Orion Classics

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Orion Classics
Former type Corporation
Industry Motion pictures
Fate Merged with The Samuel Goldwyn Company
Founded 1983
Defunct 1996
Headquarters Los Angeles, California
Key people Michael Barker
Tom Bernard
Marcie Bloom
Donna Gigliotti (founders)
Parent Orion Pictures

Orion Classics was the division of Orion Pictures, headed by Michael Barker, Tom Bernard, and Marcie Bloom, that acquired independent and foreign films for North American distribution, in addition to producing some arthouse films of its own. It was launched in 1983 when Barker, Bernard and Donna Gigliotti moved from UA Classics, a United Artists specialty division.

Among its most notable films were Babette's Feast, Pedro Almodóvar's Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Jim Jarmusch's Mystery Train and Richard Linklater's Slacker.

In late 1991, when Orion Pictures was in serious financial trouble, Barker, Bernard, and Bloom left Orion Classics, taking the rights to the highly anticipated Merchant Ivory Productions adaptation of Howards End with them; at the invite of former Orion president Mike Medavoy, who was now relocated at TriStar Pictures, the three set up Sony Pictures Classics, with Howards End as the company's first release.

In the mid-1990s, Metromedia acquired Orion, and merged the classics division into the Samuel Goldwyn Company. Both Orion and SGC were sold to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1997, with the latter's function of producing and/or distributing independent films being assumed by MGM's United Artists division.

Films[edit]

Title Release Date
Heads I Win, Tails You Lose 1982
The Pool Hustlers 1982
Beyond the Door September 5, 1982
Pauline at the Beach July 29, 1983
Carmen October 20, 1983
Scrubbers January 31, 1984
Sugar Cane Alley April 6, 1984
Privates on Parade April 13, 1984
Another Country June 29, 1984
Strangers Kiss August 13, 1984
Old Enough August 24, 1984
Full Moon in Paris September 7, 1984
Swann in Love September 14, 1984
Where the Green Ants Dream February 8, 1985
My New Partner March 8, 1985
MacArthur's Children May 17, 1985
Henry IV June 28, 1985
Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart August 9, 1985
Came a Hot Friday October 4, 1985
Colonel Redl October 4, 1985
Ran December 20, 1985
A.K. January 29, 1986
My Beautiful Laundrette March 7, 1986
A Great Wall May 30, 1986
The Green Ray August 29, 1986
Restless Natives September 12, 1986
The Sacrifice November 1986
El Amor brujo December 23, 1986
One Woman or Two February 20, 1987
Devil in the Flesh May 22, 1987
Jean de Florette June 26, 1987
Rita, Sue and Bob Too July 17, 1987
End of the Line August 28, 1987
Dancing in Water September 18, 1987
Manon of the Spring November 5, 1987
Au Revoir Les Enfants December 1987
A Month in the Country February 19, 1988
Babette's Feast March 4, 1988
Wings of Desire May 6, 1988
Loose Connections July 8, 1988
Boyfriends and Girlfriends July 15, 1988
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown November 11, 1988
Field of Honor January 20, 1989
Murmur of the Heart February 3, 1989
Chocolat March 10, 1989
The Reader April 21, 1989
The Music Teacher July 7, 1989
Mystery Train November 7, 1989
Camille Claudel December 21, 1989
Too Beautiful for You March 2, 1990
Monsieur Hire April 20, 1990
Jesus of Montreal May 25, 1990
May Fools June 22, 1990
Wait Until Spring, Bandini June 29, 1990
Life and Nothing But September 14, 1990
Leningrad Cowboys Go America November 2, 1990
Cyrano de Bergerac December 1, 1990
Open Doors March 8, 1991
Love Without Pity May 31, 1991
My Father's Glory June 14, 1991
Europa Europa June 28, 1991
Slacker July 5, 1991
My Mother's Castle July 26, 1991
Opera September 6, 1991
The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe September 27, 1991
Rhapsody in August December 20, 1991
Raise the Red Lantern March 13, 1992
A Woman's Tale May 1, 1992
The Adjuster May 29, 1992
A Tale of Springtime July 17, 1992
Rain Without Thunder February 5, 1993
Boxing Helena September 3, 1993
Nostradamus September 16, 1994
Bar Girls April 7, 1995
Jeffrey August 18, 1995
Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey August 24, 1995
Maybe, Maybe Not July 12, 1996
Ed's Next Move September 27, 1996
Trees Lounge October 11, 1996
Prisoner of the Mountains January 31, 1997
This World, Then the Fireworks July 11, 1997
One Man's Hero September 24, 1999

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