A Decade in Movies

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THEATER, FILM, & TELEVISION
In 1981, VCR sales rose 72% in 12 months. By 1989, 60 percent of American households with televisions received cable service.  Huge or memorable movies of the decade included On Golden Pond, Tootsie, Arthur,  Stephen Spielberg Movies  like E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, The Big Chill,  Flashdance, Beverly Hills Cop, Out of Africa, Back to the Future, Cocoon, The Breakfast Club,Platoon,Star Trek, Good Morning Vietnam, Fatal Attraction, Rain Man, and Driving Miss Daisy. Broadway revivals were important during the 80s.  Revival musicals like West Side Story, The Music Man, Anything Goes, Me and My Gal, Brigadoon, Grand Hotel, Gypsy, and The King and I all did well at the box office.   Sell-out musicals were ahead for La Cage aux Folles,  Sunday in the Park with George, Andrew Lloyd Webber's mega hits Cats,  Starlight Express, Les Miserables, and The Phantom of the Opera.  Dramas included M. Butterfly, Joe Turner's Come and Gone, and Walk in the Woods.  In 1980, the American Ballet Theater turned 40 and Mikhail Baryshnikov became director. TV innovations and trends included anti-family sitcoms like Roseanne and Married...with Children; tabloid tv with Geraldo, Phil, Sally, and Oprah; stand-up comics included Gary Shandling, Jane Curtin, George Carlin, Jackie Mason, Bill Cosby, Jerry Seinfeld, and Tracy Ullman;  info-tainment included Nightline with Ted Koppel, CNN Cable News,and 20/20 with Hugh Downs and Barbara Walters.  60 Minutes which had first aired in 1968 was bigger than ever.  It was a media decade with superstars.  The decade of the sitcom, here is a list of the top ten TV shows of 1989. Cosby Show| Cheers| Roseanne| A Different World| America's Funniest Home Videos| Golden Girls| The Wonder Years| Empty Nest| 60 Minutes| Unsolved Mysteries| LINKS

*  The Oscars  |  Everything you about everyone and everything that's ever won an Oscar *  TV Retro | Favorite tv shows from yesteryear, plot summaries, more * Media History Project | the whole Twentieth Century

* Movies of the 80's | an alphbetical list with plot summary and casts, from Nostalgia Cental * Television of the 80's | Nostalgia Central site for television.

MUSIC & MEDIA
 
Cable was born and MTV, orginally intended to be promos for albums, had an enormous impact on music and young people.  The digital compact disc (cd) revolutionized the music industry.  Dances learned on MTV  included slam dancing, lambada, and break dancing.  Harlem's gay, black, and Latino males imitated the beautiful jet set with their (then underground) Vogueing, a 'pose' dance popularized by Madonna incorporating the struts and stances of high fashion models. Pop, rock, new wave, punk, country,  and especially rap or hip hop became popular in the 80s. Rap was new in the late 80s  and 90s. Rap had started in prison 20 years earlier by jailed black inmates who, in the absense of instruments, turned poetic meter into musical rhythm.  The early rap heard on ghetto streets was abrasive and laced with hostility toward society.  Early important groups are Milli Vanilli, M. C. Hammer , Vanilla Ice, and L.L. Cool J.  Michael Jackson's album Thriller became the best selling album of all time. There are great links on the Internet for music of the 80s listed below.  Here are a very few favorites from the top hits of the decade:  

 
 
 
 
YEAR| TITLE| ARTIST|
1980| Please Don't Go - single| K.C. and the Sunshine Band| 1980| The Wall - album| Pink Floyd|
1981| Woman in Love - single| Stevie Wonder |
1981| Greatest Hits- album| Kenny Rogers |
1982| Ebony & Ivory - single| Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder| 1982| Tattoo You - album| Rolling Stones|
1983| Let's Dance - single| David Bowie|
1983| Flashdance - album| Sound Track|
1984| To All the Girls I've Loved Before - single| Julio Iglesias, Willie Nelson| 1984| An Innocent Man - album| Billie Joel|
1985| Night...
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