worm / The Four Guards / Goblin (voice)

Box Office

Budget: $25,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA: $12,729,917

Facts about the film

The baby who played Toby grew up to be a puppeteer

Baby Toby was played in the film by Toby Froud, the son of designer Brian Froud. Toby grew up to work in film as a puppeteer and creature designer, and recently executive produced the feature-length filmYamasong: March of the Hollows along with Heather Henson.

For more information on the Films Toby made puppets for, click the link

https://www.pdxmonthly.com/articles/2014/6/19/toby-the-baby-from-labyrinth-grows-up-to-be-a-goblin-king-june-2014

The movie features a medieval oubliette

The pit that Sarah is dropped into by the Helping Hands was based on a medieval holding cell called an oubliette. The name comes from the French word for “to forget,” because prisoners in the oubliette were often left there permanently. Charming stuff!

Jareth’s face is hidden throughout the movie

The Goblin King’s face is hidden in seven scenes throughout the film! (The Portalist)

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The last Film that I will be discussing is one that will take you on an Adventure o find Buried Treasure. Along the way, you will encounter dead bodies, waterfalls, Booby traps, and even gunfire. The movie I am refereeing to is..

THE GOONIES (1985)

PG | 1h 54min | Adventure, Comedy, Family | 7 June 1985 (USA)

A group of young misfits who call themselves The Goonies discover an ancient map and set out on a quest to find a legendary pirate’s long-lost treasure.

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:

  • Sean Astin           …            Mikey
  • Josh Brolin           …            Brand
  • Jeff Cohen          …            Chunk
  • Corey Feldman  …            Mouth
  • Kerri Green        …            Andy
  • Martha Plimpton              …            Stef
  • Jonathan Ke Quan            …            Data (as Ke Huy Quan)
  • John Matuszak  …            Sloth
  • Robert Davi         …            Jake
  • Joe Pantoliano   …            Francis
  • Anne Ramsey    …            Mama Fratelli
  • Lupe Ontiveros …            Rosalita
  • Mary Ellen Trainor           …            Mrs. Walsh
  • Keith Walker      …            Mr. Walsh
  • Curt Hanson       …            Mr. Perkins (as Curtis Hanson)

Box Office

Budget: $19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA: $9,105,913, 9 June 1985

Gross USA: $61,503,218

Facts about the film

There was a Goonies Oath that was written for the film, but cut out. This is that oath: “I will never betray my goon dock friends / We will stick together until the whole world ends / Through heaven and hell, and nuclear war / Good pals like us, will stick like tar / In the city, or the country, or the forest, or the boonies / I am proudly declared a fellow Goony.”

The actor who played Chunk, Jeff Cohen, got the chicken pox after he landed the role in the film. He showed up to the set anyway, because he was afraid that they would have replaced him.

The cast was not allowed to see the fully built pirate ship before they were shooting on it. Donner wanted to catch the genuine reactions at the size and scope of it on film. So the first time they saw it was when they shot out of the waterslides into the huge soundstage where they ship was set up in a large pool of water.

Apparently One-Eyed Willy’s skull was an actual human skull. Rumor has it the cast list for the film listed the skeleton of One-Eyed Willy was a man called Raul Woo, who died from lead poisoning.

The story that Chunk tells about throwing up off a movie theater balcony was inspired by a real-life prank Spielberg pulled when he was growing up as a kid. (Geek Tyrant)

Soundtrack

the Goonies original soundtrack

Cyndi Lauper – The Goonies ‘r’ Good Enough

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These movies were also Ranked High on the ‘80s must watch list

  • THE LITTLE MERMAID (1989)
  • WARGAMES (WAR GAMES) (1983)
  • BIG (1988)
  • PRETTY IN PINK (1986)
  • POLTERGEIST (1982)
  • BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA (1986)
  • WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT (1988)
  • NATIONAL LAMPOON’S VACATION (1983)
  • STAR WARS: EPISODE VI – RETURN OF THE JEDI (1983)
  • GREMLINS (1984)
  • ROBOCOP (1987)
  • A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984)
  • THE NEVERENDING STORY (1984)
  • PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES (1987)
  • THE GOONIES (1985)
  • THE PRINCESS BRIDE (1987)
  • SIXTEEN CANDLES (1984)
  • GHOSTBUSTERS (1984 ORIGINAL) (1984)
  • E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (1982)
  • BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985)
  • LABYRINTH (1986)
  • FIELD OF DREAMS (1989)
  • THE KARATE KID (1984)
  • NEAR DARK (1987)
  • REVENGE OF THE NERDS (1984)
  • TOP GUN (1986)
  • DIRTY DANCING (1987)
  • UHF (1989)
  • CADDYSHACK (1980)
  • THE COLOR PURPLE (1985)
  • BEETLEJUICE (1988)
  • THE LOST BOYS (1987)
  • FRIDAY THE 13TH (1980)
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Grab your Popcorn because these movies you can watch right now

Prom Night 1980

Quarterback Princess (TV 1983)

High Spirits (1988)

Mac and Me 1988

Kenny Rogers : Coward of the County

Spookies 1986

Swamp Thing (1982)

Night of the Comet 1984

Better Off Dead (John Cusack 1985) Full movie

The Dirt Bike Kid 1985

The Heavenly Kid (1985)

LITTLE NEMO  1989

The Last Unicorn 1982

D.A.R.Y.L. 1985

The Care Bears Movie 1985

The Brave Little Toaster 1987

The Never ending Story (1984)

The Never Ending Story (1/2)

The Never Ending Story (2/2)

Raggedy Ann & Andy A Musical Adventure 1977

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