The year 1963 in film involved some significant events, including the big-budget epic Cleopatra, Alfred Hitchcock's thriller The Birds, and two films with all-star casts, How the West Was Won and It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.

Events

February 20 – The classic epic western How the West Was Won premieres. June 12 – Cleopatra, starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rex Harrison and Richard Burton, premieres at the Rivoli Theatre in New York City. Its staggering production costs nearly bankrupted Twentieth Century Fox and the adulterous affair between Taylor and Burton made the publicity even worse. Cleopatra marked the only instance that a film would be the highest-grossing film of a year while still losing money, thus establishing it as, at the time, the biggest box office disaster in cinema history. The film's terrible reception harmed the reputation of director Joseph L. Mankiewicz, who had an esteemed career for directing classics like A Letter to Three Wives, All About Eve, Julius Caesar, The Barefoot Contessa, Guys and Dolls, and Suddenly, Last Summer. It effectively destroyed the career of its well-known producer Walter Wanger, who never worked in Hollywood or on another film again; he died five years later at the age of 74 of a heart attack. Much of the blame of the film's failures could be pointed at Taylor's super-diva personality, her and Burton's adulterous affair, and the studio's inadequate management. It wouldn't be until two years later that Rodgers and Hammerstein's adaptation of The Sound of Music would help rescue Fox from bankruptcy by becoming one of the highest-grossing motion pictures of all time. November 7 – The classic comedy It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World premieres and it boasts one of the finest all-star ensemble casts ever, easily the most impressive for a comedy. It is also the first comedy film ever directed by Stanley Kramer, best known for directing serious human drama films on controversial subjects like The Defiant Ones, Inherit the Wind, Judgment at Nuremberg, and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. November 23 – Doctor Who first premieres in Great Britain. The show continues to this day, celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2013. December 25 – Walt Disney's production of The Sword in the Stone premieres. It is the second adaptation of T. H. White's The Once and Future King after the Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe musical Camelot, the first cinematic adaptation of the novel, and the 13th film adaptation of the legend of King Arthur.

Top-grossing films (U.S.)

Rank Title Studio Director(s) Actors Gross
1. Cleopatra 20th Century Fox Joseph L. Mankiewicz Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Rex Harrison, Roddy McDowall, Martin Landau $57,777,778[1]
2. How the West Was Won Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer / Cinerama Henry Hathaway, John Ford, George Marshall James Stewart, Henry Fonda, Carroll Baker, Gregory Peck, Debbie Reynolds, Robert Preston, Karl Malden, George Peppard, Agnes Moorehead, Lee J. Cobb, John Wayne, Richard Widmark, Walter Brennan, Thelma Ritter, Brigid Bazlen, Harry Morgan, Carolyn Jones $46,500,000[2]
3. It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World United Artists Stanley Kramer Spencer Tracy, Mickey Rooney, Jonathan Winters, Ethel Merman, Buddy Hackett, Terry-Thomas, Sid Caesar, Milton Berle, Dorothy Provine, Phil Silvers, Edie Adams, Dick Shawn, Peter Falk, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, Jimmy Durante $46,332,858[3]
4. Tom Jones United Artists Tony Richardson Albert Finney, Susannah York, Hugh Griffith, Edith Evans, Joan Greenwood, David Tomlinson $37,600,000[4]
5. Irma la Douce United Artists / The Mirisch Corporation Billy Wilder Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine $25,246,588[5]
6. The Sword in the Stone Walt Disney Productions Wolfgang Reitherman Rickie Sorensen, Karl Swenson, Junius Matthews, Martha Wentworth, Sebastian Cabot, Norman Alden, Thurl Ravenscroft $22,182,353[6]
7. Son of Flubber Walt Disney Productions Robert Stevenson Fred MacMurray, Nancy Olson, Keenan Wynn, Ed Wynn, Tommy Kirk $22,129,412[7]
8. The Birds Universal Pictures Alfred Hitchcock Tippi Hedren, Rod Taylor, Jessica Tandy, Veronica Cartwright, Suzanne Pleshette $18,500,900
9. Dr. No United Artists Terence Young Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Joseph Wiseman, Jack Lord, Bernard Lee, Anthony Dawson, John Kitzmiller $16,067,035[8]
10. The V.I.P.s Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Anthony Asquith Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Louis Jourdan, Maggie Smith, Orson Welles, Rod Taylor, Elsa Martinelli, Margaret Rutherford $15,000,000[9]
11. McLintock! United Artists Andrew V. McLaglen John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Patrick Wayne, Yvonne De Carlo, Stefanie Powers, Jack Kruschen, Chill Wills $14,500,000[10]
12. Charade Universal Pictures Stanley Donen Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, Walter Matthau, James Coburn, George Kennedy $13,474,588[11]
13. Bye Bye Birdie Columbia Pictures George Sidney Janet Leigh, Dick Van Dyke, Ann-Margret, Bobby Rydell, Paul Lynde, Maureen Stapleton, Jesse Pearson $13,129,412[12]
14. Move Over, Darling 20th Century Fox Michael Gordon Doris Day, James Garner, Don Knotts, Polly Bergen, Thelma Ritter, Chuck Connors, Edgar Buchanan $12,705,882[13]
15. Come Blow Your Horn Paramount Pictures Bud Yorkin Frank Sinatra, Lee J. Cobb, Molly Picon, Barbara Rush $12,000,000[14]
16. The Thrill of It All Universal Pictures Norman Jewison Doris Day, James Garner, Arlene Francis, Edward Andrews, Reginald Owen $11,779,093[15]
17. The Great Escape United Artists John Sturges Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, James Donald, Charles Bronson, Donald Pleasence, James Coburn, Hannes Messemer, David McCallum, Gordon Jackson, John Leyton, Angus Lennie, Nigel Stock, Robert Graf, Jud Taylor, William Russell $11,744,471[16]
18. The Cardinal Columbia Pictures Otto Preminger Tom Tryon, Romy Schneider, Carol Lynley, Dorothy Gish $11,170,588[17]
19. Hud Paramount Pictures Martin Ritt Paul Newman, Patricia Neal, Brandon deWilde, Melvyn Douglas $10,000,000[18]
20. 55 Days at Peking Allied Artists Nicholas Ray Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, David Niven, Flora Robson, Leo Genn, Harry Andrews $10,000,000[19]
21. Captain Newman, M.D. Universal Pictures David Miller Gregory Peck, Tony Curtis, Angie Dickinson, Robert Duvall, Eddie Albert, Bobby Darin $8,500,000[20]
22. Love with the Proper Stranger Paramount Pictures Robert Mulligan Natalie Wood, Steve McQueen, Edie Adams, Herschel Bernardi, Harvey Lembeck, Tom Bosley $7,200,000[20]
23. Columbia Pictures / Embassy Pictures Federico Fellini Marcello Mastroianni, Claudia Cardinale, Anouk Aimée, Sandra Milo, Rossella Falk $7,000,000[21]
24. Donovan's Reef Paramount Pictures John Ford John Wayne, Lee Marvin, Jack Warden, Elizabeth Allen, Cesar Romero $6,600,000[22]
25. Lilies of the Field United Artists Ralph Nelson Sidney Poitier, Lilia Skala, Lisa Mann, Isa Crino, Francesca Jarvis, Pamela Branch, Stanley Adams, Dan Frazer $6,000,000[23]
26. Promises! Promises! Independent film King Donovan Jayne Mansfield, Marie McDonald, Tommy Noonan $3,775,000

(*) After theatrical re-issue(s)


Awards

Academy Awards: Best Picture: Tom Jones — Woodfall, United Artists-Lopert (British)Best Director: Tony Richardson – Tom JonesBest Actor: Sidney Poitier – Lilies of the FieldBest Actress: Patricia Neal – HudBest Supporting Actor: Melvyn Douglas – HudBest Supporting Actress: Margaret Rutherford – The V.I.P.sBest Foreign Language Film: 8½ (Otto e mezzo), directed by Federico Fellini, Italy Golden Globe Awards: Drama:Best Picture: The CardinalBest Actor: Sidney Poitier - Lilies of the FieldBest Actress: Leslie Caron - The L-Shaped RoomMusical or comedy:Best Picture: Tom JonesBest Actor: Alberto Sordi - Il diavoloBest Actress: Shirley MacLaine - Irma la DouceOtherBest Director: Elia Kazan - America, America Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival): The Leopard (Il Gattopardo), directed by Luchino Visconti, Italy Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival): Hands Over the City (Le mani sulla città), directed by Francesco Rosi, Italy Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival): Il diavolo (To Bed... or Not to Bed), directed by Gian Luigi Polidoro, Italy

Notable films released in 1963

  1. From Russia with Love

Christmas films

  1. Christmas Cracker
  2. A Visit to Santa

Short Film Series

Looney Tunes (1930–1969) Terrytoons (1930–1964) Merrie Melodies (1931–1969) Yosemite Sam (1945-1963) Speedy Gonzales (1953–1968)

Births

Deaths

Film debuts

Alan Alda - Gone are the Days! Mel Brooks - The Critic James Caan - Irma la Douce Héctor Elizondo - The Fat Black Pussycat Kurt Russell - It Happened at the World's Fair Lynn Redgrave - Tom Jones Donald Sutherland - The World Ten Times Over

References

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  1. Box Office Information for Cleopatra. Box Office Mojo. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  2. Box Office Information for How the West Was Won. The Numbers. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  3. Box Office Information for It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. Box Office Mojo. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  4. Box Office Information for Tom Jones. The Numbers. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  5. Box Office Information for Irma la Douce. The Numbers. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  6. Box Office Information for The Sword in the Stone. The Numbers. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  7. Box Office Information for Son of Flubber. The Numbers. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  8. Box Office Information for Dr. No. Box Office Mojo. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  9. Box Office Information for The V.I.P.s The Numbers. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  10. Box Office Information for McLintock! The Numbers. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  11. Box Office Information for Charade. The Numbers. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  12. Box Office Information for Bye Bye Birdie. The Numbers. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  13. Box Office Information for Move Over, Darling. The Numbers. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  14. "All-Time Top Grossers", Variety, 8 January 1964 p 69
  15. Box Office Information for The Thrill of It All. The Numbers. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  16. Box Office Information for The Great Escape. The Numbers. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  17. Box Office Information for The Cardinal. The Numbers. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  18. Box Office Information for Hud. The Numbers. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  19. Box Office Information for 55 Days at Peking. The Numbers. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  20. 20.0 20.1 "Big Rental Pictures of 1964", Variety, 6 January 1965 p 39.
  21. "Top Rental Films of 1963", Variety, 8 January 1964 p 37
  22. Box Office Information for Donovan's Reef. The Numbers. Retrieved September 5, 2013.
  23. Hollywood Trick: Or, How To Turn Cheap 'Lilies' Into Gold by Murray Schumachhollywood.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 09 Feb 1964: X9.
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