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
RankTitleStudioDomestic gross
1.Kramer vs. KramerColumbia Pictures$106,260,000[1]
2.The Amityville HorrorAmerican International Pictures$86,432,520[2]
3.Rocky IIUnited Artists$85,182,160[3]
4.Apocalypse NowUnited Artists$83,471,511[4]
5.Star Trek: The Motion PictureParamount Pictures$82,258,456[5]
6.Alien20th Century Fox$80,931,801[6]
7.10Warner Bros. / Orion Pictures$74,865,517[7]
8.The JerkUniversal Pictures$73,691,419[8]
9.MoonrakerUnited Artists$70,308,099[9]
10.The Muppet MovieITC Entertainment / Henson Associates$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]

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Births[edit]

Notable deaths[edit]

MonthDateNameAgeCountryProfessionNotable films
January16Peter Butterworth59UKActor, WriterOliver!The First Great Train RobberyRobin and MarianNight and the CityA Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the ForumMurder, She SaidCarry On... Up the KhyberCarry On CampingThe Day the Earth Caught FireCarry On Screaming!Carry On DoctorCarry On Abroad
25Dick Crockett63USAStuntman, Actor, ProducerDirty HarrySpartacusBlazing SaddlesDiamonds Are ForeverThe Pink PantherThe Towering InfernoThe PartyIt's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad WorldBatmanThe Pink Panther Strikes AgainThe GetawayThe Return of the Pink PantherThe Thing from Another WorldAround the World in 80 DaysRevenge of the Pink Panther10The Great RaceGuys and DollsEarthquakeThe Hunchback of Notre DameHarperThe HindenburgAcross 110th StreetWhat Did You Do in the War, Daddy?The Notorious Landlady
February12Jean Renoir84USADirector, Writer, ActorThe Rules of the GameGrand Illusion
March1Dolores Costello75USAActress, SoundtrackThe Magnificent AmbersonsLittle Lord FauntleroyThis Is the Army
2Edith Craig71USAActressAfter the Thin ManBroadway Bill
6John Robinson70UKActorLawrence of ArabiaThe Longest DayGentleman Prefer Blondes
19John Tate64UKActorInvasion
22Ben Lyon78USAActor, Soundtrack, WriterHell's AngelsNight NurseIndiscreetI Cover the WaterfrontWine of YouthThe Crooked CircleThe Big TimerLady with a Past
May26George Brent80USAActor, SoundtrackJezebel42nd StreetDark VictoryThe Painted Veil • So Big! • The Spiral StaircaseThe Great LieTomorrow Is ForeverThe Rains Came
29Mary Pickford87USAActress, Producer, WriterBen-Hur: A Tale of the ChristCoquette
June2Larisa Shepitko41Soviet UnionDirectorWingsThe Ascent
2Jim Hutton45USAActorWalk, Don't RunWho's Minding the Mint?The Honeymoon MachineThe Horizontal LieutenantBachelor in ParadiseWhere the Boys AreMajor DundeeHellfightersThe Green Berets
11John Wayne72USAActor, Producer, SoundtrackThe SearchersRed RiverStagecoachSands of Iwo JimaPittsburghThey Were ExpendableFort ApacheShe Wore a Yellow Ribbon3 GodfathersWake of the Red WitchThe Quiet ManThe High and the MightyHondoHatari!Rio BravoThe AlamoThe Man Who Shot Liberty ValanceNorth to AlaskaThe Longest DayIn Harm's WayDonovan's ReefTrue GritThe Sons of Katie ElderBranniganMcQEl DoradoChisumRio LoboHellfightersThe Green BeretsRooster CogburnThe CowboysThe Shootist
16Nicholas Ray67USADirector, Writer, ActorRebel Without a CauseIn a Lonely PlaceJohnny GuitarBigger Than LifeKing of Kings55 Days at PekingThey Live by NightOn Dangerous GroundFlying LeathernecksKnock on Any DoorMacao
21Julian Orchard49UKActor, Soundtrack, WriterRevenge of the Pink PantherThe Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter BrotherCarry On DoctorThe Slipper and the RoseDon't Lose Your HeadCarry On HenryFollow That Camel
July8Michael Wilding66UKActor, ProducerStage FrightWaterlooUnder CapricornIn Which We ServeThe Egyptian
25Eric Pohlmann66GermanyActorThe Third ManFrom Russia with LoveThunderballThe Return of the Pink PantherLust for LifeAnastasia
31Beatrix Lehmann76UKActressThe Spy Who Came in from the Cold
August??Betty Henderson72UKActressThe 39 StepsThe MaggieUpstairs and DownstairsHome to Danger
17Vivian Vance70USAActress, SoundtrackThe Great RaceThe Lorax
30Jean Seberg40USAActress, Soundtrack, ProducerBreathlessAirportPaint Your WagonLilithSaint JoanA Fine Madness • The Mouse That Roared
September2Felix Aylmer90UKActorBecketHamletThe Life and Death of Colonel BlimpQuo VadisExodusIvanhoeAnastasiaHenry VSeparate TablesThe MummyNight Train to MunichKnights of the Round TableThe Road to Hong KongNo Highway in the SkyCaesar and CleopatraFrom the TerraceThe CitadelThe Chalk GardenSo Long at the FairThe Way to the StarsPrince of FoxesMajor BarbaraEdward, My SonThe Master of Ballantrae
12Jocelyne LaGarde54TahitiActressHawaii
22Frederick Piper76UKActorThe 39 StepsThe Man Who Knew Too MuchBecket
23Catherine Lacey75UKActressThe Lady VanishesThe Private Life of Sherlock HolmesI Know Where I'm Going!
October15Geoffrey Moon ?? ??ActorStar Wars Episode IV: A New HopeThe Hound of the Baskervilles
17John Stuart81UKActorSupermanVillage of the DamnedSink the Bismarck!The MummyNumber SeventeenThe Revenge of FrankensteinQuatermass 2Young WinstonRoyal FlashParanoiacThe Pleasure GardenThe Naked TruthThe Magic BoxToo Many CrooksFour Sided TriangleMadonna of the Seven MoonsElstree CallingThe Scarlet BladeHindle WakesMine Own ExecutionerMr. Denning Drives NorthL'AtlantideThe Men of Sherwood Forest
30Graham Ashley52UKActorStar Wars Episode IV: A New HopeHennessyAdventures of a Taxi DriverThe Tell-Tale HeartThe Black PantherAdventures of a Private Eye
November2Saro Urzi66ItalyActorThe GodfatherBeat the DevilThe Sucker
8Sydney Tafler63UKActorThe Spy Who Loved MeAlfieThe Lavender Hill MobSink the Bismarck!Passport to PimlicoReach for the SkyFire Maidens from Outer SpaceCarry On RegardlessBerserk!The Cockleshell HeroesCottage to LetMake Mine MinkIt Always Rains on SundayToo Many CrooksA Kid for Two FarthingsThe 7th DawnThe Adventurers
20Michael Darbyshire62UKActor, Soundtrack, WriterChitty Chitty Bang BangThe Slipper and the Rose
23Merle Oberon68USAActress, Soundtrack, ProducerWuthering HeightsThe Scarlet PimpernelThe Dark AngelDesireeA Song to Remember • The Lodger • Temptation • Berlin Express • Lydia • The Price of Fear • Night SongHotel
30Zeppo Marx64USAActor, Special Effects, DirectorDuck Soup
December10Ann Dvorak68USAActressScarfaceThree on a MatchFlame of Barbary CoastThe Secret of Convict Lake
12Jon Hall64USAActor, Special Effects, DirectorThe HurricaneCharlie Chan in ShanghaiThe Invisible Man's RevengeInvisible Agent
23Ernest B. Schoedsack86USADirector, Cinematographer, ProducerKing KongThe Most Dangerous GameMighty Joe YoungThe Son of Kong
24Michael Collins58CanadaActorGoldfingerThe Battle of the River PlateBear Island
25Joan Blondell73USAActressGreaseThe Public EnemyGold Diggers of 1933Desk SetNightmare AlleyThe Cincinnati Kid

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.