When the entire crew of an airplane is crippled with food poisoning, it's up to one ex-war pilot, Ted Striker (Robert Hays,) to land the plane and deliver its ridiculous passengers to safety. Having to contend with his own fear of flying, Striker task is further complicated when he learns that his ex-girlfriend (Julie Hagerty) is one of the flight attendants onboard. Directed by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker. With Peter Graves, Lloyd Bridges, Leslie Nielsen and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Categories: Cult Classics, Comedy. Year: 1980.
1980 in Airplane!
Jake Blues (John Belushi) is a fun-loving scoundrel fresh out of prison. Joining his brother Elwood (Dan Aykroyd) on a trip to the small Catholic home where they were raised, Jake is shocked to find the mission in danger of closure unless $5000 in taxes are paid off in less than two weeks. Determined to save their home, the Blues Brothers reform their band and set off on a mission from God. Directed by John Landis. With an all star cast including James Brown, Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles. Categories: Cult Classics, Action, Comedy, Musical. Year: 1980.
1980 in The Blues Brothers
Danny Noonan (Michael O'Keefe) works as a caddy at a local country club and plays golf in his free time. Pursuing the club's annual caddy scholarship, Noonan decides to caddy for Judge Smails (Ted Knight), the club's co-founder, in the hopes of gaining the favor of the stuffy, old man. But, when Judge Smalls and his partner are challenged to a match against an eccentric millionaire (Rodney Dangerfield) and the cool, confident Ty Webb (Chevy Chase), Noonan is called into action and must make a choice between his scholarship and sinking the most important putt of his life. All the while, the unstable groundskeeper (Bill Murray) carries on an all-out war against a pesky gopher. Directed by Harold Ramis. With Scott Colomby, Sarah Holcomb and Cindy Morgan. Categories: Comedy, Sports. Year: 1980.
1980 in Caddyshack
Jake LaMotta (Robert De Niro), a determined and talented fighter, gains fame and a fortune after becoming the middlewight champion. But, his professional accomplishments are offset by a troubled domestic life full of rage, jealousy, and paranoia. His obsession with the relationship between his wife (Cathy Moriarty) and manager/brother (Joe Pesci) ends up leaving him destitute and alone. After serving time in prison on a statutory rape conviction, LaMotta seeks to mend his realtionship with his brother and works on a stand-up comedy routine. Directed by Martin Scorsese. With Frank Vincent. Categories: Drama, Sports, Biography. Year: 1980.
1980 in Raging Bull
Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson), a frustrated writer and recovering alcoholic, takes a job as the caretaker of an isolated hotel in order to do some writing. Accompanied by his wife, Wendy (Shelley Duvall), and clairvoyant son, Danny (Danny Lloyd), Jack comes to learn the hotel's sinister history as he slips slowly into madness. When a storm cuts off communication with the outside world, Wendy tries to protect herself and Danny from a maniacal Jack, while Danny contends with horrific visions of a bloody slaughter. Directed by Stanley Kubrick. With Scatman Crothers. Categories: Horror, Thriller, Based on a Novel. Year: 1980.
1980 in The Shining
After a terrible battle on the ice planet Hoth destroys the rebel base there, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) retreats to the planet Dagobah to train with Jedi master Yoda (voiced by Frank Oz). Han Solo (Harrison Ford) flees with Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) to Cloud City where they are intercepted by Empire forces and the lethal bounty hunter Boba Fett (Jeremy Bulloch). As he struggles to master the energy of the Force, Luke must rescue his friends as the Empire moves closer to victory. Directed by Irvin Kershner. With Billy Dee Williams, James Earl Jones, Anthony Daniels and Alec Guinness. Categories: Cult Classics, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi. Year: 1980.
1980 in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
Three criminals expelled from Krypton before its destruction are accidentally released from their imprisonment in an alternate dimension when Superman (Christopher Reeve) saves the Eiffel Tower by sending a nuclear bomb into outer space. While the criminals discover the superpowers Earth enables them, Superman decides to reveal his identity to Lois (Margot Kidder) and become a normal man. But, when the criminals team up with a newly freed Lex Luther (Gene Hackman), Clark Kent must find a way to regain his powers to save the planet from tyranny. Directed by Richard Lester and Richard Donner. With Ned Beatty, Jackie Cooper, Sarah Douglas, Jack O'Halloran and Terence Stamp. Categories: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Based on a Comic. Year: 1980.
1980 in Superman II