The Movie Scene's Top 10 Movies from 1980
Touched by Love (1980)
After arriving at a home for children with Cerebral Palsy, nurses aide Lena Canada (Deborah Raffin) quickly fits in helping these children break free from being locked in. One child in particular, Karen (Diane Lane), grabs her attention who despite the attempts of the staff, other children as well as Dr. Bell (Michael Learned) remains in a locked in state. Devoting her time to working with Karen it seems that Lena will also fail and Karen will end up hospitalized until Lena makes a break through as Karen speaks for the first time. That one glimmer of hope builds to a lot more as through Lena's devotion Karen comes on leaps and bounds especially when Lena discovers that Karen is fond of Elvis Presley and encourages her to write to the star. Whilst not receiving a response from Elvis leads to Karen to decline a little a letter arrives from Elvis who gives her his private address so that the letters will go straight to him... Touched by Love review
It's audition time at the New York City High School for the Performing Arts and the place is swarming with young hopefuls such as the nervous Doris (Maureen Teefy), the musically progressive Bruno (Lee Curreri) and hot shot dancer Leroy (Gene Anthony Ray). But getting through the auditions is only the first in a series of trials and tribulations as they spend the next few years together, growing as artists and discovering who they are... Fame review
Superman II (1980)
Having brought a halt to Lex Luthor's (Gene Hackman) evil plans things seem to have settled down for Clark Kent (Christopher Reeve). That is until he sets out to prevent terrorists from blowing up Paris and saving Lois Lane (Margot Kidder) in the process. Unfortunately for Clark his decision to send the terrorists bomb deep into space ends up releasing General Zod (Terence Stamp), Ursa (Sarah Douglas) and Non (Jack O'Halloran) who head to earth with a plan to take control. Meanwhile whilst covering a story at Niagara Falls Lois discovers that Clark truly is Superman leading him to make some life changing decisions. But is it the right time for him to be making these decisions with General Zod on the planet... Superman II review
Bushwood Country Club is an exclusive establishment where the wealthy come to play golf and the teenage caddies try to get lucky. Danny Noonan (Michael O'Keefe) is one of those young caddies but one who is trying to suck up to Judge Elihu Smails (Ted Knight) in order to win a caddy scholarship. But Smails has other things on his mind as the club has a new member, the extremely loud and club law flouting Al Czervik (Rodney Dangerfield). Whilst their was of words reaches fever pitch with a big money game of golf the club has another problem, gophers! Fortunately green's keep Carl Spackler (Bill Murray) is willing to do anything to take down the furry fiend... Caddyshack review
Desperately in love with stewardess Elaine Dickinson (Julie Hagerty), former pilot Ted Striker (Robert Hays) plucks up the courage to board her plane in the hope of winning her back. But it's not easy as ever since an accident during the war Ted has been unable to get back on to a plane. But it's a good job Ted is on board as midway across America the crew and many of the passengers are struck down with some deadly food bug and only Striker can save the day. That is if he can get over his fears.... Airplane! review
Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)
As a child Loretta Webb (Sissy Spacek) helped around the house, looking after her siblings and would fetch coal home in a cart from the mine where her father worked. But then at the age of 15 and after a brief courtship Loretta became Loretta Lynn after marrying Oliver "Doolittle" Lynn (Tommy Lee Jones) and not long later fell pregnant with the first of six children. When on their 5th anniversary Doolittle gave Loretta a guitar it started something big as she went from playing in a local Honky Tonk to performing at the Grand Ole Opry which led to a close friendship with Patsy Cline (Beverly D'Angelo). But musical success was not without its problems from Doolittle struggling to live in his wife's shadow to Loretta feeling a need to be constantly performing to stay in the public's eye taking a toll on her health... Coal Miner's Daughter review
The Elephant Man (1980)
Having been forced to work as a side show freak show John Merrick (John Hurt) has suffered mistreatment at the hands of the circus owner whilst mocked by many due to his enormous disfigurement which earned him the billing of The Elephant Man. But when Dr. Frederick Treves (Anthony Hopkins) comes across Merrick he is intrigued not only by the disfigurement but also the man himself, taking him back to London where he comes to understand that Merrick is a gentle man with a sensitive soul who suffers because of the way people are frightened of him... The Elephant Man review
Raging Bull (1980)
When Jake LaMotta (Robert De Niro) fights he has the ability to be a great but Jake is a man with a complicated life. His relationship with the younger Vikki (Cathy Moriarty) leads to constant paranoia especially when he sees her to talking to other men. And then there is his brother Joey whose connections with the mob lead to him having to take a dive in the ring. As Jake's relationship becomes all the more tense it leads to his paranoia taking hold of him in a violent manner... Raging Bull review
The Blues Brothers (1980)
After serving his time Jake Blues (John Belushi) is out of prison where he is picked up by his brother Elwood (Dan Aykroyd) in a former police car. After a short trip they show up at the boarding school where the nuns and in particular "The Penguin" raised them only to learn that the Archdiocese is going to sell the place and the only way they can save it is by raising $5000 to paid the outstanding tax on the property. With just 11 days before the place is sold the brothers are on a "mission from God" to put the band back together to raise the money which is easier said than done as with a Mystery Woman (Carrie Fisher) already wanting them dead they seem to collect more enemies on their escapades... The Blues Brothers review
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Three years on from the destruction of the Death Star the rebels lead by Leia have set up base on Hoth, an icy planet where freezing temperatures are as dangerous as some of its inhabitants. But when the Empire attacks it leads to Jan, Leia, C-3PO and Chewbacca fleeing across the galaxy to Cloud City whilst Luke along with R2-D2 head to the forgotten planet of Dagobah where Jedi master Yoda sets about training the young Jedi. But with Darth Vader not only wanting to crush the rebels and also find Luke there is little rest bite... Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back review
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