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1980-1989

Hansel and Gretel, An Appalachian Version (1984)

Producer, director, and narrator, Tom Davenport. Cast: Scott Honeycutt (Hansel), Aaron Mack (Gretel), Marlene Elbin (witch). In this adaptation of the Grimm's folktale "Hansel and Gretel" filmed in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, a poor Depression-era father and stepmother can no longer afford to feed their children so they walk them into the forest and "lose" them.

Harlem Nights (1989)

Directed by Eddie Murphy. Cast: Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor,Redd Foxx, Danny Aiello, Michael Lerner, Della Reese, Stan Shaw,Jasmine Guy, and Arsenio Hall. Three generations of comedy legendsstar in this tale of nightclub owner Sugar Ray (Richard Pryor) andhis son Quick (Eddie Murphy), who fight to keep a vicious mobsterand a corrupt police force from putting them out of business. 115min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Harlem Nights (1989)

Directed by Eddie Murphy. Cast: Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, Redd Foxx, Danny Aiello, Michael Lerner, Della Reese, Stan Shaw, Jasmine Guy, and Arsenio Hall. Three generations of comedy legends star in this tale of nightclub owner Sugar Ray (Richard Pryor) and his son Quick (Eddie Murphy), who fight to keep a vicious mobster and a corrupt police force from putting them out of business. 115 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Hay Fever (UK, TV, 1984)

Directed by Cecilia Brereton. Cast: Penelope Keith, Paul Eddington, Patricia Hodge, Joan Sims. Set in an early 1920's British country house, follows the outlandish behaviour of the Bliss family when they each invite a guest to spend the weekend. Based on the play by Noël Coward. 91 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)

Directed by John McNaughton. Cast: Michael Rooker, Tracy Arnold, Tom Towles, Denise Sullivan, Elizabeth Kaden. Based on the true life story of serial killer, Henry Lee Lucas. The film follows Henry's senseless killing sprees. Ex-convict Otis invites Henry to share his Chicago apartment and he becomes involved in Henry's killing sprees. Otis' sister comes to visit her brother, and becomes fascinated with Henry whose broken childhood mirrors her own. Special features: Disc 1. feature-length commentary by director John McNaughton ; theatrical trailers ; still gallery -- Disc 2.

Heroes from Another Country (Heroes de otra patria) (Puerto Rico, 1998)

Director, Ivan Dariel Ortiz. An emotional drama about Puerto Rican soldiers in the Vietnam War told through the interconnected stories of Carlos and Raul, a Puerto Rican draftee and his volunteer sargeant; of Carlos' mother and sister in Puerto Rico; and of Esteban, a fellow soldier whose tour of duty ends permitting him to return to Puerto Rico. 83 min. Credits and other information from Internet Movie Database

Het bittere kruid (Bitter Sweet) (Netherlands, 1985)

Directed by Kees Van Oostrum. Cast: Ester Spitz, Gerard Thoolen, Kitty Courbois, Frank Rigter. This interpretation of the life of a Jewish girl in Holland -- who escapes being sent to German death camps in 1942 while the rest of her family is deported -- is loosely based on the autobiographical novel by Marga Minco. The author sued to insert a disclaimer before the title that a fictional Nazi family introduced in this film and the young Jewish girl could never have had the relationship shown, a relationship contrary to her book and her experience.

Hollywood Shuffle (1987)

Directed by Robert Townsend. Cast: Robert Townsend, Craigus R.Johnson, Helen Martin, Starletta DuPois. Bobby Taylor waits forhis big break as an actor and dreams of leading roles, AcademyAwards, stretch limos and adoring fans. 81 min. ;
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I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988)

Directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans. Cast: Bernie Casey, Jim Brown,Isaac Hayes, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Janet Dubois, Antonio Fargas.In this ultra-slick, urban action comedy Mr. Slade comes out ofretirement along with Jack Spade to try to clean up Mr. Big'sneighborhood from crimes, drugs and the over use of gold chainsas they take on the local gang boss in his hangout, the BigBrim Bar. 89 min.
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Illusions (1983)

Directed by Julie Dash. Cast: Lonette McKee, Rosanne Katon, NedBellamy, Jack Radar. Story takes place in 1942 and is aboutMignon Dupree, a black woman studio executive who appears to bewhite, and Ester Jeeter, a black woman who is the singing voicefor a white Hollywood star. The film follows the struggles ofthe women as well as the use of motion picture films inHollywood during wartime. 34 min.

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