(Tuesday, May 12, 1987) — Woody Allen made one of his rare forays outside of Manhattan today to testify before a Congressional panel on what he called the “sinful” practice of coloring classic old black-and-white movies such as Casablanca and It’s a Wonderful Life, and new black-and-white ones like his own Manhattan and Broadway Danny Rose (click here to watch video of the hearing).
(Saturday, January 24, 1987) — Radio Days, an American comedy-drama film about a family’s life during the Golden Age of Radio, premiered today at the Utah/US Film Festival (later the Sundance Film Festival) in Park City, Utah
Directed by Woody Allen, the film starred Danny Aiello, Jeff Daniels, Mia Farrow, Seth Green, Robert Joy, Julie Kavner, Diane Keaton, Julie Kurnitz, Renée Lippin, Kenneth Mars, Josh Mostel, Tony Roberts, Wallace Shawn, Michael Tucker, David Warrilow and Dianne Wiest.
(Saturday, December 20, 1986) — “Stand by Me” by Ben E. King peaked at #9 on today’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for three weeks, returning the charts 25 years after peaking at #4 because it was featured on the soundtrack of the 1986 film Stand by Me.
(Friday, December 19, 1986, 12:00 p.m. EST) — Platoon, an American war film about a young recruit in Vietnam who faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man, opened today in U.S. theaters, including the Loews New York Twin and Astor Plaza in New York City.
Directed by Oliver Stone, the film starred Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe and Charlie Sheen.