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REO Speeddealer
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What was your favorite film released in 1980?

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SWW72 from FL
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Tough choices. I could see any one of them getting votes. I went with Caddyshack. Probably the most quotable of the bunch.

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Raging Bull for me by far.

So long from the Sunshine State!

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Can't believe Don Adams in "The Nude Bomb" isn't on the list.

I didn't vote for other.

I went with "Airplane"...I think it had more laughs than the very funny "Caddyshack".

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Not on the list but a real underrated film IMHO is Urban Cowboy.

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Was gonna say Chinatown didn't make this list...then realized oh that was 1974.

Raging Bull!

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The 6 year old version of me was blown away by the ending of Empire Strikes Back. It remains my favorite Star Wars movie to this day. A lot of strong choices here, but it's Empire Strikes Back for me.
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knew I was gonna answer Empire without even seeing the option!



[ 05-19-2017, 06:09 AM: Message edited by: the bear ]

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quote:
Originally posted by Crimson Mask from FL:
Raging Bull for me by far.

So long from the Sunshine State!

My third after Blue Brothers and Empire Strikes Back. A great picture (IMO Jake Lamotta is DeNiro's best role). I just saw it again recently and I can't get over how young Joe Pesci looked in that movie. I remember when it came out, one of my friends said that if they were too cheap to make the movie in color, he didn't want to see it. What a maroon.
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quote:
Originally posted by The Coach:
Not on the list but a real underrated film IMHO is Urban Cowboy.

Agreed although I didn't see it until 1982 or so when it started being shown on cable TV. I always thought Debra Winger was very good in her role in this movie.
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I wish this poll had 3 or 4 categories. Comedy-close between Caddyshack and Blues Brothers. I'm a mark Belushi and Ackroyd together so I went with the Blues Brothers. Drama-Raging Bull. The book is also a must read. Sci Fi- It begins and ends with Empire Strikes back. Growing up and watching the serial Flash Gordon every Saturday and Sunday morning makes the 1980 Flash Gordon movie a major disappointment. I wish there was a cult following category. Because my friends and I would drop everything anytime Used Cars was on HBO in the 80's.

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'80 was a pretty good year. . A couple of good comedies not mentioned are Used Cars and The Hollywood Knights. Popeye was way too long but there was some good laughs. Williams was incredible as Popeye.
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Great choices...surprised the Shining is not getting any love. From the ominous opening shot, to the finale...loved the performances, Duvall, Scatman and Jack, and Kubrick's pacing and cinematography....it made me feel.

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Raging Bull. Glad to see someone else mention Urban Cowboy as it too is one of my favorites.

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quote:
Originally posted by the bear:
knew I was gonna answer Empire without even seeing the option!


Me too, but I was only 2 yrs old in 1980 to partake in this survey.

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"Airplane" had me on the ground crying i was laughing so hard. It may not have been "the best," but i hadda give it the nod over one helluva field.
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Since it was "favourite", it had to be The Blues Brothers. I still play the album weekly.

After that....Empire, Caddyshack and Airplane, more or less in that order.

The early 80s was my last real enjoyment of movie comedies.

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Went with "Airplane", loved the nonstop joke premise.
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Had to go with other, though it is hard to choose between these three:

Breaker Morant, from bruce Beresford, starring Edward Woodward. Tremendous acting, brilliant adaptation of the play.

The Long Good Friday, from John MacKenzie, starring Bob Hoskins and Helen Mirren. The seminal British crime film, about a gangster whose world crumbles around him, due to his best friend and his own paranoia. Also has a small, non-speaking role with Pierce Brosnan.

The Gods Must Be Crazy, from Jamie Uys, featuring parallel stories of a Kalahri bushman who is trying to return a Coke bottle to the gods, and an animal researcher who is clumsy around women, who is sent to pick up a woman who is a volunteer teacher at a nearby village school. Also features the world's most inept revolutionary group.

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Easy for me. Empire Strikes Back.

My mind was made up before I looked at the responses. Still one of my favorite movies of all time.

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Friday the 13th.
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quote:
Originally posted by Magnum GA:
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Originally posted by Crimson Mask from FL:
Raging Bull for me by far.

So long from the Sunshine State!

My third after Blue Brothers and Empire Strikes Back. A great picture (IMO Jake Lamotta is DeNiro's best role). I just saw it again recently and I can't get over how young Joe Pesci looked in that movie. I remember when it came out, one of my friends said that if they were too cheap to make the movie in color, he didn't want to see it. What a maroon.
Was the "Maroon" in question a skinny eye-talian?

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Other: either Melvin and Howard or Out of the Blue
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I'd forgotten The Gods Must Be Crazy came out that year. That would be it for me.
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"Empire" was the best film, but the question was favorite. I'd watch "Airplane!" 100 times to every time I watched "Empire." 1980 was an amazing year for film.

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Was there at the time to Empire having a downer ending and being a setup for a further sequel? Was it generally known at this point that Star Wars was a trilogy of films?

I voted for Flash Gordon btw. Probably not the best film of the year but it has one of the most bizarre casts in history.

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quote:
Originally posted by Outlaw Dick:
quote:
Originally posted by Magnum GA:
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Originally posted by Crimson Mask from FL:
Raging Bull for me by far.

So long from the Sunshine State!

My third after Blue Brothers and Empire Strikes Back. A great picture (IMO Jake Lamotta is DeNiro's best role). I just saw it again recently and I can't get over how young Joe Pesci looked in that movie. I remember when it came out, one of my friends said that if they were too cheap to make the movie in color, he didn't want to see it. What a maroon.
Was the "Maroon" in question a skinny eye-talian?
No. But I will say he was a Patriots fan waaaaaaaaay before spygate.
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Wow. More votes both for Any Which Way You Can and Flash Gordon than for The Shining.

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quote:
Originally posted by SWW72 from FL:
Wow. More votes both for Any Which Way You Can and Flash Gordon than for The Shining.

Well, lots of us LIKE The Shining, but it's not generally a film that is going to top a lot of "favourite" lists.

Brilliant movie, but one viewing was enough for me.

Blues Brothers on the other hand...regular re-watching.

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I went with "Airplane!", one of my favorite comedies of all-time. When someone mentioned "Breaker Morant" I remembered what an incredible film it was.

The sad thing about this list is "Flash Gordon" is the only one I actually saw in a theater first. Not a particularly good movie, but Max Von Sydow was very good as usual, and Ornella Muti and Melody Anderson were gorgeous - so it gets enough of a pass.

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Other- The Elephant Man.

Raging Bull second.

From that list I'd have The Shining in third but I'd imagine there's plenty more ones from that year that don't come to mind right now.

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quote:
Originally posted by Billy Burgess:
I went with "Airplane!", one of my favorite comedies of all-time.

Surely you can't be serious.
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quote:
Originally posted by dthcm:
'80 was a pretty good year. . A couple of good comedies not mentioned are Used Cars and The Hollywood Knights. Popeye was way too long but there was some good laughs. Williams was incredible as Popeye.

Hollywood Knights was really good and Used Cars is just plain funny. What a year for movies.
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quote:
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quote:
Originally posted by Billy Burgess:
I went with "Airplane!", one of my favorite comedies of all-time.

Surely you can't be serious.
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Couple of honorable mentions, The Changeling and The Fog.
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1980 was a great year for movies. I went wit Empire, but Raging Bull was a close second.

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