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The Best Movies of 1979
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Movie: Alien ( 1979 )
After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.
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Movie: Apocalypse Now ( 1979 )
A U.S. Army officer serving in Vietnam is tasked with assassinating a renegade Special Forces Colonel who sees himself as a god.
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Movie: Caligula ( 1979 )
Details the graphic and shocking, yet undeniably tragic story of Rome's most infamous Caesar, Gaius Germanicus Caligula.
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Movie: Mad Max ( 1979 )
In a self-destructing world, a vengeful Australian policeman sets out to stop a violent motorcycle gang.
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Movie: Stalker ( 1980 )
A guide leads two men through an area known as the Zone to find a room that grants wishes.
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Movie: Moonraker ( 1979 )
James Bond investigates the mid-air theft of a space shuttle, and discovers a plot to commit global genocide.
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Movie: The Warriors ( 1979 )
In the near future, a charismatic leader summons the street gangs of New York City in a bid to take it over. When he is killed, The Warriors are falsely blamed and now must fight their way home while every other gang is hunting them down.
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Movie: The North Avenue Irregulars ( 1979 )
When crooks set up operations in a traditional town, a minister and a group of church ladies are willing to do anything, no matter how wacky, to get them out.
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Movie: All That Jazz ( 1979 )
Director/choreographer Bob Fosse tells his own life story as he details the sordid life of Joe Gideon, a womanizing, drug-using dancer.
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Movie: Meatballs ( 1979 )
Wacky hijinks of counselors and campers at a less-than-average summer camp.
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Movie: Kramer vs. Kramer ( 1979 )
Ted Kramer's wife leaves him, allowing for a lost bond to be rediscovered between Ted and his son, Billy. But a heated custody battle ensues over the divorced couple's son, deepening the wounds left by the separation.
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Movie: Monty Python's Life of Brian ( 1979 )
Born on the original Christmas in the stable next door to Jesus, Brian of Nazareth spends his life being mistaken for a messiah.
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Movie: Salem's Lot ( 1979 )
A novelist and a young horror fan attempt to save a small New England town which has been invaded by vampires.
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Movie: 10 ( 1979 )
A Hollywood composer goes through a mid-life crisis and becomes infatuated with a sexy, newly married woman.
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Movie: The China Syndrome ( 1979 )
A reporter finds what appears to be a cover-up of safety hazards at a nuclear power plant.
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Movie: Escape from Alcatraz ( 1979 )
Alcatraz is the most secure prison of its time. It is believed that no one can ever escape from it, until three daring men make a possible successful attempt at escaping from one of the most infamous prisons in the world.
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Movie: Zombie ( 1979 )
Strangers searching for a young woman's missing father arrive at a tropical island where a doctor desperately seeks the cause and cure of a recent epidemic of the undead.
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Movie: Hair ( 1979 )
Claude Bukowski leaves the family ranch in Oklahoma for New York where he is rapidly embraced into the hippie group of youngsters led by Berger, yet he's already been drafted. He soon falls in love with Sheila Franklin, a rich girl but still a rebel inside.
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Movie: Star Trek: The Motion Picture ( 1979 )
When an alien spacecraft of enormous power is spotted approaching Earth, Admiral James T. Kirk resumes command of the overhauled USS Enterprise in order to intercept it.
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Movie: The Black Hole ( 1979 )
A research vessel finds a missing ship, commanded by a mysterious scientist, on the edge of a black hole.
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Movie: Breaking Away ( 1979 )
A small-town boy obsessed with the Italian cycling team vies for the affections of a college girl.
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Movie: 1941 ( 1979 )
Hysterical Californians prepare for a Japanese invasion in the days after Pearl Harbor.
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Movie: The Jerk ( 1979 )
A simple minded, sheltered country boy suddenly decides to leave his family home to experience life in the big city, where his naivety is both his best friend, and worst enemy.
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Movie: Rocky II ( 1979 )
Rocky struggles in family life after his bout with Apollo Creed, while the embarrassed champ insistently goads him to accept a challenge for a rematch.
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Movie: Manhattan ( 1979 )
The life of a divorced television writer dating a teenage girl is further complicated when he falls in love with his best friend's mistress.
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Movie: The Concorde... Airport '79 ( 1979 )
American based Federation World Airlines has just acquired a Concorde jet, which will make its inaugural commercial flight from Washington, D.C. to Paris, and then to Moscow as a goodwill gesture prior to the 1980 Olympic Games. Among those on board is Maggie Whelan, a television reporter, who is taking both legs of the trip. Just after boarding at Dulles International Airport, she receives documents conclusively and unequivocally stating that her boyfriend, Dr. Kevin Harrison, the Chairman of Harrison Industries, an aerospace contractor, is complicit in illegally selling arms to enemy regimes. Regardless, Maggie loves Kevin, who vows to do the right thing by making a public statement to his illegal activities. Maggie also intends on making an on-air report of the story once she arrives in Moscow. Kevin, however, has other thoughts. He plans on destroying the documents, the most convenient way being to bring down the Concorde with Maggie aboard, initially having the attack on the plane as a technical error, then pinning the attack on one of the many activist groups opposed to the Concorde itself, or the upcoming Olympics. Concorde pilots Joe Petroni and Paul Metrand do whatever they have to to combat the attacks on the plane, the masterminds behind of which they nor Maggie are aware.
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Movie: The Muppet Movie ( 1979 )
Kermit and his newfound friends trek across America to find success in Hollywood, but a frog legs merchant is after Kermit.
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Movie: Quadrophenia ( 1979 )
Jimmy loathes his job and parents. He seeks solace with his mod clique, scooter riding and drugs, only to be disappointed.
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Movie: The Brood ( 1979 )
A man tries to uncover an unconventional psychologist's therapy techniques on his institutionalized wife, amidst a series of brutal murders.
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Movie: Phantasm ( 1979 )
A teenage boy and his friends face off against a mysterious grave robber known only as the Tall Man, who keeps a lethal arsenal of terrible weapons with him.
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Movie: Nosferatu the Vampyre ( 1979 )
Count Dracula moves from Transylvania to Wismar, spreading the Black Plague across the land. Only a woman pure of heart can bring an end to his reign of horror.
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Movie: Tourist Trap ( 1979 )
A group of young friends stranded at a secluded roadside museum are stalked by a masked assailant who uses his telekenetic powers to control the attraction's mannequins.
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Movie: The Amityville Horror ( 1979 )
Newlyweds move into a large house where a mass murder was committed, and experience strange manifestations which drive them away.
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Movie: Being There ( 1980 )
A simpleminded, sheltered gardener becomes an unlikely trusted advisor to a powerful businessman and an insider in Washington politics.
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Movie: Tess ( 1979 )
A strong-willed young peasant girl attracts the affection of two men.
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Movie: More American Graffiti ( 1979 )
College graduates deal with Vietnam and other issues of the late 1960s.
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Movie: Scum ( 1979 )
An uncompromising story of life in a British juvenile offender institution in the 70's.
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Movie: The Wanderers ( 1979 )
Set against the urban jungle of 1963 New York's gangland subculture, this coming of age teenage movie is set around the Italian gang the Wanderers. Slight comedy, slight High School angst and every bit entertaining with its classic 1950's Rock n' Roll soundtrack such as "Walk Like a Man", "Big Girls Don't Cry" by The Four Seasons and "My Boyfriend's Back" by The Angels. Focusing around a football game where the different gangs play with and against each other, then at its grand finale, come together in a mass of union to defend their honour and their turf. Nostalgic stuff and above all a Rock n' Roll retrospective on a grand musical era. Timeless.
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Movie: ...and justice for all. ( 1979 )
A lawyer is forced to defend a guilty judge, while defending other innocent clients, and trying to find punishment for the guilty and provide justice for the innocent.
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Movie: North Dallas Forty ( 1979 )
A semi-fictional account of life as a professional (American-style) football player. Loosely based on the Dallas Cowboys team of the early 1970s.
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Movie: The Electric Horseman ( 1979 )
A rodeo star past his prime steals his company's horse and rides into the desert, with a feisty reporter accompanying him.
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Movie: Hardcore ( 1979 )
A conservative Midwest businessman ventures into the sordid underworld of pornography in California to look for his runaway teenage daughter who is making porno films in California's porno pits.
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Movie: The Black Stallion ( 1979 )
While traveling with his father, young Alec becomes fascinated by a mysterious Arabian stallion who is brought on board and stabled in the ship he is sailing on. When it tragically sinks both he and the horse survive only to be stranded on a desert island. He befriends it, so when finally rescued, both return to his home where they soon meet Henry Dailey, a once-successful trainer. Together they begin training the stallion to race against the fastest horses in the world.
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Movie: The Tin Drum ( 1979 )
In 1924, Oskar Matzerath is born in the Free City of Danzig. At age three, he falls down a flight of stairs and stops growing. In 1939, World War II breaks out.
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Movie: Time After Time ( 1979 )
H.G. Wells pursues Jack the Ripper to the 20th Century when the serial murderer uses the future writer's time machine to escape his time period.
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Movie: Rock 'n' Roll High School ( 1990 )
A group of rock-music-loving students, with the help of the Ramones, take over their school to combat its newly installed oppressive administration.
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Movie: Dracula ( 1979 )
In 1913, the charming, seductive and sinister vampire Count Dracula travels to England in search of an immortal bride.
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Movie: Scavenger Hunt ( 1979 )
To inherit a fortune, various addressees of a will must compete in a wild scavenger hunt to collect selected items, but cannot be simply bought.
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Movie: The Champ ( 1979 )
A former boxer discovers that his biggest battle of all is going to be with his ex-wife, Annie, who returns after abandoning their young son seven years prior.
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Movie: When a Stranger Calls ( 1979 )
A psychopathic killer terrorizes a babysitter, then returns seven years later to menace her again.
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Movie: The Great Santini ( 1979 )
As he approaches manhood, Ben Meechum struggles to win the approval of his demanding alpha male father, an aggressively competitive, but frustrated Marine pilot.
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Movie: The Rose ( 1979 )
The tragic life of a self-destructive female rock star who struggles to deal with the constant pressures of her career and the demands of her ruthless business manager.
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Movie: Elvis ( 1979 )
Biographical movie about the famous rock singer Elvis Presley.
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Movie: The Villain ( 1979 )
Facing hanging, a bank robber makes a deal with the corrupt banker to avoid execution in exchange for a dirty assignment.
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Movie: Norma Rae ( 1979 )
A young single mother and textile worker agrees to help unionize her mill despite the problems and dangers involved.
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Movie: Buck Rogers in the 25th Century ( 1979 )
A 20th century astronaut emerges out of 500 years of suspended animation into a future time where Earth is threatened by alien invaders.
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Movie: Over the Edge ( 1979 )
A group of bored teenagers rebel against authority in the community of New Granada after the death of one of their own.
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Movie: H.O.T.S. ( 1980 )
College exploitation film focusing on the wild escapades of the women of H.O.T.S. Sorority. The antics include but are certainly not limited to a wet t-shirt contest, a sky-diving episode, plenty of fraternity boys and even a house-keeping robot. Can the girls of H.O.T.S. overcome the scrutiny of their unliberated student counterparts and the University Administration as they unknowingly become the focus of bumbling crooks?
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Movie: All Quiet on the Western Front ( 1979 )
A young soldier faces profound disillusionment in the soul-destroying horror of World War I.
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Movie: Prophecy ( 1979 )
A log company's waste mutates the environment, creating a giant killer bear-monster.
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Movie: Killer Nun ( 1979 )
A demented nun sliding through morphine addiction into madness, whilst presiding over a regime of lesbianism, torture and death. Sister Gertrude is the head nurse/nun in a general hospital, whose increasingly psychotic behavior endangers the staff and patients around her.
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Movie: The Frisco Kid ( 1979 )
A Polish rabbi wanders through the Old West on his way to lead a synagogue in San Francisco. On the way he is nearly burnt at the stake by Indians and almost killed by outlaws.
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Movie: Escape to Athena ( 1979 )
A World War II adventure, involving a group of Allied P.O.W.s, Nazis, black market priceless art treasures, Greek resistance, a Greek monastery, and a secret German rocket base.
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Movie: The Visitor ( 1979 )
The soul of a young girl with telekinetic powers becomes the prize in a fight between forces of God and the Devil.
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Movie: Don't Go in the House ( 1980 )
A disturbed young man who was burned as a child by his sadistic mother stalks women with a flamethrower.
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Movie: Tim ( 1979 )
A somewhat mentally handicapped 20-year-old man works as a laborer, but everyone abuse his naiveté. A nice 40-year-old American woman hires him one day and they become close. However, the town and his family see her as predatory.
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Movie: Cuba ( 1979 )
A British mercenary arrives in pre-Revolution Cuba to help train General Batista's Army against Castro's guerrillas while he also romances a former lover now married to an unscrupulous plantation owner.
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Movie: Quintet ( 1979 )
During a future ice age, dying humanity occupies its remaining time by playing a board game called "Quintet." For one small group, this obsession is not enough; they play the game with living pieces ... and only the winner survives.
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Movie: Killer Fish ( 1979 )
Jewel thieves attempt to recover treasure from piranha infested waters. Mistrust and betrayals happen amongst the gang in the quest for gold.
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Movie: S.O.S. Titanic ( 1979 )
On its maiden voyage in April 1912, the supposedly unsinkable R.M.S. Titanic hits an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean.
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Movie: My Brilliant Career ( 1979 )
A young independent woman who lives with her grandmother and aunt in the countryside rebels against being pressured into marriage and chooses to solely focus on having a career as a writer. Nevertheless, two suitors propose to her.
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Movie: The In-Laws ( 1979 )
On the eve of their children's marriage, NYC in-laws Sheldon Kornpett and Vince Ricardo embark on a series of misadventures involving the CIA, the Treasury Department and Central American dictators.
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Movie: Beyond the Poseidon Adventure ( 1979 )
Adventurers return to the overturned ship, seeking a fortune.
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Movie: The Driller Killer ( 1979 )
An artist slowly goes insane while struggling to pay his bills, work on his paintings, and care for his two female roommates, which leads him taking to the streets of New York after dark and randomly killing derelicts with a power drill.
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Movie: Zulu Dawn ( 1979 )
A dramatization of the Battle of Isandlwana, where the British Army met its match against the Zulu nation.
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Movie: Love at First Bite ( 1979 )
This vampire spoof has Count Dracula moving to New York to find his Bride, after being forced to move out of his Transylvanian castle. There with the aid of assistant Renfield, he stumbles through typical New York city life situations while pursuing Cindy Soundheim. But her boyfriend, Doctor Jeff Rosenberg, realizes she is under the influence of a vampire, and tries his bumbling best to convince police Lt Ferguson of what is going on, and to help him stop Dracula.
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Movie: Meteor ( 1979 )
The U.S. must join forces with the U.S.S.R. in order to destroy a gigantic asteroid heading straight for Earth.
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Movie: Sunburn ( 1979 )
After a rich old man dies in a suspicious car accident in Acapulco, Mexico, his widow wants his insurance company to pony up five million dollars. Hotshot investigator Jake Decker (Charles Grodin) and charming model Ellie (Farrah Fawcett-Majors) come in to check it out.
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Movie: The Bitch ( 1980 )
The owner of a trendy disco starts having problems with the men in her life and the Mafia, which is trying to move in on her place.
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Movie: Starting Over ( 1979 )
A divorced man falls in love, but somehow he can't get over his ex-wife. This affects his love life in comic ways. Based on Dan Wakefield's novel.
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Movie: Bloodline ( 1979 )
When her father is murdered, a pharmaceutical heiress becomes the next target of an unknown killer amid the international jet set.
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Movie: The Onion Field ( 1980 )
An LA police officer is murdered in the onion fields outside of Bakersfield. However, legal loopholes could keep his kidnappers from receiving justice, and his partner is haunted by overwhelming survivor's guilt.
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Movie: Yanks ( 1979 )
During WWII, the United States set up army bases in Great Britain as part of the war effort. Against their proper sensibilities, many of the Brits don't much like the brash Yanks, especially when it comes to the G.I.s making advances on the lonely British girls, some whose boyfriends are also away for the war. One Yank/Brit relationship that develops is between married John, an Army Captain, and the aristocratic Helen, whose naval husband is away at war. Helen does whatever she needs to support the war effort. Helen loves her husband, but Helen and John are looking for some comfort during the difficult times. Another relationship develops between one of John's charges, Matt, a talented mess hall cook, and Jean. Jean is apprehensive at first about even seeing Matt, who is persistent in his pursuit of her. Jean is in a committed relationship with the kind Ken, her childhood sweetheart who is also away at war. But Jean is attracted to the respect with which Matt treats her. Despite Ken and Jean getting engaged during one of his leaves, Jean and Matt continue to see each other and fall in love. Beyond the issue of Jean's mother's disdain for Yanks and Ken and Jean's engagement, Matt and Jean still have to overcome the differences between the two worlds in which they live. Regardless, the goings-on of the war may override any of their immediate wishes.
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Movie: Hanover Street ( 1979 )
Margaret is a nurse in England during WW2, and married to a secret agent. Things get complicated when she falls for David, an American pilot.
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Movie: Malibu High ( 1979 )
When a high school senior is dumped by her boyfriend, her grades fall drastically...to avoid failing, she begins seducing her male teachers. Thus begins her downward spiral into drug addiction and prostitution, and ultimately assassinations for a kingpin mob boss.
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Movie: Skatetown, U.S.A. ( 1980 )
At a roller-disco competition, two rivals find themselves becoming good friends while competing for a prize of $1000 in cash.
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Movie: The Main Event ( 1979 )
A bankrupt entrepreneur attempts to recoup some of her losses by getting a washed-out boxer she picked up as a tax loss back into the ring - an idea her protégé isn't fond of.
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Movie: Roller Boogie ( 1979 )
Skaters band together to keep their roller-disco open.
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Movie: California Dreaming ( 1979 )
A nerd from Chicago tries desperately to fit in with the California surfing crowd, blind to the fact that their lives are even more boring and empty than his.
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Movie: Home Movies ( 1980 )
Keith Gordon is a creative young man who films the oddball doings of his family and peers. "The Maestro" appears frequently to give him pointers on his techniques. It's almost a film about a young man making the film.
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Movie: Firepower ( 1979 )
A merc is hired by the FBI to track down a powerful recluse criminal. A woman is also trying to track him down for her own personal vendetta.
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Movie: Going in Style ( 1979 )
Three friends living on the dole decide to rob a bank.
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Movie: Bear Island ( 1979 )
A group of people converge on a barren Arctic island. They have their reasons for being there but when a series of mysterious accidents and murders take place, a whole lot of darker motives become apparent. Could the fortune in buried Nazi gold be the key to the mystery? Donald Sutherland and Vanessa Redgrave investigate.
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Movie: Alligator ( 1979 )
Tourists on a tropical island anger an island god, who turns himself into a giant alligator and stalks them.
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Movie: Hot Stuff ( 1979 )
Three cops try to set up a sting by establishing their own Fencing operation. They have less than complete support from above and as they begin mingling more and more with the underworld elements decide to finance the operation through re-selling some of the proceeds.
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Movie: The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again ( 1979 )
The adventures of two idiotic outlaw wannabees, Amos and Theodore.
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Movie: The Bugs Bunny/Road-Runner Movie ( 1979 )
Bugs Bunny reflects on his past cartoon exploits.
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Movie: Dragon Fist ( 1979 )
Tong Huo-wan (Jackie Chan) seeks redress from the man responsible for his master's death, but becomes entangled in a feud between a local clan and gangsters.
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