1988 in film

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The following is an overview of events in 1988 in film, including the highest-grossing films, award ceremonies and festivals, a list of films released and notable deaths. Rain Man was awarded the Academy Award for Best Picture, marking one of the few instances where the top-grossing film of the year was also the winner of such an award that year.

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

The top ten 1988 released films by box office gross in North America are as follows:

Highest-grossing films of 1988[1]
Rank Title Studio Domestic gross
1. Rain Man United Artists $172,825,435
2. Who Framed Roger Rabbit Touchstone Pictures / Amblin Entertainment $156,452,370
3. Coming to America Paramount Pictures $128,152,301
4. Big 20th Century Fox / Gracie Films $114,968,774
5. Twins Universal Pictures $111,938,388
6. "Crocodile" Dundee II Paramount Pictures $109,306,210
7. Die Hard 20th Century Fox / Silver Pictures $83,008,852
8. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! Paramount Pictures $78,756,177
9. Cocktail Touchstone Pictures $78,222,753
10. Beetlejuice Warner Bros. / Geffen Pictures $73,707,461

Awards[edit]

Academy Awards[edit]

Best Picture: Rain Man - Mirage Entertainment, Star Partners II, United Artists
Best Director: Barry Levinson - Rain Man
Best Actor: Dustin Hoffman - Rain Man
Best Actress: Jodie Foster - The Accused
Best Supporting Actor: Kevin Kline - A Fish Called Wanda
Best Supporting Actress: Geena Davis - The Accidental Tourist
Best Foreign Language Film: Pelle the Conqueror (Pelle erobreren), directed by Bille August, Denmark

Golden Globe Awards[edit]

Drama[edit]

Best Picture: Rain Man
Best Actor: Dustin HoffmanRain Man
Best Actress (tie): Jodie FosterThe Accused
Best Actress (tie): Sigourney WeaverGorillas in the Mist
Best Actress (tie): Shirley MacLaine - Madame Sousatzka

Musical or comedy[edit]

Best Picture: Working Girl
Best Actor: Tom HanksBig
Best Actress: Melanie GriffithWorking Girl

Other[edit]

Best Director: Clint EastwoodBird
Best Foreign Language Film: Pelle the Conqueror, Denmark

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival)[edit]

Pelle the Conqueror (Pelle erobreren), directed by Bille August, Denmark

Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival)[edit]

La leggenda del santo bevitore (The Legend of the Holy Drinker), directed by Ermanno Olmi, Italy / France

Golden Bear (Berlin International Film Festival)[edit]

Red Sorghum (Hong gao liang), directed by Zhang Yimou, China

Golden Raspberry Awards[edit]

Worst Picture: Cocktail (Touchstone)
Worst Actor: Sylvester Stallone in Rambo III
Worst Actress: Liza Minnelli in Arthur 2: On the Rocks and Rent-a-Cop
Worst Supporting Actor: Dan Aykroyd in Caddyshack II
Worst Supporting Actress: Kristy McNichol in Two Moon Junction
Worst Director: Blake Edwards for Sunset, and Stewart Raffill for Mac and Me (tie)
Worst Screenplay: Cocktail, screenplay by Heywood Gould, based on his book
Worst New Star: Ronald McDonald (as himself) in Mac and Me
Worst Original Song: "Jack Fresh" from Caddyshack II, written and performed by Full Force

Notable films released in 1988[edit]

U.S.A. unless stated

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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 Notable films
January 3 Joie Chitwood 75 USA Stuntman, Actor Live and Let Die
7 Michel Auclair 65 France Actor The Day of the JackalBeauty of the Beast
7 Trevor Howard 74 UK Actor GandhiSuperman
8 Boyd Morgan 72 USA Stuntman, Actor Dirty HarrySpartacus
16 Ballard Berkeley 83 UK Actor National Lampoon's European VacationStag Fright
25 Colleen Moore 88 USA Actress Ben-HurElla Cinders
February 1 Heather O'Rourke 12 USA Actress PoltergeistPoltergeist II: The Other Side
5 Emeric Pressburger 85 UK Writer, Director The Red ShoesBlack Narcissus
8 Allan Cuthbertson 67 UK Actor The Guns of NavaronePerformance
10 Ron Ellis 47 USA Stuntman, Actor Beverly Hills CopAn Eye for an Eye
March 6 Jeanne Aubert 82 France Actress
12 Karen Steele 56 USA Actress MartyRide Lonesome
13 John Holmes 43 USA Actor, Production Manager InsatiableFantasm
13 Olive Carey 92 USA Actress, Writer The SearchersThe Alamo
23 Reg Lye 75 Australia Actor 10 Rillington PlaceTarka the Otter
April 6 John Clements 77 UK Actor, Writer, Director GandhiThings to Come
11 Jeff Donnell 66 USA Actress In a Lonely PlaceGidget Goes HawaiianEasy Living
15 Kenneth Williams 62 UK Actor, Writer Carry On... Up the KhyberCarry On Camping
21 I. A. L. Diamond 67 USA Writer, Producer Some Like It HotThe Apartment
28 Andrew Cruickshank 80 UK Actor, Writer El CidThe Cruel Sea
May 15 Andrew Duggan 64 USA Actor What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?Splendor in the Grass
18 Anthony Forwood 72 UK Actor Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N.Knights of the Round Table
30 Ella Raines 67 USA Actress Brute ForceHail the Conquering Hero
June 5 Michael Barrington 63 UK Actor The Black Panther
11 Nathan Cook 38 USA Actor National Lampoon's Vacation
16 Kim Milford 37 USA Actor, Composer LaserblastCorvette Summer
July 7 Jimmy Edwards 68 UK Actor, Writer The Bed-Sitting RoomThe Plank
12 Joshua Logan 79 USA Writer, Director Mister RobertsPaint Your Wagon
22 Patrick Newell 56 UK Actor Young Sherlock HolmesBecket
25 Judith Barsi 10 USA Actress The Land Before TimeJaws: The Revenge
25 Douglas Hickox 59 UK Director, Assistant Director Theatre of BloodZulu Dawn
August 1 Florence Eldridge 86 USA Actress Inherit the WindLes Misérables
5 Colin Higgins 47 USA Director, Producer, Writer Harold and Maude9 to 5
5 Ralph Meeker 65 USA Actor Kiss Me DeadlyThe Dirty Dozen
7 Wilfred Jackson 82 USA Animator Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
8 Alan Napier 85 USA Actor Mary PoppinsMy Fair Lady
11 Anne Ramsey 58 USA Actress The GooniesScrooged
24 Leonard Frey 49 USA Actor Fiddler on the RoofWhere the Buffalo Roam
September 5 Gert Fröbe 75 Germany Actor GoldfingerThe Longest Day
6 Harold Rosson 93 USA Cinematographer The Wizard of OzGone with the Wind
11 John Sylvester White 68 USA Actor The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
12 Stephen B. Grimes 61 Italy Production Designer Never Say Never AgainOut of Africa
14 Louis Quinn 73 USA Actor All the President's MenOcean's 11
20 Roy Kinnear 54 Spain Actor Willy Wonka & the Chocolate FactoryWatership Down
21 Henry Koster 83 USA Director, Writer, Producer HarveyThe Bishop's Wife
October 1 Lucien Ballard 84 USA Cinematographer The Wild BunchThe Killing
4 Margaret Lacey 76 UK Actress Diamonds Are ForeverThe Ruling Class
12 Ken Murray 85 USA Actor, Producer The Man Who Shot Liberty ValanceSon of Flubber
13 Melvin Frank 75 USA Writer, Director Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream HouseRoad to Utopia
14 Mary Morris 72 Switzerland Actress The Thief of Bagdad
24 Valerie Taylor 85 UK Actress, Writer RepulsionWent the Day Well?
25 Eric Larson 83 USA Animator Snow White and the Seven DwarfsThe Jungle Book
25 James Engle 81 USA Assistant Director The Man with the Golden ArmPanic in Year Zero!
27 Charles Hawtrey 73 UK Actor Sabotage
31 John Houseman 86 USA Actor, Producer The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!The Fog
November 1 George J. Folsey 90 USA Cinematographer Forbidden PlanetAdam's Rib
6 John Hubbard 74 USA Actor, Dialogue Director Herbie Rides AgainPal Joey
9 Billy Curtis 79 USA Stuntman, Actor The Wizard of OzPlanet of the Apes
15 Mona Washbourne 84 UK Actress My Fair LadyCasino Royale
27 Angela Aames 32 USA Actress ScarfaceBachelor Party
27 John Carradine 82 Italy Actor Young FrankensteinThe Grapes of Wrath
December 7 Christopher Connelly 47 USA Actor BenjiMove Over, Darling
7 Dorothy Jordan 82 USA Actress The SearchersThe Wings of Eagles
10 Richard S. Castellano 55 USA Actor The GodfatherLove with the Proper Stranger
10 Dennis Arundell 90 UK Actor, Writer The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp"Pimpernel" Smith
21 Bob Steele 81 USA Actor, Writer The Big SleepRio Bravo
22 Tucker Smith 52 USA Actor West Side StoryThe Producers
24 Noel Willman 70 USA Actor Doctor ZhivagoThe Man Who Knew Too Much
27 Hal Ashby 59 USA Director, Editor Harold and MaudeBeing There

Film debuts[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1988 Domestic Grosses". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "A Cry in the Dark (1988) - Release dates". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2012-06-15.