1971 in film

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List of years in film (table)
  • 1968
  • 1969
  • 1970
  • 1971
  • 1972
  • 1973
  • 1974
  • In home video
    1968
    1969
    1970
    1971
    1972
    1973
    1974
    In television
    1968
    1969
    1970
    1971
    1972
    1973
    1974

    The year 1971 in film involved some significant events.

    Highest-grossing films (U.S.)

    The top ten 1971 released films by box office gross in North America are as follows:

    Highest-grossing films of 1971
    Rank Title Studio Domestic gross
    1. Fiddler on the Roof United Artists $75,600,000[1]
    2. The French Connection 20th Century Fox $51,700,000[2]
    3. Diamonds Are Forever United Artists $43,819,547[3]
    4. Dirty Harry Warner Bros. $35,976,000[4]
    5. Billy Jack Warner Bros. $32,500,000[5]
    6. Summer of '42 Warner Bros. $32,063,634[6]
    7. The Last Picture Show Columbia Pictures $29,133,000[7]
    8. Carnal Knowledge Embassy Pictures $28,623,000[8]
    9. A Clockwork Orange Warner Bros. $26,589,355[9]
    10. Bedknobs and Broomsticks Walt Disney Productions $17,871,174[10]

    Events

    • February 8 - Bob Dylan's hour-long documentary film, Eat the Document, premieres at New York's Academy of Music. The film includes footage from Dylan's 1966 UK tour.
    • The first permanent IMAX projection system is installed at Ontario Place's "Cinesphere" in Toronto.
    • April 23 - Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song becomes the highest-grossing independent film of 1971.

    Awards

    Category/Organization 29th Golden Globe Awards
    February 6, 1972
    26th BAFTA Awards
    February 26, 1973
    44th Academy Awards
    April 10, 1972
    Drama Musical or Comedy
    Best Film The French Connection Fiddler on the Roof Cabaret The French Connection
    Best Director William Friedkin
    The French Connection
    Bob Fosse
    Cabaret
    William Friedkin
    The French Connection
    Best Actor Gene Hackman
    The French Connection
    Chaim Topol
    Fiddler on the Roof
    Gene Hackman
    The French Connection
    Gene Hackman
    The French Connection
    Best Actress Jane Fonda
    Klute
    Twiggy
    The Boy Friend
    Liza Minnelli
    Cabaret
    Jane Fonda
    Klute
    Best Supporting Actor Ben Johnson
    The Last Picture Show
    Ben Johnson
    The Last Picture Show
    Ben Johnson
    The Last Picture Show
    Best Supporting Actress Ann-Margret
    Carnal Knowledge
    Cloris Leachman
    The Last Picture Show
    Cloris Leachman
    The Last Picture Show
    Best Screenplay, Original The Hospital
    Paddy Chayefsky
    The Hospital
    Paddy Chayefsky
    The Hospital
    Paddy Chayefsky
    Best Screenplay, Adapted The Last Picture Show
    Peter Bogdanovich and Larry McMurtry
    The French Connection
    Ernest Tidyman
    Best Score Shaft
    Isaac Hayes
    The Godfather
    Nino Rota
    Shaft
    Isaac Hayes

    Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

    The Go-Between, directed by Joseph Losey, United Kingdom

    Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

    The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (Il Giardino dei Finzi-Contini), directed by Vittorio De Sica, Italy / W. Germany

    1971 film releases

    U.S.A. unless stated

    January–March

    April–June

    July–September

    October–December

    Notable films released in 1971

    U.S.A. unless stated

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    Short film series

    Births

    Notable deaths

    Month Date Name Age Country Profession Notable films
    January 5 Douglas Shearer 71 Canada Sound Engineer
    5 Fanfulla 57 Italy Actor
    15 John Dall 52 USA Actor
    20 Broncho Billy Anderson 90 USA Actor, Director, Writer
    25 Isobel Lennart 55 USA Screenwriter
    February 3 Jay C. Flippen 71 USA Actor
    22 Frédéric Mariotti 87 France Actor
    26 Fernandel 67 France Actor
    March 5 Winnie Lightner 71 USA Actress
    8 Harold Lloyd 87 USA Actor, Director, Writer
    8 Borden Chase 71 USA Screenwriter
    12 Roy Glenn 56 USA Actor
    12 Tor Johnson 67 Sweden Actor
    15 Bebe Daniels 70 USA Actress
    21 Nan Wynn 55 USA Singer, Actress
    23 Basil Dearden 60 UK Director
    30 Werner Peters 52 Germany Actor
    April 9 Paulette Noizeux 83 France Actress
    20 Cecil Parker 73 UK Actor
    21 Edmund Lowe 81 USA Actor
    28 John Tansey 69 USA Actor, Director
    May 1 Glenda Farrell 66 USA Actress
    26 John Longden 71 UK Actor
    27 Chips Rafferty 62 Australia Actor
    28 Audie Murphy 45 USA Actor
    June 8 Piero Gherardi 61 Italy Production, Costume Designer
    9 Harold Lloyd Jr. 40 USA Actor
    10 Michael Rennie 61 UK Actor
    14 Kenneth Macpherson 69 Scotland-Italy Film-maker
    18 Thomas Gomez 65 USA Actor
    July 6 Louis Armstrong 69 USA Actor, Musician
    11 Carleton G. Young 64 USA Actor
    17 Cliff Edwards 76 USA Actor, Singer
    19 Norman Reilly Raine 77 USA Screenwriter
    23 Van Heflin 60 USA Actor
    August 3 Ernst Eklund 81 Sweden Actor
    15 Paul Lukas 80 Hungary Actor
    16 Spyros Skouras 78 Greece Producer, Studio Executive
    17 Horace McMahon 65 USA Actor
    September 7 Spring Byington 84 USA Actress
    10 Pier Angeli 39 Italy Actress
    11 Bella Darvi 42 Poland Actress
    October 11 Chester Conklin 85 USA Actor
    12 Fritz Achterberg 90 Germany Actor
    13 Phoebe Ephron 57 USA Screenwriter
    19 Betty Bronson 64 USA Actress
    24 Cheryl Walker 53 USA Actress
    26 Vincent Coleman 71 USA Actor
    November 2 Martha Vickers 46 USA Actress
    4 Ann Pennington 77 USA Actress
    17 Gladys Cooper 82 UK Actress
    19 Stuart Gilmore 70 USA Editor, Director
    26 Bengt Ekerot 51 Sweden Actor
    December 12 Frank Wolff 43 USA Actor
    13 Dita Parlo 63 Poland Actress
    18 Diana Lynn 45 USA Actress
    26 Robert Lowery 58 USA Actor
    28 Max Steiner 83 Austria Composer
    30 Dorothy Comingore 58 USA Actress
    31 Marin Sais 81 USA Actress

    Film debuts

    References

    1. ^ Block, Alex Ben; Wilson, Lucy Autrey, eds. (2010). George Lucas's Blockbusting: A Decade-By-Decade Survey of Timeless Movies Including Untold Secrets of Their Financial and Cultural Success. HarperCollins. ISBN 9780061778896. 
      • Fiddler on the Roof: p.527. $75.6 million (Initial Release Domestic Box office)
    2. ^ "The French Connection, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 11, 2012. 
    3. ^ "Diamonds Are Forever, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 11, 2012. 
    4. ^ "Dirty Harry, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 11, 2012. 
    5. ^ "Billy Jack". The Numbers. Nash Information Services. Retrieved May 28, 2014. [permanent dead link]
    6. ^ "Summer of '42, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved January 11, 2012. 
    7. ^ "The Last Picture Show, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 11, 2012. 
    8. ^ "Carnal Knowledge, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved January 11, 2012. 
    9. ^ "A Clockwork Orange, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 11, 2012. 
    10. ^ "Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved January 11, 2012. 
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