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‘Apocalypse Now’: THR’s 1979 Review

On August 15, 1979, Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now arrived in theaters. The film went on to earn eight nominations at the 52nd Academy Awards, including a nod in the best picture category, and claimed wins for cinematography and sound. After multiple rereleases over the years, the film ultimately grossed more than $100 million globally. […]

‘Tron’: THR’s 1982 Review

On July 9, 1982, Disney unveiled the sci-fi actioner Tron in theaters, where it would gross $33 million and, decades later, get a sequel in Tron: Legacy. The Hollywood Reporter’s original review is below:  It would be all too easy to describe the Disney Studios’ Tron as yet another special effects movie in a year […]

‘Star Trek – The Motion Picture’: THR’s 1979 Review

On Dec. 7, 1979, Paramount’s Star Trek — The Motion Picture hit theaters and launched the franchise on the big screen. The film, which reunited the cast of the NBC series, went on to earn three Oscar nominations (for art direction, original score and visual effects) at the 52nd Academy Awards. The Hollywood Reporter’s original […]

‘The Deer Hunter’: THR’s 1978 Review

On Dec. 8, 1978, Universal released the 183-minute Vietnam war drama The Deer Hunter. The Michael Cimino film went on to win five Oscars at the 51st Academy Awards, including best picture. The Hollywood Reporter’s original review is below. No point in beating around the bush. For me, The Deer Hunter is the great American […]

‘The Brink’s Job’: THR’s 1978 Review

On Dec. 8, 1978, Universal unveiled William Friedkin’s heist film The Brink’s Job in theaters. The 103-minute film went on to earn an Oscar nomination for art direction at the 51st Academy Awards. The Hollywood Reporter’s original review is below. If anyone still thinks that crime doesn’t pay, he’s in for a rude awakening with […]

‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’: THR’s 1975 Review

On Nov. 19, 1975, United Artists unveiled its One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest adaptation in theaters. The film went on to win five Oscars at the 48th Academy Awards, including best actor for Jack Nicholson, best actress for Louise Fletcher, best director for Milos Forman and best picture. The Hollywood Reporter’s original review is […]

‘The Big Chill’: THR’s 1983 Review

On Sept. 30, 1983, Columbia unveiled the R-rated Lawrence Kasdan ensemble drama The Big Chill in theaters. The film went on to be nominated for three Oscars at the 56th Academy Awards, including best picture. The Hollywood Reporter’s original review is below. For anyone who remembers favorably Lawrence Kasdan’s visually exciting, richly textured Body Heat, […]

‘The Driver’: THR’s 1978 Review

On July 28, 1978, 20th Century Fox released The Driver, a car chase thriller starring Ryan O’Neal and Bruce Dern, in theaters. The Hollywood Reporter’s original review is below. It is difficult to imagine just what Walter Hill had in mind when he wrote the screenplay for The Driver. An existential car chase movie to […]

'Hooper': THR's 1978 Review

On July 28, 1978, Warner Bros.' Burt Reynolds-starring stuntman actioner hit theaters.

‘The Candidate’: THR’s 1972 Review

On June 29, 1972, Warner Bros. hosted the world premiere of Robert Redford’s political drama The Candidate at Sutton Theater in New York. The film went on to be nominated for two Oscars at the 45th Academy Awards, claiming a win for its screenplay. The Hollywood Reporter’s original review is below:  Few films could be […]

‘Caddyshack’: THR’s 1980 Review

On July 25, 1980, Warner Bros. unveiled the Harold Ramis-directed, R-rated comedy Caddyshack in theaters. The Hollywood Reporter’s original review is below:  To attempt a critical evaluation of Orion’s new Caddyshack is a little like describing the esthetic qualities of an outhouse. Its jokes are almost entirely scatological, deriving from such socially questionable practices as […]

‘Escape From New York’: THR’s 1981 Review

On July 10, 1981, John Carpenter unveiled his R-rated dystopian thriller Escape From New York in theaters. The Hollywood Reporter’s original review is below:  The year is 1997, and Manhattan — all of it from the Battery to the Bronx — has been converted into a walled-off, maximum security prison in John Carpenter’s Escape From […]