1985 in Film
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1985 in Film

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.)

The top ten 1985 released films by box office gross in North America are as follows:

Highest-grossing films of 1985[1]
Rank Title Distributor Domestic gross
1. Back to the Future Universal $210,609,762
2. Rambo: First Blood Part II TriStar $150,415,432
3. Rocky IV MGM $127,873,716
4. The Color Purple Warner Bros. $94,175,854
5. Out of Africa Universal $87,071,205
6. Cocoon 20th Century Fox $76,113,124
7. The Jewel of the Nile $75,973,200
8. Witness Paramount $68,706,993
9. The Goonies Warner Bros. $61,389,680
10. Spies Like Us $60,088,980

Events

Awards

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: Paul Newman and Alex North


Golden Globe Awards:

Drama:
Best Picture: Out of Africa
Best Actor: Jon Voight - Runaway Train
Best Actress: Whoopi Goldberg - The Color Purple
Comedy or Musical:
Best Picture: Prizzi's Honor
Best Actor: Jack Nicholson - Prizzi's Honor
Best Actress: Kathleen Turner - Prizzi's Honor
Other
Best Supporting Actor: Klaus Maria Brandauer - Out of Africa
Best Supporting Actress: Meg Tilly - Agnes of God
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 slu?benom 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

Golden Raspberry Awards:

Worst Picture: Rambo: First Blood Part II
Worst Director: Sylvester Stallone - Rocky IV
Worst Actor: Sylvester Stallone - Rambo: First Blood Part II & Rocky IV
Worst Actress: Linda Blair - Night Patrol, Savage Island & Savage Streets
Worst Supporting Actor: Rob Lowe - St. Elmo's Fire
Worst Supporting Actress: Brigitte Nielsen - Rocky IV
Worst Screenplay: Sylvester Stallone & James Cameron - Rambo: First Blood Part II
Worst New Star: Brigitte Nielsen - Red Sonja & Rocky IV

Australian Film Institute Awards

Best Film: Bliss

Notable films released in 1985

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Wide-release films

January-March

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July-September

October-December

Births

Notable deaths

Month Date Name Age Country Profession Notable films
January 5 Robert Surtees 78 US Cinematographer
5 John Paxton 73 US Screenwriter
11 Edward Buzzell 89 US Director
12 Paul Luty 52 UK Actor
13 Carol Wayne 42 US Actress
14 Jetta Goudal 93 Netherlands Actress
18 Wilfrid Brambell 72 UK Actor
25 Paul J. Smith 78 US Composer, Orchestrator
February
4 Fred Ryan 67 UK Boom Operator
6 Neil McCarthy 52 UK Actor
6 James Hadley Chase 78 UK Writer, Miscellaneous
10 Wanda Tuchock 86 US Screenwriter
11 Henry Hathaway 86 US Director, Producer
12 Nicholas Colasanto 61 US Actor
16 Larry Ward 60 US Actor, Writer
19 Dorothy Black 85 South Africa Actress
20 Clarence Nash 80 US Actor
21 Ina Claire 91 UK Actress
21 Louis Hayward 75 UK Actor, Director, Producer
27 J. Pat O'Malley 80 UK Actor, Voice Actor
27 David Huffman 39 US Actor, Producer
March
1 Alfred Zeisler 92 US Producer, Director
3 Noel Purcell 84 Ireland Actor
5 Thomas Little 98 US Set Decorator
8 Edward Andrews 70 US Actor
19 Anthony Nelson Keys 73 UK Producer
21 Michael Redgrave 77 UK Actor, Writer
21 Michael Trubshawe 79 UK Actor
April
16 Scott Brady 60 US Actor
21 John Welsh 70 UK Actor, Production Manager
23 Kent Smith 78 US Actor
25 Richard Haydn 80 UK Actor
26 Albert Maltz 76 US Screenwriter
May 1 George Pravda 68 UK Actor
4 Harry Earles 83 US Actor
5 Mildred Dixon 74 US Actress
7 Dawn Addams 54 UK Actress
8 Susan Morrow 53 US Actress
8 Dolph Sweet 64 US Actor
9 Edmond O'Brien 69 US Actor
11 Chester Gould 84 US Writer, Cartoonist
13 Selma Diamond 64 US Actress, Writer
13 Leatrice Joy 91 US Actress
14 Frank Westmore 62 Makeup Artist
16 Margaret Hamilton 82 US Actress
17 Hugh Burden 72 UK Actor, Writer
22 Wolfgang Reitherman 75 US Animator, Director, Producer
22 Gerald Case 80 UK Actor
25 Robert Nathan 91 US Writer, Actor
26 Harold Hecht 77 US Producer
30 Talbot Jennings 90 US Screenwriter
June 1 Richard Greene 66 UK Actor, Producer
7 Gordon Rollings 59 UK Actor
9 Clifford Evans 73 UK Actor, Writer
10 George Chandler 86 US Actor
17 John Boulting 71 UK Producer, Director
24 Valentine Dyall 77 UK Actor
28 James Craig 73 US Actor, Writer
July 1 Elsie Wagstaff 86 UK Actress
3 Nelson Leigh 80 US Actor
7 Ewen Solon 67 NZ Actor
8 Phil Foster 71 US Actor
8 Victor Rendina 68 US Actor
17 Margo 68 Mexico Actress
18 Louisa Ghijs 83 Belgium Actress
20 Estelle Evans 78 US Actress
23 Kay Kyser 80 US Musician, Actor
23 Mickey Shaughnessy 64 US Actor
28 Grant Williams 53 US Actor
August
2 Bob Holt 56 US Actor
2 Frank Faylen 79 US Actor
7 Grayson Hall 62 US Actress
8 Louise Brooks 78 US Actress
8 Milton H. Greene 63 US Producer
10 Kenny Baker 72 US Singer, Actor
12 Patrick Hines 55 US Actor
13 Marion Martin 77 US Actress
14 Gale Sondergaard 86 US Actress
15 Lester Cole 81 US Screenwriter
24 Morrie Ryskind 89 US Screenwriter
28 Ruth Gordon 88 US Actress, Writer
29 Evelyn Ankers 67 US Actress
29 Patrick Barr 77 UK Actor
30 Tom Howard 75 UK Special Effects
September 4 George O'Brien 86 US Actor, Producer
6 Johnny Desmond 65 US Actor, Singer
6 Jane Frazee 67 US Actress, Singer
10 Alexa Kenin 23 US Actress
14 Julian Beck 60 US Actor
16 Art Scholl 53 US Stuntman, Actor
24 Paul Mann 71 US Actor
27 Lloyd Nolan 83 US Actor
28 L. B. Abbott 77 US Special Effects
29 Arthur Krams 73 US Set Decorator
30 Simone Signoret 64 France Actress
30 Floyd Crosby 85 US Cinematographer
October 2 George Savalas 60 US Actor
2 Rock Hudson 59 US Actor
6 Nelson Riddle 64 US Composer, Orchestrator
10 Yul Brynner 65 US Actor
10 Orson Welles 70 US Actor, Writer, Director
13 Francesca Bertini 93 Italy Actress
16 Franklin Milton 78 US Recording Supervisor
22 Stefano Satta Flores 48 Italy Actor
25 Gary Holton 33 UK Actor
30 Kirby Grant 73 US Actor
30 David Oxley 64 Spain Actor
November 1 Phil Silvers 74 US Actor
12 Dimitar Panov 83 Bulgaria Actor
19 Jimmy Ritz 81 US Actor, Writer
19 Stepin Fetchit 83 US Actor
December 11 Kathleen Ryan 63 Ireland Actress
12 Anne Baxter 62 US Actress
12 Phil Karlson 77 US Director
14 Bruce Weintraub 33 US Set Decorator
17 Harry M. Leonard 85 US Sound Recordist
23 Gina Kaus 92 Austria Screenwriter
26 Margarete Schön 90 Germany Actress, Director
28 Renato Castellani 72 Italy Director, Writer
31 Ricky Nelson 45 US Actor, Singer
31 Sam Spiegel 84 UK Producer

Film debuts

See also

References

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

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