Movies Of The 80s [Flash Back Wednesday]

The gods Must Be Crazy

The gods Must Be Crazy

The gods Must Be Crazy
The Gods Must Be Crazy is a South African comedy film, written and directed by Jamie Uys. Originally released in 1980, the film is the first in The Gods Must Be Crazy series of films. Set in South Africa and neighbouring Botswana. The film is a collision of three separate stories the journey of a Ju/’hoansi bushman to the end of the earth to get rid of a Coca-Cola bottle, the romance between a bumbling scientist and a schoolteacher, and a band of guerrillas on the run.
Xi and his tribe of San/Bushmen relatives are living well off the land in the Kalahari Desert. They are happy because the gods have provided plenty of everything, and no one in the tribe has unfulfilled wants. One day, a glass Coke bottle is thrown out of an aeroplane and falls to earth unbroken. Initially, this strange artifact seems to be another boon from the gods Xi’s people find many uses for it. But unlike anything that they have had before, there is only one bottle to go around. This exposes the tribe to a hitherto unknown phenomenon, property,and they soon find themselves experiencing things they never had before: jealousy, envy, anger, hatred, even violence. Since it has caused the tribe unhappiness on two occasions, Xi decides that the bottle is an evil thing and must be thrown off of the edge of the world. He sets out alone on his quest and encounters Western civilisation for the first time. The film presents an interpretation of civilisation as viewed through Xi’s perceptions.
There are also plot lines about shy biologist Andrew Steyn (Marius Weyers) who is studying the local animals which, because of his nervousness around women, he once described as “manure-collecting” the newly hired village school teacher, a former newspaper reporter named Kate Thompson (Sandra Prinsloo); and some guerrillas led by Sam Boga (Louw Verwey), who are being pursued by government troops after an unsuccessful attempt to massacre the Cabinet of the fictional African country of Burani. Also taking a share of the limelight is Steyn’s Land Rover, dubbed the Antichrist also “son of a mlakka” by his assistant and mechanic, M’pudi (Michael Thys) voiced by Pip Freedman, for its unreliability and constant need of repair. Also part of the chaos is a fresh safari tour guide named Jack Hind (Nic de Jager), who has designs on Thompson and would often steal Steyn’s thunder.
Xi happens upon a farm and, being hungry as well as oblivious to the concept of ownership, shoots a goat with a tranquilizer arrow. For this he is arrested and jailed for stealing livestock. M’pudi, who lived with the bushmen for a long time, realizes that Xi will die in the alien environment of a prison cell. He and Steyn manage to hire Xi as a tracker for the 11 weeks of his prison sentence, with the help of M’pudi, who speaks Xi’s language. Meanwhile, the guerrillas invade the school where Kate teaches and use her and her pupils as human shields for their escape by foot to the neighboring country. Steyn and Xi manage to immobilize the guerrillas as they are passing by and save Kate and the children. Steyn allows Xi to leave to continue his quest to the edge of the world. Xi eventually finds himself at the top of a cliff with a solid layer of low lying clouds obscuring the landscape below. This convinces Xi that he has reached the edge of the world, and he throws the bottle off the cliff. This scene was filmed at a place called God’s Window in the then Eastern Transvaal, South Africa now Mpumalanga. This is at the edge of the escarpment between the Highveld and Lowveld of South Africa. Xi then returns to his band and receives a warm welcome.

Directed by Jamie Uys
Produced by Jamie Uys
Written by Jamie Uys
Narrated by Paddy O’Byrne
Starring::Nǃxau,Sandra Prinsloo,Marius Weyers,Louw Verwey,Michael Thys

Release dates :: South Africa 1980
United States:1982 Limited, original release
And July 13, 1984 worldwide
Budget::$5 million
Box office::$34,331,783
Grossed over $100 million worldwide.

[Despite the film having grossed over $100 million worldwide, Nǃxau reportedly earned less than $2,000 for his starring role. Before his death, Uys supplemented this with an additional $20,000 as well as a monthly stipend.

Commando
Commando is a 1985 American action film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Vernon Wells, Rae Dawn Chong, Alyssa Milano, Bill Duke, Dan Hedaya and James Olson. It was directed by Mark L. Lester and shot on location in and around Los Angeles, California. The film was nominated for a Saturn Award in 1986 for Best Special Effects but lost to James Cameron’s Aliens, another movie with music provided by James Horner from Commando. A critical success and commercial hit, Commando is the 7th highest grossing movie of 1985 worldwide.
Retired Special Forces Operative Colonel John Matrix is informed by his former superior Major General Franklin Kirby that all the other members of his unit have been killed by unknown mercenaries. Despite being given protection, the mercenaries attack Matrix’s secluded mountain home, kill Kirby’s men and kidnap Matrix’s young daughter Jenny. Matrix desperately gives chase in his truck, but finds the brakes have been tampered with and eventually loses control, crashing the vehicle. He is then cornered by a group of thugs who eventually overpower him, and he is shot with a tranquilizer gun by his former colleague Bennett, who was believed to have been assassinated as well. It is revealed that Matrix is needed to carry out a political assassination for a South American dictator named Arius, who was previously overthrown by Matrix in a revolution staged by the United States. With an army of former U.S. soldiers and mercenaries under his command, including Bennett, Arius now wishes to lead a military coup in his home country of Val Verde, and reasons that Matrix’s familiarity with the country’s new U.S. puppet leader will aid in an assassination attempt. Arius threatens to kill Jenny if he refuses, and Matrix reluctantly accepts the demand. After boarding the plane to Val Verde, Matrix manages to kill his guard, Henriques, and vacates the plane just as it is taking off from the runway. With approximately 11 hours’ time the period of the flight, he sets out after another of Arius’ men, Sully, who accompanied him to the airport with Henriques. He then enlists the aid of an off duty flight attendant named Cindy, whom Sully is trying to seduce, and instructs her to follow Sully to a shopping mall. Frightened by Matrix, Cindy alerts a security guard, and a fight breaks out between Matrix and several guards, which Sully witnesses. Matrix foils Sully’s attempt to inform Arius, but Sully escapes, leaving Matrix to contend with mall security. However, Matrix’s desperation in trying to catch Sully finally convinces Cindy of his sincerity, and she decides to help him. After a lengthy car pursuit, Matrix catches up to Sully. After finding a motel key where Sully is to meet Cooke, another of Arius’ henchmen, Matrix drops Sully off a cliff to his death. Matrix and Cindy go to the motel and ambush Cooke, killing him. An invoice in Cooke’s car leads them to a warehouse filled with arms for Arius’ coup. Matrix infiltrates the warehouse and learns where Arius’ mansion is located and where Jenny is presumably being held. He then breaks into a surplus store to equip himself with military weapons, but the police arrive and Matrix is arrested. Cindy helps him escape, and after commandeering a seaplane from a nearby marina run by Arius, Matrix and Cindy land the plane off the coast of Arius’ island hideout. Matrix instructs Cindy to contact General Kirby and then proceeds to Arius’ villa, killing Arius’ entire private army on the way, and subsequently confronts and kills Arius in a gunfight. Meanwhile, Jenny uses a door handle to pry away boards nailed to the window frame of her prison room, enabling her to escape, but Bennett notices and immediately gives chase. Matrix eventually locates Jenny in the basement, but he is shot in the arm by Bennett. Matrix then taunts Bennett into facing him in a knife fight, an invitation the sadistic Bennett cannot resist. After a fierce struggle, Matrix finally finishes Bennett by impaling him with a large metal steam pipe. Kirby arrives with a military detachment and asks Matrix to rejoin the Special Forces Unit, but Matrix unceremoniously declines. He then boards the seaplane with Jenny and Cindy and they fly off into the sunset.

Cast
-Arnold Schwarzenegger as John Matrix, a former United States Army Colonel.
-Rae Dawn Chong as Cindy, Matrix’s initially unwilling companion.
-Alyssa Milano as Jenny Matrix, John’s daughter.
-James Olson as General Kirby, Matrix’s former superior
-Dan Hedaya as Arius, the former Dictator of Val Verde until being overthrown by a new President.
-Vernon Wells as Bennett, a former -Captain in Matrix’s special forces team, now allied with Arius.
-Bill Duke as Cooke, Arius’s brutal hitman and a former Green Beret.
-David Patrick Kelly as Sully, a former Army soldier now working for Arius.
Directed by Mark L. Lester
Produced by Joel Silve
Budget- $10 million
Box office- $57,491,000

Sound Of Music
The Sound of Music 1959 is a musical by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. It is based on the memoir of Maria von Trapp, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers. Many songs from the musical have become standards, including the title song “The Sound of Music”, “Edelweiss”, “My Favorite Things”, “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” and “Do-Re-Mi”.
The original Broadway production,starring Mary Martin and Theodore Bikel, opened on November 16, 1959; the show has enjoyed numerous productions and revivals since then. It was adapted as a 1965 film musical starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, which won five Academy Awards. The Sound of Music was the final musical written by Rodgers and Hammerstein,Hammerstein died of cancer nine months after the Broadway premiere.

Acts1
In Salzburg, Austria, just before World War II, nuns from Nonnberg Abbey sing the Dixit Dominus. One of the postulants, Maria Rainer, is on the nearby mountainside regretting leaving the beautiful hills “The Sound of Music” where she was raised. She returns late. The Mother Abbess and the other nuns consider what to do about her “Maria”. Maria explains her lateness, saying she was raised on that mountain, and also apologizes for singing in the garden without permission. The Mother Abbess joins her in song “My Favorite Things”. The Mother Abbess tells her that she should spend some time outside the abbey to decide whether she is ready for the monastic life. She will act as the governess to the seven children of widower Captain Georg von Trapp.
Maria arrives at the villa of Captain von Trapp, a decorated World War I Captain of the Austro Hungarian Navy. He explains her duties and summons the children with a boatswain’s call. They march in, clad in uniforms. He teaches her their individual signals on the call, but she openly disapproves of this militaristic approach. Alone with them, she breaks through their wariness and teaches them the basics of music “Do-Re-Mi”.
Rolf, a young messenger, delivers a telegram and then meets with the oldest child, Liesl, outside the villa. He claims he knows what is right for her because he is a year older than her “Sixteen Going on Seventeen”. They kiss, and he runs off, leaving her screaming with joy. Meanwhile, the housekeeper, Frau Schmidt, gives Maria material to make new clothes,as she had given all her possessions to the poor. She sees Liesl slipping in through the window, wet from a sudden thunderstorm, but agrees to keep her secret. The other children are frightened by the storm. Maria sings “The Lonely Goatherd” replaced by “My Favorite Things” in the movie to distract them.
Captain von Trapp arrives a month later with Elsa Schräder and Max Detweiler. Elsa tells Max that something is preventing the Captain from marrying her. He opines that only poor people have the time for great romances “How Can Love Survive”. Rolf enters, looking for Liesl, and greets them with “Heil”. The Captain orders him away, saying that he is Austrian, not German. Maria and the children leapfrog in, wearing playclothes that she made from old drapes. Infuriated, the Captain sends them off to change. She tells him that they need him to love them, and he angrily orders her back to the abbey. As she apologizes, they hear the children singing “The Sound of Music”, which she had taught them, to welcome Frau Schräder. He joins in, and he then embraces them. Alone with Maria, he asks her to stay, thanking her for bringing music back into his house. Elsa is suspicious of her until she explains that she will be returning to the abbey in September.
The Captain gives a party to introduce Elsa, and guests argue over the Anschluss. Kurt asks Maria to teach him to dance the Ländler. When he is unable to negotiate a complicated figure, the Captain steps in to demonstrate. He and Maria dance until they come face to face, and she breaks away, embarrassed and confused. Discussing the expected marriage between Elsa and the Captain, Brigitta tells her that she and the Captain are really in love with each other. Elsa asks him to let the children say goodnight to the guests with a song, “So Long, Farewell”. Max is amazed at their talent and wants them for the Kaltzberg Festival, which he is organizing. The guests leave for the dining room, and Maria slips out the front door with her luggage.
At the abbey, Maria says that she is ready to take her monastic vows but the Mother Abbess realizes that she is running away from her feelings. She tells her to face the Captain and discover if they love each other, and that by searching for it, she must find the life she was meant to live “Climb Ev’ry Mountain”

Act II
Max teaches the children how to sing on stage. When the Captain tries to lead them, they complain that he is not doing it as Maria did. He tells them that he has asked Elsa to marry him. They try to cheer themselves up by singing “My Favorite Things”, but are unsuccessful until they hear Maria singing on her way to rejoin them. Learning of the wedding plans, she decides to stay only until the Captain can arrange for another governess. Max and Elsa argue with him about the imminent Anschluss, trying to convince him that it is inevitable “No Way to Stop It”. When he refuses to compromise, Elsa breaks off the engagement. Alone, he and Maria finally admit their love, desiring only to be “An Ordinary Couple”. As they marry, the nuns reprise “Maria” against the wedding processional.
During the honeymoon, Max prepares the children to perform at the Kaltzberg Festival. Herr Zeller, the Gauleiter, demands to know why they are not flying the flag of the Third Reich now that the Anschluss has occurred. The Captain and Maria return early from their honeymoon before the Festival. In view of developments, he refuses to allow the children to sing. Max argues that they would sing for Austria, but the Captain points out that it no longer exists. Maria and Liesl discuss romantic love; Maria predicts that in a few years Liesl will be married “Sixteen Going on Seventeen (Reprise)”. Rolf enters with a telegram that offers the Captain a commission in the German Navy. He consults Maria and decides that they must secretly flee Austria. German Admiral von Schreiber arrives to find out why he has not answered the telegram. He explains that the German Navy holds him in high regard, offers him the commission, and tells him to report immediately to Bremerhaven to assume command. Maria says that he cannot leave immediately, as they are all singing in the Festival concert, and the Admiral agrees to wait until after it.
At the concert, the von Trapps sing an elaborate version of “Do-Re-Mi”. Then Max brings out the Captain’s guitar, and he sings “Edelweiss”, in which Austria’s national flower becomes a declaration of loyalty to the country itself. Max asks for an encore and announces that this is the von Trapp family’s last chance to sing together, as the honor guard waits to escort the Captain to his new command. While the judges decide on the prizes, the von Trapps sing “So Long, Farewell”, leaving the stage in small groups. Max then announces the runners-up, stalling as much as possible. When he announces that the first prize goes to the von Trapps and they do not appear, the Nazis start a search. The family hides at the Abbey, and the Nazis do not find them until Rolf comes upon them. He calls his lieutenant, but upon seeing Liesl, he reports that he has found no one. A nun tells them that the borders have been closed. They flee over the mountains the Alps as the nuns reprise “Climb Ev’ry Mountain”.

Coming To America
Coming to America is a 1988 comedy film directed by John Landis. The screenplay was written by David Sheffield and Barry W. Blaustein based on a story originally created by Art Buchwald. The film stars Eddie Murphy, who plays an African prince who comes to the United States in hopes of finding a woman he can marry.
Akeem Joffer (Eddie Murphy), the prince and heir to the throne of the fictitious African country of great wealth called Zamunda, is discontented with being pampered all his life. The final straw comes when his parents, King Jaffe Joffer (James Earl Jones) and Queen Aeoleon (Madge Sinclair), present him with a bride to be, Imani Izzi (Vanessa Bell), whom he has never met, and who is trained to obey his every command. Akeem concocts a plan to travel to the United States to find a wife he can both love and respect and who accepts him for himself, not his status. He and his friend and personal aide, Semmi (Arsenio Hall) arrive in Queens, New York City, because according to Akeem “What better place to find a queen than the city of Queens?” They rent a squalid apartment in the neighborhood of Jamaica and begin working at a local fast food restaurant called McDowell’s (restaurateur Cleo McDowell’s attempt to copy McDonald’s), passing themselves off as poor foreign students.
Akeem falls in love with McDowell’s daughter, Lisa (Shari Headley), who possesses the qualities the prince is looking for. The rest of the film centers on Akeem’s attempts to win Lisa’s hand in marriage. Although Akeem thrives on working hard and seeing how commoners live, Semmi is not comfortable with the life of a poor man. When Akeem donates the travel money, Semmi transmits a plea for more financial help, making it appear he is destitute. This causes the Zamundian royal couple to travel to the United States and reveal themselves to the McDowells.
Although her father is ecstatic that his daughter has attracted the interest of a prince, Lisa, who has fallen for Akeem, becomes angry and confused as to why he lied to her about his identity, as he tried to convince Lisa he was a simple goat herder from Zamunda, not the prince. She refuses to marry Akeem even after he offers to renounce his throne, and he returns to Zamunda with a broken heart, resigned to marry the woman chosen for him by his parents. On the way to the airport, King Joffe remarks that Akeem cannot marry Lisa because of “tradition,” and “who am i to change it?” Queen Aoleon responds, “I thought you were the King.”
At the final scene’s wedding procession, Akeem waits dejectedly at the altar as his bride to be makes her way down the aisle. But when he lifts the veil to kiss her, he finds Lisa instead of his arranged bride. They ride off happily in a carriage after the ceremony to the cheers of Zamundans. Witnessing such splendor, Lisa is impressed that Akeem would have given it up just for her. Akeem proposes that he can make his abdication official, but Lisa playfully declines.

The film was generally received favorably by critics.
Released on June 29, 1988, by Paramount Pictures in the United States, it was a commercial box office success, both domestically and worldwide. The film grossed $128,152,301 at the domestic box office. It was the highest earning film that year for the studio and the third highest grossing film at the United States box office.

Directed by John Landis
Produced by Leslie Belzberg,George Folsey, Jr.,Mark Lipsky
Screenplay by David Sheffield and Barry W. Blaustein
Story by Eddie Murphy
Starring::Eddie Murphy,Arsenio Hall,James Earl Jones,Shari Headley,John Amos

Budget $39 million
Box office $288,752,301

Commando

Commando

Sound Of Music

Sound Of Music

Coming To America

Coming To America

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