Good Movies 1978
Superman - Directed by Richard Dinner this film is the first of the modern Super Hero movies. The story sees the boy's journey from planet Krypton, to a teenager in Iowa and on to Metropolis as Clark Kent and his love interest Lois Lane and nemesis Lex Luthor. It is a great success making a super star of Christopher Reeve generating 3 more successful sequels. Also staring Gene Hackman, Margot Kidder, Marlon Brando, Glenn Ford, Phyllis Thaxter, Jackie Cooper, Marc McClure, Valerie Perrine and Ned Beatty.
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The Deer Hunter - Directed by Michael Cimino the story of three steel workers who end up in the Vietnam War. Staring Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, Meryl Streep, John Savage and John Cazale the film explores the horrors of war, manipulated patriotism and friendship. It won best picture and best director. The Deer Hunter at filmsite.
The Boys from Brazil - Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner from the Ira Levin bestseller staring Gregory Peck, James Mason and Laurence Olivier how won the Oscar for Best Actor. Nazi hunter finds Joseph Mengele in Paraguay distributing his Adolph Hitler clones. The Boys From Brazil Review.
Midnight Express - Directed by Alan Parker the film is based on Billy Hayes book and screenplay by Oliver Stone. The true story of a young American who gets caught smuggling 4 pounds of Hashish and is sentenced to 30 years in a Turkish prison with the accompanying horror and brutality. Staring Brad Davis, Irene Miracle, Bo Hopkins, Paolo Bonacelli, Randy Quaid and John Hurt.
New Movies 1978
B Movies 1978
Halloween - Low budget horror film directed by John Carpenter and inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho It is credited as the first of the slasher movies with the story of an abused little boy who becomes the serial killer Mike Meyers wearing a William Shatner mask. Starring Donald Pleasence and newcomer Jamie Lee Curtis.
Entertainment News 1978
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Cheech & Chong's Up In Smoke - Directed by Lou Adler and staring stand up comedians Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong who drive a smoking van made of pot across the Southwest. Controversial for its drug theme gives it a big boost at the box office. Also staring Edie Adams, Strother Martin and Stacy Keach who plays the bungling cop. Up in Smoke Page
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - Directed by Michael Schultz the film tells a fantasy rags to riches Rock Band story with songs rather than dialogue. Even the Beatles get DISCO-FIED in 1978. Staring Peter Frampton, The Bee Gees, Frankie Howerd, George Burns, Steve Martin and Donald Pleasence with cameo appearances by Earth Wind and Fire, Aerosmith, Alice Cooper and Billy Preston. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Bad Movie Place
The Sundance Film Festival begins as an annual film awards festival held in mid winter in and around Salt Lake City, Utah. Organized with the help of actor Robert Redford it began as a venue for small independent American films and shorts but soon grew into a big international Hollywood media event. The Sundance institute
Movie director Roman Polanski skips bail and moves to France after pleading guilty to charges of having sex with a 13-year-old model. In 2009 he was arrested and Switzerland pending extradition to California. Roman Polanski Arrested
Academy Awards 1978
Picture: "THE DEER HUNTER", "Coming Home", "Heaven Can Wait", "Midnight Express", "An Unmarried Woman"
Actor: JON VOIGHT in "Coming Home", Warren Beatty in "Heaven Can Wait", Gary Busey in "The Buddy Holly Story", Robert De Niro in "The Deer Hunter", Laurence Olivier in "The Boys From Brazil"
Actress: JANE FONDA in "Coming Home", Ingrid Bergman in "Autumn Sonata", Ellen Burstyn in "Same Time, Next Year", Jill Clayburgh in "An Unmarried Woman", Geraldine Page in "Interiors"
Supporting Actor: CHRISTOPHER WALKEN in "The Deer Hunter", Bruce Dern in "Coming Home", Richard Farnsworth in "Comes a Horseman", John Hurt in "Midnight Express", Jack Warden in "Heaven Can Wait"
Supporting Actress: MAGGIE SMITH in "California Suite", Dyan Cannon in "Heaven Can Wait", Penelope Milford in "Coming Home", Maureen Stapleton in "Interiors", Meryl Streep in "The Deer Hunter"
Director: MICHAEL CIMINO for "The Deer Hunter", Woody Allen for "Interiors", Hal Ashby for "Coming Home", Warren Beatty and Buck Henry for "Heaven Can Wait", Alan Parker for "Midnight Express"
Top Box Office 1978
Grease - A teen musical directed by Randal Kleiser confirmed John Travolta as a superstar heartthrob. The story of 1950's love affair but with disco music from Andy Gibb of the Bee Gees rather than Chuck Berry. Also staring Olivia Fig-Newton, Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway, and Eve Arden. Grease the movie
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National Lampoon's Animal House - Directed by John Landis credit as the first gross-out comedy this story of heavy drinking at a college fraternity house adds "movie star" to John Belusi's Saturday Night Live resume. Also staring Tim Matheson, Thomas Hulce and Donald Sutherland. The Animal House story
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