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The year 1971 in film involved some significant events.

Highest-grossing films (U.S.)

See also: List of 1971 box office number-one films in the United States

The top ten 1971 released films by box office gross in North America are as follows:

Highest-grossing films of 1971
Rank Title Studio Domestic gross
1. Fiddler on the Roof United Artists $75,600,000[1]
2. The French Connection 20th Century Fox $51,700,000[2]
3. Diamonds Are Forever United Artists $43,819,547[3]
4. Dirty Harry Warner Bros. $35,976,000[4]
5. Billy Jack Warner Bros. $32,500,000[5]
6. Summer of '42 Warner Bros. $32,063,634[6]
7. The Last Picture Show Columbia Pictures $29,133,000[7]
8. Carnal Knowledge Embassy Pictures $28,623,000[8]
9. A Clockwork Orange Warner Bros. $26,589,355[9]
10. Bedknobs and Broomsticks Walt Disney Productions $17,871,174[10]

Events

  • February 8 - Bob Dylan's hour-long documentary film, Eat the Document, premieres at New York's Academy of Music. The film includes footage from Dylan's 1966 UK tour.
  • The first permanent IMAX projection system is installed at Ontario Place's "Cinesphere" in Toronto.
  • April 23 - Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song becomes the highest-grossing independent film of 1971.

Awards

Category/Organization 29th Golden Globe Awards
February 6, 1972
26th BAFTA Awards
February 26, 1973
44th Academy Awards
April 10, 1972
Drama Musical or Comedy
Best Film The French Connection Fiddler on the Roof Cabaret The French Connection
Best Director William Friedkin
The French Connection
Bob Fosse
Cabaret
William Friedkin
The French Connection
Best Actor Gene Hackman
The French Connection
Chaim Topol
Fiddler on the Roof
Gene Hackman
The French Connection
Gene Hackman
The French Connection
Best Actress Jane Fonda
Klute
Twiggy
The Boy Friend
Liza Minnelli
Cabaret
Jane Fonda
Klute
Best Supporting Actor Ben Johnson
The Last Picture Show
Ben Johnson
The Last Picture Show
Ben Johnson
The Last Picture Show
Best Supporting Actress Cloris Leachman
The Last Picture Show
Cloris Leachman
The Last Picture Show
Cloris Leachman
The Last Picture Show
Best Screenplay, Original The Hospital
Paddy Chayefsky
The Hospital
Paddy Chayefsky
The Hospital
Paddy Chayefsky
Best Screenplay, Adapted The Last Picture Show
Peter Bogdanovich and Larry McMurtry
The French Connection
Ernest Tidyman
Best Score Shaft
Isaac Hayes
The Godfather
Nino Rota
Shaft
Isaac Hayes

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

The Go-Between, directed by Joseph Losey, United Kingdom

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (Il Giardino dei Finzi-Contini), directed by Vittorio De Sica, Italy / W. Germany

1971 film releases

Romance films released in 1971

  1. Harold and Maude

Births

  • January 2 - Taye Diggs, American actor
  • January 7 - Jeremy Renner, American actor
  • January 11 - Mary J. Blige, American musician
  • January 15 - Regina King, American actress
  • January 24 - Stanislas Merhar, French actor
  • February 1
    • Jill Kelly, American pornographic actress
    • Michael C. Hall, American actor
  • February 11 - Damian Lewis, English actor
  • February 15
  • February 17 - Denise Richards, American actress
  • February 22 - Lea Salonga, Filipina voice actress/singer
  • February 25 - Sean Astin, American actor
  • March 2 - Method Man, American actor and musician
  • March 5 - Yuri Lowenthal, American voice actor
  • March 7 - Peter Sarsgaard, American actor
  • March 10 - Jon Hamm, American actor
  • March 13 - Annabeth Gish, American actress
  • March 15 - Chris Patton, American voice actor
  • March 27 - Nathan Fillion, Canadian actor
  • March 31 - Ewan McGregor, Scottish actor
  • April 12 - Shannen Doherty, American actress
  • April 18 - David Tennant, Scottish actor
  • April 19 - Wendy Powell, American voice actress
  • April 28 - Bridget Moynahan, American actress
  • May 14 - Sofia Coppola, American actress, writer, and director
  • May 27
    • Lisa Lopes, American singer and actress (d.2002)
    • Paul Bettany, English actor
  • May 30 - Idina Menzel, American actress, singer and songwriter
  • June 4 - Noah Wyle, American actor
  • June 5 - Mark Wahlberg, American actor and musician
  • June 15 - Taavi Eelmaa, Estonian actor
  • June 16 -
    • Eva Püssa, Estonian actress
    • Tupac Shakur, American actor and musician (d.1996)
  • July 1 - Missy Elliott, American musician and actress
  • July 16 - Corey Feldman, American actor
  • July 21 - Charlotte Gainsbourg, French actress
  • August 10 - Justin Theroux, American actor
  • August 29 - Carla Gugino, American actress
  • August 31 - Chris Tucker, American actor
  • September 8
    • David Arquette, American actor, film director, producer, screenwriter
    • Martin Freeman, English actor
  • September 14 - Kimberly Williams-Paisley, American actresses
  • September 15 - Colleen Villard, American voice actress
  • September 16 - Amy Poehler, American actress
  • September 18 - Jada Pinkett Smith, American actress
  • September 21 - Luke Wilson, American actor
  • October 20 - Snoop Dogg, American musician and actor
  • October 29 - Winona Ryder, American actress
  • November 3 - Piret Laurimaa, Estonian actress
  • November 25 - Christina Applegate, American actress
  • December 1 - Emily Mortimer, English actress
  • December 6 - Katariina Unt, Estonian actress
  • December 7 - Chasey Lain, American pornographic actress
  • December 23 - Corey Haim, Canadian actor (d. 2010)
  • December 25 - Ain Mäeots, Estonian actor, director and producer
  • December 26 - Jared Leto, American actor and musician

Notable deaths

Month Date Name Age Country Profession Notable films
January 5 Douglas Shearer 71 Canada Sound Engineer
5 Fanfulla 57 Italy Actor
  • Fellini Satyricon
  • The Clowns
15 John Dall 52 USA Actor
20 Broncho Billy Anderson 90 USA Actor, Director, Writer
  • The Great Train Robbery
  • The Weak-End Party
25 Isobel Lennart 55 USA Screenwriter
February 3 Jay C. Flippen 71 USA Actor
  • Oklahoma!
  • Winchester '73
22 Frédéric Mariotti 87 France Actor
  • Barrabas
  • Mare Nostrum
26 Fernandel 67 France Actor
  • Around the World in 80 Days
  • The Little World of Don Camillo
March 5 Winnie Lightner 71 USA Actress
  • Gold Diggers of Broadway
  • She Had to Say Yes
8 Harold Lloyd 87 USA Actor, Director, Writer
8 Borden Chase 71 USA Screenwriter
12 Roy Glenn 56 USA Actor
12 Tor Johnson 67 Sweden Actor
  • Plan 9 from Outer Space
  • Bride of the Monster
15 Bebe Daniels 70 USA Actress
  • 42nd Street
  • The Maltese Falcon
21 Nan Wynn 55 USA Singer, Actress
  • A Shot in the Dark
  • Pardon My Sarong
30 Werner Peters 52 Germany Actor
  • Dog Eat Dog
  • Death Knocks Twice
April 9 Paulette Noizeux 83 France Actress
  • Lady Killer
  • La Digue
20 Cecil Parker 73 UK Actor
21 Edmund Lowe 81 USA Actor
  • Dinner at Eight
  • Dillinger
28 John Tansey 69 USA Actor, Director
  • The Sky Rider
  • Trouping with Ellen
May 1 Glenda Farrell 66 USA Actress
  • Little Caesar
  • I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
27 Chips Rafferty 62 Australia Actor
28 Audie Murphy 45 USA Actor
  • The Red Badge of Courage
  • To Hell and Back
June 8 Piero Gherardi 61 Italy Production, Costume Designer
  • La Dolce Vita
10 Michael Rennie 61 UK Actor
18 Thomas Gomez 65 USA Actor
  • Key Largo
  • Pittsburgh
July 6 Louis Armstrong 69 USA Actor, Musician
17 Cliff Edwards 76 USA Actor, Singer
19 Norman Reilly Raine 77 USA Screenwriter
  • The Adventures of Robin Hood
  • The Life of Emile Zola
23 Van Heflin 60 USA Actor
  • Shane
  • 3:10 to Yuma
August 3 Ernst Eklund 81 Sweden Actor
  • Crisis
  • Banketten
15 Paul Lukas 80 Hungary Actor
  • The Lady Vanishes
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
16 Spyros Skouras 78 Greece Producer, Studio Executive
17 Horace McMahon 65 USA Actor
  • Detective Story
  • Susan Slept Here
September 7 Spring Byington 84 USA Actress
  • Meet John Doe
  • You Can't Take It With You
10 Pier Angeli 39 Italy Actress
  • Somebody Up There Likes Me
  • Battle of the Bulge
11 Bella Darvi 42 Poland Actress
  • The Egyptian
  • Hell and High Water
October 11 Chester Conklin 85 USA Actor
  • Modern Times
  • The Great Dictator
12 Fritz Achterberg 90 Germany Actor
  • Hamlet
  • The False Dimitri
13 Phoebe Ephron 57 USA Screenwriter
  • Desk Set
  • Captain Newman, M.D.
26 Vincent Coleman 71 USA Actor
  • Has the World Gone Mad?
  • The Magic Cup
November 2 Martha Vickers 46 USA Actress
17 Gladys Cooper 82 UK Actress
19 Stuart Gilmore 70 USA Editor, Director
  • Sullivan's Travels
  • The Virginian
26 Bengt Ekerot 51 Sweden Actor
  • The Seventh Seal
  • The Magician
December 12 Frank Wolff 43 USA Actor
13 Dita Parlo 63 Poland Actress
  • La Grande Illusion
  • L'Atalante
18 Diana Lynn 45 USA Actress
  • The Miracle of Morgan's Creek
  • The Kentuckian
26 Robert Lowery 58 USA Actor
  • The Mark of Zorro
  • Batman and Robin
28 Max Steiner 83 Austria Composer
30 Dorothy Comingore 58 USA Actress
31 Marin Sais 81 USA Actress
  • Oath of Vengeance
  • Reefer Madness

Film debuts

  • F. Murray Abraham - They Might Be Giants
  • Kathy Bates - Taking Off
  • Stockard Channing - The Hospital
  • Brian Cox - Nicholas and Alexandra
  • Daniel Day-Lewis - Sunday Bloody Sunday
  • Gérard Depardieu - Cry of the Cormoran
  • Craig T. Nelson - The Return of Count Yorga
  • John Ritter - The Barefoot Executive
  • David Ogden Stiers - THX 1138

References

  1. Block, Alex Ben; Wilson, Lucy Autrey, eds. (2010). George Lucas's Blockbusting: A Decade-By-Decade Survey of Timeless Movies Including Untold Secrets of Their Financial and Cultural Success. HarperCollins. ISBN 9780061778896.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
    • Fiddler on the Roof: p.527. $75.6 million (Initial Release Domestic Box office)
  2. "The French Connection, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 11, 2012.
  3. "Diamonds Are Forever, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 11, 2012.
  4. "Dirty Harry, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 11, 2012.
  5. "Billy Jack". The Numbers. Nash Information Services. Retrieved May 28, 2014.
  6. "Summer of '42, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved January 11, 2012.
  7. "The Last Picture Show, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 11, 2012.
  8. "Carnal Knowledge, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved January 11, 2012.
  9. "A Clockwork Orange, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 11, 2012.
  10. "Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved January 11, 2012.

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