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1980-1989

Chariots of Fire (UK, 1981)

Directed by Hugh Hudson. Cast: Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Nigel Havers, Cheryl Campbell, Alice Krige, Nigel Davenport, John Gielgud, Ian Holm, Patrick Magee. Based on true events, tells the story of two English runners that were both driven by different means to win the Olympics. Eric, a devout Scottish missionary runs because he knows it must please God. Harold the son of a newly rich Jew runs to defeat antisemitism and prove his place in Cambridge society. 124 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Clara's Heart (1988)

Directed by Robert Mulligan. Cast: Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Ontkean, Kathleen Quinlan, Spalding Gray, Beverly Todd, Neil Patrick Harris. Clara Mayfield, a Jamaican housekeeper, enters the Harts' luxurious suburban Baltimore home as an interloper, but her unshakable dignity and bounteous humor act like sunshine on the tight bud of David's soul. He flowers under her care and even fashions his speech after hers. 108 min. ;

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Claudine (1985)

Directed by John Berry. Cast: James Earl Jones, DiahannCarroll, David Kruger. While struggling to support herself and hersix children in Harlem by working as a maid for a wealthy family,Claudine meets a charming garbage man, Roop. But although Roop issmitten with the lovely single mother, his own life trials make himslow to respond to her invitation to a lifetime of love. 92 min.Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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Colors (1988)

Directed by Dennis Hopper. Cast: Sean Penn, Robert Duvall, Maria Conchita Alonso, Randy Brooks. Two L.A. cops, one a veteran and one a rookie, try to bring peace to the war raging on the streets of Los Angeles. 127 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Coming to America (1988)

Directed by John Landis. Cast: Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall,James Earl Jones, John Amos, Madge Sinclair, Shari Headley.Murphy plays a very wealthy and pampered African prince whocomes to America in search of a bride. Accompanied by hisclosest companion, Murphy quickly finds a job, new friends, newdigs, new enemies--and lots of trouble. 116 min.
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Crossover Dreams (1985)

Directed by Leon Ichaso. Cast: Ruben Blades, Shawn Elliot, Elizabeth Pena, Tom Signorelli, Frank Robles. A bittersweet comedy about a Slasa singer who strives to cross-over into the pop music mainstream. He shafts everyone he meets on his way to the top but when his latest record flops, his career starts going downhill. 85 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
Reviews and articles:
Georgakas, Dan. "Crossover Dreams." Cineaste; 1986, Vol. 14 Issue 3, p59-59,

Dressed to Kill (1980)

Directed by Brian De Palma. Cast: Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Nancy Allen, Keith Gordon, Dennis Franz. In this edge-of-the-seat chiller a psychiatrist is faced with the murderous puzzle of the sudden, hideous slaying of one of his patients who is killed with a razor stolen from his office. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
Originally rated "X"; later edited and assigned an NC-17 Rating

Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

Directed by Bruce Beresford. Cast: Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy, Dan Aykroyd, Patti Lupone, Esther Rolle. Set in Atlanta in the 1950's, a textile factory owner insists on hiring an ever-patient chauffeur for his aging head-strong mother. The Jewish woman and her African American driver eventually build a relationship over many years. 99 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

Directed by Bruce Beresford. Cast: Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy, Dan Aykroyd, Patti Lupone, Esther Rolle. Set in Atlanta in the 1950's, a textile factory owner insists on hiring an ever-patient chauffeur for his aging head-strong mother. The Jewish woman and her African American driver eventually build a relationship over many years. 99 min.

El Norte (1983)

Directed by Gregory Nava. Beginning in the remote mountain jungles of Guatemala, awash with the lushness of nature and the rainbow colors of the Mayans, this highly-acclaimed drama about a brother and sister seeking a better life centers on two young Indians. When their father is killed by government soldiers and their mother taken away, they set out for the "promised land" to the north--El Norte. When they finally reach Los Angeles, however, their trials are not over for they are "illegals" submerged in an alien culture. 141 min.

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