1979 in film

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The year 1979 in film involved many significant events.

Highest grossing films (U.S.)[edit]

The top ten 1979 released films by North American gross are as follows:

Highest-grossing films of 1979
RankTitleStudioGross
1.Kramer vs. KramerColumbia Pictures$106,260,000[1]
2.The Amityville HorrorAmerican International Pictures$86,432,520[2]
3.Rocky IIUnited Artists Pictures$85,182,160[3]
4.Apocalypse NowUnited Artists Pictures$83,471,511[4]
5.Star Trek: The Motion PictureParamount Pictures$82,258,456[5]
6.Alien20th Century Fox Film Corporation$80,931,801[6]
7.10Warner Bros. Pictures$74,865,517[7]
8.The JerkUniversal Studios$73,691,419[8]
9.MoonrakerUnited Artists Pictures$70,308,099[9]
10.The Muppet MovieAssociated Film Distribution$65,200,000[10]

Major events[edit]

Awards[edit]

Academy Awards:

Best Picture: Kramer vs. Kramer - Jaffe, Columbia
Best Director: Robert Benton - Kramer vs. Kramer
Best Actor: Dustin Hoffman - Kramer vs. Kramer
Best Actress: Sally Field - Norma Rae
Best Supporting Actress: Meryl Streep - Kramer vs. Kramer
Best Supporting Actor: Melvyn Douglas - Being There
Best Foreign Language Film: The Tin Drum (Die Blechtrommel), directed by Volker Schlöndorff, W. Germany

Golden Globe Awards:

Drama:
Best Picture: Kramer vs. Kramer
Best Actor: Dustin Hoffman - Kramer vs. Kramer
Best Actress: Sally Field - Norma Rae
Musical or comedy:
Best Picture: Breaking Away
Best Actor: Peter Sellers - Being There
Best Actress: Bette Midler - The Rose
Other
Best Director: Francis Ford Coppola - Apocalypse Now
Best Foreign Language Film: La Cage aux Folles (France)

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

Apocalypse Now, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, United States
The Tin Drum (Die Blechtrommel), directed by Volker Schlöndorff, W. Germany

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

David, directed by Peter Lilienthal, West Germany

Notable films released in 1979[edit]

U.S.A. unless stated

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Births[edit]

Notable deaths[edit]

MonthDateNameAgeCountryProfessionNotable films
January16Peter Butterworth59UKActor, WriterOliver!The First Great Train Robbery
16Ted Cassidy46USAActorButch Cassidy and the Sundance KidMackenna's Gold
25Dick Crockett63USAStuntman, Actor, ProducerDirty HarrySpartacus
February12Jean Renoir84USADirector, Writer, ActorThe Rules of the GameLa Grande Illusion
17William Gargan73USAActorThe Bells of St. Mary'sCheers for Miss Bishop
March1Dolores Costello75USAActressThe Magnificent AmbersonsLittle Lord Fauntleroy
2Edith Craig71USAActressAfter the Thin ManBroadway Bill
6John Robinson70UKActorLawrence of ArabiaThe Longest Day
19John Tate64UKActorInvasion
22Ben Lyon78USAActor, WriterHell's AngelsNight Nurse
April4Edgar Buchanan76USAActorShaneWichita
6Norman Tokar59USADirectorFollow Me, Boys!The Happiest Millionaire
May26George Brent80USAActorJezebel42nd Street
29Mary Pickford87USAActress, Producer, WriterBen-Hur: A Tale of the ChristCoquette
June2Larisa Shepitko41Soviet UnionDirectorWingsThe Ascent
2Jim Hutton45USAActorWalk, Don't RunWho's Minding the Mint?
6Jack Haley80USAActorThe Wizard of OzAlexander's Ragtime Band
11John Wayne72USAActor, Producer, DirectorThe SearchersRed River
14David Butler84USADirectorRoad to MoroccoCalamity Jane
16Nicholas Ray67USADirector, Writer, ActorRebel Without a CauseIn a Lonely Place
21Julian Orchard49UKActor, WriterRevenge of the Pink PantherThe Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother
July8Michael Wilding66UKActor, ProducerStage FrightWaterloo
25Eric Pohlmann66GermanyActorThe Third ManFrom Russia with Love
28George Seaton68USADirectorThe Country GirlAirport
31Beatrix Lehmann76UKActressThe Spy Who Came in from the Cold
August??Betty Henderson72UKActressThe 39 StepsThe Maggie
10Dick Foran69USAActorThe Petrified ForestRide 'Em Cowboy
17Vivian Vance70USAActressThe Great RaceThe Lorax
21Stuart Heisler82USADirectorTulsaI Died a Thousand Times
30Jean Seberg40USAActressBreathlessAirport
September2Felix Aylmer90UKActorBecketHamlet
12Jocelyne LaGarde54TahitiActressHawaii
22Frederick Piper76UKActorThe 39 StepsThe Man Who Knew Too Much
23Catherine Lacey75UKActressThe Lady VanishesThe Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
26Arthur Hunnicutt69USAActorThe Tall TEl Dorado
October15Geoffrey Moon ?? ??ActorStar Wars Episode IV: A New HopeThe Hound of the Baskervilles
17John Stuart81UKActorSupermanVillage of the Damned
30Graham Ashley52UKActorStar Wars Episode IV: A New HopeHennessy
November2Saro Urzì66ItalyActorThe GodfatherBeat the Devil
8Sydney Tafler63UKActorThe Spy Who Loved MeAlfie
11Dimitri Tiomkin85RussiaComposerHigh NoonThe High and the Mighty
20Michael Darbyshire62UKActor, WriterChitty Chitty Bang BangThe Slipper and the Rose
23Merle Oberon68USAActress, ProducerWuthering HeightsThe Scarlet Pimpernel
30Joyce Grenfell69UKActressThe Americanization of EmilyBlue Murder at St Trinian's
30Zeppo Marx64USAActor, DirectorDuck SoupMonkey Business
December5Jesse Pearson49USAActorBye Bye Birdie
10Ann Dvorak68USAActressScarfaceThree on a Match
12Jon Hall64USAActor, DirectorThe HurricaneCharlie Chan in Shanghai
23Ernest B. Schoedsack86USADirector, Cinematographer, ProducerKing KongThe Most Dangerous Game
24Michael Collins58CanadaActorGoldfingerThe Battle of the River Plate
25Lee Bowman79USAActorLove AffairCover Girl
25Joan Blondell73USAActressGreaseThe Public Enemy

Debuts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Box Office Information for Kramer vs. Kramer". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Box Office Information for The Amityville Horror". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 27, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Box Office Information for Rocky II". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Box Office Information for Apocalypse Now". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on 24 July 2010. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Box Office Information for Star Trek: The Motion Picture". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Box Office Information for Alien". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on 21 June 2010. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Box Office Information for 10". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on 4 July 2010. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Box Office Information for The Jerk". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Box Office Information for Moonraker". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on 31 May 2010. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  10. ^ "The Muppet Movie". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved April 7, 2014.