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To Be or Not To Be (1983)

Directed by Alan Johnson. Cast: Mel Brooks, Anne Bancroft, Tim Matheson, Charles Durning, Jose Ferrer, George Gaynes, Christopher Lloyd, George Wyner, Lewis J. Stadlen, Jack Riley. A comedy film of wartime Poland in which two Polish actors, Frederick and Anna Bronski, eventually caught up in Germany's invasion of Poland, a leaking of top secret information and an incredible plot to thwart the Nazis. Based on the film directed by Ernst Lubitsch [1942]. 107 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Tougher than Leather (1988)

Directed by Rick Rubin. Cast: Run-DMC, Richard Edson, JennyLumet, Raymond White, Lois Ayers ; special appearances by theBeastie Boys, Slick Rick, Junkyard Band. After a frienddiscovers a money-laundering scheme and is murdered, the bandmembers take the law into their own hands and avenge theirfriend's death. 89 min.
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Trading Places (1983)

Directed by John Landis. Cast: Dan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy, RalphBellamy, Don Ameche, Denholm Elliott, Jamie Lee Curtis. Therich Duke Brothers wager on whether a born loser like Billy RayValentine, a hustler from the ghetto, can become as successfulas Winthorpe, a wealthy investment executive, if put in theproper environment--and would a prig like Winthorpe turn to alife of crime if he were to lose it all. 116 min.
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Triumph of the Spirit (USA, 1989)

Directed by Robert M. Young. Cast: Willem Dafoe, Edward James Olmos, Robert Loggia. Based on a true story that took place in 1939 about one man's attempt to save himself and his family when the Nazis occupy Greece and they are sent to the Auschwitz death camp. Each boxing match this middleweight champ fights sends the loser to the gas chamber, and he wonders how he can continue to save himself, his family, and his sanity. 120 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Under the Biltmore Clock (1987)

Directed by Neal Miller. Cast: Sean Young, Lenny Von Dohlen, Barnard Hughes. It's 1920 and as Myra Harper dances and romances one young man after another under New York's Biltmore clock, she is transformed from a fresh teenager into a jaded 21-year-old. Then she becomes engaged to wealthy Knowleton Whitney, and it's time to meet his outrageously eccentric family and the bizarre characters who inhabit Whitney mansion. Suddenly Myra is caught on a comic roller coaster of events trying to save her romance. Based on the short story, "Myra meets his family," by F. Scott Fitzgerald. 119 min.

Victor, Victoria (1982)

Directed by Blake Edwards. Cast: Julie Andrews, James Garner, Robert Preston, Lesley Ann Warren, Alex Karras. A starving singer in Depression-era Paris is convinced by an equally hapless performer that the only way she can earn a living on the nightclub circuit is to masquerade as a man who impersonates women. Then she meets the man of her dreams. 134 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

White Dog (1988)

Directed by Samuel Fuller. Cast: Kristy McNichol, PaulWinfield, Burl Ives, Jameson Parker, Christa Fuller, SamFuller, Lynne Moody, Marshall Thompson. A German shepherd isadopted by an actress who learns that the dog has been trainedto attack only African Americans. Now it's up to an animaltrainer to try to change the vicious dog.

Wild Style (1982)

Directed by Charlie Ahearn. Cast: Lee George Quinones, PattiAstor, Andrew (Zephyr) Witten; Grandmaster Flash, Chief Rocker BusyBee, Fab 5 Freddy, Cold Crush Four, Double Trouble, Rock SteadyCrew. Tells the story of street artists in the South Bronx who puton a big outdoor performance to showcase their unique talents,graffiti, rap, and break dancing. The story centers on Zoro, whospends his time spray-painting subway cars who gets his break whenhe is hired to decorate the platform for the upcoming rap concert.90 min.

Yentl (1983)

Directed by Barbra Steisand. Cast: Barbra Streisand, Mandy Patinkin, Amy Irving. Set in Eastern Europe in the early 1900's, Yentl tells the story of a young woman who wishes desperately to learn. Because of the prejudice against women studying, she disguises herself as a man. Based on the story "Yentl, the Yeshiva boy" by Isaac Bashevis Singer.

Zelig (1983)

Directed by Woody Allen. Cast: Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Susan Sontag, Saul Bellow. This spoof of documentary films stars Woody Allen as Leonard Zelig, the famous "Chameleon Man" of the 1920's, whose personality was so vague he would assume the characteristics of whomever he came into contact with. Filmed in black-and-white, the movie simulates the look of a newsreel, complete with stentorian narration. 79 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database