July 1-September 7
Now in its fifth 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.
BACK TO THE FUTURE PART II
Picking up where the smash-hit first film left off, Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) race into the future to save Marty and girlfriend Jennifer's (Elizabeth Shue) future son from getting framed for theft and sent to jail, only to have the Delorean stolen by their nemesis Biff (Thomas F. Wilson), who travels back in time to change history, with terrifying results for the McFlys and the people of Hill Valley back home in 1985. Now Marty and Doc must return to 1955 and stop Biff from changing history, but avoid meeting their own time-traveling selves and creating a rift in the space-time continuum. Got all that? Plus: hoverboards!
DIR/SCR/PROD Robert Zemeckis; SCR/PROD Bob Gale; PROD Neil Canton. US, 1989, color, 108 min. RATED PG
Fri, Jul 1, 4:30*; Sun, Jul 3, 2:30*; Tue, Jul 5, 9:20*; Thu, Jul 7, 9:30
GIVEAWAYS: Tickets to see Huey Lewis & the News (at Wolf Trap on July 13) will be given away to lucky audience members at screenings marked with a *.
This visionary, CGI-pioneering fantasy works equally well as an '80s time capsule and a cornerstone of the cyberpunk/virtual reality concept. When his video game program is stolen by his evil ENCOM boss, computer whiz Jeff Bridges hacks the company's Master Control Program (MCP) to find the evidence. But the MCP is no mere program — by assimilating other programs, it has evolved into an intelligent cyber-world, which Bridges discovers when it encodes and beams him into itself. Trapped inside the mainframe, Bridges must duke it out in gladiatorial video game combat with other anthropomorphized programs or risk getting de-rezzed — aka game over.
DIR/SCR Steven Lisberger; PROD Donald Kushner. US, 1982, color, 96 min. RATED PG
Fri, Jul 1, 7:00*, 11:45; Sat, Jul 2, 10:00*; Sun, Jul 3, 9:10*; Mon, Jul 4, 7:45*
GIVEAWAYS: Tickets to see Play! A Video Game Symphony (at Wolf Trap on Jul 8) will be given away to lucky audience members at screenings marked with a *.
THE KARATE KID (1984)
New kid in town Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) becomes the target of teen bullies from the Cobra Kai karate dojo and their ringleader, William Zabka, after he strikes up a friendship with Zabka's ex, Elizabeth Shue. Daniel is rescued from a serious beat-down by his apartment's handyman, Mr. Miyagi (Noriyuki "Pat" Morita, in an Oscar-nominated performance), who flashes some mad karate skills of his own. Daniel-san apprentices himself to the mysterious karate master — but what's with all the "wax on, wax off" chores? Director John Avildsen (ROCKY) works his underdog story magic on this winning sleeper hit — emotionally rewarding and truly inspiring.
DIR John G. Avildsen; SCR Robert Mark Kamen; PROD Jerry Weintraub. US, 1984, color, 126 min. RATED PG
Sat, Jul 2, 12:30*; Mon, Jul 4, 1:00*; Tue, Jul 5, 4:30*; Thu, Jul 7, 4:30*
GIVEAWAYS: Tickets to see Tan Dun: Martial Arts Trilogy (at Wolf Trap on Aug 5) will be given away to lucky audience members at every screening!
THE HUNGER (1983)
Tony Scott's arty, edgy vampire saga opens in bravura fashion, with bloodsucking bohemians Catherine Deneuve and David Bowie prowling for victims at a Manhattan goth discotheque to the pulse of Bauhaus's "Bela Lugosi's Dead." But Bowie is succumbing to age after all those centuries, and to help him the two seek out research scientist Susan Sarandon for her experiments with age reversal. Things become complicated after Bowie's condition worsens and Deneuve sets her sights on seducing the good doctor as her new consort.
DIR Tony Scott; SCR James Costigan, Ivan Davis, Michael Thomas, based on the novel by Whitley Strieber; PROD Richard Shepherd. UK, 1983, color, 97 min. RATED R
Sat, Jul 9, 9:30; Sun, Jul 10, 9:45
BLADE RUNNER – THE DIRECTOR'S CUT
Los Angeles, 2019, is a squalid urban metropolis, overdeveloped and overpopulated. Harrison Ford is Rick Deckard, a detective on the "blade runner" unit, charged with hunting down and "retiring" replicants, humanlike androids created to toil on off-world colonies. His latest assignment: six Nexus 6 models who have mutinied and returned to Earth to take action against their creators at the Tyrell Corporation. Ford is superb as the existentially weary Deckard, as is Rutger Hauer as the charismatic leader of the replicants, Daryl Hannah as the tempestuous replicant Pris and Sean Young as a Tyrell Corporation secretary who's both more and less than she seems.
DIR Ridley Scott; SCR Hampton Fancher, David Webb Peoples, based on the story "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" by Philip K. Dick; PROD Michael Deeley. US, 1982/1991, color, 117 min. RATED R
Fri, Jul 15, 9:30; Sat, Jul 16, 9:30, 12 midnight
"The terror starts the moment he stops." On a drive from Chicago to San Diego, C. Thomas Howell learns the hard way that, in movies as in life, one should never pick up hitchhikers. Rutger Hauer is the hitcher from hell from whom Howell initially escapes, but it's out of the frying pan and into the fire once Howell learns that this serial-killing psycho has begun framing him for his murders. The two battle it out over increasingly bad road in this gripping psychological thriller.
DIR Robert Harmon; SCR Eric Red; PROD David Bombyk, Kip Ohman. US, 1986, color, 97 min. RATED R
Fri, Jul 15, 12 midnight; Mon, Jul 18, 9:15
LESS THAN ZERO
Until he finally cleaned up and began his remarkable career comeback, Robert Downey Jr.'s performance as the doomed, drug-addicted Julian in the flashy, trashy adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' vogue-ish novel threatened to become his life-imitates-art epitaph. As it is, his powerful performance sets the pace for this portrait of rich kids living too fast in '80s LA, along with concerned friend Clay (Andrew McCarthy), self-destructive model Blair (Jami Gertz) and coolly malevolent drug dealer Rip (James Spader).
DIR Marek Kanievska; SCR Harley Peyton, based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis; PROD Jon Avnet, Jordan Kerner. US, 1987, color, 98 min. RATED R
Fri, Jul 22, 9:30*; Sat, Jul 23, 11:30*
GIVEAWAYS: Tickets to see INXS with Berlin (at Wolf Trap on Aug 8) will be given away to lucky audience members at every screening!
THREE O'CLOCK HIGH
"You and me. We're gonna have a fight. Today. After school. Three o'clock in the parking lot. You try and run and I'm gonna track you down. You go to a teacher, it's only gonna get worse. You sneak home and I'm gonna be under your bed. You and me...three o'clock." Geeky Casey Siemaszko has a beat-down from bully Richard Tyson hanging over his head in this inventive, HIGH NOON-in-high-school black comedy. Most notable for its surreal depiction of teenage angst and high school hell, it features outstanding work by production designer William Matthews and cinematographer (later director) Barry Sonnenfeld (RAISING ARIZONA, MEN IN BLACK).
DIR Phil Joanou; SCR Richard Christian Matheson, Thomas E. Szollosi; PROD David E. Vogel. US, 1987, color, 101 min. RATED PG-13
Fri, Jul 22, 11:30; Sun, Jul 24, 3:00
THE ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN
Somewhere in the middle of Europe, circa 1740: an eccentric old man interrupts a performance of "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen" in the town square, claiming to be the real Baron Munchausen, the inveterate teller of tall tales and tide-turner of the Turkish invasion, and to prove it, he tells the story himself. Rocketing along like one of the Baron's cannonballs on a flight of fancy as only Terry Gilliam can depict it, the film is gorgeously designed, with much lavish attention to every quirky detail; it's a feast for the eyes, with kooky comedic contributions from Eric Idle, Jonathan Pryce and Robin Williams as the King of the Moon, plus a radiant Uma Thurman as a Botticelli Venus.
DIR/SCR Terry Gilliam; SCR Charles McKeown; PROD Thomas Schuehly. UK/West Germany, 1989, color, 126 min. RATED PG
Fri, Jul 29, 9:35; Thu, Aug 4, 7:30
Oddball Kevin (Craig Warnock) is a history-obsessed kid in a new-thing-obsessed world. When six time-traveling bandit dwarves come crashing into his room, he takes off on a big adventure with the larceny-minded little people as they pop in and out of history, stopping for visits with a nasty-tempered Napoleon (Ian Holm), an image-obsessed Robin Hood (John Cleese), fiery King Agamemnon (Sean Connery) and, ultimately, a showdown between the Evil Genius (David Warner) and the Supreme Being (Ralph Richardson). Goofy fun as only Terry Gilliam can concoct it.
DIR/SCR/PROD Terry Gilliam; SCR Michael Palin. UK, 1981, color, 116 min. RATED PG
Fri, Jul 29, 12 midnight; Sat, Jul 30, 9:45; Sun, Jul 31, 2:45
Ken Russell's over-the-top, apocalyptically awesome movie was a surprise hit in 1980, and now demands that new audiences dive in and take this heady trip. Harvard scientist William Hurt experiments with sensory-deprivation tanks and
psychedelic drugs to hallucinate his way beyond the border of sanity and back to the primal creation of life. But the unholy mix of cutting-edge science and hallucinogens from a Mexican shaman unleashes his dark, de-evolved side, transforming him into a Mr. Hyde-like ape man who runs wild. It will take the love of a good woman, in the person of his estranged wife, Blair Brown, to get this monkey man's yin and yang back in order.
DIR Ken Russell; SCR Paddy Chayefsky, based on his novel; PROD Howard Gottfried. US, 1980, color, 102 min. RATED R
Sat, Jul 30, 12 midnight; Thu, Aug 4, 10:00
FLIGHT OF THE NAVIGATOR
Knocked unconscious after a fall in the woods, 12-year-old David (Joey Cramer) returns home to discover a different family living there. After a visit by the police, it turns out that David disappeared eight years ago, but hasn't aged a day. The plot thickens when a medical exam reveals data on a spacecraft and flight plan encoded into his brain, and soon David is taken to a top-secret NASA facility where that very alien spacecraft is being held. Disney's kid-centric take on close encounters is notable for its clever riffing on Einsteinian relativity, plus a young Sarah Jessica Parker as a punky hospital orderly and Paul Reubens as the voice of the ship's computer.
DIR Randal Kleiser; SCR Mark H. Baker, Michael Burton, Matt MacManus; PROD Dimitri Villard, Robert Wald. US/Norway, 1986, color, 90 min. RATED PG Presented in digital format
Sat, Aug 6, 11:00 a.m.; Sun, Aug 7, 7:20; Tue, Aug 9, 7:20 — just added!
THE LAST STARFIGHTER
"Greetings, Starfighter. You have been recruited by the Star League to defend the frontier against Xur and the Kodan Armada." Alex (Lance Guest) lives in a trailer park but dreams of getting out and doing something with his life. One of his great escapes is playing the video game Starfighter at the local arcade. After he sets the all-time high score on the game, he's visited by a mysterious stranger named Centauri (Robert Preston), who reveals that Starfighter is a training program to find real starfighter recruits to defend the galaxy from an alien invasion, and soon Alex is living his dream in an epic outer-space adventure.
DIR Nick Castle; SCR Jonathan R. Betuel; PROD Gary Adelson, Edward O. Denault. US, 1984, color, 101 min. RATED PG
Sun, Aug 7, 11:00 a.m.; Mon, Aug 8, 9:20; Thu, Aug 11, 9:30
Rumack: Can you fly this plane and land it?
Ted Striker: Surely you can't be serious.
Rumack: I am serious ... and don't call me Shirley.
The Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker team set the standard for feature-film parody with this send-up of disaster movies (think AIRPORT and the Irwin Allen oeuvre). It's loaded with nonstop sight gags, absurd one-liners, pop-culture references, goofy puns and bizarre non sequiturs, with a cast including many veteran actors hamming it up by playing it straight, including Lloyd Bridges, Julie Hagerty, Peter Graves, Robert Stack, Barbara Billingsley and, most famously, Leslie Nielsen, who created a whole new career for himself as the go-to guy for straight-faced tomfoolery.
DIR/SCR Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker; PROD Jon Davison, Howard W. Koch. US, 1980, color, 88 min. RATED PG Presented in digital format
Fri, Aug 12, 9:30; Mon, Aug 15, 9:00
THE NAKED GUN
The AIRPLANE! team adapted its short-lived TV series, a parody of seemingly every cop show ever made, and turned it into a hugely successful feature film showcasing the unique talents of Leslie Nielsen as Lt. Frank Drebin, a numskull detective who must foil evil millionaire Ricardo Montalban's plot to kill the Queen of England at a California Angels game, using a brainwashed Reggie Jackson as his assassin. Great comedic contributions from George Kennedy as his partner and Priscilla Presley as his love interest, plus O.J. Simpson as Nordberg — grievously, repeatedly and hilariously injured in the line of duty.
DIR David Zucker; SCR Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Pat Proft; PROD Robert K. Weiss. US, 1988, color, 85 min. RATED PG-13
Sat, Aug 13, 10:10; Wed, Aug 17, 9:00
"Yippee kai-yay, motherf*cker!" In LA to visit his estranged wife, Bonnie Bedelia, tough-as-nails NY cop Bruce Willis barely has time to feel out of place at her company Christmas party before a band of terrorists takes the building hostage, demanding the $600 million in the company vault. Masterminding the terror plot is sophisticated villain Alan Rickman; bumbling the response are the LAPD and the FBI. Willis is in the wrong place at the wrong time, but he's the right man for the job, fighting his way through "forty stories of sheer adventure" in this supremely well-crafted, characterized, exciting and often hilarious thrill ride — much imitated, never equaled and still unsurpassed.
DIR John McTiernan; SCR Jeb Stuart, Steven E. de Souza, based on the novel "Nothing Lasts Forever" by Roderick Thorp; PROD Joel Silver, Lawrence Gordon. US, 1988, color, 131 min. RATED R
Fri, Aug 19, 9:45; Sat, Aug 20, 7:30; Thu, Aug 25, 9:15
"I'm too old for this sh*t!" complains veteran LAPD cop Danny Glover, after being paired with risk-taking, rule-breaking, hot-headed and maybe just plain crazy new partner Mel Gibson. The decade-defining action/comedy soars on the strength of Shane Black's inventive script, the opposites attract/buddy cop dynamics of stars Glover and Gibson and nonstop action, stunts and swearing as the two must work together and get past their differences to take down a drug-smuggling ring run by corrupt former General Mitch Ryan and his psychotic enforcer, Gary Busey.
DIR/PROD Richard Donner; SCR Shane Black; PROD Joel Silver. US, 1987, color, 110 min. RATED R
Sat, Aug 20, 10:10; Sun, Aug 21, 9:30
Director Mike Hodges' (GET CARTER, CROUPIER) wacky movie version of Alex Raymond's classic comic-strip space adventurer comes from the gaudy-color/cheeky-pulp school of superhero screen adaptations — gleefully juvenile, with some "Seduction of the Innocent" salaciousness spiking the punch. As Flash, Sam J. Jones is strong of body, weak of mind, but Max von Sydow is impressively malevolent as Ming the Merciless and Brian Blessed appears to love flying around as Prince Vultan of the Hawkmen. The whole crazy, campy action-adventure, with over-the-top art design and gorgeous widescreen lensing, makes for wonderfully guilty viewing pleasure.
DIR Mike Hodges; SCR Michael Allin, Lorenzo Semple Jr.; PROD Dino De Laurentiis. US/UK, 1980, color, 111 min. RATED PG
Fri, Aug 26, 4:15; Sun, Aug 28, 6:15; Mon, Aug 29, 4:30;
Wed, Aug 31, 9:30
Tobe Hooper (POLTERGEIST) directs a script by Dan O'Bannon (ALIEN, TOTAL RECALL), with special effects by John Dykstra (STAR WARS), combining elements of classic vampire and zombie lore. The result was a big-budget bomb...and camp masterpiece! The space shuttle's rendezvous with Halley's Comet reveals an alien spacecraft containing hundreds of humanoid creatures in suspended animation.
Back on Earth, the aliens come to life and begin draining the life force of human victims, turning them into vampire zombies. Mathilda May is the space succubus who starts the plague and Steve Railsback is the astronaut who must undo his crew's terrible mistake.
DIR Tobe Hooper; SCR Don Jakoby, Dan O'Bannon, based on the novel "The Space Vampires" by Colin Wilson; PROD Menachem Golan, Yoram Globus. UK, 1985, color, 116 min. RATED R
Fri, Aug 26, 11:00; Sat, Aug 27, 11:00
"There can be only one!" Dealt a deadly blow while defending his Scottish clan from the marauding, unkillable Kurgan (Clancy Brown), Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert) miraculously returns to life. Fearing the devil's hand in this inexplicable resurrection, the villagers cast MacLeod out, and he wanders the heath until he encounters centuries-old Spanish swordsman Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez (Sean Connery), who, like MacLeod, is a born immortal. Mentored by Ramirez, for a time MacLeod lives in peace, until the Kurgan returns to duel them for supremacy in a battle that will play out across the centuries, all the way to present-day Manhattan.
DIR Russell Mulcahy; SCR Gregory Widen, Peter Bellwood, Larry Ferguson; PROD Peter S. Davis, William N. Panzer. US/UK, 1986, color, 116 min. RATED R
Sat, Aug 27, 8:30; Sun, Aug 28, 8:30; Wed, Aug 31, 4:30; Thu, Sep 1, 9:20
STAND BY ME
"I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was 12. Jesus, does anyone?" In rural Oregon in the summer of 1959, four boys head out on a journey hoping to find the dead body of a missing local boy. As the four very different friends, each troubled in his own way, Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman and Jerry O'Connell give performances of great emotional depth, as well as complete authenticity in their horseplay, teasing and juvenile attempts to understand the often cruel world around them. Kiefer Sutherland impresses as their bullying tormentor.
DIR Rob Reiner; SCR/PROD Raynold Gideon, Bruce A. Evans, based on the novella "The Body" by Stephen King; PROD Andrew Scheinman. US, 1986, color, 89 min. RATED R
Fri, Sep 2, 5:00; Sun, Sep 4, 12:20; Mon, Sep 5, 12:30; Wed, Sep 7, 5:00; Thu, Sep 8, 7:00
THE PRINCESS BRIDE
Peter Falk reads a story to his sick grandson Fred Savage, who's at first turned off by its mushy-sounding title, but soon riveted by its twists, turns, derring-do and, yes, romance. Robin Wright shines as Princess Buttercup, in love with farm boy Westley (Cary Elwes) but betrothed to loathsome Prince Humperdink (Chris Sarandon). When she's kidnapped by the motley crew of Vizzini the Sicilian (Wallace Shawn), the giant Fezzik (Andre the Giant) and Spanish swordsman Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin), the excitement begins. Hilarious in supporting roles are Christopher Guest, Billy Crystal, Carol Kane and Peter Cook; the script is by the legendary William Goldman.
DIR/PROD Rob Reiner; SCR William Goldman, based on his novel; PROD Andrew Scheinman. US, 1987, color, 98 min. RATED PG
Sat, Sep 3, 5:00; Sun, Sep 4, 9:30; Tue, Sep 6, 5:00; Thu, Sep 8, 5:00
THE SURE THING
With the winter blues getting him down, college freshman John Cusack road-trips west to see high school pal Anthony Edwards in sunny Southern California, who's got a "sure thing" hottie (Nicollette Sheridan) lined up for his hard-up pal. Cusack carpools with a hopelessly square couple (Tim Robbins and Lisa Jane Persky) and straitlaced Daphne Zuniga, off to visit her long-distance boyfriend and whom Cusack immediately rubs the wrong way. But after their long and winding road to the West Coast, Cusack and Zuniga begin to question who they really want to be with in Rob Reiner's winning rom-com, an '80s teen sex comedy with the heart of a classic.
DIR Rob Reiner; SCR Jonathan Roberts, Steve Bloom; PROD Roger Birnbaum. US, 1985, color, 100 min. RATED PG-13
Tue, Sep 6, 7:00; Wed, Sep 7, 9:20