80s Movies: The Year Was 1983! Part I

Are you ready for another round of great movies from the 80s? Here are the top Box Office SMASHES and their ranking for the year, 1983.

1. Return of the Jedi (20th Century Fox) starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, David Prowse, Ian McDiarmid, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew and Frank Oz. Science Fiction

This is my ALL TIME FAVE Star Wars movie!

2. Terms of Endearment (Paramount Pictures) starring Shirley MacLaine (she won the best actress Oscar for her role in this film, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson (best supporting actor Oscar for him), Danny DeVito, Jeff Daniels and John Lithgow. Drama

This movie won the Oscar for best picture.

3. Flashdance (Paramount Pictures) starring Jennifer Beals and Michael Nouri. Romantic drama

This is an iconic 80s movie. Alex is a stong woman, but shows a very vulnerable side. The character is intriguing as well as the movie. Highly recommend this one.

4. Trading Places (Paramount Pictures) starring Dan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy, Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche, Denholm Elliott and Jamie Lee Curtis. Comedy

If you want to belly laugh, this is the movie to see. Dan and Eddie make a great team and you will not be disappointed. Fun film!

5. War Games (MGM) starring Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, John Wood and Ally Sheedy. Science Fiction

I loved this movie as an 80s teen! It is a fun ride and yes, the teen gets to save the day. I won’t mention that the teen starts the problem…

6. Octopussy (MGM) starring Roger Moore, Maud Adams, Louis Jourdan, Steven Berkoff, Desmond Llewelyn and Kristina Wayborn. Spy-action

Roger Moore’s 6th James Bond film with a mildly suggestive title… HA!

7. Sudden Impact (Warner Bros. Pictures) starring Clint Eastwood and Sondra Locke. Thriller

This is the 4th film in the Dirty Harry series. Do you remember the famous catchphrase?

8. Staying Alive (Paramount Pictures) starring John Travolta, Cynthia Rhodes and Finola Hughes. Drama

This is the sequel to Saturday Night Fever which came out in 1977. Who is the famous band that the title originates from?

9. Mr. Mom (20th Century Fox) starring Michael Keaton, Teri Garr, Jeffrey Tambor, Christopher Lloyd and Martin Mull. Comedy-drama

This is another movie that will have you in stitches. If you have ever wanted to see a man take on the role of mom, this is your movie! Hysterical!!

10. Risky Business (Warner Bros. Pictures) starring Tom Cruise, Rebecca De Mornay and Joe Pantoliano. Teen comedy-drama

This movie put Tom Cruise on the map. It is considered the best teen movie of the year and one of the top teen movies of all time.

11. National Lampoon’s Vacation (Warner Bros. Pictures) starring Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Anthony Michael Hall, Dana Barron, Randy Quaid and Imogene Coca. Comedy

Christmas Vacation is the best, but this film is an amusing and wild ride as well.

12. Superman III (Warner Bros. Pictures) starring Christopher Reeve, Richard Pryor, Jackie Cooper, Marc McClure, Annette O’Toole, Annie Ross, Pamela Stephenson, Robert Vaughn and Margot Kidder. Superhero action comedy

The first two movies are the best, but who doesn’t enjoy watching Christopher Reeve in this heroic role? We will see how Henry Cavill does, but I bet he can’t beat Reeve.

13. The Big Chill (Columbia Pictures) starring Tom Berenger, Glenn Close, Jeff Goldblum, William Hurt, Kevin Kline, Mary Kay Place, Meg Tilly, JoBeth Williams and Don Galloway. Comedy-drama

The movie is about Baby Boomer friends coming together after the suicide of a college classmate. It was not a favorite of mine as a teen, but the all star cast work well together and make an interesting film.

14. Never Say Never Again (Warner Bros. Pictures) starring Sean Connery, Kim Basinger, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Barbara Carrera, Max von Sydow, Bernie Casey and Rowan Atkinson. Spy-action

This is Sean Connery’s last Bond film. Recognize the Bond girl? It is the first time that two Bond movies make an appearance in one year a.k.a. The “Dueling Bonds.”

15. Jaws 3-D (Universal Pictures) starring Dennis Quaid, Bess Armstrong, Lea Thompson, Louis Gossett, Jr., John Putch and Simon MacCorkindale. Horror

If you have seen a 3-D movie today and compare it with this… there is no comparison. Remember those awful glasses we had to wear? I thought I was seeing double most of the time…

16. Scarface (Universal Pictures) starring Al Pacino. Crime

Roger Ebert wrote “DePalma and his writer, Oliver Stone, have created a gallery of specific individuals, and one of the fascinations of the movie is that we aren’t watching crime-movie clichés, we’re watching people who are criminals.” He later added it to his “Great Movies” list. This is an extremely violent film. If you are into that kind of drama, then this is your movie.

17. Blue Thunder (Columbia Pictures) starring Roy Scheider, Malcolm McDowell, Warren Oates, Candy Clark and Daniel Stern. Action

I loved this movie! It has Roy Scheider, action and helicopters! Excitement at it’s best!

18. Yentl (MGM) starring Barbra Streisand, Mandy Patinkin and Amy Irving. Romantic musical drama

The movie is about a Jewish girl disguising herself as a boy, so she can be religiously trained. Barbara Streisand acts and directs this film.

19. Silkwood (20th Century Fox) starring Meryl Streep, Kurt Russell, Cher, Craig T. Nelson and Fred Ward. Drama

Based on a true story, the film is a mystery that leaves you guessing right to the end.

20. Psycho II (Universal Pictures) starring Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, Robert Loggia and Meg Tilly. Psychological horror

Psycho is a stand alone movie. I do not think a sequel is necessary, but here it is…

To be continued…

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80s Earrings: When Fashion Doubled as Fishing Lures!

What is one of the major accessories that accentuates your wardrobe? Earrings! For the 80s gal, your outfit was not complete until you had the BIGGEST and BOLDEST pair on your ears. One of my FAVE 80s sites,Like Totally 80s, said it best about this fashion statement:

You know how cute Christmas ornaments look on a tree? During the 80s we thought the same would apply to our ears. Huge earrings from various costume jewelry collections were all the rage and if your earrings didn’t touch your shoulder, they weren’t big enough.

With that sentiment in mind, here is a peek into some of these awesome accessories:

Are you shocked that Madonna was one of the inspirations behind the HUGE earrings? NOT!


LARGE loops were all the rage as well.

Neon Colors were an ample part of the 80s wardrobe.




Guys wore earrings as well. Remember this guy?
Rob Lowe

How about this REBEL Rocker?

Remember when Claire gave Bender the earring at the end of The Breakfast Club? Not only did it symbolize a change in their relationship, up until this point, girls did not really give guys jewelry, that was mainly a gesture by boys.
breakfast club

Here are a pair of feather earrings.

Black and white jewelry was a prominent style as well.

black and white


Remember this lady? You should! She was a major fashion expert for the 80s. What show is she from?

Enamel earrings were very popular as well.


Wooden jewelry was trendy too!



Clip on earrings were worn, but not by me!!

Earrings! Earrings! They are everywhere!

If you were an 80s gal, you wore some of these earring styles. They were so much fun! I have several pairs that I kept for nostalgia’s sake. My kids have taken off with some of them, so those may be destroyed… Do you still have your earrings? What were your favorite pair? If you are having an 80s themed party, don’t forget to put on the earrings! Wear them LOUD and PROUD!

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Can You Solve This Puzzle??

When I was a kid, I got a Rubik’s cube. I mixed it up and tried to solve it several times to no avail. Finally, after much frustration, I tore it apart and put it back together again and that was that! I did solve it, once, without cheating, with the help of this book, “The Simple Solution to Rubik’s Cube” by James G. Nourse. People like me need assistance!

It was invented by a Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture, Ernő Rubik, in 1974. The puzzle was originally called the “Magic Cube” and was released in Hungary in 1977. The three dimensional puzzle made its worldwide debut in 1980 under a new name, “Rubik’s Cube.”

This is what it looks like mixed up:

Here is the book that helped me solve it:

This is what it looks like solved:

Here is how Wikipedia describes this complex device:

In a classic Rubik’s Cube, each of the six faces is covered by nine stickers, each of one of six solid colours (traditionally white, red, blue, orange, green, and yellow, where white is opposite yellow, blue is opposite green, and orange is opposite red, and the red, white and blue are arranged in that order in a clockwise arrangement). An internal pivot mechanism enables each face to turn independently, thus mixing up the colours. For the puzzle to be solved, each face must be returned to consisting of one colour. Similar puzzles have now been produced with various numbers of sides, dimensions, and stickers, not all of them by Rubik.

Today, its popularity remains in tact. The updated versions come in many shapes and sizes. Check these out:

They come in all kinds of patterned stickers. Here is a flower one:

Here’s a keychain!

They light up too!!

This incredible invention has made its way on the art scene as well. This Great Wall of Rubik’s Cubes was amazingly built using 85,794 puzzles and is the work of Designer Josh Chalom. He has been making Rubik’s cube art for about five years at his studio in Toronto (Cube Works Studio). This mosaic is 220ft long and 13ft tall and shows the skyline of Macau.


Here is a 17-by-8.5-foot depiction of Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” rendered entirely in three-inch Rubik’s Cubes. It has 4,050 Rubik’s cubes.


This is a 2,000 lb., 29X15 ft. mosaic of Michelangelo’s “Hand of God” from the Sistine Chapel. There are 12,090 cubes in this incredible work of art.


I don’t know if Mr. Rubik could have imagined the craze his little cube would cause, but many generations have enjoyed it and still do. So, thank you, Mr. Rubik for inventing this incredibly fun toy. You even inspired my 18 year old to challenge her mind. She had a friend teach her the algorithms and she can solve it in under a minute. Her teacher was into that speed cubing (did you know they have competitions for this?) and taught her well. It is fascinating to see her solve the puzzle. My brain just doesn’t work that well… lol

This made me laugh, because this is how I look when I try to solve it…

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A Right Depressing Year, Cheerio! =D

From the 1982 recession to Barney Clark receiving the world’s first permanent artificial heart, this year proved to be filled with many ups and downs. Here is a view into some of the major news stories that made the year unique.


The 1982 recession during the Reagan Administration resulted in high interest rates, homelessness, and unemployment. “We are really in trouble,” Reagan confided to his diary… Reagan stayed the course. “I believed the economic recovery would work,” he wrote, “because I had faith in those tax cuts and faith in the American people.” …But the American people were losing faith in Ronald Reagan. (PBS- American Experience)


On March 5, actor John Belushi is found dead of a drug overdose in a West Hollywood hotel. He was injected by Cathy Smith, who was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter. (Wikipedia)


Prior to 1982, not too many people heard about the Falkland Islands or even knew where they were located. But in April, the group of islands 400 miles, north east of the southern tip of South America made the headlines. When more than four thousand Argentine troops unexpectedly invaded that territory and began an occupation that wasn’t to last very long. Britain broke diplomatic relations with Argentina and sent a naval force to the South Atlantic. (Nick Charles of UPI)

April 2 – The Falklands War begins: Argentina invades and occupies the Falkland Islands.
June 14 – The Falklands War ends: Formal surrender of Argentine forces, and liberation of the Falkland Islanders. the Union Jack was raised over Port Stanley. British Prime Minister Thatcher announces surrender of the Argentine garrison to the House of Commons.
June 18 – Argentine military dictator Leopoldo Galtieri resigns, in the wake of his country’s defeat in the Falklands War. (Wikipedia)


On June 21st, Prince William was born at St Mary’s Hospital in London. He weighed 7 lbs 1 1/2oz. (Wikipedia)


On June 21st, a Washington Jury found John Hinckley junior, the man accused of trying to assassinate President Reagan in March of 1981, innocent by reason of insanity. After four days of deliberations, the Jury said the prosecution had not proven that Hinckley was sane when he shot President Reagan and three others outside a Washington hotel. Jury Foreman Lawrence Coffey said Hinckley’s writings to actress Jodie Foster were a big factor in that final decision. (Wikipedia)


On June 25th, Secretary of state, Alexander Haig who repeatedly had difficulty with various members of the Reagan administration during his year-and-a-half into office, decided to resign his post. (UPI)


September 14th, Princess Grace Kelly of Monaco died after suffering a stroke when she lost control of her automobile and crashed. Her daughter, Princess Stéphanie, was in the car with her, and survived the accident. (Wikipedia)


October 19, Automobile manufacturer John Delorean was arrested for selling cocaine to undercover FBI agents… The alleged drug trafficking was supposedly an attempt to raise funds for his struggling company, which declared bankruptcy that same year. He successfully defended himself against the drug trafficking charges, showing that his alleged involvement was a result of entrapment by federal agents.(Wikipedia)


November 11, The space shuttle Columbia completes its first operational flight. The crew included Commander- Vance D. Brand, Pilot- Robert F. Overmyer, Mission Specialist 1- Joseph P. Allen and Mission Specialist 2- William B. Lenoir (Wikipedia)


December 1st, Surgeons at the University of Utah Medical Center placed a plastic and aluminum heart in Barney Clark, a Seattle dentist with severe congestive heart failure. The world watched intently to see whether Clark would immediately die or be able to survive tethered to a 400-pound machine. He lost the battle after 112 days. (Celebrity Health article)

I hope you have enjoyed this look into 1982 history. What do you remember about this fascinating year?

Be on the lookout for 1980 Toys! That’s my next post. Do you remember your favorite?

Have a great day and Rock On!

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Sophie Grumble

Monday Video Madness III

Can you believe it is this close to Halloween? In honor of this occasion, I have chosen the song, “Thriller” by Michael Jackson. It appears on the album of the same name. It was released in 1982 by Epic Records and was released as a single in 1984. Thriller is one of the top selling albums of all time and this is a beloved 80s hit. Enjoy!

Have a safe and happy Halloween!

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*Monday Video Madness will return after Halloween.

Monday Video Madness II

In honor of John Taylor writing a book about his band days (In the Pleasure Groove: Love, Death, and Duran Duran), the video chosen is Hungry Like The Wolf! It was released in 1982 and is on the album entitled Rio.

The band members are:
Simon Le Bon – vocals
Nick Rhodes – keyboards
John Taylor – bass guitar
Roger Taylor – drums
Andy Taylor – guitar


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Monday Video Madness!

In honor of the TV Dinner Entertainment blog I posted last week, the video to delight the first ever Monday Video Madness post is… TV Dinners by ZZ Top! It was recorded in 1982 and is on the album entitled Eliminator.

The band members are:

Billy Gibbons – guitar, vocals
Dusty Hill – keyboards
Frank Beard – drums

Happy Monday!

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