1985 in film

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The following is an overview of events in 1985 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 1985 released films by box office gross in North America are as follows:

Highest-grossing films of 1985[1]
Rank Title Studio Domestic gross
1. Back to the Future Universal Pictures / Amblin Entertainment $210,609,762
2. Rambo: First Blood Part II TriStar Pictures / Carolco $150,415,432
3. Rocky IV United Artists $127,873,716
4. The Color Purple Warner Bros. $94,175,854
5. Out Of Africa Universal Pictures $87,071,205
6. Cocoon 20th Century Fox $85,313,124
7. The Jewel of the Nile 20th Century Fox $75,973,200
8. Witness Paramount Pictures $68,706,993
9. The Goonies Warner Bros. $61,389,680
10. Spies Like Us Warner Bros. $60,088,980

Events[edit]

Awards[edit]

Academy Awards:

Best Picture: Out of Africa - Universal
Best Director: Sydney Pollack - Out of Africa
Best Actor: William Hurt - Kiss of the Spider Woman
Best Actress: Geraldine Page - The Trip to Bountiful
Best Supporting Actor: Don Ameche - Cocoon
Best Supporting Actress: Anjelica Huston - Prizzi's Honor
Best Foreign Language Film: The Official Story (La historia oficial), directed by Luis Puenzo, Argentina
Honorary Award for Lifetime Achievement James Stewart

Golden Globe Awards:

Drama:
Best Picture: Out of Africa
Best Actor: Jon Voight - Runaway Train
Best Actress: Whoopi Goldberg - The Color Purple
Musical or comedy:
Best Picture: Prizzi's Honor
Best Actor: Jack Nicholson - Prizzi's Honor
Best Actress: Kathleen Turner - Prizzi's Honor
Other
Best Director: John Huston - Prizzi's Honor
Best Foreign Language Film: The Official Story (La historia oficial), Argentina

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

When Father Was Away on Business (Otac na službenom putu), directed by Emir Kusturica, Yugoslavia

Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival):

Vagabond (Sans toit ni loi), directed by Agnès Varda, France / U.K.

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

Die Frau und der Fremde (The Woman and the Stranger), directed by Rainer Simon, East Germany
Wetherby, directed by David Hare, United Kingdom

Razzie Awards

Worst Picture: Rambo: First Blood Part II
Worst Director: Sylvester Stallone - Rocky IV
Worst Actor: Sylvester Stallone - Rambo: First Blood Part II and Rocky IV
Worst Actress: Linda Blair - Night Patrol, Savage Island and Savage Streets
Worst Supporting Actor: Rob Lowe - St. Elmo's Fire
Worst Supporting Actress: Brigitte Nielsen - Rocky IV
Worst New Star: Brigitte Nielsen - Red Sonja and Rocky IV

Notable films released in 1985[edit]

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Wide-release films[edit]

January–March[edit]

April–June[edit]

July–September[edit]

October–December[edit]

Births[edit]

Notable deaths[edit]

Month Date Name Age Country Profession
January 5 Robert Surtees 78 USA Cinematographer
13 Carol Wayne 42 Mexico Actress
18 Wilfrid Brambell 72 UK Actor, Soundtrack
18 Reid Rondell 22 USA Stuntman, Actor
24 Joe Henrie 77 USA Sound Effects Editor
25 Paul J. Smith 78 USA Composer, Orchestrator
February ? Norman Henry 82 UK Actor
4 Fred Ryan 67 UK Boom Operator
6 Neil McCarthy 52 UK Actor
6 James Hadley Chase 78 Switzerland Writer, Miscellaneous
11 Henry Hathaway 86 USA Director, Second Unit Director, Producer
12 Nicholas Colasanto 61 USA Actor
16 Larry Ward 60 USA Actor, Writer
19 Dorothy Black 85 UK Actress
19 Bernard Freericks 86 USA Sound
20 Clarence Nash 80 USA Actor, Soundtrack
21 Louis Hayward 75 USA Actor, Director, Producer
27 J. Pat O'Malley 80 USA Actor, Soundtrack
27 David Huffman 39 USA Actor, Producer
March ?? Richard Dawking  ?? Morocco Assistant art director
?? Bryan Coates 63 UK Production Manager
3 Noel Purcell 84 Ireland Actor
5 Thomas Little 98 USA Set Decorator
8 Edward Andrews 70 USA Actor
9 Richard Holley 40 USA Miscellaneous, Actor
17 Alfred E. Spencer 67 USA Set Decorator
19 Anthony Nelson Keys 73 UK Producer
21 Michael Redgrave 77 UK Actor, Writer, Soundtrack
21 Michael Trubshawe 79 UK Actor
April 14 Tito Novaro 66 Mexico Actor
16 Scott Brady 60 USA Actor, Soundtrack
21 John Welsh 70 UK Actor, Production Manager
23 Kent Smith 78 USA Actor, Soundtrack
23 Howard Beals 67 USA Sound Effects Editing
25 Richard Haydn 80 USA Actor, Director, Writer
May 1 George Pravda 68 UK Actor
4 Harry Earles 83 USA Actor, Soundtrack
5 Mildred Dixon 74 USA Actress
7 Dawn Addams 54 UK Actress
9 Edmond O'Brien 69 USA Actor, Director, Producer
11 Chester Gould 84 USA Writer, Actor
13 Selma Diamond 64 USA Actress, Writer
14 Frank Westmore 62  ?? Makeup Artist
16 Margaret Hamilton 82 USA Actress, Soundtrack
17 Hugh Burden 72 UK Actor, Writer
22 Wolfgang Reitherman 75 USA Animator, Director, Producer
22 Gerald Case 80 UK Actor
25 Robert Nathan 91 USA Writer, Actor, Soundtrack
28 Bob Okazaki 83 USA Actor
June 1 Richard Greene 66 UK Actor, Miscellaneous, Producer
1 James Burge 41 USA Actor
3 Sean Sullivan 63 Canada Actor
7 Gordon Rollings 59 UK Actor
9 Clifford Evans 73 UK Actor, Producer, Writer
10 George Chandler 86 USA Actor, Soundtrack
11 Norman Claridge 81 UK Actor
17 John Boulting 71 UK Producer, Director, Writer
24 Valentine Dyall 77 UK Actor
28 James Craig 73 USA Actor, Soundtrack, Writer
July 1 Elsie Wagstaff 86 UK Actress
3 Nelson Leigh 80 USA Actor
7 Ewen Solon 67 UK Actor
8 Phil Foster 71 USA Actor, Writer, Soundtrack
8 Victor Rendina 68 USA Actor
9 Rafael Campos 49 USA Actor
10 Yvonne Caffin 81 UK Costume Designer
19 Richard C. Meyer 65 USA Film Editing
20 Estelle Evans 78 USA Actress
28 Grant Williams 53 USA Actor
August 1
2 Bob Holt 56 USA Actor, Soundtrack
2 Frank Faylen 79 USA Actor, Soundtrack
7 Grayson Hall 62 USA Actress
8 Louise Brooks 78 USA Actress, Soundtrack
8 Milton H. Greene 63 USA Executive Producer
12 Patrick Hines 55 USA Actor
13 Marion Martin 77 USA Actress, Soundtrack
14 Doris Dudley 68 USA Actress
14 Gale Sondergaard 86 USA Actress
18 Reg Lever 81 UK Actor
21 Maxwell Shaw 56 UK Actress, Writer, Soundtrack
28 Ruth Gordon 88 USA Actor
29 Evelyn Ankers 67 USA Actress, Soundtrack
29 Patrick Barr 77 UK Actor
30 Paul Bryar 75 USA Actor
30 Tom Howard 75 UK Special Effects, Visual Effects
September 4 George O'Brien 86 USA Actor, Soundtrack, Producer
9 Robert Henderson 80 UK Actor, Writer
10 Alexa Kenin 23 USA Actress
14 Julian Beck 60 USA Actor, First Assistant Director
16 Art Scholl 53 USA Stuntman, Air Pilot, Actor
18 Harvey Parry 85 USA Stuntman, Actor
24 Paul Mann 71 USA Actor, Soundtrack
24 Robert M. Beche 79 USA Production Manager
25 Clark L. Paylow 66 USA Production Manager, First Assistant Director
27 Lloyd Nolan 83 USA Actor, Soundtrack
28 L.B. Abbott 77 USA Special Effects, Visual Effects
29 Arthur Krams 73 USA Set Decorator
30 Simone Signoret 64 France Actress
30 Floyd Crosby 85 USA Cinematographer
October 2 Sidney Clute 69 USA Actor
2 George Savalas 60 USA Actor, Soundtrack
2 Rock Hudson 59 USA Actor, Soundtrack
6 Nelson Riddle 64 USA Composer, Orchestrator
10 Yul Brynner 65 USA Actor, Director, Soundtrack
10 Orson Welles 70 USA Actor, Writer, Director
16 Charles Stroud 78 USA Actor, Soundtrack
16 Franklin Milton 78 USA Recording Supervisor
25 Gary Holton 33 UK Actor
27 William Bramley 57 USA Actor
25 A.W. Lumkin 72 UK Recording Director
30 David Oxley 64 Spain Actor
30 Leslie K. O'Pace 76 USA Actor
November ?? Eric Aylott 69 UK Makeup Artist
1 Phil Silvers 74 USA Actor, Soundtrack
12 Dimitar Panov 83 Bulgaria Actor
16 Donald Gantry 52 USA Actor
19 Jimmy Ritz 81  ?? Actor, Writer
19 Stepin Fetchit 83 USA Actor, comedian
26 Ransom M. Sherman 87 USA Actor
December 3 Sam Gilman 70 USA Actor, Writer
5 Cliff Richardson 80 UK Special Effects, Visual Effects
7 Robert Graves 90 Spain Writer, Producer
8 Jack H. Skirball 89 USA Producer
12 Anne Baxter 62 USA Actress, Soundtrack, Producer
14 Bruce Weintraub 33 USA Set Decorator
17 Harry M. Leonard 85 USA Sound Recordlist
26 Margarete Schön 90 Germany Actress, Director
31 Ricky Nelson 45 USA Actor, Soundtrack, Composer
31 Sam Spiegel 84 UK Producer

Film debuts[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1985 Domestic Grosses". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 7 April 2014.