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The following is an overview of events in 1985 in film, including the highest-grossing films, award ceremonies and festivals, a list of films released and notable deaths.

Highest-grossing films (U.S.)

See also: List of 1985 box office number-one films in the United States

The top ten 1985 released films by box office gross in North America are as follows:

Highest-grossing films of 1985[1]
Rank Title Distributor Domestic gross
1. Back to the Future Universal $210,609,762
2. Rambo: First Blood Part II TriStar $150,415,432
3. Rocky IV United Artists $127,873,716
4. The Color Purple Warner Bros. $94,175,854
5. Out Of Africa Universal $87,071,205
6. Cocoon 20th Century Fox $76,113,124
7. The Jewel of the Nile $75,973,200
8. Witness Paramount $68,706,993
9. The Goonies Warner Bros. $61,389,680
10. Spies Like Us $60,088,980

Events

  • 3 December - Roger Moore steps down from the role of James Bond after twelve years and seven films. He is replaced by Timothy Dalton.
  • The Academy Award for Best Picture was won by Out Of Africa, while the highest-grossing film was Back to the Future.
  • Bliss wins AFI Award for best Movie (Australia).
  • June 5 - The Chicago Cubs play the Atlanta Braves in a baseball game at Wrigley Field. Excerpts from the broadcast later pin this date as the day featured in Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

Awards

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Academy Awards:

Best Picture: Out of Africa - Universal
Best Director: Sydney Pollack - Out of Africa
Best Actor: William Hurt - Kiss of the Spider Woman
Best Actress: Geraldine Page - The Trip to Bountiful
Best Supporting Actor: Don Ameche - Cocoon
Best Supporting Actress: Anjelica Huston - Prizzi's Honor
Best Foreign Language Film: The Official Story (La historia oficial), directed by Luis Puenzo, Argentina
Honorary Award for Lifetime Achievement James Stewart

Golden Globe Awards:

Drama:
Best Picture: Out of Africa
Best Actor: Jon Voight - Runaway Train
Best Actress: Whoopi Goldberg - The Color Purple
Musical or comedy:
Best Picture: Prizzi's Honor
Best Actor: Jack Nicholson - Prizzi's Honor
Best Actress: Kathleen Turner - Prizzi's Honor
Other
Best Director: John Huston - Prizzi's Honor
Best Foreign Language Film: The Official Story (La historia oficial), Argentina

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

When Father Was Away on Business (Otac na službenom putu), directed by Emir Kusturica, Yugoslavia

Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival):

Vagabond (Sans toit ni loi), directed by Agnès Varda, France / U.K.

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

Die Frau und der Fremde (The Woman and the Stranger), directed by Rainer Simon, East Germany
Wetherby, directed by David Hare, United Kingdom

Razzie Awards

Worst Picture: Rambo: First Blood Part II
Worst Director: Sylvester Stallone - Rocky IV
Worst Actor: Sylvester Stallone - Rambo: First Blood Part II and Rocky IV
Worst Actress: Linda Blair - Night Patrol, Savage Island and Savage Streets
Worst Supporting Actor: Rob Lowe - St. Elmo's Fire
Worst Supporting Actress: Brigitte Nielsen - Rocky IV
Worst New Star: Brigitte Nielsen - Red Sonja and Rocky IV

Notable films released in 1985

  1. The Color Purple

Births

  • January 3 - Nicole Beharie, American actress
  • February 7 - Tina Majorino, American actress
  • March 13 - Emile Hirsch, American actor
  • March 15
    • Eva Amurri, American actress
    • Kellan Lutz, American actor
  • March 26
    • Jonathan Groff, American actor and singer
    • Keira Knightley, English actress
  • April 16 - Rhiana Griffith, Australian actress
  • April 17 - Rooney Mara, American actress
  • April 27 - Sheila Vand, American actress
  • May 10 - Odette Annable, American actress
  • May 28 - Tao Okamoto, Japanese actress
  • May 28 - Carey Mulligan, English actress
  • May 29 - Blake Foster, American actor
  • June 12 - Dave Franco, American actor
  • June 15 - Maxey Whitehead, American voice actress
  • July 1 - Léa Seydoux, French actress
  • July 2 - Ashley Tisdale, American actress and singer
  • July 18 - Chace Crawford, American actor
  • July 21 - Vanessa Lengies, Canadian actress and singer
  • August 9 - Anna Kendrick, American actress
  • August 23 - Juss Haasma, Estonian actor
  • September 4 - Morgan Garrett, American voice actress
  • September 16 - Madeline Zima, American actress
  • October 11 - Michelle Trachtenberg, American actress
  • November 2 - Josh Grelle, American voice actor
  • November 30 - Kaley Cuoco, American actress
  • December 3 - Amanda Seyfried, American actress and singer
  • December 5 - Frankie Muniz, American actor
  • December 10 - Raven-Symoné, American actress and singer

Notable deaths

Month Date Name Age Country Profession Notable films
January 5 Robert Surtees 78 USA Cinematographer
5 John Paxton 73 USA Screenwriter
11 Edward Buzzell 89 USA Director
  • Go West
  • Neptune's Daughter
12 Paul Luty 52 UK Actor
  • The Water Babies
  • The Dresser
13 Carol Wayne 42 USA Actress
  • The Party
  • Heartbreakers
14 Jetta Goudal 93 Netherlands Actress
  • Lady of the Pavements
  • Paris at Midnight
18 Wilfrid Brambell 72 UK Actor
25 Paul J. Smith 78 USA Composer, Orchestrator
February
4 Fred Ryan 67 UK Boom Operator
  • Doctor Blood's Coffin
  • I Was Monty's Double
6 Neil McCarthy 52 UK Actor
6 James Hadley Chase 78 UK Writer, Miscellaneous
  • The Night of the Generals
  • Palmetto
10 Wanda Tuchock 86 USA Screenwriter
  • Finishing School
  • The Foxes of Harrow
11 Henry Hathaway 86 USA Director, Producer
12 Nicholas Colasanto 61 USA Actor
16 Larry Ward 60 USA Actor, Writer
19 Dorothy Black 85 South Africa Actress
  • The Night Has Eyes
  • The Farmer's Wife
20 Clarence Nash 80 USA Actor
21 Ina Claire 91 UK Actress
  • The Awful Truth
  • Ninotchka
21 Louis Hayward 75 UK Actor, Director, Producer
  • House by the River
  • And Then There Were None
27 J. Pat O'Malley 80 UK Actor, Voice Actor
27 David Huffman 39 USA Actor, Producer
March
1 Alfred Zeisler 92 USA Producer, Director
  • Victor and Victoria
  • Fear
3 Noel Purcell 84 Ireland Actor
5 Thomas Little 98 USA Set Decorator
  • All About Eve
  • The Day the Earth Stood Still
8 Edward Andrews 70 USA Actor
19 Anthony Nelson Keys 73 UK Producer
21 Michael Redgrave 77 UK Actor, Writer
  • The Lady Vanishes
  • The Importance of Being Earnest
21 Michael Trubshawe 79 UK Actor
April
16 Scott Brady 60 USA Actor
21 John Welsh 70 UK Actor, Production Manager
23 Kent Smith 78 USA Actor
  • Cat People
  • Nora Prentiss
25 Richard Haydn 80 UK Actor
26 Albert Maltz 76 USA Screenwriter
  • This Gun for Hire
  • Broken Arrow
May 1 George Pravda 68 UK Actor
4 Harry Earles 83 USA Actor
5 Mildred Dixon 74 USA Actress
7 Dawn Addams 54 UK Actress
  • The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll
  • The Robe
8 Susan Morrow 53 USA Actress
  • The Savage
  • Cat-Women of the Moon
8 Dolph Sweet 64 USA Actor
  • Finian's Rainbow
  • Colossus: The Forbin Project
9 Edmond O'Brien 69 USA Actor
11 Chester Gould 84 USA Writer, Cartoonist
  • Dick Tracy
  • Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome
13 Selma Diamond 64 USA Actress, Writer
  • My Favorite Year
  • Bang the Drum Slowly
13 Leatrice Joy 91 USA Actress
  • Vanity
  • Triumph
14 Frank Westmore 62 ?? Makeup Artist
16 Margaret Hamilton 82 USA Actress
17 Hugh Burden 72 UK Actor, Writer
  • The Ruling Class
  • Funeral in Berlin
22 Wolfgang Reitherman 75 USA Animator, Director, Producer
22 Gerald Case 80 UK Actor
25 Robert Nathan 91 USA Writer, Actor
  • The Clock
  • Pagan Love Song
26 Harold Hecht 77 USA Producer
  • Marty
  • Sweet Smell of Success
30 Talbot Jennings 90 USA Screenwriter
  • Mutiny on the Bounty
  • Knights of the Round Table
June 1 Richard Greene 66 UK Actor, Producer
  • Kentucky
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles
7 Gordon Rollings 59 UK Actor
  • The Comedy Man
  • Carry on Doctor
9 Clifford Evans 73 UK Actor, Writer
  • The Kiss of the Vampire
  • The Curse of the Werewolf
10 George Chandler 86 USA Actor
  • Fury
  • Roxie Hart
17 John Boulting 71 UK Producer, Director
  • Lucky Jim
  • I'm All Right Jack
24 Valentine Dyall 77 UK Actor
  • Henry V
  • Ivanhoe
28 James Craig 73 USA Actor, Writer
  • Kitty Foyle
  • The Human Comedy
July 1 Elsie Wagstaff 86 UK Actress
  • Meet Sexton Blake
  • The Interrupted Journey
3 Nelson Leigh 80 USA Actor
  • Gunfight at the O.K. Corral
  • Yukon Manhunt
7 Ewen Solon 67 NZ Actor
  • Tarzan the Magnificent
  • The Curse of the Werewolf
8 Phil Foster 71 USA Actor
  • Bang the Drum Slowly
  • Conquest of Space
8 Victor Rendina 68 USA Actor
17 Margo 68 Mexico Actress
20 Estelle Evans 78 USA Actress
23 Kay Kyser 80 USA Musician, Actor
  • Playmates
  • My Favorite Spy
23 Mickey Shaughnessy 64 USA Actor
28 Grant Williams 53 USA Actor
  • The Incredible Shrinking Man
  • PT 109
August
2 Bob Holt 56 USA Actor
2 Frank Faylen 79 USA Actor
7 Grayson Hall 62 USA Actress
8 Louise Brooks 78 USA Actress
8 Milton H. Greene 63 USA Producer
  • The Prince and the Showgirl
  • Bus Stop
10 Kenny Baker 72 USA Singer, Actor
  • The Harvey Girls
  • At the Circus
12 Patrick Hines 55 USA Actor
13 Marion Martin 77 USA Actress
  • The Big Street
  • The Big Store
14 Gale Sondergaard 86 USA Actress
  • Anthony Adverse
  • Anna and the King of Siam
24 Morrie Ryskind 89 USA Screenwriter
28 Ruth Gordon 88 USA Actress, Writer
29 Evelyn Ankers 67 USA Actress
  • The Wolf Man
  • The Ghost of Frankenstein
29 Patrick Barr 77 UK Actor
30 Tom Howard 75 UK Special Effects
  • Blithe Spirit
  • Tom Thumb
September 4 George O'Brien 86 USA Actor, Producer
6 Johnny Desmond 65 USA Actor, Singer
  • Escape from San Quentin
  • Calypso Heat Wave
6 Jane Frazee 67 USA Actress, Singer
  • San Antonio Rose
  • Calendar Girl
10 Alexa Kenin 23 USA Actress
14 Julian Beck 60 USA Actor
  • The Cotton Club
  • Oedipus Rex
16 Art Scholl 53 USA Stuntman, Actor
24 Paul Mann 71 USA Actor
  • America, America
  • Fiddler on the Roof
27 Lloyd Nolan 83 USA Actor
28 L. B. Abbott 77 USA Special Effects
29 Arthur Krams 73 USA Set Decorator
  • The Rose Tattoo
  • Holiday in Mexico
30 Simone Signoret 64 France Actress
30 Floyd Crosby 85 USA Cinematographer
October 2 George Savalas 60 USA Actor
2 Rock Hudson 59 USA Actor
  • Giant
  • Pillow Talk
6 Nelson Riddle 64 USA Composer, Orchestrator
10 Yul Brynner 65 USA Actor
10 Orson Welles 70 USA Actor, Writer, Director
13 Francesca Bertini 93 Italy Actress
16 Franklin Milton 78 USA Recording Supervisor
22 Stefano Satta Flores 48 Italy Actor
  • We All Loved Each Other So Much
  • Four Flies on Grey Velvet
25 Gary Holton 33 UK Actor
30 Kirby Grant 73 USA Actor
  • Trail of the Yukon
  • Northwest Territory
30 David Oxley 64 Spain Actor
November 1 Phil Silvers 74 USA Actor
12 Dimitar Panov 83 Bulgaria Actor
  • The Prince
  • Whale
19 Jimmy Ritz 81 USA Actor, Writer
  • On the Avenue
  • Pack Up Your Troubles
19 Stepin Fetchit 83 USA Actor
  • Zenobia
  • Charlie Chan in Egypt
December 11 Kathleen Ryan 63 Ireland Actress
  • Odd Man Out
  • Esther Waters
12 Anne Baxter 62 USA Actress
  • The Razor's Edge
  • All About Eve
12 Phil Karlson 77 USA Director
14 Bruce Weintraub 33 USA Set Decorator
17 Harry M. Leonard 85 USA Sound Recordist
  • Laura
  • Captain Eddie
23 Gina Kaus 92 Austria Screenwriter
  • The Red Danube
  • The Robe
26 Margarete Schön 90 Germany Actress, Director
  • Die Nibelungen
  • The Street Song
28 Renato Castellani 72 Italy Director, Writer
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Under the Sun of Rome
31 Ricky Nelson 45 USA Actor, Singer
  • Rio Bravo
  • The Wackiest Ship in the Army
31 Sam Spiegel 84 UK Producer

Film debuts

  • Joan Allen - Compromising Positions
  • Sean Astin - The Goonies
  • Josh Brolin - The Goonies
  • Tim Burton (director) - Pee Wee's Big Adventure
  • Don Cheadle - Moving Violations
  • Patrick Dempsey - Heaven Help Us
  • Linda Fiorentino - Vision Quest
  • Stephen Fry - The Good Father
  • Whoopi Goldberg - The Color Purple
  • Ethan Hawke - Explorers
  • Elias Koteas - One Magic Christmas
  • LL Cool J - Krush Groove
  • John Leguizamo - Mixed Blood
  • Tom Lister, Jr. - Runaway Train
  • Dolph Lundgren - A View to a Kill
  • Madonna - Vision Quest
  • Alyssa Milano -Commando
  • Rob Morrow - Private Resort
  • Viggo Mortensen - Witness
  • Brigitte Nielsen - Red Sonja
  • River Phoenix - Explorers
  • Miranda Richardson - Dance with a Stranger
  • Mia Sara - Legend
  • Kyra Sedgwick - War and Love
  • Christian Slater - The Legend of Billie Jean
  • Yeardley Smith - Heaven Help Us
  • Danny Trejo - Runaway Train
  • Stanley Tucci - Prizzi's Honor
  • Thomas F. Wilson - Back to the Future
  • Oprah Winfrey - The Color Purple
  • Billy Zane - Back to the Future

See also

  • List of American films of 1985
  • List of British films of 1985
  • List of French films of 1985
  • List of German films of the 1980s
  • List of Bollywood films of 1985
  • List of Italian films of 1985
  • List of Japanese films of 1985
  • List of Swedish films of the 1980s

References

  1. "1985 Domestic Grosses". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 7 April 2014.

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