Vintage Film of 1997

Titanic Director: James Cameron Screenwriter: James Cameron

In 1997, the most expensive film ever launched was about the biggest ship ever launched – only one of which turned out to be a disaster. Onboard the ship, Jack Dawson (DiCaprio) and Rose Bukater (Wi....

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Zeitgeist Film of 1997

Men in Black Director: Barry Sonnenfeld Screenwriter: Ed Solomon

Men cannot defend the galaxy wearing untucked chambray shirts from Gap. So it was reassuring, in 1997, to see leading men wearing suits again. Hopping back and forth from retro Ray-Bans and 1960s Worl....

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Vintage Film of 1987

Dirty Dancing Director: Emile Ardolino Screenwriter: Eleanor Bergstein

Is it possible this Ryan Gosling has Patrick Swayze’s former agent? 24 years after the release of Dirty Dancing, Gosling was stealing Swayze’s moves in Crazy, Stupid, Love…and then in La La Land....

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Zeitgeist Film of 1987

The Princess Bride Director: Rob Reiner Screenwriter: William Goldman

Since the invention of the movie, maybe five have been equally appreciated by children, parents and drunken university students. And although The Princess Bride delivers exactly what the grandfather (....

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Vintage Film of 1977

Star Wars Director: George Lucas Screenwriter: George Lucas

Star Wars cannot be summarized in a hundred words, not even in German (nor in Bocce, for that matter). Arguably the best $11 million ever spent to produce a film, Star Wars featured an unknown cast wh....

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Zeitgeist Film of 1977

Smokey and the Bandit Director: Hal Needham Screenwriter: James Lee Barrett, Charles Shyer, Alan Mandel

Once upon a time, Coors beer was a contraband delicacy (not unlike Mexican Coca-Cola today) that was smuggled across borders (and even into the White House) by purists who craved the taste of its all-....

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Vintage Film of 1967

Cool Hand Luke Director: Stuart Rosenberg Screenwriter: Donn Pearce, Frank Pierson

Early in his life, Donn Pearce was caught lying about his age. Then AWOL. Counterfeiting dollars and cracking safes, too, the latter offense landing him a two-year stint on a Florida chain gang. He su....

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Zeitgeist Film of 1967

The Graduate Director: Mike Nichols Screenwriter: Buck Henry, Calder Willingham

Plastics? A bunch of Hollywood A-listers missed the boat by not investing in this film instead, which grossed $105 million on a $3 million budget (a 3400% return): Doris Day, Patricia Neal, Faye Dunaw....

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VINTAGE PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR 1997

Matt Damon
as Will Hunting in Good Will Hunting

At the VFA, we don’t understand adjacency matrices, but we do have a logarithm that says Good Will Hunting may be the best film of 1997. The first draft of this script was written for a class assign....

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VINTAGE PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR 1987

Cary Elwes
as Westley/Dread Pirate Roberts in The Princess Bride

Since the invention of the movie, maybe five have been equally appreciated by children, parents and drunken university students. And although The Princess Bride delivers exactly what the grandfather (....

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VINTAGE PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR 1977

Harrison Ford
as Han Solo in Star Wars

Star Wars cannot be summarized in a hundred words, not even in German (nor in Bocce, for that matter). Arguably the best $11 million ever spent to produce a film, Star Wars featured an unknown cast wh....

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VINTAGE PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS 1997

Kate Winslet
as Rose in Titanic

In 1997, the most expensive film ever launched was about the biggest ship ever launched – only one of which turned out to be a disaster. Onboard the ship, Jack Dawson (DiCaprio) and Rose Bukater (Wi....

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VINTAGE PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS 1987

Jennifer Grey
as Baby in Dirty Dancing

Is it possible this Ryan Gosling has Patrick Swayze’s former agent? 24 years after the release of Dirty Dancing, Gosling was stealing Swayze’s moves in Crazy, Stupid, Love…and then in La La Land....

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VINTAGE PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS 1977

Carrie Fisher
as Princess Leia in Star Wars

Star Wars cannot be summarized in a hundred words, not even in German (nor in Bocce, for that matter). Arguably the best $11 million ever spent to produce a film, Star Wars featured an unknown cast wh....

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VINTAGE SOUNDTRACK SONG 1997

Céline Dion
"My Heart Will Go On" from Titanic

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VINTAGE SOUNDTRACK SONG 1987

Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
"(I've Had) The Time of My Life" from Dirty Dancing

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VINTAGE SOUNDTRACK SONG 1977

Bee Gees
"Stayin’ Alive" from Saturday Night Fever

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