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A 20th Century Fox Retrospective Scrapbook: 1984

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1984 began with a burlesque, The Secret Diary of Sigmund Freud with Bud Cort, Carol Kane, Carroll Baker, Dick Shawn, Klaus Kinski, and Marisa Berenson. Could only find a VHS cover.


Careful, He Might Hear You was an Australian drama involving two sisters in a custody battle for their orphaned nephew.


Another comedy remake in early 1984. Hot on the heels of To Be or Not to Be, Dudley Moore and Nastassja Kinski in a remake of Preston Sturges' Unfaithfully Yours.


Blame It on Rio was a sex comedy where Michael Caine fell for and had a relationship with his best friend's daughter. yeah. Also with Joseph Bologna, Demi Moore, and Valerie Harper. The last big screen effort for Stanley Donen.


Antarctica was a Japanese tale of dogs surviving at the South Pole against all odds. It was a massive hit in its home country, and an American version turned up over 20 years later (Eight Below from 2006). Score by Vangelis.


next up,. a true audience pleaser, the lively Romancing the Stone, a surprise hit in 1984, and rightfully so thanks to Kathleen Turner's fine work.


The Stone Boy was very solemn for a mid 1980s film, but fgor those who did see it, it was profoundly moving. It told the tale of a farm family's reaction after an accidental firing of a rifle claimed the life of one of the sons, and the guilt by the young boy who thought he was responsible for it. It was a quiet film, but the cast could not be bettered, and the script was insightful.


After that, it was back to cinematic cotton candy in Kidco aimed at young children.


Wil Wheaton proved a young Cupid in getting mother Susan Sarandon involved with Richard Dreyfus in The Buddy System, a comedy that costarred Nancy Allen and Jean Stapleton.


City met the country in Rhinestone, with Syvester Stallone and Dolly Parton (!).


Everyone was in for a randy night in Bachelor Party, an early lead for Tom Hanks.


the Gods Must be Crazy was an African film from 1980. 4 years later, Fox opened it in the US, and it proved to be a sleeper hit.


Another popular teen film arrived with Revenge of the Nerds.


The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension was not a hit at the time, but has developed a strong cult following. It was an offbeat sci-fi tale with Peter Weller, John Lithgow, Jeff Goldblum, Christopher Lloyd, and Ellen Barkin.


More sci-fi followed with Dennis Quaid investigating terrifying nightmares in Dreamscape, also with Kate Capshaw, Max Von Sydow, Christopher Plummer, and Eddie Albert.


Impulse was a variation on Invasion of the Body Snatchers that sounded absolutely bonkers. In the film toxic waste invaded a town's dairy supply and before too long, the town was awash with senseless murders, intimacy in public, pyromanics, and other sundry oddities.


Paul McCartney turned to film in Give My Regards to Broad Street.


Then a masterpiece. Paris, Texas was long, intimate, but hypnotic, a vastly moving and touching film with career best work from Harry Dean Stanton and Nastassja Kinski. This was a real movie, deep and honest.


Teenagers invaded twice in a row, first in Gimme an F


And then in The Flamingo Kid, which was the first movie to be rated PG-13.


The year then closed with Johnny Dangerously, another destined to become a cult hit, a spoof on 30s mob films.


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I have no memory of The Secret Diary of Sigmund Freud but it's a really intriguing cast. I adore Carol Kane, but teaming her with another quirky actor like Bud Cort may have been too much. I'd still like to see it though.

Paris, Texas, with a script by Sam Shepard and music by the great Ry Cooder, gets my vote for the best.

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My top choices:

  1. Romancing the Stone*
  2. Dreamscape*
  3. Paris, Texas
  4. The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai*
  5. Johnny Dangerously*
  6. Revenge of the Nerds*

I've also seen Blame It On RioThe Stone BoyKidcoRhinestone*, Bachelor Party*The Gods Must Be CrazyImpulseGive My Regards to Broad Street, and The Flamingo Kid.

I saw all marked with a * in the theater. Yes, I saw Rhinestone in a theater!

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