1971 in film

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The year 1971 in film involved some significant events.

Highest-grossing films (U.S.)[edit]

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. Billy Jack Warner Bros. $98,000,000[1]
2. Fiddler on the Roof United Artists $75,600,000[2]
3. The French Connection 20th Century Fox $51,700,000[3]
4. Diamonds Are Forever United Artists $43,819,547[4]
5. Dirty Harry Warner Bros. $35,976,000[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[edit]

  • 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[edit]

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 Cloris Leachman
The Last Picture Show
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

Notable films released in 1971[edit]

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Short film series[edit]

Births[edit]

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Film debuts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Billy Jack". The Numbers. Nash Information Services. Retrieved May 28, 2014. 
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ "The French Connection, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 11, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Diamonds Are Forever, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 11, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Dirty Harry, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 11, 2012. 
  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.