Category Archives: Movies 1980s

‘King Lear’ premieres at Cannes Film Festival 30 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (May 17 1987)


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(Sunday, May 17, 1987)King Lear, a film about a wealthy corporate executive who arrives in Switzerland in search of a reclusive filmmaker to reaffirm his faith in the art form, premiered today at the Cannes Film Festival. Continue reading ‘King Lear’ premieres at Cannes Film Festival 30 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (May 17 1987)

Woody Allen, other movie stars testify against film colorization 30 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (May 12 1987)

(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).

‘Dirty Dancing’ premieres at Cannes Film Festival 30 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (May 12 1987)


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(Tuesday, May 12, 1987)Dirty Dancing, an American romantic dance drama film about a young girl vacationing with her parents in the conservative Catskills who falls for the hotel’s maverick dance instructor, premiered today at the Cannes Film Festival. Continue reading ‘Dirty Dancing’ premieres at Cannes Film Festival 30 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (May 12 1987)

‘Platoon’ wins Best Picture at 59th Academy Awards 30 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 30 1987)


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(Monday, March 30, 1987, 6:00-9:19 p.m. PST)Platoon, an American war film about a rookie soldier who struggles under the unbearable conditions of a horrible war, won four Oscars tonight at the 59th Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Oliver Stone for Best Director. Continue reading ‘Platoon’ wins Best Picture at 59th Academy Awards 30 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 30 1987)

‘Radio Days’ premieres in Park City, Utah 30 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 24 1987)


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(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.

‘Platoon’ released in U.S. theaters 30 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 19 1986)


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(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.