I recently heard Craig Carton say he was asked to put together his Mount RUshmore of 1980’s movies. I don’t usually agree with him but he was right in saying that is impossible to do because of the number of cult classics as well as just pure great movies in that decade. So what I will do in a new weekly segment is have a new Mount Rushmore post for a variety of different topics. I will start with 1980’s movies starting with 1980 and do each year. I will also move onto other areas. Thanks Carton. You just inspired me to put this together.
The 80’s was a great decade. Alot of great sports, great fads and great movies. When I looked up the list of all the movies made in 1980 that is American movies made I saw some interestng stuff. Some movies that are worth mentioning but not on the Mount Rushmore list. I will list those out later and also give you some notes and tidbits. So my 1980 Movies Mount Rushmore list in no specific order is:
- Caddyshack. The first cult classic comedy of the 1980’s. This movie still plays well now in 2015. With some of the greatest comedic actors in our history all at the top of their game. Rodney Dangerfield and Ted Knight butt heads throughout this movie. Chevy Chase was into his peak as a comedic actor. Even Danny O’Keefe was good in this role. But stealing the show was Bill Murray’s portrayal of iconic grounds keeper Karl Spangler who is one of the best movie characters of all time.
- Raging Bull. Robert DeNiro playing Middleweight boxer Jake LaMotta was spot on. All the way to the weight gain. His movie partner brother Joe Pesci was also brilliant playing what else Jake’s brother. Cathy Moriarty played the beautiful Vicki LaMotta and captured the pain and anguish of being married to such a violent, jealous and abusive man. Of course Frank Vincent is never far behind DeNiro and Pesci as he played Salvy.
- The Shining. Jack Nicholson quite possibly at his psychotic best in this movie. There wasn’t really much to this plot other than Nicholson playing writer Jack Torrance who goes to a secluded ski lodge to write a book as he takes a job as the care taker while the lodge is closed for 5 months. Built on a ancient native American burial ground we find out this place is haunted. The previous caretaker killed his family. Torrance’s young son starts to see things like the elevator full of blood and uses mental powers to bring back the chef Halloran to try to save them. This movie gets stranger and scarier as it goes along. From the ghosts and the little girls to room 237 to REDRUM. Shelley Duvall plays the wife of Torrance who at the end of the movie escape with their son while they leave Jack who tried to kill them to freeze in the hedge maze.
- Nine To Five. Although I am not a huge fan of this movie it did spin off into a TV show and a Broadway show and launched careers. it is still wildly popular today which is the definition of a cult classic movie. The movie stars Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dabney Coleman. Parton was launched into the mainstream after this movie came out. Fonda and Tomlin are both well respected actors as is Coleman who portrays that boss we all love to hate ho gets his in the end. Again I am not a huge fan of this movie but it is beloved and has made careers of those associated with it.
Notes. This was the year the very first Friday the 13th movie came out where Jason’s mother was the killer. The Empire Strikes Back also came out and was the highest grossing movie of the year. As pat of the most successful movie franchise of all time Empire was probably the least favorite of the original Episodes 4-6 but that does not mean it wa not a great movie. We also saw some of the greatest comedic duos on the ig screen. We had the original Blues Brothers of Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi and in Stir Crazy we had RIchard Pryor and Gene WIlder. George Burns was in Oh God Book II, Robin Williams was Popeye with Duvall as his Olive Oil. The original Airplane also was a 1980 Movie. Clint Eastwood was in Any Which Way You Can. For the kids from this year we had Brooke Shields in the Blue Lagoon. Already with Star Wars under hsi belt this becam the decade of Harrison Ford as you will see in the future years as Ford was the dominant figure of the 80’s at one time having 5 of the top grossing movies of all time. We also had the second installment of Smokey and the Bandit starring Burt Reynolds. Goldie Hawn was Private Benjamin which also spawned TV Series. The Coal Miners’s Daughter which is a biopic about Loretta Lynn starring Sissy Spacek in the title role also was released in 1980.