July 2 - September 9
Now in its fourth year, the summer retrospective of 1980s films is one of AFI Silver's most popular series, a wide-ranging survey of enduring and influential pop-cultural phenomena and retro-tastic rarities, blockbuster hits and cult classics, plus many of today's stars making their earliest appearances. Don't miss this season's dose of big-screen '80s-era summer fun!
AFI Member passes will be accepted at all films in the 80s series.
THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
Richer story, more complex themes and decidedly darker than STAR WARS, this sequel is a master class in populist filmmaking done right. Three years after the destruction of the Death Star, the Rebel Alliance is dealt a stunning blow by the evil Empire, and heroes Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia set out across the galaxy in search of their destiny. Culminating in a breathtaking finale and now-famous revelation, this is simply one of the greatest American films ever made.
DIR Irvin Kershner; SCR Leigh Brackett, Lawrence Kasdan; PROD Gary Kurtz. US, 1980, color, 124 min. RATED PG
Saturday, July 3, 8:00
Long ago, the Lord of Darkness (Tim Curry) plunged the world into permanent night when he slaughtered one of two remaining unicorns for the power of her magical horn. Unknowingly having lured the unicorn to her death, Princess Lili (Mia Sara) vows to make things right, but is kidnapped by the Dark Lord. Her suitor, Jack (Tom Cruise), and a band of woodland creatures seek to restore light to the land. Ridley Scott's first film after BLADE RUNNER, it survived a difficult release to become a cult classic, thanks in no small part to the director's uncanny ability to create a visually stunning alternate world full of fantasy and myth.
DIR Ridley Scott; SCR William Hjortsberg; PROD Arnon Milchan. US/UK, 1985, color, 94 min. RATED PG
Friday, July 2, 10:30; Tuesday, July 6, 9:30; Thursday, July 8, 9:00
"It's not just a game anymore." The murder mystery board game provides a surprisingly effective springboard for this antic, zinger-filled comedy. When their dinner party host turns up dead, the guests of the late Mr. Boddy are trapped at his country mansion by their mutual suspicion and, as it turns out, abundant and shared motives for killing him. Hardworking butler Tim Curry leads the investigation with reluctant--and memorably comic--help from Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, Lesley Ann Warren, Michael McKean and more. The board game movie is back--adaptations of Battleship, Monopoly and, amazingly, a remake of CLUE are all in the works!
DIR/SCR Jonathan Lynn; SCR John Landis; PROD Debra Hill. US, 1985, color, 94 min. RATED PG
Saturday, July 3, 10:45; Sunday, July 4, 9:30; Monday, July 5, 7:30, Wednesday, July 7, 9:30; Thursday, July 8, 7:00
Smart-ass LA newsman Irwin Fletcher (Chevy Chase) is undercover when he receives a troubling offer from a stranger (Tim Matheson): $50K to kill him so his family can collect the insurance money. Sensing something amiss, Fletch digs deeper, sniffing out a network of official corruption. With crack direction by the underrated Michael Ritchie (THE BAD NEWS BEARS), a witty script by Andrew Bergman (THE IN-LAWS) and Chase at his snarky best, this is a cult comedy par excellence.
DIR Michael Ritchie; SCR Andrew Bergman, based on the novel by Gregory McDonald; PROD Peter Douglas, Alan Greisman. US, 1985, color, 98 min. RATED PG
Friday, July 9, 7:00; Saturday, July 10, 11:00; Sunday, July 11, 9:00; Monday, July 12, 7:00--just added!, 9:20
"At last, a comedy with balls!" Class warfare on the fairways, played for broad farce by director Harold Ramis and featuring memorable--and endlessly quotable--comic turns by Chevy Chase, Ted Knight, Bill Murray and Rodney Dangerfield.
DIR/SCR Harold Ramis; SCR Brian Doyle-Murray; SCR/PROD Douglas Kenney. US, 1980, color, 98 min. RATED R
Friday, July 9, 9:20; Saturday, July 10, 9:00, 11:30--just added!; Wednesday, July 14, 10:30; Thursday, July 15, 9:45
BACK TO THE FUTURE
"Hello, McFly?!" Anything is possible when a plutonium-powered DeLorean hits 88 mph. High-schooler Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is transported from the Twin Pines mall parking lot in 1985 to 1955, where he manages to win the romantic attention of his then teenaged mother, Lorraine (Lea Thompson). Warned by the future inventor of the time machine, Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd), not to alter the present to preserve his future, he must convince his nerdy teenage father, George (Crispin Glover), to woo Lorraine instead. A richly entertaining sci-fi comedy with a brilliant Oscar-nominated script.
DIR/SCR Robert Zemeckis; SCR/PROD Bob Gale; PROD Neil Canton. US, 1985, color, 116 min. RATED PG
Friday, July 16, 7:00; Saturday, July 17, 8:30; Thursday, July 22, 6:30
THE BLUES BROTHERS
Fresh out of prison, Jake (John Belushi) joins his brother, Elwood (Dan Aykroyd), on "a mission from God" to save their cash-strapped childhood orphanage. Rounding up the original members of the Blues Brothers Band, they set out in search of a gig, attracting a growing mob of angry law enforcement officials along the way. The first SNL movie boasts musical cameos from an incredible cast of R&B legends, including James Brown, Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin.
DIR/SCR John Landis; SCR Dan Aykroyd; PROD Robert K. Weiss. US, 1980, color, 133 min. RATED R
Friday, July 16, 9:30; Saturday, July 17, 11:00; Tuesday, July 20, 9:20; Thursday, July 22, 9:00
When used car maven Luke Fuchs (Jack Warden) suffers a heart attack, it's up to his protégé Rudy Russo (Kurt Russell) to save their New Deal lot from Luke's scheming identical twin brother (also played by Jack Warden). With no holds barred--and his eyes on a Senate seat--Rudy goes on the offensive, hijacking TV signals, hiring strippers and conning every customer in sight. A wicked comedy as cynical as its protagonists, this film is a gleefully coarse satire of business and politics, and the thin line between the two.
DIR/SCR Robert Zemeckis; SCR/PROD Bob Gale. US, 1980, color, 113 min. RATED R
Sunday, July 18, 8:30; Monday, July 19, 9:15
THE BREAKFAST CLUB
Saturday, March 24, 1984, Shermer High School, Shermer, Illinois: A brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a criminal spend the day in detention forced to ponder the question "Who do we think we are?" posited by blow-hard principal Mr. Vernon. United in their contempt for Vernon, they open up and begin to reveal what landed them there in the first place and their uneasiness about themselves and the future. This quintessential Brat Pack movie set the standard for the coming-of-age genre and remains one of John Hughes' most beloved films.
DIR/SCR/PROD John Hughes; PROD Ned Tanen. US, 1985, color, 97 min. RATED R
Friday, August 6, 7:00; Saturday, August 7, 6:10; Thursday, August 12, 9:00
"Can I borrow your underpants for ten minutes?" Establishing herself here as John Hughes' teen queen and muse, Molly Ringwald is a girl in love with the dreamiest guy at school, Michael Schoeffling. Unfortunately it's only geeky Anthony Michael Hall who shows any interest, with his constant shadowing and incessant chatter. Add to that the impending nuptials of a superficial sister, a weird foreign exchange student and a forgotten birthday, and you have one of the funniest teen films ever.
DIR/SCR John Hughes; PROD Hilton A. Green. US, 1984, color, 93 min. RATED PG
Saturday, August 7, 8:20; Sunday, August 8, 9:35; Thursday, August 12, 7:00
Anthony Michael Hall and Ilan Mitchell-Smith are two of the biggest geeks at their Shermer, Illinois, high school. Thankfully for them, Mitchell-Smith is also one of the smartest. Inspired by the film FRANKENSTEIN, they set about creating the ultimate fantasy woman, designed expressly to tutor them in the art of being cool. As Kelly LeBrock goes about the business of shaking up their mundane lives, they arouse the jealousy of school bully Robert Downey Jr. and the ire of Mitchell-Smith's hardnosed older brother Bill Paxton.
DIR/SCR John Hughes; PROD Joel Silver. US, 1985, color, 94 min. RATED PG-13
Saturday, August 7, 10:30; Wednesday, August 11, 10:30
PRETTY IN PINK
This classic Brat Pack flick features 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 kid Andrew McCarthy. Life at home is less than perfect with her out-of-work, emotionally decimated father, Harry Dean Stanton. But her New Wave best friend, Jon Cryer, holds her together while he pines for her in secret. James Spader rounds out the talented case as McCarthy's snobby creep of a best friend.
DIR Howard Deutch; SCR John Hughes; PROD Lauren Shuler. US, 1986, color, 96 min. RATED PG-13 Presented on DVD
Sunday, August 8, 7:30; Monday, August 9, 9:00; Tuesday, August 10, 9:00
FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF
"Oh, he's very popular, Ed. The sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, wastoids, dweebies, dickheads--they all adore him. They think he's a righteous dude." John Hughes' 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) skip school, and in the course of a day in downtown Chicago "borrow" a Ferrari, tour the Sears Tower, catch a game at Wrigley Field and become featured performers in a parade down Dearborn Street.
DIR/SCR/PROD John Hughes; PROD Tom Jacobson. US, 1986, color, 103 min. RATED PG-13
Friday, August 13, 8:45, 11:05 late show - just added!; Saturday, August 14, 8:00, 11:05 late show - just added!; Sunday, August 15, 5:45; Thursday, August 19, 7:00
New Chicago transplants Cindy and Bob Russell have to leave town when Cindy's father has a heart attack, and call upon Bob's brother Buck (John Candy) as the family caretaker. A chain-smoking layabout with a penchant for gambling, Buck wins over his youngest charges (Gaby Hoffman and Macaulay Culkin), but finds himself in a losing battle with 15-year-old Tia, a bitter teen with a troublesome boyfriend. A typically Hughesian blend of the silly and the sad, this film boasts a tremendous performance from Candy, who invests his slob-with-a-heart-of-gold with genuine heart.
DIR/SCR/PROD John Hughes; PROD Tom Jacobson. US, 1989, color, 100 min. RATED PG
Wednesday, August 18, 9:15; Thursday, August 19, 9:15
SHE'S HAVING A BABY
Newlyweds Kevin Bacon and Elizabeth McGovern are making all the necessary strides toward maturity, but Bacon finds himself struggling: with life in the suburbs, the boredom of the daily grind, a freedom-representing fantasy woman and his wife's pregnancy. An autobiographical change of pace for Hughes that received a mixed response upon release, this film has revealed itself to be a sharply observational, humanist comedy about what it means to grow up.
DIR/SCR/PROD John Hughes. US, 1988, color, 106 min. RATED PG-13 Presented on DVD
Sunday, August 15, 8:00; Tuesday, August 17, 9:00
"Shall we play a game?" High school computer geek Matthew Broderick hacks into what he thinks is the network of a video game manufacturer, but turns out to be the NORAD nuclear missile command, and the games this computer plays have names like "Global Thermonuclear Warfare." When the computer confuses its simulations with real-world military maneuvers, things get tense, drawing Broderick and Ally Sheedy into a frightening military intrigue. A classic "what if?" of the late-Cold War era, this film was nominated for three Oscars, including Best Screenplay, Sound and Cinematography by the recently departed William Frake.
DIR John Badham; SCR Lawrence Lasker, Walter F. Parkes; PROD Harold Schneider. US, 1983, color, 114 min. RATED PG
Saturday, July 24, 1:00, 10:30; Sunday, July 25, 9:20; Monday, July 26, 9:15; Thursday, July 29, 9:15
YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES
The World's Greatest Detective--The Early Years, as a teenaged Sherlock pieces together the clues linking several seemingly unrelated local murders and uncovers nefarious doings perpetrated by a secret society. New kid Watson tags along, approvingly. Notable as one of the first feature films to make use of computer-generated effects, courtesy of George Lucas' Industrial Light and Magic (an honor held jointly with TRON, whose much-anticipated sequel comes out in December). Directed with brio by Barry Levinson, executive produced by Steven Spielberg.
DIR Barry Levinson; SCR Chris Columbus; PROD Mark Johnson, Henry Winkler. US, 1985, color, 109 min. RATED PG-13
Sunday, July 25, 12:30; Monday, July 26, 7:00; Thursday, July 29, 7:00
Uncut, unrated version!
Medical student Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs) arrives at Miskatonic University with a single goal in mind: to bring the dead back to life. With the help of his roommate Dan (Bruce Abbott), the determined West breaks into a morgue to test his re-animating agent, causing a ripple effect of death, destruction and horny, headless corpses. A transgressive masterpiece of comic gore, this film was a surprise critical hit and quickly established itself as one of the key horror films of the decade.
DIR/SCR Stuart Gordon; SCR Dennis Paoli, William J. Norris, based on a story by H.P. Lovecraft; PROD Brian Yuzna. US, 1985, color, 86 min. NOT RATED
Friday, July 30, 10:00; Saturday, July 31, 9:00
While preparing for the 100th anniversary of their seaside hamlet, the residents of Antonio Bay experience strange goings-on, from an eerie, spreading haze to mysterious and violent attacks. As murders mount and the fog thickens, it becomes apparent that the town was built on blood--and that the victims have returned for vengeance. John Carpenter's theatrical follow-up to HALLOWEEN is a classic chiller with amazing widescreen cinematography, terrific atmosphere and a great, game cast (including Jamie Lee Curtis and mom, Janet Leigh).
DIR/SCR John Carpenter; SCR/PROD Debra Hill. US, 1980, color, 89 min. RATED R
Saturday, July 31, 7:00; Sunday, August 1, 9:00; Monday, August 2, 9:00; Tuesday, August 3, 9:25; Thursday, August 5, 9:25
FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE FINAL CHAPTER
Legendary movie monster Jason Voorhees returns to AFI Silver to finish what he started! Picking up right where the events of FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 3 left off, THE FINAL CHAPTER features campy performances from erstwhile stars Crispin Glover and Corey Feldman and impressively grotesque makeup effects by the legendary Tom Savini. This film was followed by seven sequels and a prequel/reboot, so though you can't trust the title, you can trust us when we say you'll have a great time at this one.
DIR Joseph Zito; SCR Barney Cohen; PROD Frank Mancuso Jr. US, 1984, color, 91 min. RATED R Presented on DVD
Friday, August 13, 11:00; Saturday, August 14, 10:30
CLASH OF THE TITANS
The choice is yours: CGI effects post-rendered into 3-D, or Ray Harryhausen's timeless stop-action animation? As the hero, Perseus: AVATAR's Sam Worthington or L.A. LAW's Harry Hamlin? Now, as King of the Gods: Liam Neeson or Laurence Olivier? Bubo the mechanical owl, or MORE Bubo the mechanical owl? The recent remake may have been a hit in the eyes of some, but true die-hards know the '80s original has undeniable charms all its own. See the Kraken released on the Silver Theatre's Olympian-sized screen this summer.
DIR Desmond Davis; SCR Beverley Cross; PROD Ray Harryhausen, Charles H. Schneer. US, 1981, color, 118 min. RATED PG
Saturday, August 21, 7:00; Monday, August 23, 9:15; Tuesday, August 24, 9:15; Thursday, August 26, 9:40
Olivia Newton-John is Kira, a mysterious muse sent to inspire struggling artist Michael Beck in 1980s Los Angeles. She proposes he open a roller skating disco in partnership with an elderly gentleman (Gene Kelly in his last film role), the nightclub becomes a hit, and the two fall in love. Unfortunately, Beck forgot rule number one when dealing with a muse: never fall in love. It's the music that gives heart to this cult classic, from title song "Xanadu" to "Suddenly" and "Magic." The film's soundtrack soared to the top of the charts and inspired the successful and long-running Broadway musical.
DIR Robert Greenwald; SCR Richard Christian Danus, Marc Reid Rubel; PROD Lawrence Gordon. US, 1980, color, 93 min. RATED PG
Saturday, August 21, 9:30; Sunday, August 22, 9:30; Wednesday, August 25, 9:15
After a botched date with new acquaintance Rosanna Arquette, Manhattan word processor Griffin Dunne undertakes an increasingly bizarre journey through the streets of New York, trying to find his way home through a maze of irate cab drivers, violent punk rockers and rogue ice cream trucks. Shot quickly on a low budget, this film finds Scorsese effortlessly transforming the urban dread of TAXI DRIVER into Kafkaesque comedy for the New Wave '80s, and remains one of the director's most underrated works, garnering a Best Director win at the 1986 Cannes Film Festival.
DIR Martin Scorsese; SCR Joseph Minion; PROD Robert F. Colesberry, Griffin Dunne, Amy Robinson. US, 1985, color, 97 min. RATED R
Friday, August 27, 7:00; Tuesday, August 31, 9:25
DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN
Rosanna Arquette is bored with her life as the wife of a hot tub salesman in New Jersey. Seeking escape, she becomes fascinated with the life of a woman named Susan (Madonna) who communicates with her beau through the personal ads. Hoping to emulate the mysterious woman she so admires, Arquette purchases Susan's trademark jacket from a second-hand store, then tails the two lovers to a rendezvous in New York City. Soon she finds herself embroiled in a case of mistaken identity complicated by a bout of amnesia.
DIR Susan Seidelman; SCR Leora Barish; PROD Sarah Pillsbury, Midge Sanford. US, 1985, color, 104 min. RATED PG-13
Saturday, August 28, 8:15; Wednesday, September 1, 9:00; Thursday, September 2, 9:15
THE NEVERENDING STORY
"In the beginning, it is always dark." Bookworm Bastian (Barret Oliver) is bullied by the kids in school while his father has fallen into depression after the death of Bastian's mother. Taking refuge in a strange book from a stranger bookstore, Bastian is soon transported to the magical world of Fantasia, where a young warrior named Atreyu (Noah Hathaway) must battle an evil force called the Nothing to save the kingdom and its childlike Empress from ruin. But it may be Bastian who is the land's only hope.
DIR/SCR Wolfgang Petersen; SCR Herman Weigel, based on the novel by Michael Ende; PROD Bernd Eichinger, Dieter Geissler, Bernd Schaefers. US/West Germany, 1984, color, 94 min. RATED PG
Saturday, August 28, 10:30; Sunday, August 29, 3:30; Thursday, September 2, 7:00
When a battle causes both of their spacecraft to crash on an alien planet, interstellar enemies Willis E. Davidge (human Dennis Quaid) and Jeriba Shigan (reptilian humanoid "Drac" Louis Gossett Jr.) must learn to live together in a harsh environment. Inevitably, the two form a bond, which is tested when Jeriba finds himself pregnant (Dracs reproduce spontaneously)--and Willis must assume a surprising new responsibility. One of the many '80s films that found its audience via home video, this is a fine, moving example of the lost art of thoughtful sci-fi.
DIR Wolfgang Petersen; SCR Edward Khmara; PROD Stephen J. Friedman. US, 1985, color, 108 min. RATED PG-13
Sunday, August 29, 8:15; Monday, August 30; 9:25
SUPERMAN II--THE RICHARD DONNER CUT
A freak mishap allows three criminal Kryptonians to escape from their imprisonment in the Phantom Zone and journey to Earth, where, in the yellow rays of the sun, they have the same powers as Superman. What a bad time for the Man of Steel to consider retirement--and abandoning his powers--in order to marry Lois Lane. Terence Stamp--here in comeback mode, after a several-year hiatus--gives a memorably aloof performance as the coolly sociopathic General Zod. This special 30th anniversary screening features a digital restoration of director Richard Donner's original, unreleased cut.
DIR Richard Donner; SCR Mario Puzo, David Newman, Leslie Newman; PROD Pierre Spengler. US, 1980, color, 116 min. RATED PG Presented on Blu-Ray DVD
Friday, September 3, 7:00; Saturday, September 4, 7:30; Monday, September 6, 6:15; Thursday, September 9, 7:00
THE LOST BOYS
Corey Haim is having a terrible summer. His recently divorced mother (Dianne Wiest) has moved him and his older brother, Jason Patric, to Santa Cruz, California, and he's not too sure about the new culture. He's even less sure about it when his brother falls in with a group of guys who happen to be vampires, led by the ruthless Kiefer Sutherland. Determined to rescue his brother from the ranks of the damned, Haim enlists the help of two misfit local boys, self-proclaimed vampire hunters Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander, to set things straight.
DIR Joel Schumacher; SCR Janice Fischer, James Jeremias, Jeffrey Boam; PROD Harvey Bernhard. US, 1987, color, 97 min. RATED R
Friday, September 3, 9:30; Sunday, September 5, 9:30
STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK
The Human Adventure continues! In a desperate race against time, Admiral James T. Kirk (William Shatner) and the loyal crew of the Enterprise must return to the Genesis Planet in search of their fallen friend, Captain Spock. Directed with a sure hand by Spock himself (Leonard Nimoy), this direct continuation of WRATH OF KHAN packs an unexpected emotional wallop. Featuring Christopher Lloyd as hostile Klingon Commander Kruge.
DIR Leonard Nimoy; SCR/PROD Harve Bennett. US, 1984, color, 105 min. In English, Klingon and Russian with English subtitles. RATED PG
Saturday, September 4, 10:00; Sunday, September 5, 7:15; Monday, September 6, 8:45; Wednesday, September 8, 8:45; Thursday, September 9, 9:30