1982 in film

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The following is an overview of events in 1982 in film, including the highest-grossing films, award ceremonies and festivals, a list of films released and notable deaths.

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

The top ten 1982 released films by box office gross in North America are as follows:

Highest-grossing films of 1982[1]
Rank Title Studio Domestic gross
1. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Universal Pictures $359,197,037
2. Tootsie Columbia Pictures $177,200,000
3. An Officer and a Gentleman Paramount Pictures / Lorimar $129,795,554
4. Rocky III United Artists $124,146,897
5. Porky's 20th Century Fox $105,492,483
6. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Paramount Pictures $78,912,963
7. 48 Hrs. Paramount Pictures $78,868,508
8. Poltergeist Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer $76,606,280
9. The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas Universal Pictures / RKO Pictures $69,701,637
10. Annie Columbia Pictures / Rastar $57,059,003


  • June 11— E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is released and becomes the highest grossing film of all time.
  • June 11— Michelle Pfeiffer appears in her first leading role, in Grease 2, the sequel to the top grossing film of 1978 (her film debut had come as Tony Danza's character's girlfriend in the 1980 movie The Hollywood Knights).
  • July 23—During production of Twilight Zone: The Movie, 53-year-old American actor Vic Morrow and two child actors were accidentally killed during a scene involving an operated helicopter. The accident led to reforms in film-making safety and child-labor laws.


Academy Awards:

Best Picture: Gandhi - Indo-British Films, Columbia
Best Director: Richard Attenborough - Gandhi
Best Actor: Ben Kingsley - Gandhi
Best Actress: Meryl Streep - Sophie's Choice
Best Supporting Actor: Louis Gossett, Jr. - An Officer and a Gentleman
Best Supporting Actress: Jessica Lange - Tootsie
Best Foreign Language Film: Volver a empezar (Begin the Beguine), directed by José Luis Garci, Spain

Golden Globe Awards:

Best Picture: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Best Actor: Ben Kingsley - Gandhi
Best Actress: Meryl Streep - Sophie's Choice
Musical or comedy:
Best Picture: Tootsie
Best Actor: Dustin Hoffman - Tootsie
Best Actress: Julie Andrews - Victor Victoria
Best Director: Richard Attenborough - Gandhi
Best Foreign Film: Gandhi, India

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

Missing, directed by Costa Gavras, United States
Yol (The Way), directed by Yilmaz Güney, Turkey

Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival):

The State of Things (Der Stand der Dinge), directed by Wim Wenders, W. Germany / Portugal / USA

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss (Veronika Voss), directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, W. Germany

1982 Wide-release movies[edit]





Notable films released in 1982[edit]

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Notable deaths[edit]

Month Date Name Age Country Profession Notable films
January 1 Victor Buono 43 United States Actor What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?The Greatest Story Ever ToldBeneath the Planet of the Apes
8 Reta Shaw 69 United States Actress, Soundtrack Mary PoppinsEscape to Witch MountainPicnic
8 Gregoire Aslan 73 UK Actor, Miscellaneous, Actor CleopatraThe Return of the Pink PantherThe Golden Voyage of Sinbad
10 Paul Lynde 55 USA Actor Son of FlubberCharlotte’s Web
30 Stanley Holloway 91 United Kingdom Actor, Soundtrack My Fair LadyBrief EncounterHamletThe Lavender Hill MobThe Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
March 5 John Belushi 33 USA Actor, Writer, Soundtrack The Blues BrothersNational Lampoon's Animal House1941Neighbors
6 Ayn Rand 77 USA Writer, Editor, Actress The King of Kings
19 Alan Badel 58 UK Actor, Miscellaneous The Day of the JackalForce 10 from NavaroneShogunThis Sporting LifeArabesqueTelefonThe Medusa Touch
21 Harry H. Corbett 57 UK Actor, Writer, Soundtrack JabberwockyCarry On Screaming!Shake Hands with the DevilSteptoe and Son
26 Sam Kydd 67 United Kingdom Actor The LadykillersEye of the NeedleThe Hound of the Baskervilles
27 Betty Schade 87 USA Actress, Writer The Soul of Youth
29 Rudy Bond 69 USA Actor The Godfather12 Angry MenOn the WaterfrontA Streetcar Named Desire
April 3 Warren Oates 53 USA Actor, Soundtrack, Stuntman The Wild BunchIn the Heat of the NightStripesBadlands1941Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
22 Harold Goldblatt 82 United Kingdom Actor A Night to RememberSunday Bloody SundayChildren of the DamnedThe ReptileThe 25th Hour
26 Celia Johnson 73 United Kingdom Actress Brief EncounterThe Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
May 29 Romy Schneider 43 France Actress, Soundtrack The TrialWhat's New Pussycat?Purple NoonSissiSissi – The Young Empress
June 10 Rainer Werner Fassbinder 37 Germany Writer, Director, Actor Love Is Colder Than DeathKatzelmacherGods of the PlagueThe American SoldierBeware of a Holy WhoreThe Bitter Tears of Petra von KantAli: Fear Eats the SoulThe Marriage of Maria BraunLolaVeronika Voss.
18 Curt Jürgens 66 Austria Actor, Director, Soundtrack The Spy Who Loved MeThe Longest DayBattle of BritainThe Enemy BelowAnd God Created Woman
29 Henry King 96 United States Director, Actor, Producer Twelve O'Clock HighThe Gunfighter
29 Michael Brennan 69 United Kingdom Actor Trouble in StoreUp in the WorldThunderballDoomwatch
July 12 Kenneth More 67 UK Actor, Soundtrack The Longest DayBattle of BritainA Night to RememberThe CollectorScroogeSink the Bismarck!GenevieveNo Highway in the SkyThe Slipper and the RoseDark of the SunReach for the SkyNorth West FrontierThe 39 StepsDoctor in the House
19 John Harvey 70 United Kingdom Actor The Satanic Rites of Dracula
23 Vic Morrow 53 United States Actor, Director, Writer Twilight Zone: The MovieThe Bad News BearsBlackboard JungleDirty Mary, Crazy LarryHumanoids from the DeepKing CreoleCimarron1990: The Bronx WarriorsMen in War
August 7 Jill Banner 35 USA Actress Spider BabyThe President's AnalystDeadlier Than the Male
12 Henry Fonda 77 United States Actor, Producer, Soundtrack 12 Angry MenOnce Upon a Time in the WestThe Grapes of WrathOn Golden Pond
29 Ingrid Bergman 67 United Kingdom Actress, Soundtrack, Producer CasablancaNotoriousMurder on the Orient Express
September 14 Grace Kelly 52 Monaco Actress, Soundtrack Rear WindowDial M for Murder
28 Mabel Albertson 81 USA Actress What's Up, DocBarefoot in the ParkThe Long, Hot Summer
28 Seth Banks 66 USA Costume Designer To Kill a Mockingbird9 to 5The Goodbye GirlThe FuryThe ChaseCalifornia Suite
29 Lucy Griffiths 63 UK Actress The LadykillersMurder She SaidMurder Ahoy!Carry On DoctorFrankenstein and the Monster from HellCarry On Behind
October 1 Larry Breeding 36 USA Actor Street Music
3 Viven Merchant 53 United Kingdom Actress FrenzyAlfieThe OffenceAccidentThe Man in the Iron MaskAlfred the GreatUnder Milk Wood
5 Eddie Frewin 61 United Kingdom Transportation Co-ordinator, Unit Production Manager 2001: A Space OdysseyThe Pink PantherA Shot in the DarkMoby DickVillage of the DamnedQuo VadisNight of the DemonThe Dam BustersIvanhoeThe Day of the TriffidsIce Cold in AlexOperation CrossbowBilly BuddChildren of the Damned633 SquadronThe V.I.P.sKnights of the Round TableThe Yellow Rolls-Royce1984The Pride and the PassionSchool for Scoundrels
8 Fernando Lamas 67 Argentina Actor, director, writer
14 Dick Ung 59 USA Animator One Hundred and One DalmatiansThe Pink Panther
November 1 King Vidor 88 USA Director, Writer, Producer The Wizard of OzThe Fountainhead
4 Dominique Dunne 22 USA Actress, Soundtrack Poltergeist
4 Jacques Tati 75 France Actor, Writer, Director Mon Oncle
4 Talfryn Thomas 60 UK Actor Under Milk Wood
7 John Bay 53 USA Actor Gold
18 Forbes Murray 98 USA Actor VertigoSingin' in the RainDial M for MurderThe Big SleepLaura
21' Lee Patrick 80 USA Actress, Soundtrack VertigoThe Maltese FalconMildred PierceNow, VoyagerPillow TalkAuntie Mame
26' Robert Coote 73 USA Actor, Soundtrack A Matte of Life and DeathThe Ghost and Mrs. MuirGunga DinTheatre of Blood
30 Eric Thompson 53 UK Actor, Writer The JokersOne Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
December 4 George Tovey 68 United Kingdom Actor FrenzySteptoe and Son Ride AgainThe Wicked Lady
10 Roy Webb 94 United States Composer, Musical Director NotoriousBringing Up BabyOut of the PastMarty
21 Gladys Henson 83 UK Actress A Night to RememberThe Prince and the ShowgirlFirst Men in the Moon

Film debuts[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "1982 Domestic Grosses". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 7 April 2014.