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1984 in film

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    The following is an overview of events in 1984 in film, including the highest-grossing films, award ceremonies and festivals, a list of films released and notable deaths.

    The year's highest-grossing film was Beverly Hills Cop. Ghostbusters overtook it, however, with a re-release the following year. It was the first time in five years that the top-grossing film did not involve George Lucas or Steven Spielberg although Spielberg directed the third placed Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and executive produced the fourth placed Gremlins.[1]

    U.S. boxoffice grosses reached $4 billion for the first time and it was the first year that two films had returned over $100 million to their distributors with both Ghostbusters and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom achieving this.[1] Beverly Hills Cop made it three for films released in 1984 after its performance during 1985 took it to rentals of $108 million.[2] Other popular films included The NeverEnding Story, which was the most expensive film produced in West Germany, The Karate Kid and Romancing the Stone. A high number of sci-fi/fantasy films were released in 1984.

    Highest-grossing films

    United States

    The top ten 1984 released films by box office gross in North America are as follows:

    Highest-grossing films of 1984[3]
    Rank Title Distributor Domestic gross
    1. Beverly Hills Cop Paramount $234,760,478
    2. Ghostbusters Columbia $229,242,989
    3. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Paramount $179,870,271
    4. Gremlins Warner Bros. $153,083,102
    5. The Karate Kid Columbia $90,815,558
    6. Police Academy Warner Bros. $81,198,894
    7. Footloose Paramount $80,035,402
    8. Romancing the Stone 20th Century Fox $76,572,238
    9. Star Trek III: The Search for Spock Paramount $76,471,076
    10. Splash Touchstone Pictures $69,821,334

    International

    International market Top-grossing film Production country Gross
    Soviet Union Disco Dancer India $75,900,000[n 3]

    Events

    Awards

    Academy Awards:

    Best Picture: Amadeus
    Best Director: Miloš Forman - Amadeus
    Best Actor: F. Murray Abraham - Amadeus
    Best Actress: Sally Field - Places in the Heart
    Best Supporting Actor: Haing S. Ngor - The Killing Fields
    Best Supporting Actress: Peggy Ashcroft - A Passage to India
    Best Foreign Language Film: La diagonale du fou (Dangerous Moves), directed by Richard Dembo, Switzerland

    Golden Globe Awards:

    Drama:
    Best Picture: Amadeus
    Best Actor: F. Murray Abraham - Amadeus
    Best Actress: Sally Field - Places in the Heart
    Musical or comedy:
    Best Picture: Romancing the Stone
    Best Actor: Dudley Moore - Micki & Maude
    Best Actress: Kathleen Turner - Romancing the Stone
    Other
    Best Director: Miloš Forman - Amadeus
    Best Foreign English Language Film: A Passage to India, U.K. / U.S.A.

    Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

    Paris, Texas, directed by Wim Wenders, France / W. Germany

    Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival):

    A Year of the Quiet Sun (Rok spokojnego slonca), directed by Krzysztof Zanussi,

    Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

    Love Streams, directed by John Cassavetes, United States

    Wide-release films

    Notable films released in 1984

    U.S.A. unless stated

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    U.S.A. unless stated

    January–March

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    Births

    Notable deaths

    Month Date Name Age Country Profession Notable films
    January 11 Jack La Rue 70 USA Actor
    20 Johnny Weissmuller 79 Mexico Actor
    29 Frances Goodrich 93 USA Writer
    February 11 Arlette Marchal 82 France Actress
    15 Ethel Merman 76 USA Singer, Actress
    17 Lucille Benson 69 USA Actress
    March 1 Jackie Coogan 69 USA Actor
    1 Ronald Culver 83 UK Actor
    5 William Powell 91 USA Actor
    6 Henry Wilcoxon 78 USA Actor
    12 Arnold Ridley 88 UK Actor, Writer
    24 Sam Jaffe 93 USA Actor
    27 Jack Donohue 75 USA Director
    27 Derek Francis 60 UK Actor
    April 1 George Glass 73 USA Producer, Production Manager
    10 Ray Middleton 77 USA Actor
    13 Richard Hurndall 73 UK Actor
    16 Byron Haskin 84 USA Director
    18 Francis de Wolff 71 UK Actor
    18 John Lee Mahin 81 USA Screenwriter
    25 Richard Benedict 64 USA Actor
    26 May McAvoy 84 USA Actress
    May 4 Diana Dors 52 UK Actress
    10 Robert Moore 57 USA Director
    16 Andy Kaufman 35 USA Actor
    16 Irwin Shaw 71 USA Screenwriter, Author
    20 Peter Bull 72 UK Actor
    21 Andrea Leeds 72 UK Actress
    21 Ann Little 93 USA Actress
    22 John Marley 76 USA Actor
    28 D'Urville Martin 45 USA Actor, Director
    June 1 Ruthelma Stevens 80 USA Actress
    4 Lillian Hellman 79 USA Screenwriter, Playwright
    15 Ned Glass 78 USA Actor
    18 Luis Moglia Barth 81 Argentine Director, Writer, Producer ¡Tango!
    20 Estelle Winwood 101 UK Actress
    22 Joseph Losey 75 USA Director
    24 William Keighley 94 USA Director
    July 2 Lenore Coffee 87 USA Screenwriter
    7 Flora Robson 82 UK Actress
    11 Hugh Morton 81 UK Actor
    14 Ernest Tidyman 56 UK Writer
    23 Carl Foreman 69 USA Writer, Producer
    23 Lloyd Gough 76 USA Actor
    25 Akihiko Hirata 56 Japan Actor
    27 James Mason 75 Switzerland Actor, Producer
    29 Woodrow Parfrey 61 USA Actor
    29 Fred Waring 84 USA Conductor
    August 4 Mary Miles Minter 82 USA Actress
    4 Howard Culver 66 Hong Kong Actor
    5 Richard Burton 58 Switzerland Actor, Producer, Director
    5 Roland Kibbee 70 USA Screenwriter
    8 Richard Deacon 63 USA Actor
    25 Truman Capote 59 USA Writer, Actor
    29 Pina Menichelli 94 Italy Actress
    September 14 Janet Gaynor 77 USA Actress
    17 Richard Basehart 70 USA Actor, Director
    19 June Preisser 64 USA Actress
    25 Walter Pidgeon 87 USA Actor
    October 9 Joan Young 84 UK Actress
    10 Leonard Rossiter 57 UK Actor
    11 H. Bruce Humberstone 82 USA Director
    16 Peggy Ann Garner 52 USA Actress
    21 François Truffaut 52 France Director, Producer, Actor
    23 Oskar Werner 61 Germany Actor
    25 Pascale Ogier 25 France Actress
    26 Noel Howlett 81 UK Actor
    30 June Duprez 66 UK Actress
    31 Eduardo De Filippo 84 Italy Actor, Screenwriter
    November 1 Norman Krasna 74 USA Screenwriter, Director
    13 Dorothy Arnold 66 USA Actress
    20 Peter Welch 62 UK Actor
    December 2 Patty Elder 48 USA Stuntman, Actor
    3 Charles R. Davis 47 USA Art Director Bustin' Loose
    7 Jeanne Cagney 65 USA Actress
    8 Luther Adler 81 USA Actor
    11 Robert E. Kent 73 USA Screenwriter
    11 George Waggner 81 USA Director
    13 Margaret Livingston 89 USA Actress
    24 Ian Hendry 53 UK Actor
    24 Peter Lawford 61 USA Actor
    24 Harry Waxman 72 UK Cinematographer
    28 Sam Peckinpah 59 USA Director, Producer

    Film debuts

    See also

    Notes

    1. ^ Disco Dancer: 60 million Soviet rubles in 1984,[4] 0.791 rubles per US dollar in 1984[5]
    2. ^ 12.43 Indian rupees per US dollar in 1984[6]
    3. ^ Disco Dancer in Soviet Union: US$75.9 million[n 1] (94.34 crore)[n 2] in 1984

    References

    1. ^ a b "'Ghostbusters' Tops Comedies". Variety. January 16, 1985. p. 16. 
    2. ^ "Nobody Climbed $100-Mil Mountain". Variety. January 1986. 
    3. ^ "1984 Domestic Grosses". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
    4. ^ Bollywood returns to Russian screens, Russia Beyond the Headlines, September 2009
    5. ^ Archive of Bank of Russia [cbr.ru]
    6. ^ [www.rbi.org.in]
    7. ^ "Tootsie". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved May 30, 2018. 
    8. ^ "Ghostbusters". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved May 30, 2018. 
    9. ^ "Beverly Hills Cop". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved May 30, 2018. 
    10. ^ "Ghostbusters". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved May 30, 2018. 

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