1985 in film

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    The following is an overview of events in 1985 in film, including the highest-grossing films, award ceremonies and festivals, a list of films released and notable deaths.

    Highest-grossing films (U.S.)

    The top ten 1985 released films by box office gross in North America are as follows:

    Highest-grossing films of 1985[1]
    Rank Title Distributor Domestic gross
    1. Back to the Future Universal $210,609,762
    2. Rambo: First Blood Part II TriStar $150,415,432
    3. Rocky IV United Artists $127,873,716
    4. The Color Purple Warner Bros. $94,175,854
    5. Out Of Africa Universal $87,071,205
    6. Cocoon 20th Century Fox $76,113,124
    7. The Jewel of the Nile $75,973,200
    8. Witness Paramount $68,706,993
    9. The Goonies Warner Bros. $61,389,680
    10. Spies Like Us $60,088,980

    Events

    Awards

    Academy Awards:

    Best Picture: Out of Africa - Universal
    Best Director: Sydney Pollack - Out of Africa
    Best Actor: William Hurt - Kiss of the Spider Woman
    Best Actress: Geraldine Page - The Trip to Bountiful
    Best Supporting Actor: Don Ameche - Cocoon
    Best Supporting Actress: Anjelica Huston - Prizzi's Honor
    Best Foreign Language Film: The Official Story (La historia oficial), directed by Luis Puenzo, Argentina
    Honorary Award for Lifetime Achievement: Paul Newman and Alex North

    Golden Globe Awards:

    Drama:
    Best Picture: Out of Africa
    Best Actor: Jon Voight - Runaway Train
    Best Actress: Whoopi Goldberg - The Color Purple
    Musical or comedy:
    Best Picture: Prizzi's Honor
    Best Actor: Jack Nicholson - Prizzi's Honor
    Best Actress: Kathleen Turner - Prizzi's Honor
    Other
    Best Director: John Huston - Prizzi's Honor
    Best Foreign Language Film: The Official Story (La historia oficial), Argentina

    Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

    When Father Was Away on Business (Otac na službenom putu), directed by Emir Kusturica, Yugoslavia

    Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival):

    Vagabond (Sans toit ni loi), directed by Agnès Varda, France / U.K.

    Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

    Die Frau und der Fremde (The Woman and the Stranger), directed by Rainer Simon, East Germany
    Wetherby, directed by David Hare, United Kingdom

    Razzie Awards

    Worst Picture: Rambo: First Blood Part II
    Worst Director: Sylvester Stallone - Rocky IV
    Worst Actor: Sylvester Stallone - Rambo: First Blood Part II and Rocky IV
    Worst Actress: Linda Blair - Night Patrol, Savage Island and Savage Streets
    Worst Supporting Actor: Rob Lowe - St. Elmo's Fire
    Worst Supporting Actress: Brigitte Nielsen - Rocky IV
    Worst New Star: Brigitte Nielsen - Red Sonja and Rocky IV

    Notable films released in 1985

    U.S.A. unless stated

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    Wide-release films

    January–March

    April–June

    July–September

    October–December

    Births

    Notable deaths

    Month Date Name Age Country Profession Notable films
    January 5 Robert Surtees 78 USA Cinematographer
    5 John Paxton 73 USA Screenwriter
    11 Edward Buzzell 89 USA Director
    12 Paul Luty 52 UK Actor
    13 Carol Wayne 42 USA Actress
    14 Jetta Goudal 93 Netherlands Actress
    18 Wilfrid Brambell 72 UK Actor
    25 Paul J. Smith 78 USA Composer, Orchestrator
    February
    4 Fred Ryan 67 UK Boom Operator
    6 Neil McCarthy 52 UK Actor
    6 James Hadley Chase 78 UK Writer, Miscellaneous
    10 Wanda Tuchock 86 USA Screenwriter
    11 Henry Hathaway 86 USA Director, Producer
    12 Nicholas Colasanto 61 USA Actor
    16 Larry Ward 60 USA Actor, Writer
    19 Dorothy Black 85 South Africa Actress
    20 Clarence Nash 80 USA Actor
    21 Ina Claire 91 UK Actress
    21 Louis Hayward 75 UK Actor, Director, Producer
    27 J. Pat O'Malley 80 UK Actor, Voice Actor
    27 David Huffman 39 USA Actor, Producer
    March
    1 Alfred Zeisler 92 USA Producer, Director
    3 Noel Purcell 84 Ireland Actor
    5 Thomas Little 98 USA Set Decorator
    8 Edward Andrews 70 USA Actor
    19 Anthony Nelson Keys 73 UK Producer
    21 Michael Redgrave 77 UK Actor, Writer
    21 Michael Trubshawe 79 UK Actor
    April
    16 Scott Brady 60 USA Actor
    21 John Welsh 70 UK Actor, Production Manager
    23 Kent Smith 78 USA Actor
    25 Richard Haydn 80 UK Actor
    26 Albert Maltz 76 USA Screenwriter
    May 1 George Pravda 68 UK Actor
    4 Harry Earles 83 USA Actor
    5 Mildred Dixon 74 USA Actress
    7 Dawn Addams 54 UK Actress
    8 Susan Morrow 53 USA Actress
    8 Dolph Sweet 64 USA Actor
    9 Edmond O'Brien 69 USA Actor
    11 Chester Gould 84 USA Writer, Cartoonist
    13 Selma Diamond 64 USA Actress, Writer
    13 Leatrice Joy 91 USA Actress
    14 Frank Westmore 62 ?? Makeup Artist
    16 Margaret Hamilton 82 USA Actress
    17 Hugh Burden 72 UK Actor, Writer
    22 Wolfgang Reitherman 75 USA Animator, Director, Producer
    22 Gerald Case 80 UK Actor
    25 Robert Nathan 91 USA Writer, Actor
    26 Harold Hecht 77 USA Producer
    30 Talbot Jennings 90 USA Screenwriter
    June 1 Richard Greene 66 UK Actor, Producer
    7 Gordon Rollings 59 UK Actor
    9 Clifford Evans 73 UK Actor, Writer
    10 George Chandler 86 USA Actor
    17 John Boulting 71 UK Producer, Director
    24 Valentine Dyall 77 UK Actor
    28 James Craig 73 USA Actor, Writer
    July 1 Elsie Wagstaff 86 UK Actress
    3 Nelson Leigh 80 USA Actor
    7 Ewen Solon 67 NZ Actor
    8 Phil Foster 71 USA Actor
    8 Victor Rendina 68 USA Actor
    17 Margo 68 Mexico Actress
    20 Estelle Evans 78 USA Actress
    23 Kay Kyser 80 USA Musician, Actor
    23 Mickey Shaughnessy 64 USA Actor
    28 Grant Williams 53 USA Actor
    August
    2 Bob Holt 56 USA Actor
    2 Frank Faylen 79 USA Actor
    7 Grayson Hall 62 USA Actress
    8 Louise Brooks 78 USA Actress
    8 Milton H. Greene 63 USA Producer
    10 Kenny Baker 72 USA Singer, Actor
    12 Patrick Hines 55 USA Actor
    13 Marion Martin 77 USA Actress
    14 Gale Sondergaard 86 USA Actress
    15 Lester Cole 81 USA Screenwriter
    24 Morrie Ryskind 89 USA Screenwriter
    28 Ruth Gordon 88 USA Actress, Writer
    29 Evelyn Ankers 67 USA Actress
    29 Patrick Barr 77 UK Actor
    30 Tom Howard 75 UK Special Effects
    September 4 George O'Brien 86 USA Actor, Producer
    6 Johnny Desmond 65 USA Actor, Singer
    6 Jane Frazee 67 USA Actress, Singer
    10 Alexa Kenin 23 USA Actress
    14 Julian Beck 60 USA Actor
    16 Art Scholl 53 USA Stuntman, Actor
    24 Paul Mann 71 USA Actor
    27 Lloyd Nolan 83 USA Actor
    28 L. B. Abbott 77 USA Special Effects
    29 Arthur Krams 73 USA Set Decorator
    30 Simone Signoret 64 France Actress
    30 Floyd Crosby 85 USA Cinematographer
    October 2 George Savalas 60 USA Actor
    2 Rock Hudson 59 USA Actor
    6 Nelson Riddle 64 USA Composer, Orchestrator
    10 Yul Brynner 65 USA Actor
    10 Orson Welles 70 USA Actor, Writer, Director
    13 Francesca Bertini 93 Italy Actress
    16 Franklin Milton 78 USA Recording Supervisor
    22 Stefano Satta Flores 48 Italy Actor
    25 Gary Holton 33 UK Actor
    30 Kirby Grant 73 USA Actor
    30 David Oxley 64 Spain Actor
    November 1 Phil Silvers 74 USA Actor
    12 Dimitar Panov 83 Bulgaria Actor
    19 Jimmy Ritz 81 USA Actor, Writer
    19 Stepin Fetchit 83 USA Actor
    December 11 Kathleen Ryan 63 Ireland Actress
    12 Anne Baxter 62 USA Actress
    12 Phil Karlson 77 USA Director
    14 Bruce Weintraub 33 USA Set Decorator
    17 Harry M. Leonard 85 USA Sound Recordist
    23 Gina Kaus 92 Austria Screenwriter
    26 Margarete Schön 90 Germany Actress, Director
    28 Renato Castellani 72 Italy Director, Writer
    31 Ricky Nelson 45 USA Actor, Singer
    31 Sam Spiegel 84 UK Producer

    Film debuts

    See also

    References

    1. ^ "1985 Domestic Grosses". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
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