1978 in film

The year 1978 in film involved some significant events.

List of years in film (table)
In home video
1975
1976
1977
1978
1979
1980
1981
In television
1975
1976
1977
1978
1979
1980
1981

Highest-grossing films (U.S.)Edit

The top ten 1978 released films by box office gross in the United States and Canada are as follows:

Highest-grossing films of 1978
Rank Title Studio Box-office gross
1 Superman Warner Bros. $134,218,018[1]
2 Grease Paramount Pictures $132,472,560[2]
3 Animal House Universal Pictures $120,091,123[3]
4 Every Which Way but Loose Warner Bros. $85,196,485[4]
5 Heaven Can Wait Paramount Pictures $81,640,278[5]
6 Hooper Warner Bros. $78,000,000[6]
7 Jaws 2 Universal Pictures $77,737,272[7]
8 Up In Smoke Paramount Pictures $76,000,000[8]
9 Revenge of the Pink Panther United Artists $49,579,269[9]
10 The Deer Hunter Universal Pictures $48,979,328[10]

EventsEdit

AwardsEdit

Category/Organization 36th Golden Globe Awards
January 27, 1979
32nd BAFTA Awards
March 22, 1979
51st Academy Awards
April 9, 1979
Drama Musical or Comedy
Best Film Midnight Express Heaven Can Wait Julia The Deer Hunter
Best Director Michael Cimino
The Deer Hunter
Alan Parker
Midnight Express
Michael Cimino
The Deer Hunter
Best Actor Jon Voight
Coming Home
Warren Beatty
Heaven Can Wait
Richard Dreyfuss
The Goodbye Girl
Jon Voight
Coming Home
Best Actress Jane Fonda
Coming Home
Ellen Burstyn
Same Time, Next Year
Maggie Smith
California Suite
Jane Fonda
Julia
Jane Fonda
Coming Home
Best Supporting Actor John Hurt
Midnight Express
Christopher Walken
The Deer Hunter
Best Supporting Actress Dyan Cannon
Heaven Can Wait
Geraldine Page
Interiors
Maggie Smith
California Suite
Best Screenplay, Adapted Oliver Stone
Midnight Express
Alvin Sargent
Julia
Oliver Stone
Midnight Express
Best Screenplay, Original Nancy Dowd, Waldo Salt and Robert C. Jones
Coming Home
Best Original Score Giorgio Moroder
Midnight Express
John Williams
Star Wars
Giorgio Moroder
Midnight Express
Joe Renzetti
The Buddy Holly Story
Best Original Song "Last Dance"
Thank God It's Friday
N/A "Last Dance"
Thank God It's Friday
Best Foreign Language Film Autumn Sonata N/A Get Out Your Handkerchiefs

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

The Tree of Wooden Clogs (L'Albero degli zoccoli), directed by Ermanno Olmi, Italy

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

Trout (Las Truchas), directed by José Luis García Sánchez, Spain
What Max Said (Las Palabras de Max), directed by Emilio Martínez-Lázaro, Spain

1978 film releasesEdit

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Notable films released in 1978Edit

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Month Date Name Age Country Profession Notable films
January 5 Sally Eilers 69 US Actress
12 Arthur Sheekman 76 US Screenwriter
23 Jack Oakie 74 US Actor
26 Leo Genn 72 UK Actor
27 Oskar Homolka 79 Austria Actor
29 Tim McCoy 86 US Actor
February 2 Wendy Barrie 69 UK Actress
14 Claude Binyon 72 US Writer, Director
15 Ilka Chase 77 US Actress
18 Kathleen Lockhart 83 UK Actress
18 Maggie McNamara 48 US Actress
24 Franco Arcalli 48 Italy Screenwriter
28 Philip Ahn 72 US Actor
March 12 John Cazale 42 US Actor
16 Reb Russell 72 US Actor
18 Peggy Wood 86 US Actress
24 Leigh Brackett 62 US Screenwriter
25 Leslie Fenton 76 UK Actor, Director
25 Jack Hulbert 85 UK Actor
25 Hanna Ralph 92 Germany Actress
31 Astrid Allwyn 72 US Actress
April 1 Lynne Roberts 56 US Actress
9 Michael Wilson 63 US Screenwriter
13 Paul McGrath 74 US Actor
22 Will Geer 76 US Actor
May 6 Loyal Griggs 71 US Cinematographer
11 Philip Ray 79 UK Actor
12 Robert Coogan 53 US Actor
16 Robert Florey 78 France Director
June 20 Mark Robson 64 Canada Director
29 Bob Crane 49 US Actor
July 3 James Daly 59 US Actor
14 Jack Woolgar 64 UK Actor
17 Thayer David 51 US Actor
19 Agnes Christine Johnston 82 US Screenwriter
August 5 Queenie Smith 79 US Actress
24 Louis Prima 67 US Actor, Singer
26 Charles Boyer 78 France Actor
28 Robert Shaw 51 UK Actor
31 Lee Garmes 80 US Cinematographer
September 3 Karin Molander 89 Sweden Actress
9 Jack L. Warner 86 Canada Producer, Studio Executive
12 Frank Ferguson 71 US Actor
18 Ann Shoemaker 87 US Actress
24 Ruth Etting 80 US Singer, Actress
30 Edgar Bergen 75 US Actor, Ventriloquist
October 10 Kathryn McGuire 74 US Actress
16 Dan Dailey 62 US Actor
19 Gig Young 64 US Actor
30 Brian Hayles 47 UK Screenwriter
November 5 Denis O'Dea 73 Ireland Actor
9 Florence Marly 59 Czechoslovakia Actress
16 Claude Dauphin 75 France Actor
20 Robert Alan Aurthur 56 US Screenwriter
23 June Martel 69 US Actress
26 Ford Beebe 90 US Director
27 Susan Shaw 44 UK Actress
28 André Morell 69 UK Actor
December 7 I. Stanford Jolley 78 US Actor
10 Ed Wood 54 US Director, Screenwriter, Actor
12 Fay Compton 84 UK Actress
15 Chill Wills 76 US Actor
19 Duncan Lamont 60 UK Actor
23 Louis de Rochemont 89 US Producer

Film debutsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Superman, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 12, 2012.
  2. ^ "'Grease,' $4,500,000, In 1,248 Situations For Re-Re-Runs". Variety. May 23, 1979. p. 27.
  3. ^ "Animal House, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 12, 2012.
  4. ^ "Every Which Way But Loose, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved May 26, 2014.
  5. ^ "Heaven Can Wait, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved May 26, 2014.
  6. ^ "Hooper, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 24, 2012.
  7. ^ "Jaws 2, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 12, 2012.
  8. ^ "Columbia Sets Cheech & Chong; They'll Write, Star and Direct". Variety. September 12, 1979. p. 6. Meanwhile, "Smoke" continues to go higher and higher, with $76,000,000 domestic b.o. gross and $28,000,000 foreign
  9. ^ "Revenge of the Pink Panther, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 12, 2012.
  10. ^ "The Deer Hunter, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved May 26, 2014.
  11. ^ "The Astral Factor (1978), imdb". IMDb. Retrieved December 25, 2018.