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AMERICAN POP: 20 BADASS CULT CLASSICS // ACTION/ADVENTURE // Part I (20 to 11)

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Let’s face it, there is nothing on this earth, that creatively exists in our lives, quite like the American Action/Adventure Film. This movie genre occupies it’s own specially designated place, among the dyanamically decorated notions which exist in the realm of our human imaginations. In plainer English, we tend to love the action, and crave the adventure that these films can, and often do, illicit in our imaginations. At times they can be priceless. Existing as a celluloid vehicle which carries an important commodity in a box labeled ‘Much Needed 2-3 hours of Distraction’. Indeed, Action/Adventure movies have an uncanny ability to provide a welcome emotional diversion from the occasionally grueling reality of our lives. 



American Pop Presents:   PART I  (#20  to  #11)  20 BADASS CULT CLASSIC MOVIES // ACTION/ADVENTURE  

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BLOODSPORT     (1988) 

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Jean-Claude Van Damme, Donald Gibb, Leah Ayres, Bolo Yeung

Release Date:   February 26th 1988   //    Box Office : $65 Million  (U.S.) 

Director:   Newt Arnold     //     Studio(s):  The Cannon Group, U.G.C. Worldwide 

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Jean-Claude Van Damme vs Bolo Yeung

Pop Culture Review

In terms of critical reception ‘Bloodsport’ was largely viewed as low brow, uninspiring and gratuitously violent. However, it’s also true that film critics A. Don’t know everything and B. By and large have no ‘street credibility’. By contrast, ‘Bloodsport’ has all the requisite ‘street credibility’ that it might ever need. Indeed, among members of a specific  American demographic, ‘Bloodsport’ is regarded with respect and deemed to be ‘legit’. This film is viewed today much the same as it was viewed in 1988, which is that it’s a ‘bad-ass’ movie. It’s testosterone driven plot has a notable thematic appeal, specifically with males from adolescent to adult. The fight scenes are technically sound and meticulously choreographed. Frankly, the final fight scene is remarkable in terms of it’ s artful expression. Indeed, it takes considerable skill to photograph competitive brutality in action. The fact of the matter is that despite Jean-Claude Van Damme was nominated for a ‘Razzy’ for ‘Worst Actor‘, the true  appeal of  the french born action star had little to do with his acting ability, and everything to do with the fact that he had an ‘Adonis’ type physique. That reality was in addition to the fact that it was exciting to watch Van Damme use his patented roundhouse kicks to devastating effect as he ‘knocked heads’ and ‘wrecked shop’ on screen. Indeed, under the heading of ‘knowing your audience’ both Jean-Claude Van Damme and ‘Bloodsport’ did not disappoint. This is evidenced by the time-tested resilience of its continued popularity, showing little sign of depreciation in popular appreciation, even though it’s been three decades since its initial release.  Bloodsport’s classification as an ‘American Cult Classic’ is well founded.    

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Film Notables 

A.  ‘Bloodsport’ was produced for the modest sum of  $1.5 million and subsequently generated box office receipts that exceeded $66 million. (Film Length : 92

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Jean-Claude Van Damme as ‘Frank Dux’ 



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ROAD HOUSE     (1989) 

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Patrick SwayzeBen Gazzara, Kelly Lynch, Sam Elliott

Release Date:  May 19th 1989     //    Box Office : ‎$30 Million  (U.S.) 

Director:   Rowdy Herrington    //     Studio(s):  MGM / United Artists

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Patrick Swayze as ‘Dalton’ 

Pop Culture Review

(1)  The May 1989 theatrical release of ‘Road House’ became the point of demarkation for critical answers to much-anticipated questions. Chief among them was how well would the unique talents of  Patrick Swayze stand up to the most significant stress test of his career.  Riding a wave of popularity following his breakout performance in the 1987 film classic ‘Dirty Dancing’, Patrick Swayze had become a newly minted heart-throb with leading man box-office gravitas. Indeed, at this point in his career, Swayze was enthusiastically embraced as silver screen lover. Therefore, his decision to sign on to play a character of such stark contrast was not only surprising, it also manifested heightened levels of film-goer curiosity, and the manufactured weight of critical speculation. Indeed, in choosing to indulge a character known more for bare knuckle street pugilism, Swayze was abandoning the sex appeal auspices of a debonair dance instructor. At the time, the fact of the matter was by agreeing to play a professional ‘Bouncer’, Swayze pointedly betting on himself and the depths of his ability. Perhaps understanding what his critics didn’t care to realize, specifically, that he could quiet all of the whispers that assumed knowledge regarding the depth of Swayze’s acting ability. 

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Patrick Swayze as ‘Dalton’ 

(2)   History informs us that Patrick Swayze delivered a fantastic, albeit vigilante justice driven, acting performance as rough house bar ‘Cooler’ (aka Bouncer), ‘Dalton’. Overall, Swayze’s performance was nuanced and highlighted in earnest, the unique flexibility and remarkable range of his acting ability. With exceptional supporting performances from the likes of acting legend Sam Elliott, aesthetically pleasing Kelly Lynchand sinister ‘black hat’ contributions of Ben Gazzara, ‘Road House’  became an instant cult classic to close out the dynamic decade of the 1980’s. Today, it remains a favorite of movie fans who tend to gravitate to towards violence in action and admire the distinctly macho behaviors of the hero/anti-hero in film. In much the same way that today’s UFC audiences find themselves thirsting for the innate violence and competitive purity of one on one combat, a ‘Road House’ viewing certainly quenches that thirst.

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Patrick Swayze and Sam Elliot 

Film Notables:  

‘Road House’ was produced for $15 million in 1988, released in 1989, and returned box office receipts that exceeded $30 million

 (Film Length : 

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‘Dalton’ in a Fight to the Death 



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BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA     (1986)  

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Kurt RussellKim Cattrall, Dennis Dun, Victor Wong 

Release Date:   July 2nd 1986   //    Box Office :  ‎$12 Million  (U.S.) 

Director:   John Carpenter    //     Studio(s):   20th Century Fox

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Kurt Russell as ‘Jack Burton’ 

Pop Culture Review:

Maverick Director John Carpenter’s ‘Big Trouble in Little China’ is unique hybrid of American film genres. It effectively blends Martial Arts Action, Fantasy, with occasionally outlandish elements of Comedy. At the end of the day the most accurate assessment of this film is that it is rolling circus of thematically entertaining action/adventure. ‘BTLC’ marks another successful pairing of John Carpenter and Kurt Russell. This director, actor paring having previously been principal players in 1981’s ‘Escape from New York’. Over the years ‘BTLC’ has become an American Cult Classic film that post theatrical audiences have come to appreciate in all it’s quirky 1980’s action film glory. Kurt Russell delivers a performance imbued with a unique brand of leading man complexity. Specifically, the kind of performance that is required of a hybrid fantasy/action/comedy film. The bottom line is that ‘Big Trouble in Little China’ is the kind of film that has stood the test of time expressly because it effectively entertains without taking itself too seriously.

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Kurt Russell and Kim Cattrall 

Film Notables

‘Big Trouble in Little China’ has become an American Cult Classic film that can boast of consistent and significant home video rentals and sales. ‘BTLC’ also has an 82% average rating on the eponymous on-line film review website, ‘Rotten Tomatoes’.  (Film Length : 99

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Victor Wong as ‘Egg Shen’ 



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ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK   (1981) 

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Kurt RussellLee Van Clef, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasance, Isaac Hayes, Harry Dean Stanton, Adrienne Barbeau

Release Date:   July 10th 1981   //    Box Office :  ‎$25.2 Million  (U.S.) 

Director:   John Carpenter    //     Studio(s):   AVCO Embassy Pictures

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Kurt Russell as ‘Snake Plissken’

Pop Culture Review:

(1)  It could be intelligently argued that humans of this modern age have developed an innate emotional predilection and/or interest that is rooted in speculation of the consequential nature of our future. There seems to be a universal interest in what the  future holds for us, specifically what destiny our forward movement and technological advancements might manifest. Indeed, modern humanity has a universal curiosity amidst our societal framework as it travels towards an unknowable future. As such, there should be little surprise as to the cult popularity that Director John Carpenter’s post-apocalyptic/action film ‘Escape From New York’ continues to enjoy well over 30 years since its original 1981 theatrical release. The film’s plot is set in what at the time was the ‘near future’ … the year 1997. A time when the United States has descended into a morally bankrupt, crime dominated nation that is analogous to the auspices of the  biblical story known as ‘Sodom and Gomorrah’.     

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(L to R) Ernest Borgnine, Harry Dean Stanton, Adrienne Barbeau, Kurt Russell

(2)  The post apocalyptic themed reality in ‘Escape From New York’ explains that the island of Manhattan in New York City has been converted into the nations’ largest open air  maximum security prison. This maximum security prison in the former jewel of the ‘Big Apple’ becomes the focal point of the plot when a hi-jacked ‘Air Force One’ subsequently crash lands with the President of the United States surviving the crash, thus finding himself in immediate life-threatening jeopardy. This is where gritty ex-soldier and current inmate ‘Snake Plissken’, played by Kurt Russell is charged with a 24 hour rescue plan to save the POTUS. What ensues is the title described ‘Escape From new York’. As is John Carpenter’s style, this film is action packed and violently quirky. Audiences loved it then, much the same as future audiences have maintained its Cult Classic status.

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Isaac Hayes and Harry Dean Stanton

Film Notables 

A.   ‘Escape From New York’  was produced for a little over $6 million, and returned box office receipts in excess of $25 million.

B.   Nominated:  Saturn Award(s):  (1)  Best Science Fiction Film’  (2)  ‘Best Direction’  (Film Length: 146

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Kurt Russell as ‘Snake Plissken’ 



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ROCKY  III    (1982)  

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Sylvester StalloneTalia Shire, Mr. T, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith, Tony Burton 

Release Date:  May 28th 1982     //    Box Office :  $270 Million  (World-Wide) 

Director:   Sylvester Stallone    //     Studio(s):  MGM / United Artists

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‘Rocky Balboa’ vs ‘Clubber Lang’  

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Pop Culture Review:

(1)  Perhaps it high time that we give the ‘Rocky’ film franchise credit that is perhaps long overdue. Specifically, a universal kudos for its longevity, pop culture influence, and/or fill in the blank high praise. True fans of film fans should have long been compelled to bestow due respect for the gravitational excellence of this franchise.  (Understanding that the series is approximately two films longer than necessary). Frankly, this series could easily have ended at Rocky IV, without regret, demand, and/or issue. The fact of the matter is that the Rocky franchise is a long standing  cultural phenomenon, which would appear to be forever woven into the fabric of American popular culture. As the 3rd installment of the series, the 1982 release of ‘Rocky III’ was a smash hit commercially and with fans of the series both old and new. As a sports drama with ground-breaking cinematic boxing fight scenes and photography, this movie certainly satisfies any reasonable ‘action film’ prerequisites. The films multi-talented superstar, Sylvester Stallone also directed this film installment, his second directorial endeavor in the series. As it turns out, ‘Rocky III’ stands as the most popular film in the series. Notable reasons of this is the star-studded supporting cast which includes Stallone’s loquacious and motivational foe turned ally, Carl Weathers. In addition to excellent performances from the likes of co-stars Burgess Meredith, Talia Shire, Burt Young and Tony Burton. Adding to the pop culture gravitas of the films is the remarkable performance put forth by pop culture icon ‘Mr. T’ as ‘Clubber Lang’. In addition to the memorable cameo scene in which ‘Thunderlips’ effortlessly played by Hulk Hogan stole the show by tossing Rocky Balboa out of the ring and into the crowd of spectators.    

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(2)   ‘Rocky III’ remains every bit as enjoyable to view today as it was at the time of its 1982 release. It exhibits excellent narrative construction, relatable dialogue and memorable  actor performances, complete with one-liners that continue to be repeated over 30 years since its original theatrical release.  

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‘Thunderlips’ aka Hulk Hogan prepares to launch ‘Rocky Balboa’ into orbit. 


Film Notables 

A. Nominated:   Japanese Film Academy for ‘Best Foreign Language Film’

B. Nominated:   Image Award for ‘Best Motion Picture’

C.  Nominated:   Academy Award / BAFTA Film Award Golden Globe / for ‘Best Original Song’  –  Eye of the Tiger’ by ‘Survivor’

D.  Awarded:   ‘Rocky III’  Awarded an  A+ Grade from ‘CinemaScore’   

(Film Length: 100

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Carl Weathers aka ‘Apollo Creed’ with ‘Rocky Balboa’ aka Sylvester Stallone  



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THE ROAD WARRIOR     (1981)  

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Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Michael Preston

Release Date:   May 21st 1982   //    Box Office :  ‎$35 Million  (World-Wide) 

Director:   George Miller    //    Studio:   Warner Brothers

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Pop Culture Review:

(1)  ‘The Road Warrior’ is the title of the American release of the film originally released in Australia under the international title ‘Mad Max 2’. Director George Miller’s 1981 cult classic film is arguably ‘the‘ post-apocalyptic action film. ‘The Road Warrior’ exists as the second installment in the culturally iconic ‘Mad Max’ film series. As with the original, this  film stars superstar actor Mel Gibson once again giving a commanding performance in  his role as ‘Mad Max’ Rockatansky, the mysterious wandering loner who struggles with personal issues dealing with the existential fading of his humanity. Thematically, this post apocalyptic setting and plot is reminiscent of romanticized notions of the American ‘wild west’ of the 19th century. Indeed, at its basic core this is a film that pits good vs. evil  in the form of a bourgeoning, idealistic community settlers fighting for survival against the morally corrupt violence being threatened by an evil, albeit colorful, roving band of marauders. Mad Max brilliantly played by Mel Gibson, becomes the terrorized settlers ‘avenging angel’ and/or ‘Magnificent Seven’ type cowboy.   

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(2)  ‘The Road Warrior’ is well-known for its stark visuals and dark assertions regarding the  future of humanity, including the degradation of being human itself. These themes of literary potency are artfully conveyed through Miller’s directing, Gibson’s acting, as well as the remarkable widescreen landscape photography work contributed by cinematographer Dean Semler. The purposeful sparing use of character dialogue, in favor of  the use of the scenery and setting as expository tools, is quite simply sublime. In addition, ‘The Road Warrior’ has long been famous for it’s freakishly outlandish, biker punk, ‘BDSM’ influenced, yet plausible costumes. This is the remarkable work of costume designer Norma Moriceau. Her work in conjunction with Miller’s direction, Gibson’s acting, and Semler’s cinematography, came together to create an emotionally striking and remarkable cult classic film. 

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Film Notables

A.  Awarded:  Saturn Award  for ‘Best International Film’ 

B.  Nominated:  Saturn Award  for  (1)  ‘Best Director’  (George Miller) (2) ‘Best Lead Actor’ for (Mel Gibson) (3)  ‘Best Supporting Actor’ for (Bruce Spence) (4)  Best Screen Writing’  for (Miller, Hayes, and Hannant)  (5)  ‘Best Costume Design’ for (Norma Moriceau) 

C.  Among fans and critics alike, ‘The Road Warrior’ is largely considered one of the Greatest Action/Adventure/ Sci-Fi films in the History of Film.

D.  ‘Mad Max’ as a series is considered one of the greatest film series of all-time.  (1) Mad Max’ (1979)  (2) The Road Warrior’ (1981)  (3) ‘Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome’  (1985)  (4)  ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’  (2015) 

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Post Apocalyptic Fun and Games 



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LETHAL WEAPON   (1987)  

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Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Gary Busey

Release Date:   March 6, 1987    //    Box Office :  $121 Million  (World-Wide) 

Director:   Richard Donner    //    Studio:   Warner Brothers

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Pop Culture Review:

(1)   It could be intelligently argued that the original ‘Lethal Weapon’ movie is among, if not the greatest, ‘buddy cop’ films of all-time. Indeed, since it’s 1987 theatrical release, Director Richard Donner’sLethal Weapon’ has been a remarkable showcase of creative entertainment industry talents, specifically, the aforementioned Donner, screenwriter Shane Black, producer Joel Silver, along with actors Mel Gibson, Danny Glover and Gary Busey. This is of course strongly evidenced by the lasting strength of the final film product ‘Lethal Weapon’ is a cop movie that is action packed, funny, and wholly entertaining with an endearing quality that radiates from the lovable, albeit flawed, nature of the main  characters. This film also accentuates the age-old ‘odd couple’ theme that is nothing if not humorously compelling, and on a universal scale.

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(2)  The pairing of a recklessly impulsive and apparently suicidal LAPD detective (Mel Gibson), with a pragmatic and down to earth LAPD detective (Danny Glover), is compelling in and of itself. When this character dynamic becomes an underlying factor in a serious crime plot, well then you have the recipe for an entertaining movie of remarkable longevity. ‘Lethal Weapon’ is wholly entertaining, with a pop culture gravitas that has easily, even proudly, survived filmed entertainment’s  test of time.  

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Film Notables

A.   ‘Lethal Weapon’ was produced for  $15 Million and returned box office grosses that exceeded $120 Million.

B.   Nominated:  Academy Award  for ‘Best Sound Mixing’  

C.    ‘Lethal Weapon’ subsequently spawned a film franchise that can boast of three sequels. In addition, it became the inspiration for a 2017 television series of the same name. 

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Mel Gibson and Danny Glover at the shooting range 



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COMMANDO   (1985)  

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rae Dawn Chang, Dan Hedaya, Alyssa Milano

Release Date:  October 4th 1985     //    Box Office :  ‎$57.5  Million  (U.S.) 

Director:   Mark L. Lester   //    Studio:   20th Century Fox

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Arnold Schwarzenegger as ‘John Matrix’ 

Pop Culture Review:

(1)   There is no denying that Director Mark L. Lester’s ‘Commando’ (1985) exists historically, as another 1980’s action film in an observable never-ending universe of them. We get it. Indeed, thematically speaking, this film satisfies all perceived notions of the prototypical, albeit formulaic, 1980’s  Arnold Schwarzenegger action film vehicle. This is a factual assertion. Also factual, is that ‘Commando’ survives today as an iconic, if not excellent example of, the under appreciated brilliance of 1980’s era action films. ‘Commando’ is indeed an era defining, genre specific action film in its purest form. As evidenced by the fact that it ‘checks all of the requisite identifier boxes, and in doing so, this film leaves nothing on the table. It could be intelligently argued that the 1980’s film decade was the ‘Golden Age’ of big budget action films cast with superstars, and future pop culture icons. That said, there should be little argument that Arnold Schwarzenegger was the single biggest commercial draw and/or ‘action king’ of that notable era.  

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“And they said I would never find good use for this rocket launcher”  – John Matrix 

(2)   In addition to the box office star power of leading man Arnold Schwarzenegger, ‘Commando’ received notable supporting performances from the likes of Rae Dawn Chong, Vernon Wells, Dan Hedaya, as well as the trivia worthy role/appearance, made by a then pre-teen adolescent, and future star named … Alyssa Milano

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Spoiler Alert:  Schwarzenegger comes out victorious as a result of this face-off. 

Film Notables

A.   Nominated:   ‘Saturn Award’ for ‘Best Special Effects in Film’ 

B.   ‘Commando’ was among the ‘Top 10’ Highest Grossing, (R-Rated) films of 1985. This film rounded out the balance of 1985 with a ranking as the 25th Highest-Grossing film overall for 1985. Both commercial accomplishments can be defined as ‘not bad’ for a film that was released in the 4th quarter of the year (October).

C.   ‘Commando’ was produced for a little over $10 Million, and returned box office receipts in excess of $58 Million.   

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Arnold Schwarzenegger and Alyssa Milano



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RETURN OF THE JEDI   (1983)  

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Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, David Prowse, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, Frank Oz

Release Date:  May 25th 1983     //    Box Office :  ‎$572  Million  (World-Wide) 

Director:   Richard Marquand   //    Studio:   20th Century Fox

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Mark Hamill as ‘Luke Skywalker’ 


Pop Culture Review:

Director Richard Marquand’s 1983 release of “Return of the Jedi” (aka Star Wars: Episode VI) exists in history as the 3rd theatrical film release/installment among the now nearly a dozen series releases. It should go without mentioning that theStar Wars’ film franchise since its theatrical release, belongs to the ‘American Royal Family’ (figuratively) with a cultural ‘bloodline’ that runs directly through our beloved institution of film. Although, this film is generally well liked by fans the world over, It should be noted that among the first three theatrical releases, ‘Jedi’ ranks least among them, strictly in terms of its base  favorability, and subjective criteria which is virtually universal asserted by fan knowledge. In terms of its appreciation, and comparative favorability, ‘Jedi‘ is respected. Although, most honest assessments will rank it behind ‘Star Wars’ and ‘The Empire Strikes Back’. respectively. ‘Return of the Jedi’ is widely considered by legions of ‘Star Wars’ fans, as a ‘very good’, just not’ great’ film, which falls squarely behind the two  previously released episodes. Frankly, it is difficult to disagree with that assessment. That said, ‘Return of the Jedi’  remains firmly seated at the table of cult classic level films from the 1980′. This film is certainly strong enough to respectfully stand on its own merits. ‘Return of the Jedi’ (Episode VI) continues to entertain audiences across the globe and well into the Pleiades’ star cluster 

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The Original Cast of Characters: Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, C-3PO, and ‘Chewie’ the ‘Wookie’  



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‘Darth Vadar’ vs. ‘Luke Skywalker’



Film Notables:

A. Awarded:      Academy Award for ‘Special Achievement / Visual Effects’ 

B.Nominated:   Academy Award for ‘Best Sound Effects Editing’ 

C.  Nominated:   Academy Award for ‘Best Sound’   

D.  Awarded:       BAFTA Award for ‘Best Visual Effects’ 

E.  Nominated:   BAFTA Award for ‘Best Makeup’ 

F.  Nominated:   BAFTA Award for ‘Best Production Design’ 

G. Nominated:   BAFTA Award for ‘Best Sound’ 

H.  Awarded:     HUGO Award for ‘Best Dramatic Presentation’ 


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Carrie Fisher as ‘Princess Leia’ 



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RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD   (1982) 

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Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Brian Dennehy

Release Date:   October 22nd 1982     //    Box Office :  ‎$125  Million  (World-Wide) 

Director:   Ted Kotcheff    //    Studio:   Orion Pictures

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Pop Culture Review:

(1)  In many ways ‘First Blood’ is an allegory, thematically imbued with equal parts Shakespearean tragedy, and American individualism. It also bears counter-culture hallmarks that are instantly familiar to audiences sympathetic to revolutionary thought and ‘fight the power’ political leanings. It could easily be argued that this 1982 film adaptation of David Morrell’s 1972 novel, was bound to strike a nerve with post Vietnam War era audiences. Indeed, the ‘John Rambo’ character, brilliantly played by a rapidly approaching the apex of his talents, Sylvester Stallone, represented the moral complexity, and kaleidoscope of confusing emotions that returning Vietnam soldiers had felt and/or continued to feel. Like many Vietnam veterans, John Rambo was a battle hardened product of a confusing war, who returned to an America that was bereft of the kind of appreciation that motivate ticker-tape parades.

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(2)  The character of this film can be found in the unjust irony of a Vietnam vet, who is forced into a situation where he has to ‘go to war’ with the very same Americans, whom at least own paper, he he sacrificed his soul, and risked his life to defend. Rambo takes the audience through the often regrettable, never attractive, subterfuge of gorilla war  combat. Indeed, Rambo is forced to demonstrate the depths of his amazing survival instincts, and extraordinary skill at neutralizing the ‘enemy’. In this case that enemy is the notably un-sympathetic, pig-headed and arrogant, small town sheriff, who abuses his power one time too many, with the the wrong man, on the wrong day, at the wrong place and time. Sly Stallone’s original performance in the now legendary ‘Rambo’ film franchise was augmented by notable supporting cast performance contributions given by Brian Denny, and Richard Crenna. Especially Crania’s plot pivotal consequential, portrayal of Colonel Sam Trainman’the man who shows up with the ‘answer’ to the “Who the hell is this (John Rambo) guy” plot question. In fact, theColonel Trainman’ character continued on throughout the series, becoming an audience favorite.    

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Sylvester Stallone and Brian Dennehy

Film Notables:

A.  ‘Rambo: First Blood’  was produced in 1981 for the modest, if not quite reasonable cost of $15 Million. It returned box office receipts (World-Wide) that notably exceeded $125 Million ($50 Million Domestically). To make the statement that this film was a commercial success, would be understating the fact that it was an unbelievably profitable commercial success.

B.  The commercial success of ‘Rambo: First Blood’ became the catalyst for the hugely successful, American Pop Culture Phenomenon, film franchise. The series was made up of three film sequels (co-written and starring Stallone). This franchise has even spawned  an animated series, several graphic novel/comic books, and believe it or not, an international remake by India’s Bollywood

C.   ‘Rambo: First Blood’ was the 13th Highest grossing Film of 1982

D.   In the years since it’s 1982 theatrical release, appreciation for ‘Rambo: First Blood’ has grown exponentially. It’s popularity now firmly seated among the Greatest Cult Classic Action Films of the 1980’s, and beyond. (Film Length : 93

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Sylvester Stallone as ‘John Rambo’ 


 

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