Favoritest Movies of 1983

by Tincage | created - 18 Dec 2011 | updated - 08 Jan 2012 | Public

I'm making (I hope...) the most comprehensive favorite movie list ever!!! (No sense in being arbitrary with such a commonly asked question!) So I'm ranking every movie I've ever seen using Paired Comparison Analysis. First, year by year. Then, the top 80th percentile from each year advance to the decade round, and from there the all time round. I'll admit that a number of movies a much younger me saw long ago may be appreciated more or differently now, but in their cases, I only have my reactions at the time to draw upon.

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1. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)

PG | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

8.4
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58 Metascore

After a daring mission to rescue Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt, the rebels dispatch to Endor to destroy a more powerful Death Star. Meanwhile, Luke struggles to help Vader back from the dark side without falling into the Emperor's trap.

Director: Richard Marquand | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams

Votes: 785,690 | Gross: $309.13M

2. The Meaning of Life (1983)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Musical

7.6
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The comedy team takes a look at life in all its stages in their own uniquely silly way.

Directors: Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam | Stars: John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones

Votes: 95,996 | Gross: $14.93M

The first DVD I ever bought. If you're wondering why it wasn't [insert title here], that probably wasn't out, or made, or was a flip disc.

3. Nate and Hayes (1983)

PG | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.3
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A swashbuckling adventure which takes place in the mid-1800's on the South Pacific islands where bloody raids and battles were once the rule of the day.

Director: Ferdinand Fairfax | Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Michael O'Keefe, Max Phipps, Jenny Seagrove

Votes: 1,658 | Gross: $1.96M

It's cover art is mimicking Pirates of the Caribbean... I guess PotC owes it at LEAST that much. ;)

4. Never Say Never Again (1983)

PG | 134 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.2
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68 Metascore

A SPECTRE agent has stolen two American nuclear warheads, and James Bond must find their targets before they are detonated.

Director: Irvin Kershner | Stars: Sean Connery, Kim Basinger, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Max von Sydow

Votes: 52,660 | Gross: $55.50M

5. WarGames (1983)

PG | 114 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.1
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77 Metascore

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.

Director: John Badham | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Ally Sheedy, John Wood, Dabney Coleman

Votes: 77,810 | Gross: $79.57M

6. Octopussy (1983)

PG | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.6
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63 Metascore

A fake Fabergé egg, and a fellow Agent's death, lead James Bond to uncover an international jewel-smuggling operation, headed by the mysterious Octopussy, being used to disguise a nuclear attack on N.A.T.O. forces.

Director: John Glen | Stars: Roger Moore, Maud Adams, Louis Jourdan, Kristina Wayborn

Votes: 80,972 | Gross: $67.90M

7. Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)

PG | 101 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

6.5
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44 Metascore

Four horror and science fiction segments, directed by four famous directors, each of them being a new version of a classic story from Rod Serling's landmark television series.

Directors: Joe Dante, John Landis, George Miller, Steven Spielberg | Stars: Dan Aykroyd, Albert Brooks, Vic Morrow, Doug McGrath

Votes: 28,192 | Gross: $29.50M

8. Daffy Duck's Movie: Fantastic Island (1983)

G | 78 min | Family, Animation, Comedy

7.0
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Daffy Duck and Speedy Gonzales find a treasure map that leads them to a wishing well, which for a penny will grant any wish (through old cartoon footage). Daffy sets up a resort around the ... See full summary »

Directors: Friz Freleng, Chuck Jones, Robert McKimson, Phil Monroe | Stars: Mel Blanc, June Foray, Les Tremayne

Votes: 1,341

9. Sudden Impact (1983)

R | 117 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.6
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A rape victim is exacting revenge on her aggressors in a small town outside San Francisco. "Dirty" Harry Callahan, on suspension for angering his superiors (again), is assigned to the case.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Pat Hingle, Bradford Dillman

Votes: 34,264 | Gross: $67.64M

10. Blue Thunder (1983)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.4
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66 Metascore

The cop test pilot for an experimental police helicopter learns the sinister implications of the new vehicle.

Director: John Badham | Stars: Roy Scheider, Warren Oates, Candy Clark, Daniel Stern

Votes: 13,610 | Gross: $42.31M

And I watched ever episode of the TV series too! And loved Dana Carvey in it! (The TV show, not the movie...)

11. The Right Stuff (1983)

PG | 193 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

7.9
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The story of the original Mercury 7 astronauts and their macho, seat-of-the-pants approach to the space program.

Director: Philip Kaufman | Stars: Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid

Votes: 49,015 | Gross: $21.50M

12. Fire and Ice (1983)

PG | 81 min | Animation, Fantasy, Adventure

6.6
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In this animated tale, a tiny village is destroyed by a surging glacier, which serves as the deadly domain for the evil Ice Lord, Nekron. The only survivor is a young warrior, Larn, who ... See full summary »

Directors: Ralph Bakshi, Tom Tataranowicz | Stars: Randy Norton, Cynthia Leake, Steve Sandor, Sean Hannon

Votes: 7,420 | Gross: $0.76M

13. The Keep (1983)

R | 96 min | Horror

5.8
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34 Metascore

Nazis are forced to turn to a Jewish historian for help in battling the ancient demon they have inadvertently freed from its prison.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Scott Glenn, Ian McKellen, Alberta Watson, Jürgen Prochnow

Votes: 9,155 | Gross: $3.76M

14. National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)

R | 98 min | Adventure, Comedy

7.4
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60 Metascore

The Griswold family's cross-country drive to the Walley World theme park proves to be much more arduous than they ever anticipated.

Director: Harold Ramis | Stars: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Imogene Coca, Randy Quaid

Votes: 79,491 | Gross: $61.40M

I was so young the first time I saw thing, I almost cried when he punched the plastic moose.

15. Bill Cosby: Himself (1983)

PG | 105 min | Documentary, Comedy

8.2
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A concert film in which Bill Cosby discusses weekends, raising children, dentists, and many other situations.

Director: Bill Cosby | Star: Bill Cosby

Votes: 3,225

As a stay @ home dad, lines from this go through my head more than once a week...

16. Trading Places (1983)

R | 116 min | Comedy

7.5
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69 Metascore

A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires.

Director: John Landis | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche

Votes: 114,448 | Gross: $90.40M

17. Brainstorm (1983)

PG | 106 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.5
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Brilliant researchers Lillian Reynolds and Michael Brace have developed a system of recording and playing back actual experiences of people. Once the capability of tapping into "higher ... See full summary »

Director: Douglas Trumbull | Stars: Christopher Walken, Natalie Wood, Louise Fletcher, Cliff Robertson

Votes: 9,294 | Gross: $8.90M

18. Superman III (1983)

PG | 125 min | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi

4.9
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42 Metascore

Synthetic kryptonite laced with tar splits Superman in two: good Clark Kent and bad Man of Steel.

Director: Richard Lester | Stars: Christopher Reeve, Richard Pryor, Margot Kidder, Jackie Cooper

Votes: 55,189 | Gross: $59.95M

19. The Big Chill (1983)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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62 Metascore

A group of seven former college friends gather for a weekend reunion at a South Carolina winter house after the funeral of one of their friends.

Director: Lawrence Kasdan | Stars: Tom Berenger, Glenn Close, Jeff Goldblum, William Hurt

Votes: 27,970 | Gross: $56.20M

20. Rock & Rule (1983)

PG | 77 min | Animation, Fantasy, Music

6.7
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A malevolent rock star kidnaps a female singer to force her to participate in the summoning of a demon and her band must help her stop him.

Director: Clive A. Smith | Stars: Don Francks, Gregory Salata, Susan Roman, Samantha Langevin

Votes: 2,561 | Gross: $0.03M

21. The Dead Zone (1983)

R | 103 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.2
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69 Metascore

A man awakens from a coma to discover he has a psychic ability.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Christopher Walken, Brooke Adams, Tom Skerritt, Herbert Lom

Votes: 50,181 | Gross: $20.77M

22. Risky Business (1983)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.8
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75 Metascore

A Chicago teenager is looking for fun at home while his parents are away, but the situation quickly gets out of hand.

Director: Paul Brickman | Stars: Tom Cruise, Rebecca De Mornay, Joe Pantoliano, Richard Masur

Votes: 67,665 | Gross: $63.50M

23. To Be or Not to Be (1983)

PG | 107 min | Comedy

6.8
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A bad Polish actor is just trying to make a living when what should intrude but World War II in the form of an invasion. His wife has the habit of entertaining young Polish officers while ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Johnson | Stars: Mel Brooks, Anne Bancroft, Ronny Graham, Estelle Reiner

Votes: 8,840 | Gross: $13.00M

24. Hercules (1983)

PG | 98 min | Adventure, Fantasy

3.8
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The story of the Greek mythological figure, updated in this 80's version.

Director: Luigi Cozzi | Stars: Lou Ferrigno, Brad Harris, Sybil Danning, Rossana Podestà

Votes: 2,784 | Gross: $10.68M

25. Project A (1983)

PG-13 | 105 min | Action, Comedy

7.4
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Fighting against pirates in "old Hong Kong". Chinese costume drama with plenty of over-the-top tongue in cheek action and music.

Directors: Jackie Chan, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung | Stars: Jackie Chan, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Biao Yuen, Dick Wei

Votes: 12,020

26. Terms of Endearment (1983)

PG | 132 min | Comedy, Drama

7.4
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79 Metascore

Follows hard-to-please Aurora looking for love, and her daughter's family problems.

Director: James L. Brooks | Stars: Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito

Votes: 45,065 | Gross: $108.42M

27. Mr. Mom (1983)

PG | 91 min | Comedy, Drama

6.5
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50 Metascore

After he's laid off, a husband switches roles with his wife. She returns to the workforce, and he becomes a stay-at-home dad, a job he has no clue how to do.

Director: Stan Dragoti | Stars: Michael Keaton, Teri Garr, Frederick Koehler, Taliesin Jaffe

Votes: 17,671 | Gross: $64.80M

28. The Star Chamber (1983)

R | 109 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.3
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Disgusted with criminals escaping the judicial system via technicalities, an idealistic young judge investigates an alternative method for punishing the guilty.

Director: Peter Hyams | Stars: Michael Douglas, Hal Holbrook, Yaphet Kotto, Sharon Gless

Votes: 5,332 | Gross: $5.56M

29. Strange Invaders (1983)

PG | 92 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

5.5
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Charlie's ex-wife disappears, and he travels to where she grew up--a rural town in the Midwest--to look for her. But, surprisingly, nobody knows about her or any of her many relatives, the ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Laughlin | Stars: Paul Le Mat, Nancy Allen, Diana Scarwid, Michael Lerner

Votes: 2,152 | Gross: $1.36M

30. The Outsiders (1983)

PG | 91 min | Crime, Drama

7.2
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38 Metascore

The rivalry between two gangs, the poor Greasers and the rich Socs, only heats up when one gang member kills a member of the other.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: C. Thomas Howell, Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, Patrick Swayze

Votes: 62,844 | Gross: $25.60M

31. Flashdance (1983)

R | 95 min | Drama, Music, Romance

6.1
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39 Metascore

A Pittsburgh woman with two jobs as a welder and an exotic dancer wants to get into ballet school.

Director: Adrian Lyne | Stars: Jennifer Beals, Michael Nouri, Lilia Skala, Sunny Johnson

Votes: 39,427 | Gross: $94.90M

32. Lone Wolf McQuade (1983)

PG | 107 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.3
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The archetypical renegade Texas Ranger wages war against a drug kingpin with automatic weapons, his wits and martial arts after a gun battle leaves his partner dead. All of this inevitably ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Carver | Stars: Chuck Norris, David Carradine, Barbara Carrera, Leon Isaac Kennedy

Votes: 8,832 | Gross: $12.23M

33. Valley Girl (1983)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Romance

6.4
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Julie, a girl from the valley, meets Randy, a punk from the city. They are from different worlds and find love. Somehow they need to stay together in spite of her trendy, shallow friends.

Director: Martha Coolidge | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Deborah Foreman, Elizabeth Daily, Michael Bowen

Votes: 10,914 | Gross: $16.80M

34. Silkwood (1983)

R | 131 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.2
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64 Metascore

A worker at a plutonium processing plant is purposefully contaminated, psychologically tortured and possibly murdered to prevent her from exposing worker safety violations at the plant.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Meryl Streep, Kurt Russell, Cher, Craig T. Nelson

Votes: 15,443 | Gross: $35.62M

35. Videodrome (1983)

R | 87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.3
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60 Metascore

When he acquires a different kind of show for his station, a sleazy cable-TV programmer begins to see his life and the future of media spin out of control in a terrifying new reality.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: James Woods, Debbie Harry, Sonja Smits, Peter Dvorsky

Votes: 68,256 | Gross: $2.12M

36. Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone (1983)

PG | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

5.3
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Three women make an emergency landing on a planet plagued with a fatal disease, but are captured by dictator Overdog. Adventurer Wolff goes there to rescue them and meets Niki, the only ... See full summary »

Director: Lamont Johnson | Stars: Peter Strauss, Molly Ringwald, Ernie Hudson, Andrea Marcovicci

Votes: 4,233 | Gross: $16.48M

37. All the Right Moves (1983)

R | 91 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

5.9
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62 Metascore

A high school football player desperate for a scholarship and his headstrong coach clash in a dying Pennsylvania steel town.

Director: Michael Chapman | Stars: Tom Cruise, Lea Thompson, Craig T. Nelson, Charles Cioffi

Votes: 13,359 | Gross: $17.23M

38. Eddie and the Cruisers (1983)

PG | 95 min | Drama, Mystery, Music

6.9
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A television newswoman picks up the story of a 1960s rock band whose long-lost leader - Eddie Wilson - may still be alive, while searching for the missing tapes of the band's never-released album.

Director: Martin Davidson | Stars: Tom Berenger, Michael Paré, Joe Pantoliano, Matthew Laurance

Votes: 5,812 | Gross: $4.79M

39. Christine (1983)

R | 110 min | Horror

6.7
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57 Metascore

A nerdish boy buys a strange car with an evil mind of its own and his nature starts to change to reflect it.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Keith Gordon, John Stockwell, Alexandra Paul, Robert Prosky

Votes: 56,655 | Gross: $21.20M

40. The Man with Two Brains (1983)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi

6.4
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61 Metascore

A brain surgeon marries a femme fatale, causing his life to turn upside down. Things go more awry when he falls in love with a talking brain.

Director: Carl Reiner | Stars: Steve Martin, Kathleen Turner, David Warner, Paul Benedict

Votes: 21,226 | Gross: $10.10M

41. Max Dugan Returns (1983)

PG | 98 min | Comedy, Drama

6.6
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An English teacher and struggling single mother has her life disrupted when the father who abandoned her as a child comes back into her life.

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Jason Robards, Marsha Mason, Donald Sutherland, Matthew Broderick

Votes: 2,904 | Gross: $17.61M

42. Yor, the Hunter from the Future (1983)

PG | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

4.2
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A warrior seeks his true origins in a seemingly prehistoric wasteland.

Director: Antonio Margheriti | Stars: Reb Brown, Corinne Cléry, John Steiner, Carole André

Votes: 2,167 | Gross: $2.81M

43. D.C. Cab (1983)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Action

5.4
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The tale of a hapless group of cabbies and a rundown cab company owned by Harold. Albert comes to town with a dream of starting his own cab company but needs to motivate Harold's employees ... See full summary »

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Max Gail, Adam Baldwin, Mr. T, Charlie Barnett

Votes: 3,708 | Gross: $16.13M

44. Psycho II (1983)

R | 113 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

6.4
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54 Metascore

After twenty-two years of psychiatric care, Norman Bates attempts to return to a life of solitude, but the specters of his crimes - and his mother - continue to haunt him.

Director: Richard Franklin | Stars: Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, Meg Tilly, Robert Loggia

Votes: 18,739 | Gross: $34.73M

45. Easy Money (1983)

R | 95 min | Comedy

6.3
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48 Metascore

To inherit his mother-in-law's colossal fortune, a hard-living gambling addict must change his unhealthy ways before they get the best of him.

Director: James Signorelli | Stars: Rodney Dangerfield, Joe Pesci, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Candice Azzara

Votes: 6,396 | Gross: $29.31M

46. Scarface (1983)

R | 170 min | Crime, Drama

8.3
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65 Metascore

In Miami in 1980, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

Votes: 603,941 | Gross: $45.60M

47. Staying Alive (1983)

PG | 93 min | Drama, Music, Romance

4.5
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23 Metascore

It's five years later and Tony Manero's Saturday Night Fever is still burning. Now he's strutting toward his biggest challenge yet - succeeding as a dancer on the Broadway stage.

Director: Sylvester Stallone | Stars: John Travolta, Cynthia Rhodes, Finola Hughes, Steve Inwood

Votes: 12,297 | Gross: $64.89M

48. A Christmas Story (1983)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Family

8.0
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77 Metascore

In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect Christmas gift.

Director: Bob Clark | Stars: Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, Scott Schwartz

Votes: 115,287 | Gross: $19.29M

49. Jaws 3-D (1983)

PG | 99 min | Adventure, Horror, Thriller

3.6
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27 Metascore

The sons of police chief Brody must protect customers at a SeaWorld theme park after a thirty-five-foot shark becomes trapped in the park with them.

Director: Joe Alves | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Bess Armstrong, Simon MacCorkindale, Louis Gossett Jr.

Votes: 31,746 | Gross: $45.52M