TOP-GROSSING MOVIES IN 1980
by Mark Nobes, chief editor
No movie came close to the takings of The Empire Strikes Back, which is the darkest of the original Star Wars releases. However, it's interesting to note that seven of the titles are more light-hearted comedy films.
2. 9 to 5 - 20th Century Fox - $103,000,000
3. Stir Crazy - Columbia Pictures - $102,000,000
4. Airplane! - Paramount Pictures - $83,000,000
5. Any Which Way You Can - Warner Bros. - $71,000,000
6. Private Benjamin - Warner Bros. - $70,000,000
7. Coal Miner's Daughter - Universal Pictures - $67,000,000
8. Smokey and the Bandit II - Universal Pictures/Rustar - $66,000,000
9. The Blue Lagoon - Columbia Pictures - $59,000,000
10. The Blues Brothers - Universal Pictures - $57,000,000
1. The Empire Strikes Back
(Lucasfilm/20th Century Fox)
Jedi Master Yoda teaches Luke "The Force", but before he completes his training Vader captures his friends Han Solo and Princess Leia Organa.
The Empire Strikes Back is considered by many fans to be the best of the original Star Wars films.
2. 9 to 5
(20th Century Fox)
This is an impressively funny film and if you've never got around to watching it (what have you been doing since 1980?) then I can recommend setting some time aside to do so!
Wilder and Pryor make an excellent comedy duo and the contrasts of the two characters only adds to the comedy factor.
Clyde the orangutan was played by a different ape than in the first movie. Sadly, he died just two weeks after the the film had been shot, apparently, due to a hemorrhage caused by being beaten by his trainer simply for stealing doughnuts from the film set - very sad.
This classic often features in polls for "Top 100 Funniest Movies" and a remake was rumoured to be in the making during 2014, but nothing came of it.
Spacek won an Academy Award for "Best Actress" and, interestingly, the film was also released on LaserDisc - remember them?
This time the Bandit has to deliver an elephant from Florida to Texas in a maximum of 3 days, with Sherriff Burdord T. Justice (Jackie Gleason) on his tail and out to spoil his fun once again.
This romantic adventure film was a remake of the 1949 movie of the same name. It tells the story of two children (Emmeline and Richard) who are shipwrecked on a tropical island in the south Pacific.
They thrive together on the bountiful island, but later have to come to terms with the awkwardness of their sexual maturity as teenagers.
The music scores and scenery are gorgeous, and the movie has a refreshing innocence that is hard to find anywhere these days.
This musical comedy featured numbers by top artists such as James Brown, Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles.
Jakes Blues is released from prison, and with his brother, Elwood, go on a mission (set by their former teacher Sister Mary Stigmata) to save the orphanage that they grew-up in. To do this they reform their R&B band to try and raise $5,000 to pay off the tax man.
John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd starred as the identically dressed brothers. If you love a good car chase then you'll find plenty of them to enjoy in this film.