1979 in film

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The year 1979 in film involved many significant events.

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

The top ten 1979 released films by North American gross are as follows:

Highest-grossing films of 1979
Rank Title Studio Gross
1. Kramer vs. Kramer Columbia Pictures $106,260,000[1]
2. The Amityville Horror American International Pictures $86,432,520[2]
3. Rocky II United Artists Pictures $85,182,160[3]
4. Apocalypse Now United Artists Pictures $83,471,511[4]
5. Star Trek: The Motion Picture Paramount Pictures $82,258,456[5]
6. Alien 20th Century Fox Film Corporation $80,931,801[6]
7. 10 Warner Bros. Pictures $74,865,517[7]
8. The Jerk Universal Studios $73,691,419[8]
9. Moonraker United Artists Pictures $70,308,099[9]
10. The Muppet Movie Associated Film Distribution $65,200,000[10]

Major events[edit]

Awards[edit]

Academy Awards:

Best Picture: Kramer vs. Kramer - Jaffe, Columbia
Best Director: Robert Benton - Kramer vs. Kramer
Best Actor: Dustin Hoffman - Kramer vs. Kramer
Best Actress: Sally Field - Norma Rae
Best Supporting Actress: Meryl Streep - Kramer vs. Kramer
Best Supporting Actor: Melvyn Douglas - Being There
Best Foreign Language Film: The Tin Drum (Die Blechtrommel), directed by Volker Schlöndorff, W. Germany

Golden Globe Awards:

Drama:
Best Picture: Kramer vs. Kramer
Best Actor: Dustin Hoffman - Kramer vs. Kramer
Best Actress: Sally Field - Norma Rae
Musical or comedy:
Best Picture: Breaking Away
Best Actor: Peter Sellers - Being There
Best Actress: Bette Midler - The Rose
Other
Best Director: Francis Ford Coppola - Apocalypse Now
Best Foreign Language Film: La Cage aux Folles (France)

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

Apocalypse Now, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, United States
The Tin Drum (Die Blechtrommel), directed by Volker Schlöndorff, W. Germany

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

David, directed by Peter Lilienthal, West Germany

Notable films released in 1979[edit]

U.S.A. unless stated

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Notable deaths[edit]

Month Date Name Age Country Profession Notable films
January 16 Peter Butterworth 59 UK Actor, Writer Oliver!The First Great Train Robbery
16 Ted Cassidy 46 USA Actor Butch Cassidy and the Sundance KidMackenna's Gold
25 Dick Crockett 63 USA Stuntman, Actor, Producer Dirty HarrySpartacus
February 12 Jean Renoir 84 USA Director, Writer, Actor The Rules of the GameLa Grande Illusion
17 William Gargan 73 USA Actor The Bells of St. Mary'sCheers for Miss Bishop
March 1 Dolores Costello 75 USA Actress The Magnificent AmbersonsLittle Lord Fauntleroy
2 Edith Craig 71 USA Actress After the Thin ManBroadway Bill
6 John Robinson 70 UK Actor Lawrence of ArabiaThe Longest Day
19 John Tate 64 UK Actor Invasion
22 Ben Lyon 78 USA Actor, Writer Hell's AngelsNight Nurse
April 4 Edgar Buchanan 76 USA Actor ShaneWichita
6 Norman Tokar 59 USA Director Follow Me, Boys!The Happiest Millionaire
May 26 George Brent 80 USA Actor Jezebel42nd Street
29 Mary Pickford 87 USA Actress, Producer, Writer Ben-Hur: A Tale of the ChristCoquette
June 2 Larisa Shepitko 41 Soviet Union Director WingsThe Ascent
2 Jim Hutton 45 USA Actor Walk, Don't RunWho's Minding the Mint?
6 Jack Haley 80 USA Actor The Wizard of OzAlexander's Ragtime Band
11 John Wayne 72 USA Actor, Producer, Director The SearchersRed River
14 David Butler 84 USA Director Road to MoroccoCalamity Jane
16 Nicholas Ray 67 USA Director, Writer, Actor Rebel Without a CauseIn a Lonely Place
21 Julian Orchard 49 UK Actor, Writer Revenge of the Pink PantherThe Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother
July 8 Michael Wilding 66 UK Actor, Producer Stage FrightWaterloo
25 Eric Pohlmann 66 Germany Actor The Third ManFrom Russia with Love
28 George Seaton 68 USA Director The Country GirlAirport
31 Beatrix Lehmann 76 UK Actress The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
August ?? Betty Henderson 72 UK Actress The 39 StepsThe Maggie
10 Dick Foran 69 USA Actor The Petrified ForestRide 'Em Cowboy
17 Vivian Vance 70 USA Actress The Great RaceThe Lorax
21 Stuart Heisler 82 USA Director TulsaI Died a Thousand Times
30 Jean Seberg 40 USA Actress BreathlessAirport
September 2 Felix Aylmer 90 UK Actor BecketHamlet
12 Jocelyne LaGarde 54 Tahiti Actress Hawaii
22 Frederick Piper 76 UK Actor The 39 StepsThe Man Who Knew Too Much
23 Catherine Lacey 75 UK Actress The Lady VanishesThe Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
26 Arthur Hunnicutt 69 USA Actor The Tall TEl Dorado
October 15 Geoffrey Moon  ??  ?? Actor Star Wars Episode IV: A New HopeThe Hound of the Baskervilles
17 John Stuart 81 UK Actor SupermanVillage of the Damned
30 Graham Ashley 52 UK Actor Star Wars Episode IV: A New HopeHennessy
November 2 Saro Urzì 66 Italy Actor The GodfatherBeat the Devil
8 Sydney Tafler 63 UK Actor The Spy Who Loved MeAlfie
11 Dimitri Tiomkin 85 Russia Composer High NoonThe High and the Mighty
20 Michael Darbyshire 62 UK Actor, Writer Chitty Chitty Bang BangThe Slipper and the Rose
23 Merle Oberon 68 USA Actress, Producer Wuthering HeightsThe Scarlet Pimpernel
30 Joyce Grenfell 69 UK Actress The Americanization of EmilyBlue Murder at St Trinian's
30 Zeppo Marx 64 USA Actor, Director Duck SoupMonkey Business
December 5 Jesse Pearson 49 USA Actor Bye Bye Birdie
10 Ann Dvorak 68 USA Actress ScarfaceThree on a Match
12 Jon Hall 64 USA Actor, Director The HurricaneCharlie Chan in Shanghai
23 Ernest B. Schoedsack 86 USA Director, Cinematographer, Producer King KongThe Most Dangerous Game
24 Michael Collins 58 Canada Actor GoldfingerThe Battle of the River Plate
25 Lee Bowman 79 USA Actor Love AffairCover Girl
25 Joan Blondell 73 USA Actress GreaseThe Public Enemy

Debuts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Box Office Information for Kramer vs. Kramer". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Box Office Information for The Amityville Horror". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 27, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Box Office Information for Rocky II". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Box Office Information for Apocalypse Now". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on 24 July 2010. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Box Office Information for Star Trek: The Motion Picture". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Box Office Information for Alien". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on 21 June 2010. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Box Office Information for 10". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on 4 July 2010. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Box Office Information for The Jerk". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Box Office Information for Moonraker". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on 31 May 2010. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  10. ^ "The Muppet Movie". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved April 7, 2014.