SHORTLIST VINTAGE FILM OF 1987

Dirty Dancing

Shortlist for Vintage Film of 1987

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Dirty Dancing

Shortlist for Vintage Film of 1987

WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED IN JUNE 2018.

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 (2016) Gosling also tried some singing – but without the chart-topping success “She’s Like the Wind” brought Swayze. We love you Ryan, but Dirty Dancing is the romance the girls will still be queuing up to see in 2020 (hindsight).

Director: Emile Ardolino

Starring: Cynthia Rhodes, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach, Patrick Swayze

Major nominations on original release : None

The Princess Bride

Shortlist for Vintage Film of 1987

WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED IN JUNE 2018.

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 (Falk) promises in the opening scene – fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles – it was a box-office failure that sold fewer theatre tickets than even the miserable, vomitous mass of celluloid called Like Father, Like Son. Now among the best-selling, most-quoted films of all time, we are proud to nominate The Princess Bride for the 1987 VFA.

Director: Rob Reiner

Starring: André the Giant, Billy Crystal, Carol Kane, Cary Elwes, Chris Sarandon, Christopher Guest, Fred Savage, Mandy Patinkin, Peter Falk, Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn

Major nominations on original release : None

Full Metal Jacket

Shortlist for Vintage Film of 1987

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Full Metal Jacket

Shortlist for Vintage Film of 1987

WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED IN JUNE 2018.

Stanley Kubrick’s film, based on Gustav Hasford’s 1979 novel The Short-Timers, stands out among the 150+ studio films about the Vietnam War. The film follows two U.S. Marine recruits, Joker (Modine) and Pyle (D’Onofrio) from their first day at boot camp. Juxtaposed with the peace symbol on his fatigues, the motto on Joker’s helmet – BORN TO KILL – reveals the inner conflict he faces (along with many others). Former U.S. Marine sergeant R. Lee Ermey, who found fame playing Joker and Pyle’s drill sergeant in the film, found peace being typecast in military roles for the next 30 years.

Director: Stanley Kubrick

Starring: Adam Baldwin, Matthew Modine, R. Lee Ermey, Vincent D'Onofrio

Major nominations on original release : Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay

Lethal Weapon

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Lethal Weapon

Shortlist for Vintage Film of 1987

WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED IN JUNE 2018.

Mere weeks before he is set to retire with a full pension, a nice-guy cop is forced to partner up with a crazed lunatic. They hate each other at first, yet they grow on each other and they solve the big case. Sound familiar? Well Lethal Weapon, the original Buddy-Cop movie, invented the formula. The franchise, which began here with Sgts. Riggs (Gibson) and Mutaugh (Glover), lives on 30 years later in a Fox television series starring Damon Wayans. Like many films starring Mel Gibson, Lethal Weapon one involves some torture – but in this case, thankfully, none of it is for the audience.

Director: Richard Donner

Starring: Danny Glover, Gary Busey, Mel Gibson

Major nominations on original release : None

Evil Dead II

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Evil Dead II

Shortlist for Vintage Film of 1987

WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED IN JUNE 2018.

This sequel has a lot of blood and is considered by critics to be even better than the original – and there end any possible comparisons to The Godfather Part II. Picking up where The Evil Dead (1981) left off, back at that unforgettable cabin in the woods, Ash (Campbell) is possessed by a demon – and while director Sam Raimi has developed a sense of humor, this is still a horror movie by any standard. Will it be the Vintage Film of 1987?

Director: Sam Raimi

Starring: Bruce Campbell, Dan Hicks, Kassie Wesley, Richard Domeier, Sarah Berry

Major nominations on original release : None

Predator

Shortlist for Vintage Film of 1987

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Predator

Shortlist for Vintage Film of 1987

WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED IN JUNE 2018.

This blockbuster was filmed entirely in Mexico, and two of its stars (Schwarzenegger and Ventura) later went on to become American politicians (as Governors of California and Minnesota, respectively) with strong pro-immigration beliefs. On the set back in 1987, however, their characters were firmly opposed to immigrants – at least the ones coming from outer space. While it’s true [spoiler alert] that The Arnold defeats the illegal alien in the end, the title character was not alone: Predator spawned two sequels, and a new installment (titled The Predator) is slated for release in September 2018.

Director: John McTiernan

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Duke, Carl Weathers, Elpidia Carrillo, Jesse Ventura, Richard Chaves, Shane Black

Major nominations on original release : None

Withnail and I

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Withnail and I

Shortlist for Vintage Film of 1987

WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED IN JUNE 2018.

Brilliant performances by both lead actors. Appearances on countless “Best Ever” lists. 94% ratings from Rotten Tomatoes’ audiences and critics alike. And yet in 1987, Withnail and I was nominated for, well, pretty much nothing. In this cult classic, the title characters – unemployed actors facing a similar fate in their efforts to land roles in 1969 London – retreat to the country “estate” of Withnail’s uncle in hopes of getting their lives on track.

Director: Bruce Robinson

Starring: Paul McGann, Richard E. Grant, Richard Griffiths

Major nominations on original release : None

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

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Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Shortlist for Vintage Film of 1987

WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED IN JUNE 2018.

A European remake might someday blame a pre-Labour Day strike, but in this American original it is stormy weather that stays a marketing executive (Martin) and a shower curtain ring salesman (Candy) from their appointed returns to Chicago for Thanksgiving. Back in 1987, Planes, Trains and Automobiles was a major departure for director John Hughes, who had previously typecast himself as the master of teen angst – here, he created memorable roles for two established stars and a holiday classic.

Director: John Hughes

Starring: John Candy, Steve Martin

Major nominations on original release : None

The Lost Boys

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The Lost Boys

Shortlist for Vintage Film of 1987

WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED IN JUNE 2018.

Originally intended to be a Peter Pan-meets-Dracula kid-flick, Richard Donner bowed out of this project so he could direct another 1987 VFA nominee (Lethal Weapon); Joel Schumacher took over and transformed it, with great success, into Love at First Bite-meets-St. Elmo’s Fire, complete with oiled-up saxophone player.

Director: Joel Schumacher

Starring: Barnard Hughes, Corey Feldman, Corey Haim, Dianne Wiest, Edward Herrmann, Jami Gertz, Jason Patric, Kiefer Sutherland

Major nominations on original release : None

Wings of Desire

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Wings of Desire

Shortlist for Vintage Film of 1987

WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED IN JUNE 2018.

Rarely do we consider the plight of angels: heavenly creatures sent to watch and guard us but incapable of feeling joy or sadness themselves. But when Damiel (Ganz), an angel posted in Berlin, feels a spark of emotion (that would be love) for a circus performer named Marion (Dommartin), he must choose between immortality and he feelings for her. With a lovely turns by Peter Falk (as an ex-angel) and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (as themselves).

Director: Wim Wenders

Starring: Bruno Ganz, Curt Bois, Otto Sander, Peter Falk, Solveig Dommartin

Major nominations on original release : Best Director at Cannes (won), BAFTA award for Best Non-English Film, César award for Best Foreign Film