1985 in film

The following is an overview of events in 1985 in film, including the highest-grossing films, award ceremonies and festivals, a list of films released and notable deaths.

List of years in film (table)
In home video
1982
1983
1984
1985
1986
1987
1988
In television
1982
1983
1984
1985
1986
1987
1988

Highest-grossing films (U.S.)Edit

The top ten 1985 released films by box office gross in North America are as follows:

Highest-grossing films of 1985[1]
Rank Title Distributor Box-office gross
1 Back to the Future Universal Pictures $210,609,762
2 Rambo: First Blood Part II TriStar Pictures / Carolco Pictures $150,415,432
3 Rocky IV Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer $127,873,716
4 The Color Purple Warner Bros. $94,175,854
5 Out of Africa Universal Pictures $87,071,205
6 Cocoon 20th Century Fox $76,113,124
7 The Jewel of the Nile $75,973,200
8 Witness Paramount Pictures $68,706,993
9 The Goonies Warner Bros. $61,389,680
10 Spies Like Us $60,088,980

EventsEdit

AwardsEdit

Category/Organization 43rd Golden Globe Awards
January 24, 1986
39th BAFTA Awards
March 16, 1986
58th Academy Awards
March 24, 1986
Drama Musical or Comedy
Best Film Out of Africa Prizzi's Honor The Purple Rose of Cairo Out of Africa
Best Director John Huston
Prizzi's Honor
N/A Sydney Pollack
Out of Africa
Best Actor Jon Voight
Runaway Train
Jack Nicholson
Prizzi's Honor
William Hurt
Kiss of the Spider Woman
Best Actress Whoopi Goldberg
The Color Purple
Kathleen Turner
Prizzi's Honor
Peggy Ashcroft
A Passage to India
Geraldine Page
The Trip to Bountiful
Best Supporting Actor Klaus Maria Brandauer
Out of Africa
Denholm Elliott
Defence of the Realm
Don Ameche
Cocoon
Best Supporting Actress Meg Tilly
Agnes of God
Rosanna Arquette
Desperately Seeking Susan
Anjelica Huston
Prizzi's Honor
Best Screenplay, Adapted Woody Allen
The Purple Rose of Cairo
Richard Condon and Janet Roach
Prizzi's Honor
Kurt Luedtke
Out of Africa
Best Screenplay, Original Woody Allen
The Purple Rose of Cairo
Earl W. Wallace, William Kelley and Pamela Wallace
Witness
Best Original Score John Barry
Out of Africa
Maurice Jarre
Witness
John Barry
Out of Africa
Best Original Song "Say You, Say Me"
White Nights
N/A "Say You, Say Me"
White Nights
Best Foreign Language Film The Official Story Colonel Redl The Official Story

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

When Father Was Away on Business (Otac na službenom putu), directed by Emir Kusturica, Yugoslavia

Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival):

Vagabond (Sans toit ni loi), directed by Agnès Varda, France / U.K.

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

Die Frau und der Fremde (The Woman and the Stranger), directed by Rainer Simon, East Germany
Wetherby, directed by David Hare, United Kingdom

Notable films released in 1985Edit

United States unless stated

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Notable deathsEdit

Month Date Name Age Country Profession Notable films
January 5 Robert Surtees 78 US Cinematographer
5 John Paxton 73 US Screenwriter
11 Edward Buzzell 89 US Director
12 Paul Luty 52 UK Actor
13 Carol Wayne 42 US Actress
14 Jetta Goudal 93 Netherlands Actress
18 Wilfrid Brambell 72 UK Actor
25 Paul J. Smith 78 US Composer, Orchestrator
February
4 Fred Ryan 67 UK Boom Operator
6 Neil McCarthy 52 UK Actor
6 James Hadley Chase 78 UK Writer, Miscellaneous
10 Wanda Tuchock 86 US Screenwriter
11 Henry Hathaway 86 US Director, Producer
12 Nicholas Colasanto 61 US Actor
16 Larry Ward 60 US Actor, Writer
19 Dorothy Black 85 South Africa Actress
20 Clarence Nash 80 US Actor
21 Ina Claire 91 UK Actress
21 Louis Hayward 75 UK Actor, Director, Producer
27 J. Pat O'Malley 80 UK Actor, Voice Actor
27 David Huffman 39 US Actor, Producer
March
1 Alfred Zeisler 92 US Producer, Director
3 Noel Purcell 84 Ireland Actor
5 Thomas Little 98 US Set Decorator
8 Edward Andrews 70 US Actor
19 Anthony Nelson Keys 73 UK Producer
21 Michael Redgrave 77 UK Actor, Writer
21 Michael Trubshawe 79 UK Actor
April
16 Scott Brady 60 US Actor
21 John Welsh 70 UK Actor, Production Manager
23 Kent Smith 78 US Actor
25 Richard Haydn 80 UK Actor
26 Albert Maltz 76 US Screenwriter
May 1 George Pravda 68 UK Actor
4 Harry Earles 83 US Actor
5 Mildred Dixon 74 US Actress
7 Dawn Addams 54 UK Actress
8 Susan Morrow 53 US Actress
8 Dolph Sweet 64 US Actor
9 Edmond O'Brien 69 US Actor
11 Chester Gould 84 US Writer, Cartoonist
13 Selma Diamond 64 US Actress, Writer
13 Leatrice Joy 91 US Actress
14 Frank Westmore 62 ?? Makeup Artist
16 Margaret Hamilton 82 US Actress
17 Hugh Burden 72 UK Actor, Writer
22 Wolfgang Reitherman 75 US Animator, Director, Producer
22 Gerald Case 80 UK Actor
25 Robert Nathan 91 US Writer, Actor
26 Harold Hecht 77 US Producer
30 Talbot Jennings 90 US Screenwriter
June 1 Richard Greene 66 UK Actor, Producer
7 Gordon Rollings 59 UK Actor
9 Clifford Evans 73 UK Actor, Writer
10 George Chandler 86 US Actor
17 John Boulting 71 UK Producer, Director
24 Valentine Dyall 77 UK Actor
28 James Craig 73 US Actor, Writer
July 1 Elsie Wagstaff 86 UK Actress
3 Nelson Leigh 80 US Actor
7 Ewen Solon 67 NZ Actor
8 Phil Foster 71 US Actor
8 Victor Rendina 68 US Actor
17 Margo 68 Mexico Actress
18 Louisa Ghijs 83 Belgium Actress
20 Estelle Evans 78 US Actress
23 Kay Kyser 80 US Musician, Actor
23 Mickey Shaughnessy 64 US Actor
28 Grant Williams 53 US Actor
August
2 Bob Holt 56 US Actor
2 Frank Faylen 79 US Actor
7 Grayson Hall 62 US Actress
8 Louise Brooks 78 US Actress
8 Milton H. Greene 63 US Producer
10 Kenny Baker 72 US Singer, Actor
12 Patrick Hines 55 US Actor
13 Marion Martin 77 US Actress
14 Gale Sondergaard 86 US Actress
15 Lester Cole 81 US Screenwriter
24 Morrie Ryskind 89 US Screenwriter
28 Ruth Gordon 88 US Actress, Writer
29 Evelyn Ankers 67 US Actress
29 Patrick Barr 77 UK Actor
30 Tom Howard 75 UK Special Effects
September 4 George O'Brien 86 US Actor, Producer
6 Johnny Desmond 65 US Actor, Singer
6 Jane Frazee 67 US Actress, Singer
10 Alexa Kenin 23 US Actress
14 Julian Beck 60 US Actor
16 Art Scholl 53 US Stuntman, Actor
24 Paul Mann 71 US Actor
27 Lloyd Nolan 83 US Actor
28 L. B. Abbott 77 US Special Effects
29 Arthur Krams 73 US Set Decorator
30 Simone Signoret 64 France Actress
30 Floyd Crosby 85 US Cinematographer
October 2 George Savalas 60 US Actor
2 Rock Hudson 59 US Actor
6 Nelson Riddle 64 US Composer, Orchestrator
10 Yul Brynner 65 US Actor
10 Orson Welles 70 US Actor, Writer, Director
13 Francesca Bertini 93 Italy Actress
16 Franklin Milton 78 US Recording Supervisor
22 Stefano Satta Flores 48 Italy Actor
25 Gary Holton 33 UK Actor
30 Kirby Grant 73 US Actor
30 David Oxley 64 Spain Actor
November 1 Phil Silvers 74 US Actor
12 Dimitar Panov 83 Bulgaria Actor
19 Jimmy Ritz 81 US Actor, Writer
19 Stepin Fetchit 83 US Actor
23 Leslie Mitchell 80 UK Newsreel Commentator British Movietone News
December 11 Kathleen Ryan 63 Ireland Actress
12 Anne Baxter 62 US Actress
12 Phil Karlson 77 US Director
14 Bruce Weintraub 33 US Set Decorator
17 Harry M. Leonard 85 US Sound Recordist
23 Gina Kaus 92 Austria Screenwriter
26 Margarete Schön 90 Germany Actress, Director
28 Renato Castellani 72 Italy Director, Writer
31 Ricky Nelson 45 US Actor, Singer
31 Sam Spiegel 84 UK Producer

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See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1985 Domestic Grosses". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 7 April 2014.