1973 in film

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The year 1973 in film involved some significant events.

Events[edit]

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

Rank Title Studio Actors Gross
1. The Sting Universal Paul Newman, Robert Redford, and Robert Shaw $156,000,000[1]
2. The Exorcist Warner Bros. Ellen Burstyn, Jason Miller, and Linda Blair $128,000,000[2]
3. American Graffiti Universal Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Charles Martin Smith, Candy Clark, Mackenzie Phillips, Cindy Williams, Wolfman Jack, Kathleen Quinlan, and Harrison Ford $96,300,000[1]
4. Papillon Allied Artists Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman $53,267,000[3]
5. The Way We Were Columbia Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford $49,919,870[4]
6. Magnum Force Warner Bros. Clint Eastwood and Hal Holbrook $44,680,473[5]
7. Last Tango in Paris United Artists Marlon Brando and Maria Schneider $36,144,000[6]
8. Live and Let Die United Artists Roger Moore, Yaphet Kotto, and Jane Seymour $35,377,836[7]
9. Robin Hood Disney voices of Roger Miller, Phil Harris, Andy Devine $32,056,467[8]
10. Paper Moon Paramount Ryan O'Neal, Madeleine Kahn, and Tatum O'Neal $30,933,743[9]
11. The Devil in Miss Jones Pierre Georgina Spelvin $15,000,000[nb 1]
12. Serpico Paramount Al Pacino $29,800,000[12]
13. Enter the Dragon Warner Bros. Bruce Lee $25,000,000[13]
14. Jesus Christ Superstar Universal Ted Neeley and Carl Anderson $24,477,615[14]
15. Walking Tall Cinerama Joe Don Baker $23,000,000[15]
16. The World's Greatest Athlete Disney John Amos $22,583,370[16]
17. Sleeper United Artists Woody Allen $18,344,729[17]
18. A Touch of Class AVCO Embassy George Segal and Glenda Jackson $16,800,000[18]
19. The Day of the Jackal Universal Edward Fox and Michael Lonsdale $16,056,255[19]
20. High Plains Drifter Universal Clint Eastwood $15,700,000[20]
21. The Last Detail Columbia Jack Nicholson, Randy Quaid, and Otis Young $10,000,000[21]
22. Battle for the Planet of the Apes Fox Roddy McDowall and Claude Akins $8,844,595[22]
23. Soylent Green MGM/United Artists Charlton Heston, Edward G. Robinson, and Leigh Taylor-Young $8,100,000[23]
24. The Paper Chase Fox Timothy Bottoms, Lindsay Wagner, and John Houseman $8,100,000[24]
25. Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid MGM/United Artists James Coburn, Kris Kristofferson, and Bob Dylan $8,000,000[25]

Awards[edit]

Academy Awards:

Best Picture: The Sting - Bill/Phillips-Hill, Zanuck/Brown, Universal
Best Director : George Roy Hill - The Sting
Best Actor: Jack Lemmon - Save the Tiger
Best Actress: Glenda Jackson - A Touch of Class
Best Supporting Actor : John Houseman - The Paper Chase
Best Supporting Actress : Tatum O'Neal - Paper Moon
Best Foreign Language Film: Day for Night (La Nuit américaine), directed by François Truffaut, France

Golden Globe Awards:

Drama:
Best Picture: The Exorcist
Best Actor: Al PacinoSerpico
Best Actress: Marsha MasonCinderella Liberty
Musical or comedy:
Best Picture: American Graffiti
Best Actor: George SegalA Touch of Class
Best Actress: Glenda JacksonA Touch of Class
Other
Best Director: William FriedkinThe Exorcist
Best Foreign Language Film: The Pedestrian (Der Fußgänger), W. Germany

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

The Hireling, directed by Alan Bridges, United Kingdom
Scarecrow, directed by Jerry Schatzberg, United States

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

Ashani Sanket (Distant Thunder), directed by Satyajit Ray, India

Notable films released in 1973[edit]

U.S.A. unless stated

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The gross for The Devil in Miss Jones is unknown, but the film is confirmed as having earned $15 million in theatrical gross rentals,[10] which places it above Serpico which earned slightly less.'[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 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. 
    • The Sting: p.717. $156.0 million (Initial Release Domestic Box office)
    • American Graffiti: p.421. $96.3 million (1973 Release Wave)
  2. ^ Phillips, Kendall (2005). Projected Fears: Horror Films and American Culture. ABC-CLIO. p. 102. ISBN 9780313017964. "The Exorcist grossed $128 million in its initial release, a figure that, when adjusted for inflation, would make it the most successful R-rated film in American history." 
  3. ^ "Papillon, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  4. ^ "The Way We Were, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Magnum Force, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Last Tango in Paris, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Live and Let Die, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Robin Hood, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Paper Moon, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  10. ^ Krämer, Peter (2005). The new Hollywood: from Bonnie and Clyde to Star Wars. Wallflower Press. pp. 208–209. ISBN 9781904764588. 
  11. ^ "Serpico, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved March 10, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Serpico, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved March 12, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Enter the Dragon, Worldwide Box Office". Worldwide Box Office. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Jesus Christ Superstar, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved May 27, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Walking Tall, Worldwide Box Office". Worldwide Box Office. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  16. ^ "The World's Greatest Athlete, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved May 27, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Sleeper, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 17, 2012. 
  18. ^ "A Touch of Class, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved January 17, 2012. 
  19. ^ "The Day of the Jackal, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved May 27, 2012. 
  20. ^ http://www.the-numbers.com/movies/1972/0HPDF.php
  21. ^ "The Last Detail, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved May 27, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Battle for the Planet of the Apes, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved May 27, 2012. 
  23. ^ "Big Rental Films of 1973", Variety, 9 January 1974 pg 19
  24. ^ Solomon, Aubrey. Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series). Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1989. ISBN 978-0-8108-4244-1. p232.
  25. ^ "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved May 7, 2013.