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



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:

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
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]






Notable deaths[edit]

Month Date Name Age Country Profession Notable films
January 5 Robert Surtees 78 USA Cinematographer The Graduate, Ben-Hur, The Sting, The Last Picture Show
12 Paul Luty 52 UK Actor The Water Babies, The Dresser, Yanks, Burke & Hare
13 Carol Wayne 42 USA Actress The Party
18 Wilfrid Brambell 72 UK Actor, Soundtrack Steptoe and Son, Witchfinder General
25 Paul J. Smith 78 USA Composer, Orchestrator Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, Pinocchio, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
4 Fred Ryan 67 UK Boom Operator Doctor Blood's Coffin, I Was Monty's Double
6 Neil McCarthy 52 UK Actor Where Eagles Dare, Zulu, Clash of the Titans, Time Bandits
6 James Hadley Chase 78 UK Writer, Miscellaneous The Night of the Generals, Palmetto, Rough Magic, Crime on a Summer Morning
11 Henry Hathaway 86 USA Director, Second Unit Director, Producer True Grit, How the West Was Won, The Sons of Katie Elder, Niagara
12 Nicholas Colasanto 61 USA Actor Raging Bull, Family Plot, Fat City
16 Larry Ward 60 USA Actor, Writer Hombre
19 Dorothy Black 85 South Africa Actress The Night Has Eyes
20 Clarence Nash 80 USA Actor, Soundtrack The Three Caballeros, The Man from Button Willow, One Hundred and One Dalmatians, Song of the South, The Reluctant Dragon
21 Louis Hayward 75 UK Actor, Director, Producer House by the River, And Then There Were None, Dance, Girl, Dance
27 J. Pat O'Malley 80 UK Actor, Soundtrack One Hundred and One Dalmatians, The Jungle Book, Alice in Wonderland, The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
27 David Huffman 39 USA Actor, Producer Firefox, F.I.S.T., Eleanor and Franklin, The Onion Field
3 Noel Purcell 84 Ireland Actor Moby Dick, Mutiny on the Bounty, Lust for Life, The Mackintosh Man
5 Thomas Little 98 USA Set Decorator All About Eve, The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Grapes of Wrath, Miracle on 34th Street
8 Edward Andrews 70 USA Actor Gremlins, Sixteen Candles, Avanti!, Elmer Gantry
19 Anthony Nelson Keys 73 UK Producer Horror of Dracula, The Curse of Frankenstein, Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed, Five Million Years to Earth
21 Michael Redgrave 77 UK Actor, Writer, Soundtrack The Lady Vanishes, The Dam Busters, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, The Importance of Being Earnest
21 Michael Trubshawe 79 UK Actor The Pink Panther, The Guns of Navarone, The Lavender Hill Mob, Bedazzled
16 Scott Brady 60 USA Actor, Soundtrack Gremlins, The China Syndrome, Gentlemen Marry Brunettes, He Walked by Night
21 John Welsh 70 UK Actor, Production Manager Krull, Lucky Jim, The Revenge of Frankenstein, The Thirty Nine Steps
23 Kent Smith 78 USA Actor, Soundtrack Cat People, The Curse of the Cat People, The Spiral Staircase, The Trouble with Angels
25 Richard Haydn 80 UK Actor, Director, Writer The Sound of Music, Alice in Wonderland
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
June 1 Richard Greene 66 UK Actor, Miscellaneous, Producer
1 James Burge 41 USA Actor
7 Gordon Rollings 59 UK Actor
9 Clifford Evans 73 UK Actor, Producer, Writer
10 George Chandler 86 USA Actor, Soundtrack
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
20 Estelle Evans 78 USA Actress
28 Grant Williams 53 USA Actor
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 Gale Sondergaard 86 USA Actress
28 Ruth Gordon 88 USA Actor
29 Evelyn Ankers 67 USA Actress, Soundtrack
29 Patrick Barr 77 UK Actor
30 Tom Howard 75 UK Special Effects, Visual Effects
September 4 George O'Brien 86 USA Actor, Soundtrack, Producer
10 Alexa Kenin 23 USA Actress
14 Julian Beck 60 USA Actor, First Assistant Director
16 Art Scholl 53 USA Stuntman, Air Pilot, Actor
24 Paul Mann 71 USA Actor, Soundtrack
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 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 Franklin Milton 78 USA Recording Supervisor
25 Gary Holton 33 UK Actor
30 David Oxley 64 Spain Actor
November 1 Phil Silvers 74 USA Actor, Soundtrack
12 Dimitar Panov 83 Bulgaria Actor
19 Jimmy Ritz 81  ?? Actor, Writer
19 Stepin Fetchit 83 USA Actor, comedian
December 7 Robert Graves 90 Spain Writer, Producer
12 Anne Baxter 62 USA Actress, Soundtrack, Producer
14 Bruce Weintraub 33 USA Set Decorator
17 Harry M. Leonard 85 USA Sound Recordist
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]


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