1980 in film

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The following is an overview of events in 1980 in film, including the highest-grossing films, award ceremonies and festivals, a list of films released and notable deaths.

Highest-grossing films (U.S.)[edit]

The top ten 1980 released films by box office gross in North America are as follows:

Highest-grossing films of 1980[1]
Rank Title Distributor Box-office gross
1 The Empire Strikes Back 20th Century Fox $209,398,025
2 9 to 5 $103,290,500
3 Stir Crazy Columbia Pictures $101,300,000
4 Airplane! Paramount Pictures $83,453,539
5 Any Which Way You Can Warner Bros. $70,687,344
6 Private Benjamin $69,847,348
7 Coal Miner's Daughter Universal Pictures $67,182,787
8 Smokey and the Bandit II $66,132,626
9 The Blue Lagoon Columbia Pictures $58,853,106
10 The Blues Brothers Universal Pictures $57,229,890

Worldwide gross revenue[edit]

The following table lists known worldwide gross revenue figures for several high-grossing films that originally released in 1980. Note that this list is incomplete and is therefore not representative of the highest-grossing films worldwide in 1980.

Title Gross Source Country
The Empire Strikes Back $538,375,067 [2] United States
The Gods Must Be Crazy $200,000,000 [3] South Africa
Airplane! $158,000,000 [4] United States
The Blues Brothers $115,229,890 [5]

Events[edit]

Awards[edit]

Category/Organization 38th Golden Globe Awards
January 31, 1981
34th BAFTA Awards
March 22, 1981
53rd Academy Awards
March 31, 1981
Drama Musical or Comedy
Best Film Ordinary People Coal Miner's Daughter The Elephant Man Ordinary People
Best Director Robert Redford
Ordinary People
Akira Kurosawa
Kagemusha
Robert Redford
Ordinary People
Best Actor Robert De Niro
Raging Bull
Ray Sharkey
The Idolmaker
John Hurt
The Elephant Man
Robert De Niro
Raging Bull
Best Actress Mary Tyler Moore
Ordinary People
Sissy Spacek
Coal Miner's Daughter
Judy Davis
My Brilliant Career
Sissy Spacek
Coal Miner's Daughter
Best Supporting Actor Timothy Hutton
Ordinary People
N/A Timothy Hutton
Ordinary People
Best Supporting Actress Mary Steenburgen
Melvin and Howard
N/A Mary Steenburgen
Melvin and Howard
Best Screenplay, Adapted William Peter Blatty
The Ninth Configuration
Jerzy Kosinski
Being There
Alvin Sargent
Ordinary People
Best Screenplay, Original Bo Goldman
Melvin and Howard
Best Original Score Dominic Frontiere
The Stunt Man
John Williams
The Empire Strikes Back
Michael Gore
Fame
Best Original Song "Fame"
Fame
N/A "Fame"
Fame
Best Foreign Language Film Tess N/A Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

All That Jazz, directed by Bob Fosse, United States
Kagemusha, 影武者 (Shadow Warrior), directed by Akira Kurosawa, Japan

Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival):

Atlantic City, directed by Louis Malle, US / Canada / France
Gloria, directed by John Cassavetes, United States

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

Heartland, directed by Richard Pearce, United States
Palermo or Wolfsburg (Palermo oder Wolfsburg), directed by Werner Schroeter, West Germany

Notable films released in 1980[edit]

United States unless stated

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Notable deaths[edit]

Month Date Name Age Country Profession Notable films
January 14 Robert Ardrey 71 US Screenwriter
17 Barbara Britton 60 US Actress
22 Iris Meredith 64 US Actress
24 Lil Dagover 92 Germany Actress
24 James Poe 58 US Screenwriter
26 Dolly Rudeman 77 Netherlands Film poster designer
27 Peppino De Filippo 76 Italy Actor
28 Erle C. Kenton 83 US Director
29 Jimmy Durante 86 US Actor, Singer
February 1 Romolo Valli 54 Italy Actor
4 David Whitaker 52 UK Writer
9 Renée Houston 77 UK Actress, Writer
13 David Janssen 48 US Actor
18 Gale Robbins 58 US Actress, Singer
26 Mario Mattoli 81 Italy Director, Screenwriter
27 George Tobias 78 US Actor
March 5 Jay Silverheels 67 US Actor
8 Frank McDonald 80 US Director
27 Steve Fisher 67 US Screenwriter
28 Dick Haymes 61 US Actor, Singer
30 David Sharpe 70 US Stuntman, Actor
April 9 Kathleen Burke 66 US Actress
10 Kay Medford 65 US Actress
11 Charlotte Henry 66 US Actress
15 Raymond Bailey 75 US Actor
16 Harry Hutchinson 87 Ireland Actor Blowup
17 Alf Sjöberg 76 Sweden Director
19 Tony Beckley 50 UK Actor
25 Mario Bava 65 Italy Director, Screenwriter, Cinematographer
26 Cicely Courtneidge 87 UK Actress, Singer
29 William Clemens 74 US Director
29 Alfred Hitchcock 80 UK Director, Producer
May 1 Henry Levin 70 US Director
1 Gene Markey 84 US Screenwriter
2 George Pal 72 Hungary Producer
4 Kay Hammond 71 UK Actress
12 Lillian Roth 69 US Actress, Writer
14 Hugh Griffith 67 Wales Actor
June 4 Gloria Saunders 52 US Actress
12 Milburn Stone 75 US Actor
18 Terence Fisher 76 UK Director
23 John Laurie 83 UK Actor
23 Odile Versois 50 France Actress
28 Jose Iturbi 84 Spain Conductor, Actor
July 6 Gail Patrick 69 US Producer, Actress
7 Reginald Gardiner 77 UK Actor
7 Dore Schary 74 US Producer, Screenwriter, Studio Executive
11 Peggy Knudsen 57 US Actress
24 Peter Sellers 54 UK Actor
30 Charles McGraw 66 US Actor
31 Bobby Van 51 US Actor, Dancer
August 1 Strother Martin 61 US Actor
7 Norman Atkyns 74 UK Actor Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell
9 Elliot Nugent 83 US Director
14 Dorothy Stratten 20 US Actress
25 Gower Champion 59 US Actor, Dancer, Director
September 3 Barbara O'Neil 70 US Actress
4 Duncan Renaldo 76 US Actor
5 Barbara Loden 48 US Actress, Director
24 Theodor Luts 84 Brazil Cinematographer, Director Substitute Wife
25 Lewis Milestone 84 Russia Director
October 6 Hattie Jacques 58 UK Actress
28 Leon Janney 63 Mexico Actor
November 4 Noel Langley 68 South Africa Screenwriter
7 Emilio Cigoli 70 Italy Actor
7 Steve McQueen 50 Mexico Actor, Producer
9 Carmel Myers 81 US Actress
15 Bill Lee 64 US Actor, Singer
22 Mae West 87 US Actress, Writer
24 George Raft 79 US Actor
26 Rachel Roberts 53 US Actress
December 8 John Lennon 40 US Actor, Musician, Producer
16 Peter Collinson 44 US Director, Producer, Writer
18 Gabrielle Robinne 94 France Actress The Assassination of the Duke of Guise
20 Ben Sharpsteen 85 US Director, Producer
21 Marc Connelly 90 US Actor
23 Memmo Carotenuto 72 Italy Actor
28 Sam Levene 75 US Actor
31 Raoul Walsh 93 US Director, Writer, Actor

Film debuts[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1980 Domestic Grosses". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 7 April 2014.
  2. ^ "The Empire Strikes Back (1980)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved May 13, 2013.
  3. ^ Gorelik, Boris (12 July 2014). "Jamie se treffer: Met Uys, ja – die wêreld in". Rapport. Media24. Retrieved 2014-07-14.
  4. ^ Dawes, Amy (February 7, 1991). "Directors Guild Gives Capra Nod To Howard Koch". Daily Variety. p. 1.
  5. ^ "The Blues Brothers". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved December 16, 2008.