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Quick, what do The Untouchables, Predator and Full Metal Jacket have in common? Now, what do Harry and the Hendersons, Spaceballs and The Witches of Eastwick have in common? And Roxanne? Answer: They all hit theaters in June 1987.
Though no real scientific analysis contributed to the genesis of this article, I can say that a perusal of Wikipedia’s handy “[Year] in Film” pages yielded perhaps a handful of comparable runs, where every single weekend in a month offered up to the moviegoing public at least one film that would stand the test of time. Another now-classic slice of ‘80s high school high adventure (and the directorial debut of Chris Columbus), Adventures in Babysitting, was released on July 1, barely missing the cutoff.
Now, of course June 1987 also had its misses. Anyone remember the Heather Thomas starrer Cyclone, or chase comedy/extended Glad-Lock trash bag promo Million Dollar Mystery? But consider, by way of comparison, May 1987, the highlight of which was probably Beverly Hills Cop II, featuring Eddie Murphy at the height of his fame doing what people at the height of their fame often do: make mediocre sequels. The only other notable release that month was possibly the most famous of all bombs, Ishtar — but at least Ishtar was memorable, which can’t be said for the rest of the month’s offerings: The Gate? Gardens of Stone? Hot Pursuit? American Ninja 2: The Confrontation? Any of these titles stirring up a sense of nostalgia? July 1987 fared a bit better, with the aforementioned Adventures as well as Robocop, La Bamba and The Lost Boys, but contained an infamous dud of its own with Superman 4: The Quest for Peace.
Which is to say, a single calendar month containing seven films still worth watching three decades later (If you ask Roger Ebert, Benji the Hunted would make eight, but that remains, thankfully, a minority opinion) is indeed something to be celebrated.
Hopefully, this will be the first in a series commemorating months that contained more than their fair share of notable films.
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