Category:1980s biographical films
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1. Raging Bull – Also featured in the film are Joe Pesci as Joey, LaMottas well-intentioned brother and manager who tries to help Jake battle his inner demons, and Cathy Moriarty as his wife. The film features supporting roles from Nicholas Colasanto, Theresa Saldana, Scorsese was initially reluctant to develop the project, though he eventually came to relate to LaMottas story. Schrader re-wrote Martins first screenplay, and Scorsese and De Niro together made uncredited contributions thereafter, Pesci was an unknown actor prior to the film, as was Moriarty, who was suggested for her role by Pesci. During principal photography, each of the scenes was choreographed for a specific visual style. Scorsese was exacting in the process of editing and mixing the film, despite receiving mixed initial reviews, it went on to garner a high critical reputation, and is now often regarded as among Scorseses best works and the greatest films ever made. In 1990, it became the first film to be selected for preservation in the National Film Registry in its first year of eligibility, in a brief scene in 1964, an aging, overweight Italian American, Jake LaMotta, practices a comedy routine. In 1941, LaMotta is in a boxing match against Jimmy Reeves. Jakes brother Joey LaMotta discusses a potential shot for the title with one of his Mafia connections. Some time thereafter, Jake spots a 15-year-old girl named Vikki at a swimming pool in his Bronx neighborhood. He eventually pursues a relationship with her, even though he is already married, in 1943, Jake defeats Sugar Ray Robinson, and has a rematch three weeks later. Jake constantly worries about Vikki having feelings for men, particularly when she makes an off-hand comment about Tony Janiro. His jealousy is evident when he brutally defeats Janiro in front of the local Mob boss, Tommy Como, as Joey discusses the victory with journalists at the Copacabana, he is distracted by seeing Vikki approach a table with Salvy and his crew. Joey speaks with Vikki, who says she is giving up on his brother, blaming Salvy, Joey viciously attacks him in a fight that spills outside of the club. Como later orders them to apologize, and has Joey tell Jake that if he wants a chance at the championship title, in a match against Billy Fox, after briefly pummeling his opponent, Jake does not even bother to put up a fight. He is suspended shortly thereafter from the board on suspicion of throwing the fight and he is eventually reinstated, and in 1949, wins the middleweight championship title against Marcel Cerdan. A year later, Jake asks Joey if he fought with Salvy at the Copacabana because of Vikki, Jake then asks if Joey had an affair with her, Joey refuses to answer, insults Jake, and leaves. Jake directly asks Vikki about the affair, and when she hides him in the bathroom, he breaks down the door. Jake angrily walks to Joeys house, with Vikki following him, estranged from Joey, Jakes career begins to decline slowly and he eventually loses his title to Sugar Ray Robinson in their final encounter in 1951
2. La Bamba (film) – La Bamba is a 1987 American biographical film written and directed by Luis Valdez that follows the life and career of Chicano rock n roll star Ritchie Valens. The film stars Lou Diamond Phillips as Valens, Esai Morales, Rosanna DeSoto, Elizabeth Peña, Danielle von Zerneck, the film depicts the effect Valens career had on the lives of his half-brother Bob Morales, his girlfriend Donna Ludwig and the rest of his family. Richard Steven Valenzuela is a teenage boy who becomes a rock n roll superstar under the stage name Ritchie Valens. He meets and falls in love with high school student Donna Ludwig. However, Donnas father is shown as having issues with his daughter dating a Mexican-American, the movie also has several subplots, such as his relationship with his mother Connie Valenzuela and half-brother Bob Morales, and the jealousy Bob felt toward Ritchies success. In one scene, Bob wins an important art contest that helps promising cartoonists, only to throw away his prize because, in his mind, his mother does not seem to care enough. Bob resorts to drinking heavily and, at one point, leads him to yelling in a rage in front of his mothers door. In reference to the child he sired with Ritchies first girlfriend Rosie, however, when they get an opportunity, Ritchie and Bob sneak out for a good time. On one occasion, they take a trip to Tijuana, visiting one of the local clubs where Ritchie discovers the song that would eventually become his signature song. Unlike the portrayal in the movie, the outing to Tijuana was actually a family trip, at first, Ritchie manages to avoid flying to his concerts and appearances, but he must eventually conquer his fear when invited to perform his song Donna on American Bandstand. Ritchies record producer and manager, Bob Keane, helps him by giving him a little vodka to calm his nerves during the flight to Philadelphia for the Bandstand appearance. Valens, Holly, and Bopper take off in an airplane during a snowstorm for their flight on February 3,1959. Before the ill-fated flight, Ritchie makes a call to his brother and he even invites Bob to fly out to Chicago to join the tour for family support. The next day, as Bob is fixing his mothers car, Bob darts out of his driveway in an attempt to get to his mother before she hears the bad news through the radio. Unfortunately, by the time he gets there, she stands immobile, the news of Ritchies death hits the Valenzuela family, Bob Keane, and Donna very hard. Lou Diamond Phillips is then backed by the Mexican American rock band Los Lobos. In the movie David Hidalgo of Los Lobos provided the singing voice, in Australia it opened on September 17,1987. In its opening weekend, the film grossed a total of $5,698,884, La Bamba eventually grossed $52,678,820 in the United States in 12 weeks
3. Bird (film) – Bird is a 1988 American biographical film, produced and directed by Clint Eastwood of a screenplay written by Joel Oliansky. The film is a tribute to the life and music of jazz saxophonist Charlie Bird Parker and it is constructed as a montage of scenes from Parkers life, from his childhood in Kansas City, through his early death at the age of 34. The film moves back and forth through Parkers history, blending moments to find some truth to his life. Much of the movie revolves around his only grounding relationships with wife Chan Parker, Bebop pioneer trumpet player and band leader Dizzy Gillespie, forest Whitaker as Charlie Bird Parker Diane Venora as Chan Parker Michael Zelniker as Red Rodney Samuel E. There was a delay of a few years while the trade was completed, the film was eventually shot in 52 days for $14.4 million, not counting Eastwoods fee, although in interviews Eastwood sometimes said the film only cost $9 million to make. Locations used for filming include the Sacramento Valley, Los Angeles, Bird received positive reviews from critics, scoring a 78% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Forest Whitakers performance as Parker earned him acclaim and several awards, including the Best Actor award at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival. In addition, the also won the prestigious Grand Prix of the Belgian Film Critics Association. Another common criticism of the film is that it overstates Parkers level of fame, Eastwood had some recordings of Parker made by Parkers wife, Chan, from which he had a sound engineer electronically isolate Parkers solos. Contemporary musicians such as Ray Brown, Walter Davis, Jr. Ron Carter, Barry Harris, Dizzy Gillespie was on tour at the time of recording, so trumpet player Jon Faddis was hired to record his parts. Bird at the Internet Movie Database Bird at Rotten Tomatoes Bird at AllMovie Bird at Box Office Mojo
4. The Elephant Man (film) – The Elephant Man is a 1980 American historical drama film about Joseph Merrick, a severely deformed man in late 19th century London. The film was directed by David Lynch and stars John Hurt, Anthony Hopkins, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller, Michael Elphick, Hannah Gordon and Freddie Jones. It was produced by Jonathan Sanger and Mel Brooks, the latter of whom was intentionally left uncredited to avoid confusion from audiences who possibly would have expected a comedy and it was shot in black-and-white and featured make-up work by Christopher Tucker. The Elephant Man was a critical and commercial success with eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, the film also won the BAFTA Awards for Best Film, Best Actor and Best Production Design and was nominated for Golden Globe awards. It also won a French César Award for Best Foreign Film, London Hospital surgeon Frederick Treves finds John Merrick in a Victorian freak show in Londons East End, where he is kept by a Mr. Bytes. His head is hooded, and his owner, who views him as retarded, is paid by Treves to bring him to the hospital for exams. Treves presents Merrick to his colleagues and highlights his monstrous skull, on Merrick’s return he is beaten so badly by Bytes that he has to call Treves for medical help. Treves brings him back to the hospital, John is tended to by Mrs. Mothershead, the formidable matron, as the other nurses are too frightened of Merrick. Mr. Carr-Gomm, the hospitals Governor, is against housing Merrick, to prove that Merrick can make progress, Treves trains him to say a few conversational sentences. Carr-Gomm sees through this ruse, but as he is leaving, Merrick begins to recite the 23rd Psalm, Merrick tells the doctors that he knows how to read, and has memorized the 23rd Psalm because it is his favorite. Carr-Gomm permits him to stay, and Merrick spends his time practicing conversation with Treves, Merrick has tea with Treves and his wife, and is so overwhelmed by their kindness that he shows them his mothers picture. He believes he must have been a disappointment to his mother, Merrick begins to take guests in his rooms, including the actress Madge Kendal, who introduces him to the work of Shakespeare. Merrick quickly becomes an object of curiosity to high society, Treves begins to question the morality of his actions. Meanwhile, a porter named Jim starts selling tickets to locals. However, Merrick is shortly kidnapped by Mr. Bytes during one of Jims raucous late night showings, Mr. Bytes leaves England and takes Merrick on the road as a circus attraction once again. Treves confronts Jim about what he has done, and Mrs. Mothershead fires him, Merrick escapes from Bytes with the help of his fellow freakshow attractions. Upon returning to London, he is harassed through Liverpool Street station by several young boys, Merrick is chased, unmasked, and cornered by an angry mob. He cries, I am not an elephant, policemen return Merrick to the hospital and Treves
5. Great Balls of Fire! (film) – Great Balls of Fire. is a 1989 American biographical film directed by Jim McBride and starring Dennis Quaid as rockabilly pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis. Based on a biography by Myra Lewis and Murray M. Silver, Jr. the screenplay is written by McBride, the film is produced by Adam Fields, with executive producers credited as Michael Grais, Mark Victor, and Art Levinson. The early career of Jerry Lee Lewis, from his rise to rock, until the scandal of the marriage depreciated his image, many had thought Lewis would supplant Elvis Presley as the King of Rock and Roll in the 1950s. Jerry Lee Lewis plays piano during rock and rolls early years from 1956 to 1958, Jerry Lee is a man with many different sides, a skilled performer with little discipline, and an alcoholic. W. Brown, and eventually marries her, much to the anger, a subplot deals with Jerry Lees relationship with another cousin, Jimmy Swaggart, who, during this period, was a struggling Pentecostal preacher. Jimmys career kept him in constant conflict with his cousins wild rock and roll career and brings out some uncomfortable exchanges between the two. The now-financially successful Jerry Lee buys a new car and gives it to his cousin, while Jerry Lee is touring in England 1958, a British reporter discovers he is married to his teenage cousin. Jerry Lee is then condemned as a child molester and a pervert by the public, as a result, his British tour is cancelled and he is deported from England. But it does not diminish Jerry Lees confidence that his career will continue, however, the scandal follows him back to the States. Jerry Lee begins drinking heavily when record sales and concert attendances are significantly down and he is furious when requested to print a public apology in Billboard and becomes increasingly abusive toward Myra. It was during one of these episodes that Myra informs Jerry Lee that she is pregnant. Jerry Lee and Myra attend a service conducted by Swaggart. When Jimmy offers one more chance to become saved and get right with God, Jerry Lee again refuses, declaring, If Im going to hell, the caption preceding the closing credits reads, Jerry Lee Lewis is playing his heart out somewhere in America tonight. The story was co-written by Myra Gail Lewis, the wife of Jerry Lee Lewis. Despite this, co-writer Silver was upset by the lack of accuracy in the film, director Jim McBride admitted that it was never his intention to tie his film to the facts, and stated This movie does not represent itself in any way to be a historical documentary. We use the book as a jumping-off point, Lewis has openly stated that he hates the film and the book it was based on. Lewis did, however, praise Quaids portrayal of him in the film, Quaid even learned to play Lewis-style piano for the role. This was the film of character actor Trey Wilson
6. Agony (film) – Agony is a film by Elem Klimov, made c. 1973-75 and released in Western and Central Europe in 1982, after protracted resistance from Soviet authorities. The storyline of the film follows the months of 1916 up to the murder of Rasputin, some events have been telescoped into this time though they actually happened earlier. In this film Nicholas II is shown as weak and indecisive rather than brutal, furthermore, the Bolsheviks make no appearance at all in the film, though it takes place during the final months of the empire, when the state was drifting toward revolution. Finally, the prominence of sexuality and sectarian religion in the film were hard to stomach for Soviet censors, andronikov Mikhail Svetin — Terekhov Boris Romanov — Balashov The film went unshown until 1981, when it was screened at the Moscow Film Festival and attracted very favourable reviews. Released in Western Europe, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland in 1982 and it was screened later in 1985, at the dawn of the Glasnost era. The versions released in the 1980s, and later on DVD, differ somewhat in length, the original mid-1970s cut does not seem to have survived, and it is unclear how much was rewritten or possibly reshot after 1975. Agony at the Internet Movie Database Watch Agony online at official Mosfilm site
7. Anita: Dances of Vice – Anita, Dances of Vice is a 1988 German film directed by Rosa von Praunheim. Anita Berber’s story is recounted through the thoughts and remembrance of the lady who is confined in a lunatic asylum. There, in her dreams and exchanges with patients and staff, the film is divided in two sections with all scenes taking place on the asylum shot in black and white and the Anita Berber part shot in color. Images in the Dark, An Encyclopedia of Gay and Lesbian Film, TLA Publications,1994, ISBN1880707012 Anita, Dances of Vice at the Internet Movie Database
8. The Bear (1984 film) – The Bear is a 1984 biopic starring Gary Busey and Jon-Erik Hexum. The film was written by Michael Kane, directed by Richard C, sarafian, and produced by James A. Hearn and Larry G. Spangler. The Bear follows the life of Paul Bear Bryant, head coach of the University of Alabama football team, Jon-Erik Hexum, who played Pat Trammell, also stars in the film
9. Born on the Fourth of July (film) – Born on the Fourth of July is a 1989 American war drama film adaptation of the best-selling autobiography of the same name by Vietnam War veteran Ron Kovic. Tom Cruise plays Ron Kovic, in a performance that earned him his first Academy Award nomination, Oliver Stone co-wrote the screenplay with Kovic, and also produced and directed the film. Stone wanted to film the movie in Vietnam, but because relations between the United States and Vietnam had not yet been normalized, it was filmed in the Philippines. The film is considered part of Stones trilogy of films about the Vietnam War—following Platoon and preceding Heaven & Earth. Born on the Fourth of July was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won two, for Best Director and Best Film Editing, it won four Golden Globe Awards. The film was a critical and commercial success, grossing $161,001,698 worldwide, in the summer of 1956 in Massapequa, Long Island, New York, 10-year-old Ron Kovic plays soldier in the woods and attends a Fourth of July parade. After watching President John F. Kennedys inaugural address, it inspires him to enlist in the Marines, later, Kovic attends an impassioned lecture about the Marine Corps. He decides to enlist and misses his prom because he is unable to secure a date with his love interest and he confronts her at the prom and has a dance with her on his last night before leaving. Now a Marine sergeant and on patrol during his second Vietnam tour in October 1967, Kovics unit kills a number of Vietnamese civilians in a village, during the retreat, Kovic accidentally kills one of the new arrivals to his platoon, a younger private first class named Wilson. During a firefight in January 1968, Kovic is critically wounded, Kovic desperately tries to walk again with the use of crutches and braces, despite repeated warnings from his doctors. In 1969, Kovic returns home, permanently in a wheelchair, though he tries to maintain his dignity as a United States Marine, Kovic gradually becomes disillusioned, despite being paralyzed, and resorts to alcohol. In Kovics absence, his younger brother Tommy has already become staunchly anti-war, during an Independence Day parade, Kovic shows signs of post-traumatic stress when firecrackers explode. When he is asked to give a speech, a baby in the crowd starts crying. Later, Kovic goes to visit Donna at her college in Syracuse, New York and he and Donna are separated when she and her fellow students are taken away by the police at her college for demonstrating against the Vietnam War. Ron goes to a bar, almost gets into a fight with a fellow Marine, after Ron has a heated argument with his mother, his father decides to send him to Mexico. He arrives in The Village of the Sun, which seems to be a haven for paralyzed Vietnam veterans and he has his first sexual experience with a prostitute, whom he believes he loves, until he sees her with another customer. He hooks up with another veteran, Charlie, and the two travel to what they believe will be a friendlier village. After annoying their taxicab driver, they end up stranded on the side of the road and they are picked up by a man with a truck and driven back to the Village of the Sun
10. Breaker Morant (film) – Breaker Morant is a 1980 Australian war- and trial film directed by Bruce Beresford, who also co-wrote based on Kenneth G. Ross 1978 play of the same name. The film centres around the 1902 court martial of Lieutenants Harry Morant, Peter Handcock, Australians serving in the British Army during the Second Anglo-Boer War, Lts. Morant, Handcock, and Witton stood accused of murdering captured enemy combatants, the film is notable for its exploration of the Nuremberg Defense, the politics of the death penalty, and the human cost of total war. As the trial unfolds, the events in question are shown in flashbacks, in 1980, the film won ten Australian Film Institute Awards including, Best Film, Best Direction, Leading Actor, Supporting Actor, Screenplay, Art Direction, Cinematography, and Editing. It was also nominated for the 1980 Academy Award for the Best Writing, Breaker Morant remains the movie with which Beresford is most identified and has hoisted the images of the accused officers to the level of Australian icons and martyrs. In a 1999 interview, however, Beresford explained that Breaker Morant never pretended for a moment that the defendants were not guilty as charged and he had intended the film to explore how wartime atrocities can be committed by people who appear to be quite normal. Beresford concluded that he was amazed that so many people see his film as being about poor Australians who were framed by the Brits, in Pretoria, South Africa, in 1902, Major Charles Bolton is summoned to a meeting with Lord Kitchener. Explaining ominously that the Kaiser has protested diplomatically about the latter killing, to the Majors visible dismay, he is told that witnesses which would help the defence have been sent to India and that the defence counsel is expected to give him no trouble. Meanwhile, Major James Francis Thomas meets Lieuts, Morant, Handcock, and Witton the day before he is to represent them in court. He tells them that he knows only the facts, which dont look good. A small town solicitor from New South Wales, Major Thomas explains that he has never handled anything except legal documents like wills, Handcock quips, Might come in handy. As court martial proceedings begin the morning, Major Thomas argues, because his clients are Australians. Unmoved, the president of the martial, Lt. -Col. Denny, explains that the defendants may be tried for alleged crimes committed while serving under British command in the Bushveldt Carbineers, without further ado, Denny reads the indictment. The three stand accused of the murder of a Boer prisoner named Visser and the subsequent shooting of six other captured Boers whose names are unknown, Morant and Handcock are also charged with the murder of the Reverend C. A. D. Maj. Bolton begins by calling witnesses who describe a lack of discipline, drunkenness, widespread looting, Maj. Thomas, however, manages to damage their credibility during cross examination. The testimony then turns to the shooting of Visser, which is shown in flashback. On 5 April 1901, Lt. Morants close friend, Captain Simon Hunt, had led a group of men to a farmhouse at Duiwelskloof intending to capture or kill Boer Commando Field Cornet Barend Viljoen
11. Buster (film) – Buster is a 1988 British romantic comedy-drama crime film based on characters and events from the Great Train Robbery. It stars musician Phil Collins, Julie Walters, Larry Lamb, the soundtrack featured two Phil Collins singles which topped the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. Buster Edwards is a petty criminal from the East End of 1960s London and his long-suffering wife June thinks of him as a lovable rogue. The film opens with Buster walking along his local high street and he breaks into a shop to steal a suit, into which he then change to attend a funeral. Buster brings Harry, who has used on other jobs and has recently served 18 months in prison for his part in previous robberies. Harry wants in and becomes part of the firm who are planning to rob a Royal Mail train allegedly carrying up to £1 million in cash, after a complex and successful heist, the gang return to their farmhouse hideout to stay out of sight and split the spoils. They find they have stolen over £3 million − much more than they have anticipated or reported by the media, members of the gang are shown drinking from beer bottles and glasses without wearing gloves, thereby leaving fingerprints which would be evidence of their involvement in the robbery. While lying-low at the farmhouse they hear on the radio that the police are searching farmhouses and outhouses within a 30-mile radius of the robbery site. The gang become nervous and some want to immediately return to London for fear of discovery, others think they should keep to the original plan. The contact states he will bring the forward from a few weeks to the next two to three days. Bruce, Buster and Harry are not happy with any delay at all because they fear imminent discovery, so set off back to the farmhouse in their own car. He is devastated to find that June has had a miscarriage while he was committing the robbery and she cannot believe it when she learns of his involvement in what has been quickly dubbed The Great Train Robbery. For several months after the robbery, Buster and June remain in hiding with their young daughter Nicky until they are turned in to the police by a suspicious neighbour. Buster flees to Acapulco where he is met by fellow Great Train Robber, Bruce Reynolds, and his girlfriend Franny, the film closes twelve years after Busters release from jail, showing him seemingly content and running a flower stall near Londons Waterloo Bridge. Several Phil Collins singles were released from the soundtrack, including A Groovy Kind of Love and Two Hearts, both songs were number one singles in the US. Phil Collins also co-wrote Loco in Acapulco, performed by The Four Tops for the soundtrack, the opening sequence was filmed in Broadway Market, Hackney. The robbery scenes were filmed on the Great Central Railway, using British Rail Class 40, D306, as a stand-in for D326, some scenes were filmed in Page Street, Westminster, London. Prince Charles and Princess Diana cancelled their attendance of the premiere on 15 September 1988, on the advice of Phil Collins