UC Berkeley Library

1980-1989

Once Upon a Time in America (Italy / USA, 1983)

Director, Sergio Leone. Cast: Robert De Niro, James Woods, Elizabeth McGovern, Joe Pesci, Burt Young, Tuesday Weld, Treat Williams. "Epic, episodic, tale of the lives of a small group of New York City Jewish gangsters spanning over 40 years.

Partir, revenir (Happy New Year) (France, 1985)

Directed by Claude Lelouch. Cast: Annie Giradot, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Françoise Fabian, Erik Berchot, Michel Piccoli, Evelyne Bouix, Richard Anconina, Charles Gerard. A WWII melodrama involving a Jewish family who takes refuge from the Nazis by escaping to a country home owned by aristocrats, combined with a modern story of reincarnation and artistic creation featuring the descendants of the main characters of the first narrative. 113 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Pennies from Heaven (1981)

Directed by Herbert Ross. Cast: Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, Christopher Walken, Jessica Harper, Vernal Bagneris. A musical drama about a young sheet-music salesman during the Depression who is doomed forever to believe in the lyrics of the songs he sells. 108 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Places in the Heart (1984)

Directed by Robert Benton. Cast: Sally Field, Lindsay Crouse, Ed Harris, Amy Madigan, John Malkovich, Danny Glover. It's the 1930's in Waxahachie, Texas. Against this Depression-torn background unforgettable characters meet and collide. Its emotionally gripping story centers around Edna Spalding (Sally Fields) and her unending struggle against extraordinary hardships. 112 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Playing for Time (TV, 1980)

Directed by Daniel Mann. Cast: Vanessa Redgrave, Jane Alexander, Shirley Knight, Marisa Berenson, Maud Adams. Fania Fenelon is a Jewish cabaret singer in Paris during the Nazi invasion. Fania and thousands of other Jewish and political prisoners are sent to the Auschwitz death camp. She and a group of other classical musicians are spared from death in exchange for performing music for their captors. They are also ordered to play for the thousands being herded to the gas chambers, as a 'humane' means of easing the condemned into the next world. Based on true events.

Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)

Directed by Woody Allen. Cast: Mia Farrow, Jeff Daniels, Danny Aiello, Jack Rollins. Cecilia is a poor waitress whose only escape is the thrill and excitement of going to the movies. Suddenly, while watching her favorite movie, the leading man jumps out of the picture to be with her. Confusion abounds as the actors he has left in the movie try to get him back. 82 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Radio Days (1987)

Directed by Woody Allen. Cast: Mia Farrow, Diane Keaton, Danny Aiello, Jeff Daniels, Tony Roberts. A look back at radio from the late 1930s to the mid-1940s, focusing on an extended Jewish family, all avid radio listeners, and on a young woman who eventually succeeds as a radio gossip columnist. 96 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Ragtime (1981)

Directed by Milos Forman. Cast: James Cagney, Brad Dourif,Moses Gunn, Elizabeth McGovern, Kenneth McMillan, James Olson,Mandy Patinkin, Howard E. Rollins, Mary Steenburgen. Thisvivid, high-energy human tableau interweaves the lives andpassions of a middle class, small town family against thescandals and events of a transitional America in 1906. Based onthe novel by E. L. Doctorow. 156 min.

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Directed by Steven Spielberg. Cast: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, Ronald Lacey, John Rhys-Davies, Denholm Elliott. Indiana Jones is a bullwhip-cracking archeologist assigned by the U.S. Government to find the mystically empowered Ark of the Covenant before the Nazies can obtain it for their own evil use. 115 min. :1284 Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Robocop (1987)

Directed by Paul Verhoeven. Cast: Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Robocop, Daniel O'Herlihy, Ronny Cox, Kurtwood Smith, Miguel Ferrer. Robocop is designed to stop a crimewave which is spreading all across America. The cyborg, created from the body of a slain police officer, is programed to serve the public trust, uphold the law and protect the innocent. All goes well at first and Robocop stops every sleaze ball he encounters, but there are forces which will stop at nothing to see him eliminated. 103 min.

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