1979 in Film
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1979 in Film

The year 1979 in film involved many significant events.

Highest-grossing films (U.S.)

The top ten 1979 released films by North American gross are as follows:

Highest-grossing films of 1979 (United States)
Rank Title Distributor Domestic gross
1 Kramer vs. Kramer Columbia $106,260,000[1]
2 The Amityville Horror AIP $86,432,520[2]
3 Rocky II United Artists $85,182,160[3]
4 Apocalypse Now $83,471,511[4]
5 Star Trek: The Motion Picture Paramount $82,258,456[5]
6 Alien 20th Century Fox $80,931,801[6]
7 10 Warner Bros. $74,865,517[7]
8 The Jerk Universal $73,691,419[8]
9 Moonraker United Artists $70,308,099[9]
10 The Muppet Movie Associated Film $65,200,000[10]

Highest-grossing films (international)

Highest-grossing films of 1979 (international markets)
International market Title Distributor Gross (local currency) Gross (US$) Production country
India Suhaag Sharma Cine Associates INR100,000,000[11] $12,310,000[12] India
Japan Galaxy Express 999 Toei ¥16,500,000,000[13] $76,120,000[14] Japan
Soviet Union Sholay R. K. Films 15,000,000[n 1] $23,290,000[n 2] India
United Kingdom Superman Columbia-EMI-Warner £11,547,308[18][19] $24,455,309[20] United States

Major events

Awards

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

Apocalypse Now, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, United States
The Tin Drum (Die Blechtrommel), directed by Volker Schlöndorff, W. Germany

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

David, directed by Peter Lilienthal, West Germany

Notable films released in 1979

United States unless stated

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1979 film releases

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Births

Notable deaths

Month Date Name Age Country Profession Notable films
January 11 Jack Soo 61 US Actor
16 Peter Butterworth 63 UK Actor, Writer
16 Ted Cassidy 46 US Actor
18 Cyril J. Mockridge 82 UK Composer
25 Dick Crockett 63 US Stuntman, Actor
February 12 Jean Renoir 84 US Director, Writer, Actor
16 Louise Allbritton 58 US Actress
17 William Gargan 73 US Actor
19 Leigh Jason 74 US Director
28 Jane Hylton 51 UK Actress
March 1 Dolores Costello 75 US Actress
2 Edith Craig 71 US Actress
6 John Robinson 70 UK Actor
9 Barbara Mullen 64 UK Actress
19 John Tate 64 UK Actor Invasion
22 Ben Lyon 78 US Actor, Writer
24 Yvonne Mitchell 63 UK Actress
April 4 Edgar Buchanan 76 US Actor
6 Norman Tokar 59 US Director
10 Nino Rota 67 Italy Composer
24 John Carroll 72 US Actor
May 6 Rosemary La Planche 55 US Actress
8 Victor Saville 83 UK Producer, Director
10 Beatrice Campbell 56 UK Actress
11 Joan Chandler 55 US Actress
26 George Brent 80 US Actor
29 Mary Pickford 87 US Actress, Producer, Writer
June 2 Larisa Shepitko 41 Soviet Union Director
2 Jim Hutton 45 US Actor
6 Jack Haley 80 US Actor
11 John Wayne 72 US Actor, Producer, Director
14 David Butler 84 US Director
16 Nicholas Ray 67 US Director, Writer, Actor
19 Nick Grinde 86 US Director
21 Julian Orchard 49 UK Actor, Writer
July 2 Larisa Shepitko 41 USSR Director, Writer, Actress
8 Michael Wilding 66 UK Actor, Producer
13 Corinne Griffith 84 US Actress
22 Kathleen Case 45 US Actress
25 Eric Pohlmann 66 Germany Actor
26 Virginia Brissac 96 US Actress
27 Ettore Manni 52 Italy Actor
27 Shirley Mason 79 US Actress
28 George Seaton 68 US Director
28 Frederick Stafford 51 Czechoslovakia Actor
31 Beatrix Lehmann 76 UK Actress The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
August Betty Henderson 72 UK Actress
6 Kurt Kasznar 65 Austria Actor
10 Dick Foran 69 US Actor
17 Vivian Vance 70 US Actress
21 Stuart Heisler 82 US Director
30 Jean Seberg 40 US Actress
September 1 Doris Kenyon 81 US Actress
2 Felix Aylmer 90 UK Actor
12 Les Clark 71 US Animator
12 Jocelyne LaGarde 54 Tahiti Actress Hawaii
17 Willis Goldbeck 80 US Screenwriter
22 Frederick Piper 76 UK Actor
23 Catherine Lacey 75 UK Actress
26 John Cromwell 91 US Director
26 Arthur Hunnicutt 69 US Actor
27 Gracie Fields 81 UK Actress, Singer
October 1 Dorothy Arzner 82 US Director
3 Dorothy Peterson 81 US Actress
12 Celia Lovsky 82 Austria Actress
15 Geoffrey Moon Actor
17 John Stuart 81 UK Actor
30 Graham Ashley 52 UK Actor
November 2 Saro Urzì 66 Italy Actor
5 Amedeo Nazzari 71 Italy Actor
8 Sydney Tafler 63 UK Actor
11 Dimitri Tiomkin 85 Russia Composer
20 Michael Darbyshire 62 UK Actor, Writer
22 George Froeschel 88 US Screenwriter
23 Merle Oberon 68 US Actress, Producer
30 Joyce Grenfell 69 UK Actress
30 Zeppo Marx 78 US Actor, Director
December 5 Jesse Pearson 49 US Actor Bye Bye Birdie
5 Lesley Selander 70 US Director
9 James Neilson 70 US Director
10 Ann Dvorak 68 US Actress
11 Claire Carleton 66 US Actress
12 Jon Hall 64 US Actor, Director
22 George Pollock 72 UK Director
23 Ernest B. Schoedsack 86 US Director, Cinematographer, Producer
25 Michael Collins 57 Canada Actor
25 Lee Bowman 79 US Actor
25 Joan Blondell 73 US Actress

Debuts

References

  1. ^ "Box Office Information for Kramer vs. Kramer". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2010.
  2. ^ "Box Office Information for The Amityville Horror". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2012.
  3. ^ "Box Office Information for Rocky II". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2010.
  4. ^ "Box Office Information for Apocalypse Now". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on 24 July 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  5. ^ "Box Office Information for Star Trek: The Motion Picture". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2010.
  6. ^ "Box Office Information for Alien". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on 21 June 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  7. ^ "Box Office Information for 10". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on 4 July 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  8. ^ "Box Office Information for The Jerk". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2010.
  9. ^ "Box Office Information for Moonraker". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on 31 May 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  10. ^ "The Muppet Movie". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2014.
  11. ^ "Box Office 1979". Box Office India. 20 October 2013. Archived from the original on 2013-10-20. Retrieved .
  12. ^ "Pacific Exchange Rate Service (8.1258 INR per USD)" (PDF). UBC Sauder School of Business. University of British Columbia. 1979. p. 3. Retrieved 2017.
  13. ^ "FEATURE: Japanese Anime Magazine Retrospective: "Animage" in August 1979". Crunchyroll. Retrieved 2012.
  14. ^ "Currency converter in the past with official exchange rates from 1953". fxtop. August 4, 1979.
  15. ^ "« ? » (Sholay, 1975)". KinoPoisk (in Russian). Retrieved 2019.
  16. ^ Moscow Prime Time: How the Soviet Union Built the Media Empire that Lost the Cultural Cold War, page 48, Cornell University Press, 2011
  17. ^ "Archive". Central Bank of Russia. Retrieved 2009.
  18. ^ "The Ultimate Chart: 1-100". British Film Institute. 28 November 2004. Retrieved 2013.
  19. ^ "UK cinema average ticket price (£1.1332 in 1979)". Terra Media. Retrieved 2014.
  20. ^ "Pacific Exchange Rate Service (0.47218 GBP per USD)" (PDF). UBC Sauder School of Business. University of British Columbia. 1979. p. 3. Retrieved 2017.
  1. ^ 60million tickets sold,[15] average ticket price of 25kopecks[16]
  2. ^ 64.4 per $100 in 1979[17]

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