1984 in film

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The following is an overview of events in 1984 in film, including the highest-grossing films, award ceremonies and festivals, a list of films released and notable deaths. The year's highest-grossing film was Beverly Hills Cop. Ghostbusters overtook it however, with a re-release the following year. Other popular films included The NeverEnding Story, which was the most expensive film produced in West Germany, The Karate Kid and Romancing the Stone.

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

The top ten 1984 released films by box office gross in North America are as follows:

Highest-grossing films of 1984[1]
Rank Title Studio Domestic gross
1. Beverly Hills Cop Paramount Pictures $234,760,478
2. Ghostbusters Columbia Pictures $229,242,989
3. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Paramount Pictures / Lucasfilm $179,870,271
4. Gremlins Warner Bros. $153,083,102
5. The Karate Kid Columbia Pictures $90,815,558
6. Police Academy Warner Bros. / The Ladd Company $81,198,894
7. Footloose Paramount Pictures $80,035,402
8. Romancing the Stone 20th Century Fox $78,371,200
9. Star Trek III: The Search for Spock Paramount Pictures $76,572,238
10. Splash Touchstone Pictures $69,821,334

Events[edit]

Awards[edit]

Academy Awards:

Best Picture: Amadeus
Best Director: Miloš Forman - Amadeus
Best Actor: F. Murray Abraham - Amadeus
Best Actress: Sally Field - Places in the Heart
Best Supporting Actor: Haing S. Ngor - The Killing Fields
Best Supporting Actress: Peggy Ashcroft - A Passage to India
Best Foreign Language Film: La diagonale du fou (Dangerous Moves), directed by Richard Dembo, Switzerland

Golden Globe Awards:

Drama:
Best Picture: Amadeus
Best Actor: F. Murray Abraham - Amadeus
Best Actress: Sally Field - Places in the Heart
Musical or comedy:
Best Picture: Romancing the Stone
Best Actor: Dudley Moore - Micki & Maude
Best Actress: Kathleen Turner - Romancing the Stone
Other
Best Director: Miloš Forman - Amadeus
Best Foreign English Language Film: A Passage to India, U.K. / U.S.A.

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

Paris, Texas, directed by Wim Wenders, France / W. Germany

Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival):

The Year of the Quiet Sun (Rok spokojnego slonca), directed by Krzysztof Zanussi,

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

Love Streams, directed by John Cassavetes, United States

Notable films released in 1984[edit]

U.S.A. unless stated

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Notable deaths[edit]

Month Date Name Age Country Profession Notable films
January 20 Johnny Weissmuller 79 Mexico Actor Tarzan the Ape ManTarzan and His MateTarzan Finds a Son!Tarzan EscapesTarzan's New York AdventureTarzan's Secret TreasureTarzan and the Leopard WomanTarzan and the Huntress
29 Frances Goodrich 93 USA Writer, Soundtrack It's a Wonderful LifeFather of the BrideFather of the Bride Part IIThe Thin ManSeven Brides for Seven BrothersThe Diary of Anne FrankAfter the Thin ManEaster Parade
February 15 Ethel Merman 76 USA Soundtrack, Actress Airplane!It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad WorldThere's No Business Like Show BusinessAlexander's Ragtime BandCall Me MadamRudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July
March 1 Jackie Coogan 69 USA Actor, Director The KidCahill U.S. MarshalMarloweA Day's PleasureThe Shakiest Gun in the WestGirl HappyMesa of Lost WomenThe Space Children
5 William Powell 91 USA Actor, Soundtrack The Thin ManMy Man GodfreyMister RobertsHow to Marry a MillionaireAfter the Thin ManLibeled Lady
12 Arnold Ridley 88 UK Actor, Writer, Director A Man for All SeasonsCarry On GirlsDad's ArmyThe Amorous Milkman
24 Sam Jaffe 93 USA Actor Ben-HurThe Day the Earth Stood StillBedknobs and BroomsticksThe Asphalt JungleLost HorizonGentleman's Agreement
27 Derek Francis 60 UK Actor JabberwockyA Christmas CarolScroogeCarry On CampingThe Tomb of LigeiaTo the Devil a DaughterCarry On DoctorCarry On AbroadCarry On MatronCarry On HenryRasputin, the Mad Monk
April 1 George Glass 73 USA Producer, Production Manager Guess Who's Coming to DinnerOne-Eyed JacksThe Men
13 Richard Hurndall 73 UK Actor I, Monster
18 Francis de Wolff 71 UK Actor From Russia with LoveCarry On CleoMoby DickThe Three MusketeersJesus of Nazareth
May 16 Andy Kaufman 35 USA Actor, Soundtrack, Writer God Told Me ToHeartbeepsIn God We Tru$t
20 Peter Bull 72 UK Actor, Soundtrack Dr. StrangeloveThe Africian QueenScroogeSabotageThe Lavender Hill MobOliver TwistTom JonesYellowbeardDoctor Dolittle
21 Andrea Leeds 72 UK Actor, Soundtrack Stage DoorAnna KareninaCome and Get ItThe Bohemian GirlThe Real Glory
21 Ann Little 93 USA Actress The Roaring RoadThe Invaders
22 John Marley 76 USA Actor The GodfatherLove StoryCat BallouThe Naked CityFaces
June 15 Ned Glass 78 USA Actor, Soundtrack North by NorthwestWest Side StoryCharadeThe War of the WorldsThe Bad and the BeautifulThe Love BugThe Fortune CookieJulius Caesar
18 Luis Moglia Barth 81 Argentine Director, Writer, Producer ¡Tango!
July 25 Akihiko Hirata 56 Japan Actor SanjuroGodzillaSamurai I: Musashi Miyamoto
27 James Mason 75 Switzerland Actor, Producer North by NorthwestLolitaThe Verdict20,000 Leagues Under the SeaA Star Is BornThe Boys from Brazil
August 4 Mary Miles Minter 82 USA Actress Anne of Green GablesNurse MarjorieThe Ghost of Rosy TaylorThe Eyes of Julia Deep
4 Howard Culver 66 Hong Kong Actor Halloween IIThe Bad News BearsShampooThe SwarmThe Computer Wore Tennis ShoesThe Barefoot ExecutiveThe Million Dollar Duck
5 Richard Burton 58 Switzerland Actor, Producer, Director Who Afraid of Virginia Woolf?Nineteen Eighty-FourThe Longest DayWhere Eagles DareThe ComediansCleopatraExorcist II: The HereticBecketThe Night of the IguanaThe Spy Who Came in from The ColdThe Wild Geese
25 Truman Capote 59 USA Actor, Writer Breakfast at Tiffany'sIn Cold BloodMurder by Death
29 Pina Menichelli 94 Italy Actress
September 17 Richard Basehart 70 USA Actor, Director Being ThereLa StradaMoby Dick
25 Walter Pidgeon 87 USA Actor Forbidden PlanetHow Green Was My ValleyMrs. MiniverThe Bad and the BeautifulQuo Vadis, Advise and Consent, Funny Girl
October 10 Leonard Rossiter 57 UK Actor 2001: A Space OdysseyBarry LyndonOliver!The Pink Panther Strikes AgainThis Sporting LifeBilly LairKing RatThe Wrong Box
10 Joan Young 84 UK Actress Suddenly, Last SummerThe Fallen IdolThe Inn of the Sixth HappinessBlood from the Mummy's TombCarry On Constable
21 François Truffaut 52 France Director, Producer The 400 Blows
23 Oskar Werner 61 Germany Actor, Writer Fahrenheit 451Jules and Jim
25 Pascale Ogier 25 France Actress, Production Manager Full Moon in Paris
26 Noel Howlett 81 UK Actor Lawrence of ArabiaScroogeLust for LifeQuatermass and the PittMurder at the GallopVictimThe Kiss of the VampireWoman of StrawThe Scapegoat
November 20 Peter Welch 62 UK Actor The Admirable CrichtonThe Secret PartnerThe Silent EnemyThe Two-Headed SpyThe Long Arm
December 2 Patty Elder 48 USA Stuntman, Actor Diamonds Are ForeverWhat's Up, Doc?The Sugarland ExpressEarthquakePaint Your WagonYours, Mine and Ours
3 Charles R. Davis 47 USA Art Director, Production Designer Bustin' Loose
24 Ian Hendry 53 UK Actor RepulsionGet CarterDamien: Omen IIThe PassengerThe HillTheatre of BloodTales from the CryptSink the Bismarck!
24 Peter Lawford 61 USA Actor, Soundtrack, Producer The Longest DayOcean's 11Mrs. MiniverGood NewsExodusEaster Parade
24 Harry Waxman 72 UK Cinematographer The Wicker ManThe Pink Panther Strikes AgainSwiss Family RobinsonBrighton RockThe NannyThe Day the Earth Caught FireVampyres
28 Sam Peckinpah 59 USA Director, Producer The Wild BunchStraw Dogs

Film debuts[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1984 Domestic Grosses". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 

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