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The year 1975 in film involved some significant events, with Steven Spielberg's thriller Jaws topping the box office.

Highest-grossing films (U.S.)

See also: List of 1975 box office number-one films in the United States

The top ten 1975 released films by box office gross in North America are as follows:

Highest-grossing films of 1975
Rank Title Studio Domestic gross
1 Jaws Universal Pictures $260,000,000[1]
2 The Rocky Horror Picture Show 20th Century Fox $112,892,319[2]
3 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest United Artists $108,981,275[3]
4 Dog Day Afternoon Warner Bros. $50,000,000[4]
5 Shampoo Columbia Pictures $49,407,734[5]
6 The Return of the Pink Panther United Artists $41,833,347[6]
7 Funny Lady Columbia Pictures $39,000,000[7]
8 The Apple Dumpling Gang Walt Disney Productions $36,853,000[8]
9 Aloha, Bobby and Rose Columbia Pictures $35,000,000[9]
10 The Other Side of the Mountain Universal Pictures $34,673,100[10]

Events

  • March 26: The film version of The Who's Tommy premieres in London.
  • May: In order to create the necessary special effects for his film, Star Wars, George Lucas forms Industrial Light and Magic.
  • August 14: The cult classic film The Rocky Horror Picture Show premieres in London.
  • Jaws becomes the first movie to gross $100 million in US theatrical rentals,Template:Fix setting the standard for future blockbusters.
  • November 23: Sneak Previews, the first American film review show, premieres and launches the careers of critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert. They will remain a team, and a staple among film critics, through various programs for the next twenty-four years.

Awards

Awards ceremonies

  • Academy Awards
  • BAFTA Awards
  • Golden Globe Awards
  • Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival): Chronicle of the Years of Fire (Chronique des années de braise)
  • Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival): Adoption (Örökbefogadás)

Notable awards

Category/Organization Golden Globe Awards
January 24, 1976
BAFTA Awards
February 29, 1976
Academy Awards
March 29, 1976
Musical or Comedy Drama
Best Film The Sunshine Boys One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Best Director Miloš Forman
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Stanley Kubrick
Barry Lyndon
Miloš Forman
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Best Actor Walter Matthau
The Sunshine Boys
Jack Nicholson
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Al Pacino
Dog Day Afternoon /
The Godfather Part II
Jack Nicholson
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Best Actress Ann-Margret
Tommy
Louise Fletcher
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Ellen Burstyn
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
Louise Fletcher
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Best Supporting Actor Richard Benjamin
The Sunshine Boys
Fred Astaire
The Towering Inferno
George Burns
The Sunshine Boys
Best Supporting Actress Brenda Vaccaro
Once Is Not Enough
Diane Ladd
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
Lee Grant
Shampoo
Best Screenplay, Adapted One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Lawrence Hauben and Bo Goldman
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
Robert Getchell
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Lawrence Hauben and Bo Goldman
Best Screenplay, Original Dog Day Afternoon
Frank Pierson

Films released

  1. Tommy

Births

  • January 3
    • Danica McKellar, American actress
    • Jason Marsden, actor
  • January 5: Bradley Cooper, American actor
  • February 14: Malik Zidi, French actor
  • February 22: Drew Barrymore, American actress and director
  • March 15: Will.i.am, American actor and singer/rapper
  • March 22: Guillermo Diaz, American actor
  • March 27: Stacy Ferguson, American actress/singer
  • April 2:
    • Adam Rodriguez, American actor
    • Deedee Magno, Filipino-American actress and singer
  • May 3: Christina Hendricks, American actress
  • May 22: Harriet Toompere, Estonian actress
  • June 4: Angelina Jolie, American actress
  • June 25: Linda Cardellini, American actress
  • June 27: Tobey Maguire, American actor
  • July 6: 50 Cent, American actor and rapper
  • July 11: Bridgette Andersen, American actress (d. 1997)
  • July 17: Cécile de France, Belgian actress
  • July 23: Suriya, Indian actor
  • August 7: Charlize Theron, South African actress
  • August 12: Casey Affleck, American actor
  • August 29: Dante Basco, American actor
  • September 30
    • Asia Argento, Italian actress
    • Marion Cotillard, French actress
  • October 5
    • Kate Winslet, English actress
    • Parminder Nagra, English actress
  • October 7: Kaspars Znotiņš, Latvian actor
  • November 6: Sean Patrick Maclam, Scottish Grindhouse film director
  • November 19: Sushmita Sen, Indian actress
  • November 22: James Madio, American actor
  • December 17
    • Milla Jovovich, Ukrainian-American actress
    • Hilje Murel, Estonian actress
  • December 27: Heather O'Rourke, American actress (d. 1988)

Deaths

Month Date Name Age Country Profession Notable films
January 1 Arthur Pierson 73 Norway/USA Director, Actor
  • The Fighting O'Flynn
  • Home Town Story
9 Pierre Fresnay 77 France Actor
  • La Grande Illusion
  • Le Corbeau
18 Gertrude Olmstead 77 USA Actress
  • The Boob
  • The Monster
24 Larry Fine 72 USA Actor
27 Bill Walsh 61 USA Screenwriter, Producer
February 1 Richard Wattis 62 UK Actor
11 Maria Balcerkiewiczówna 71 Poland Actress
  • Vampires of Warsaw
  • Augustus the Strong
17 George Marshall 83 USA Director
  • How the West Was Won
  • Destry Rides Again
20 Robert Strauss 61 USA Actor
20 Lillian Fontaine 88 UK Actress
  • The Locket
  • The Lost Weekend
March 4 Renée Björling 76 Sweden Actress
  • Summer Interlude
  • A Lesson in Love
7 Ben Blue 73 Canada/USA Actor
8 George Stevens 70 USA Director, Producer
  • A Place in the Sun
  • Giant
9 Shirley Ross 62 USA Actress
14 Susan Hayward 57 USA Actress
April 3 Mary Ure 42 UK Actress
10 Marjorie Main 85 USA Actress
  • Meet Me in St. Louis
  • Heaven Can Wait
13 Larry Parks 60 USA Actor
  • The Jolson Story
  • Jolson Sings Again
14 Fredric March 77 USA Actor
15 Richard Conte 65 USA Actor
15 William Hartnell 67 UK Actor
  • Hell Drivers
  • Carry On Sergeant
May 4 Moe Howard 77 USA Actor
  • Punch Drunks
  • Men in Black
June 4 Evelyn Brent 75 USA Actress
  • Underworld
  • The Last Command
6 Larry Blyden 49 USA Actor
  • On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
  • Kiss Them for Me
28 Rod Serling 50 USA Screenwriter
July 2 James Robertson Justice 68 UK Actor
August 23 Hank Patterson 86 USA Actor
  • The Arizona Kid
  • Tarantula
September 9 John McGiver 61 USA Actor
24 Clive Morton 71 UK Actor
  • The Moonraker
  • Kind Hearts and Coronets
27 Mark Frechette 27 USA Actor
October 18 Al Lettieri 47 USA Actor
24 Martin Boddey 68 UK Actor
  • Carry on Sergeant
  • Carry on Nurse
31 Joseph Calleia 78 Malta/USA Actor, Singer
  • After the Thin Man
  • Touch of Evil
November 2 Pier Paolo Pasolini 53 Italy Director, Screenwriter, Actor
  • The Hawks and the Sparrows
  • Teorema
4 Sheila Ryan 54 USA Actress
  • Dressed to Kill
  • Song of Texas
5 Annette Kellerman 88 Australia Actress
  • Venus of the South Seas
  • A Daughter of the Gods
December 9 William A. Wellman 79 USA Director
  • Wings
  • Battleground
13 Cyril Delevanti 88 UK Actor
20 William Lundigan 61 USA Actor
  • The House on Telegraph Hill
  • Love Nest
24 Bernard Herrmann 64 USA Composer

Film debuts

References

  1. "Jaws, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 22, 2012.
  2. "The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved May 26, 2014.
  3. "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 22, 2012.
  4. "Dog Day Afternoon, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 22, 2012.
  5. "Shampoo, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 22, 2012.
  6. "The Return of the Pink Panther, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 22, 2012.
  7. "Funny Lady, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved May 26, 2014.
  8. "The Apple Dumpling Gang, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved July 7, 2012.
  9. "Aloha, Bobby and Rose, Worldwide Box Office". Worldwide Box Office. Retrieved January 22, 2012.
  10. "The Other Side of the Mountain, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved July 7, 2012.

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