Discover a selection of films that have been largely forgotten today and which nevertheless reached 1 million admissions at the French box office when they were released during the 1980s.
Discover these films released in the 80s having passed the million admissions in France and that we have perhaps forgotten a little. It goes without saying that every cinephile does not “forget” the same films and perhaps some of them will be familiar to you, but overall these are titles that the majority of the public does not know, or more .
Our selection includes an average of two films per year from 1980 to 1989, although others could have appeared such as The Rose, Yol, permission, L’Addition, Aldo and Junior or We only die twice.
Ours Boys (1985)
Since the deafening success of his À nous les petits Anglaises! in 1976 (5.7 million admissions!), Michel Lang found himself propelled and shot almost one film a year from 1977 to 1982. Nine years after his first success, he returned with a sort of symbolic sequel, À we boys, which does not achieve the score of its predecessor. The film does, however, identify some beginners, including Franck Dubosc and Eric Elmosnino.
The Elevator (1984)
The Elevator is the second feature film by Dick Maas after Rigor mortis (1981), it tells the investigation of an elevator repairman to elucidate the unexplained deaths that one of his devices seems to cause a little more each day. A well-executed B series from the Netherlands and Grand Prix at the Avoriaz International Fantastic Film Festival at the time.
After the War (1989)
Following the success of Le Grand chemin in 1987 (more than 3 million admissions), Jean-Loup Hubert’s new film was eagerly awaited. It will be After the war, the story, in 1944, of a German military deserter and two children who wish to find their mother. Their chance meeting will change their lives. The director turns his own children, Antoine and Julien, and Richard Bohringer takes on the role of the soldier with emotion.
The Beater (1983)
Alain Delon is directing a film with Alain Delon, co-written and produced by Alain Delon. Despite its theatrical success, Le Battant will be the actor’s last staging. The story is that of a mobster coming out of prison and getting help from a mobster, who is none other than the one who sent him behind bars. Delon is supported on screen by Anne Parillaud (with whom he had filmed For the Skin of a Cop), François Périer as mafia chief and Pierre Mondy as an investigator like no other.
Chorus Line (1986)
Footlose and Purple Rain have just come out when Richard Attenborough releases Chorus Line, which explores behind the scenes of a Broadway musical show through the floors of casting auditions. Attenborough was then crowned with the success of Gandhi and A Bridge Too Far. This film, adapted from a Broadway musical, will disappoint the public and the critics, but will still exceed one million admissions in France. Note that the choreographer director of the fictional piece is interpreted by Michael Douglas.
Doctors in Love (1982)
Among the curiosities forgotten by many, there is the first feature film by Garry Marshall (yes, that of Pretty Woman, Frankie & Johnny or even Happy New Year. Bringing together Michael McKean (Chuck in Better Call Saul) and Sean Young (Blade Runner , Ace Ventura), Doctors in Love parodies medical soaps.
Golden Child (1987)
Any resemblance to the Beverly Hills Cop 2 poster that was released a few months later in France is purely coincidental… or not! Still, Eddie Murphy embodies here the police officer Chandler Jarrell, responsible for finding a sacred child endowed with magical powers. He then learns that he is “the Chosen One” and that his mission is of vital importance.
Golden Child, the sacred child of Tibet is clearly not the best known of the comedies worn by Murphy, but it still offers the opportunity to see Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister from Game of Thrones) incarnate the “satanic” Sardo Numspa”. A film signed by Michael Ritchie (Vote McKay).
Heads or Tails (1980)
The Philippe Noiret Association – Michael Serrault directed by Robert Enrico and co-written and dialogued by Michel Audiard, Pile ou face tells the story of the investigation into the mysterious death of Madame Morlaix, a woman who fell through the window of her apartment building. Convinced that her death is not accidental, the inspector strongly suspects her husband, a boring accountant.
The Headmaster (1988)
If the poster seems to sell a cool and devastating comedy, The Principal is however the opposite: a dramatic comedy tinged with whodunit. James Belushi plays a very bad teacher named principal of a high school where terror reigns, between gangsterism, violence and drug trafficking. Michael Wright plays the “small hit” who challenges his authority without taking the glove and Christopher Cain (who will shoot the following year Young Guns) provides the staging.
Slapped Head (1982)
During the 80s, Francis Perrin was a “bankable” actor after Le Roi des cons which was a great success (1981, 1.87 million). Head to Slaps follows the following year, a film that Perrin directs himself in the manner, a decade earlier, of a Pierre Richard. Perrin’s success, however, will last less than that of his predecessor. After Le Joli Coeur (1984, 1.68 million), the releases of Ça n’arrive qu’à moi (1985) and Le Beginner (1986) did not cross the million mark and Perrin never went back behind the camera for the big screen. .
Fire Thunder (1983)
Just after shooting Richard Dreyfuss in It’s my life, after all, British filmmaker John Badham offers himself the other star of Jaws: Roy Scheider. In Tonnerre de feu, a helicopter pilot witnesses the murder of a woman and decides to investigate. At the same time, he is asked to test a new state-of-the-art device intended to monitor the crowds during the Olympics. As his research progresses, he understands that the assassination could be linked to sports competition…
A World Without Pity (1989)
Un monde sans pitié is the first feature film by Eric Rochant (Mafiosa, Le Bureau des legendes), which also marks the first participation in the writing of Arnaud Desplechin. This love story carried by Hippolyte Girardot and Mireille Perrier presents the meeting between a man with a certain hair in his hand and a young woman who is his opposite and extremely hardworking. From this rather direct premise starts a film made up of nuances and well sketched characters that are all fascinating.
Night Sun (1986)
The future director of Princes of the City or The Devil’s Advocate, Taylor Hackford, for a film on which we did not necessarily expect him. Soleil de nuit tells the story of Nikolai Rodchenko, a former star dancer who fled Russia and was forced to return there during an international tour. He will ask for help from an American to get back to the west. It features two real artists and dancers: Gregory Hines and Mikhail Baryshnikov in unstoppable and very well filmed numbers.
Memories Memories (1984)
Memories, memories is the first feature film by Ariel Zeitoun, who will later sign Yamakasi. He offered one of his first headlining roles to Christophe Malavoy. We find in the cast veterans like Annie Girardot, Philippe Noiret, Marlene Jobert or Claude Brewer. The film tells the story of a singer returning from military service and looking to break through with a new name.