Totally Awesome: Films of the 1980s
July 6 through September 6

What did the 1980s mean for movies? The answer would include prestige titles like REDS, CHARIOTS OF FIRE, GANDHI, and OUT OF AFRICA - Oscar winners all. But some of the most influential, not to mention beloved, films of the 1980s came from semi-disreputable teen genres like horror films, music films, and that signature genre of the 1980s, sex comedies, where many future stars made their earliest appearances. Up from the underground came the American independent film movement, and with it new perspectives on film and filmmaking, while the major studios discovered that a flop on release could be reborn as a cult classic in the new frontiers of cable TV and home video.

This diverse selection of films attempts to capture the zeitgeist of that era, one that seems in some ways distant, in others like it never really went away.
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25th Anniversary!
#81 on AFI's 100 Years...100 Laughs
FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH

AFI alumna Amy Heckerling's quintessential 1980s teen sex comedy, hugely popular upon release, and an influence on every teen movie since. Sex, drugs and rock'n'roll, as good girl Jennifer Jason Leigh follows friend Phoebe Cates's bad advice about boys; her brother Judge Reinhold loses his girlfriend, his fast-food job and his dignity in comically quick succession; and stoner surfer dude Sean Penn lights up every scene he's in, displaying real comic genius. The outstanding cast includes early performances by Forest Whitaker, Anthony Edwards, Eric Stoltz and "Nicolas Coppola" — now Nicolas Cage.

DIR Amy Heckerling; SCR Cameron Crowe; PROD Irving Azoff and Art Linson. US, 1982, color, 90 min. RATED R

Friday, July 6, 9:15; Saturday, July 7, 10:30; Sunday, July 8, 9:30; Thursday, July 12, 7:00

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VALLEY GIRL

It originated as a low-budget cash-in to the enormously successful FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH, but VALLEY GIRL's genuine charm, perverse period flavor, and breakout performance by Nicolas Cage ensured its enduring cult status. Can downtown punk Cage find love with "truly dazzling" valley girl Deborah Foreman? Will there be a big finale at the prom? Like, ohmigod, totally, fer sure.

DIR Martha Coolidge; SCR/PROD Wayne Crawford and Andrew Lane. US, 1983, color, 99 min. RATED R

Sunday, July 8, 1:00; Thursday, July 12, 9:00

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FRIDAY THE 13th

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Win a limited edition Jason hockey mask, cast from the original mold! One mask will be given away at each screening of the film. Courtesy of FrightStuff.com.


The quintessential 1980s slasher flick, shown on the big screen for a rare, one-night-only screening (when else?) Friday, July 13th! This horror classic helped introduce and define the rules of the genre and gave Kevin Bacon one of his earliest roles.

DIR/PROD Sean S. Cunningham; SCR Victor Miller; PROD Alvin Geiler and Steven Miner. US, 1980, color, 95 min. RATED R

July 13th, 10:00 PM, 12:00 midnight

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20th Anniversary!
EVIL DEAD 2: DEAD BY DAWN

Before directing the blockbuster SPIDER-MAN franchise, Sam Raimi cut his teeth on the splatter-fest EVIL DEAD movies. Less a sequel to the original than a bigger-budget remake, EVIL DEAD 2: DEAD BY DAWN takes the premise of Raimi's original zombie film to such outlandish extremes that it was threatened with an X rating. Even toned down to R level, the slapstick gore — The Three Stooges by way of George Romero and Herschell Gordon Lewis — delivers a wallop that justifies its well-earned cult reputation.

DIR/SCR Sam Raimi; SCR Scott Spiegel; PROD Robert G. Tapert. US, 1987, color, 85 min. RATED R

Friday, July 20, 12:00 midnight; Saturday, July 21, 12:00 midnight

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PURPLE RAIN

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Your ticket to the August 2 PURPLE RAIN screening includes automatic entry into a raffle drawing for cool Prince prizes provided by the local Prince fan group, LoveSexyDC.

Special Events
THIS IS SPINAL TAP and PURPLE RAIN tribute performances by students of the Paul Green School of Rock! Aug. 1 and 2, from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. at Austin Grill. For more info on the Paul Green School of Rock Music, call 301.589.ROCK .


Fueled by one of the best soundtracks of the decade, Prince is mesmerizing as he struts, pouts and flaunts his extraordinary musical chops in this semi-autobiographical tale. Amidst a crumbling home life and some serious band drama, "the kid" meets the new starry-eyed beauty in town, the buxom Apollonia. Enter the scene-stealing Morris Day intent on wooing her — and Prince's musical stardom — away. With blowout music and energy, and Prince in his unparalleled prime.

DIR/SCR Albert Magnoli; SCR William Blinn; PROD Robert Cavallo, Steven Fargoli and Joseph Ruffalo. US, 1984, color, 111 min. RATED R

Friday, July 27, 9:10; Tuesday, July 31, 9:10; Thursday, August 2, 7:00


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THIS IS SPINAL TAP

Special Events
THIS IS SPINAL TAP and PURPLE RAIN tribute performances by students of the Paul Green School of Rock! Aug. 1 and 2, from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. at Austin Grill. For more info on the Paul Green School of Rock Music, call 301.589.ROCK .


"These go to 11." Christopher Guest's uproarious spoof of heavy metal music, artistic vanity, lower-rung celebrity and music docs themselves launched Guest and company on their careers as mockumentarians (and sometime musicians). One of the funniest movies ever made, a stalwart of the midnight movie and college circuit through the 1980s and 90s, and one with far-reaching influence — Ricky Gervais frequently acknowledges its influence on his own groundbreaking tv hit THE OFFICE.

DIR/SCR Rob Reiner; SCR Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer; PROD Karen Murphy. US, 1984, color, 82 min. RATED R

Friday, July 27, 11:30; Saturday, July 28, 9:30, 11:30; Wednesday, August 1, 10:20; Thursday, August 2, 9:20


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SAY ANYTHING

The iconic 80s romantic comedy that ensured John Cusack's place as the ultimate geek crush. Cusack is a recent high school graduate with little plan for the future ("I don't want to sell anything, buy anything or process anything as a career.") except for getting pretty class valedictorian Ione Skye to be his girl. To the surprise of everyone, including Skye's overprotective father John Mahoney, the two begin an intense relationship that threatens to crumble when Mahoney gets involved.

DIR/SCR Cameron Crowe; PROD Polly Platt. US, 1989, color, 100 min. RATED PG-13

Friday, August 3, 8:30; Saturday, August 4, 8:30; Thursday, August 9, 7:00


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REPO MAN

One of the key underground zeitgeist films of the 1980s, Alex Cox's cult classic boasts a scorching soundtrack including Iggy Pop, Black Flag, and Suicidal Tendencies. Disaffected "white suburban punk" Emilio Estevez finds his calling repossessing autos in the seedier parts of LA, apprenticed to coke-snorting repo man Harry Dean Stanton. He's on the lookout for a mysterious 1964 Chevy Malibu with a $25K bounty, but so are Estevez's evil punk friends (led by Dick Rude), rival repo outfit the Rodriguez brothers and the FBI. Oh, and don't look in the trunk...

DIR/SCR Alex Cox; PROD Peter McCarthy and Jonathan Wacks. US, 1984, color, 92 min. RATED R

Friday, August 3, 10:45; Saturday, August 4, 10:45; Thursday, August 9, 9:10


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FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF

John Hughes's hilarious comedy was a massive box office success and made Matthew Broderick a star. Ferris Bueller — the coolest kid in school — his lady (Mia Sara), and his neurotic best friend (Alan Ruck) "borrow" a Ferrari and tour the Sears Tower, visit the Art Institute and the Board of Trade, perform in a parade down Dearborn Street and catch a game at Wrigley Field.

DIR/SCR/PROD John Hughes; PROD Tom Jacobson. US, 1986, color, 102 min. RATED PG-13

Friday, August 10, 9:25; Saturday, August 11, 7:45; Thursday, August 16, 7:00


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THE TERMINATOR

"I'll be back." The first of the classic series and Arnold Schwarzenegger's career-defining role. A cyborg is sent from the future to kill Linda Hamilton, mother-to-be of the leader of the resistance against Skynet, a supercomputer who waged war against and nearly destroyed the human race. In a race against time, the flesh and blood Michael Biehn is also dispatched as her protector. Post-release writing credit was awarded to legendary sci-fi author Harlan Ellison.

DIR/SCR James Cameron; SCR/PROD Gale Anne Hurd. US, 1984, color, 108 min. In English and Spanish with English subtitles. RATED R

Friday, August 10, 11:30; Saturday, August 11, 10:00


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PRETTY IN PINK

The classic Brat Pack flick with the role that Molly Ringwald cites as one of her favorites. Her out-of-step art-school girl from the wrong side of the tracks harbors a major fascination with handsome rich kid Andrew McCarthy. Life at home is less than perfect with her out-of-work, emotionally decimated father, Harry Dean Stanton, but her New Waver best friend Jon Cryer holds her together while he secretly pines for her. James Spader rounds things out as McCarthy's snobby creep of a best friend.

DIR Howard Deutch; SCR John Hughes; PROD Lauren Shuler and Jane Vickerilla. US, 1986, color, 96 min. RATED PG-13

Sunday, August 12, 3:05; Thursday, August 16, 9:10


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BRAZIL

Terry Gilliam and Tom Stoppard received Oscar nods for their script, and the film's powerful visual imagery earned an art direction nomination. Gilliam's magnificently imaginative vision of a totalitarian future is both funny and shocking in its absurdist view of everyday life under a shadowy but painfully inept Big Brother. Jonathan Pryce and Robert De Niro star.

DIR/SCR Terry Gilliam; SCR Tom Stoppard and Charles McKeown; PROD Arnon Milchan. UK, 1985, color, 131 min. RATED R

Saturday, August 18, 5:45; Tuesday, August 21, 6:45; Thursday, August 23, 6:45


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BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA

Years before Quentin Tarrantino's KILL BILL, John Carpenter brought us the East-meets-West action-adventure mishmash of BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA. Hugely entertaining and arguably Carpenter's greatest film, the movie flopped on release but became a cult hit on cable and video. Carpenter stalwart Kurt Russell and Kim Cattrall star.

DIR John Carpenter; SCR Gary Goldman, David Z. Weinstein and W.D. Richter; PROD Larry J. Franco. US, 1986, color, 99 min. In English and Cantonese with English subtitles. RATED PG-13

Saturday, August 18, 8:40; Sunday, August 19, 12:40; Thursday, August 23, 9:30


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COMING TO AMERICA

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Oscar nominations for Costume Design and Makeup, with standout comic performances from Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall and James Earl Jones. Sheltered African prince Murphy refuses an arranged marriage, instead "coming to America" to find a queen in the most logical place, Queens, NY. Humorist Art Buchwald sued successfully for a story credit.

DIR John Landis; SCR David Sheffield, Barry W. Blaustein; PROD Robert D. Wachs, George Folsey Jr. US, 1988, color, 116 min. RATED R

Friday, August 24, 4:00; Saturday, August 25, 12:30, 7:00; Monday, August 27, 4:20, 7:00; Tuesday, August 28, 4:20; Wednesday, August 29, 4:20, 9:20; Thursday, August 30, 4:20


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STRANGER THAN PARADISE

Director Jim Jarmusch (a guest at last year's SILVERDOCS) conveys a detached new cool for the 1980s in this triptych of tales. The starkly minimalist b&w urban industrial landscape — contrasting with over-the-top Screamin' Jay Hawkins's I Put a Spell On You — belies the film's sophisticated underpinnings. Lead actor John Lurie, founder of the experimental jazz fusion band the Lounge Lizards, also provided the original score.

DIR/SCR Jim Jarmusch; PROD Sara Driver. US/Germany, 1984, b&w, 89 min. In English and Hungarian with English subtitles. RATED R

Friday, August 24, 10:00; Sunday, August 26, 5:20; Tuesday, August 28, 7:00, 9:00; Thursday, August 30, 9:45


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BLUE VELVET

David Lynch's signature film earned him his second Oscar nomination for Best Director. "It's a strange world," says Kyle MacLachlan, a nice young man who finds a severed human ear in a grassy meadow. His obsession with it leads him into the lives of night club singer Isabella Rosellini and her sadistic blackmailer Dennis Hopper, whose tastes run to Pabst Blue Ribbon, nitrous oxide and Roy Orbison.

DIR/SCR David Lynch; PROD Fred Caruso. US, 1986, color, 120 min. RATED R

Friday, August 31, 7:15; Saturday, September 1, 4:30, 7:15; Monday, September 3, 9:00; Tuesday, September 4, 8:45; Thursday, September 6, 8:45


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25th Anniversary!
PORKY'S

The most sneaked-into movie ever? Critics disapproved and parents forbad it, but teens in 1982 just had to see this raunchy comedy for themselves. The 1950s-era sexual shenanigans of the boys of Angel Beach High may be crude, but Bob Clark's script also includes a refreshing call for tolerance. (The late director would make his most enduring mark a year later with A CHRISTMAS STORY). Look for a young Kim Cattrall as "Honeywell."

DIR/SCR/PROD Bob Clark; PROD Don Carmody. US/Canada, 1982, color, 94 min. English. RATED R

Friday, August 31, 9:45; Saturday, September 1, 9:45


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