1983: A Viewer's Guide

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1.
The Right Stuff (1983)
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The story of the original Mercury 7 astronauts and their macho, seat-of-the-pants approach to the space program. (193 mins.)
Director: Philip Kaufman
 
2.
Tender Mercies (1983)
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A broken-down, middle-aged country singer gets a new wife, reaches out to his long-lost daughter, and tries to put his troubled life back together. (92 mins.)
Director: Bruce Beresford
 
3.
The King of Comedy (1982)
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Aspiring comic Rupert Pupkin attempts to achieve success in show business by stalking his idol, a late night talk-show host who craves his own privacy. (109 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
4.
Testament (1983)
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The life of a suburban American family is scarred after a nuclear attack. (90 mins.)
Director: Lynne Littman
 
5.
Local Hero (1983)
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An American oil company sends a man to Scotland to buy up an entire village where they want to build a refinery. But things don't go as expected. (111 mins.)
Director: Bill Forsyth
 
6.
A Christmas Story (1983)
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In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher, and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun really is the perfect Christmas gift. (94 mins.)
Director: Bob Clark
 
7.
Never Cry Wolf (1983)
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A government researcher, sent to research the "menace" of wolves in the north, learns about the true beneficial and positive nature of the species. (105 mins.)
Director: Carroll Ballard
 
8.
Silkwood (1983)
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The story of Karen Silkwood, a metallurgy worker at a plutonium processing plant who was purposefully contaminated, psychologically tortured and possibly murdered to prevent her from exposing blatant worker safety violations at the plant. (131 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
 
9.
El Norte (1983)
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Peasants escaping mindless labor and a murderous Guatemalan government head to America in hopes for something better. (141 mins.)
Director: Gregory Nava
 
10.
The Makioka Sisters (1983)
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This sensuously beautiful film chronicles the activities of four sisters who gather in Kyoto every year to view the cherry blossoms... (140 mins.)
Director: Kon Ichikawa
 
11.
Scarface (1983)
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In Miami in 1980, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed. (170 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
 
12.
Baby It's You (1983)
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In a 1966 New Jersey high school, Jill and new student Sheik from the other side of the tracks make their way in a first love romance. (105 mins.)
Director: John Sayles
 
13.
The Ballad of Narayama (1983)
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In a poor 19th century rural Japanese village, everyone who reaches the age of 70 has to climb a nearby mountain to die. An old woman is getting close to the cut-off age, and we follow her last days with her family. (130 mins.)
Director: Shôhei Imamura
 
14.
The Dresser (1983)
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An effeminate personal assistant of a deteriorating veteran actor struggles to get him through a difficult performance of King Lear. (118 mins.)
Director: Peter Yates
 
15.
Danton (1983)
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Action opens in November of 1793, with Danton returning to Paris from his country retreat upon learning that the Committee for Public Safety... (136 mins.)
Director: Andrzej Wajda
 
16.
Nostalgia (1983)
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The Russian poet Andrei Gorchakov, accompanied by guide and translator Eugenia, is traveling through... (125 mins.)
 
17.
Pauline at the Beach (1983)
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Marion is about to divorce from her husband and takes her 15-year-old niece Pauline on a vacation to Granville. She meets an old love... (94 mins.)
Director: Éric Rohmer
 
18.
À nos amours (1983)
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Suzanne is sixteen and is having sex with many boys, just for fun, but did not manage to really love one of them... (95 mins.)
Director: Maurice Pialat
 
19.
Rumble Fish (1983)
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Rusty James, an absent-minded street thug struggles to live up to his legendary older brother's reputation, and longs for the days when gang warfare was going on. (94 mins.)
 
20.
Terms of Endearment (1983)
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Follows hard-to-please Aurora looking for love and her daughter's family problems. (132 mins.)
Director: James L. Brooks
 
21.
Bad Boys (1983)
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Chicago crime kid Mick O'Brien is sent to reform school after accidentally killing a rival's kid brother. (123 mins.)
Director: Rick Rosenthal
 
22.
Carmen (1983)
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A group of flamenco dancers are rehearsing a very spanish version of the Prosper Merimee's drama. Antonio... (102 mins.)
Director: Carlos Saura
 
23.
Confidentially Yours (1983)
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Claude Massoulier is murdered while hunting at the same place than Julien Vercel, an estate agent that... (110 mins.)
 
24.
The Dead Zone (1983)
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A man awakens from a coma to discover he has a psychic ability. (103 mins.)
 
25.
Entre Nous (1983)
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In 1942 in occupied France, a Jewish refugee marries a soldier to escape deportation to Germany. Meanwhile... (110 mins.)
Director: Diane Kurys
 
26.
The Evil Dead (1981)
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Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons. (85 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
 
27.
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)
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During WWII, a British colonel tries to bridge the cultural divides between a British POW and the Japanese camp commander in order to avoid bloodshed. (123 mins.)
Director: Nagisa Ôshima
 
28.
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
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After rescuing Han Solo from the palace of Jabba the Hutt, the rebels attempt to destroy the second Death Star, while Luke struggles to make Vader return from the dark side of the Force. (131 mins.)
 
29.
Risky Business (1983)
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A Chicago teenager is looking for fun at home while his parents are away, but the situation quickly gets out of hand. (99 mins.)
Director: Paul Brickman
 
30.
Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)
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In a small American town, a diabolical circus and its demonic proprietor prey on the townsfolk. (95 mins.)
Director: Jack Clayton
 
31.
Sprout Wings and Fly (1983 Documentary)
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A documentary about Tommy Jarrell, a fiddler from North Carolina. This films shows a bit of his current life and those around him and includes a lot of his Appalachian Old-Time music. (30 mins.)
 
32.
Streamers (1983)
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Four young soldiers waiting to be shipped to Viet Nam deal with racial tension and their own intolerance when one soldier reveals he's gay. (118 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
 
33.
Sugar Cane Alley (1983)
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Martinique, in the early 1930s. Young José and his grandmother live in a small village. Nearly everyone works cutting cane and barely earning a living... (103 mins.)
Director: Euzhan Palcy
 
34.
Trading Places (1983)
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A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires. (116 mins.)
Director: John Landis
 
35.
Under Fire (1983)
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Three journalists in a romantic triangle are involved in political intrigue during the last days of the corrupt Somozoa regime in Nicaragua before it falls to a popular revolution in 1979. (128 mins.)
 
36.
Videodrome (1983)
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A sleazy cable-TV programmer begins to see his life and the future of media spin out of control in a very unusual fashion when he acquires a new kind of programming for his station. (87 mins.)
 
37.
WarGames (1983)
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A young man finds a back door into a military central computer in which reality is confused with game-playing, possibly starting World War III. (114 mins.)
Director: John Badham
 
38.
Zelig (1983)
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"Documentary" about a man who can look and act like whoever he's around, and meets various famous people. (79 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen