1971 in film

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The year 1971 in film involved some significant events.

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.

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

Rank Title Studio Actors Director(s) Gross
1. Fiddler on the Roof United Artists Topol, Leonard Frey Norman Jewison $80,500,000[1]
2. The French Connection 20th Century Fox Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey William Friedkin $51,700,000[2]
3. Diamonds Are Forever United Artists Sean Connery, Jill St. John Guy Hamilton $43,819,547[3]
4. Dirty Harry Warner Bros. Clint Eastwood, Andy Robinson Don Siegel $35,976,000[4]
5. Summer of '42 Warner Bros. Jennifer O'Neill, Gary Grimes Robert Mulligan $32,063,634[5]
6. The Last Picture Show Columbia Cybill Shepherd, Jeff Bridges and Cloris Leachman Peter Bogdanovich $29,133,000[6]
7. Carnal Knowledge Embassy Jack Nicholson, Ann-Margret, Candice Bergen, Art Garfunkel Mike Nichols $28,623,000[7]
8. A Clockwork Orange Warner Bros. Malcolm McDowell Stanley Kubrick $26,589,355[8]
9. Bedknobs and Broomsticks Walt Disney Pictures Angela Lansbury and David Tomlinson Robert Stevenson $17,871,174[9]
10. Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song Cinemation Industries Melvin Van Peebles Melvin Van Peebles $15,200,000[10]
11. Willard Cinerama Releasing Corporation Bruce Davison, Elsa Lanchester and Ernest Borgnine Daniel Mann $14,545,941[11]
12. The Hospital United Artists George C. Scott and Diana Rigg Arthur Hiller $14,142,409[12]
13. Shaft MGM Richard Roundtree Gordon Parks $13,000,000[13]
14. Klute Warner Bros. Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland Alan J. Pakula $12,512,637[14]
15. The Andromeda Strain Universal Arthur Hill, James Olson Robert Wise $12,376,563[15]
16. Escape from the Planet of the Apes 20th Century Fox Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter Don Taylor $12,348,905[16]
17. Bananas United Artists Woody Allen, Louise Lasser, Carlos Montalban Woody Allen $11,833,696
18. Straw Dogs Cinerama Releasing Corporation Dustin Hoffman, Susan George Sam Peckinpah $11,148,828[17]
19. Cold Turkey United Artists Dick Van Dyke, Bob Newhart Norman Lear $11,000,000[18]
20. Play Misty for Me Universal Clint Eastwood, Jessica Walter Clint Eastwood $10,600,000[19]
21. Kotch Cinerama Releasing Corporation Walter Matthau, Deborah Winters Jack Lemmon $10,000,000[20]
22. The Big Doll House New World Pictures Judy Brown, Roberta Collins, Pam Grier Jack Hill $10,000,000[21]
23. McCabe & Mrs. Miller Warner Bros. Warren Beatty, Julie Christie Robert Altman $8,200,000[22]
24. Plaza Suite Paramount Walter Matthau, Maureen Stapleton, Barbara Harris, Lee Grant Arthur Hiller $8,000,000[23]
25. The Omega Man Warner Bros. Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe Boris Sagal $8,000,000[24]
26. Big Jake National General Pictures John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara George Sherman $7,500,000[25]

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]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fiddler on the Roof, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved January 11, 2012. 
  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. ^ "Summer of '42, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved January 11, 2012. 
  6. ^ "The Last Picture Show, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 11, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Carnal Knowledge, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved January 11, 2012. 
  8. ^ "A Clockwork Orange, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 11, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved January 11, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved January 11, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Willard, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved January 11, 2012. 
  12. ^ "The Hospital, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved January 11, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Shaft, Box Office Information". Film.com. Retrieved January 11, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Klute, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved June 24, 2012. 
  15. ^ "The Andromeda Strain, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved June 24, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Escape from the Planet of the Apes, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 24, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Straw Dogs, Box Office Information". IMDb. Retrieved July 14, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Cold Turkey, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved June 24, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Play Misty for Me, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved June 24, 2012. 
  20. ^ "ABC's 5 Years of Film Production Profits & Losses", Variety, 31 May 1973 pg 3
  21. ^ "The Big Doll House, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved June 24, 2012. 
  22. ^ Box Office Information for McCabe & Mrs. Miller. The Numbers. Retrieved June 24, 2012
  23. ^ "Updated All-time Film Champs", Variety, 9 January 1974 p 60.
  24. ^ "Updated All-time Film Champs", Variety, 9 January 1974 p 60.
  25. ^ Box Office Information for Big Jake. The Numbers. Retrieved June 24, 2012