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My Five Favorite Movies From The 80's

Updated on July 14, 2014
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Willow (1988)

Willow holds a very special place in my heart. This was the first movie that I remember going to see with my Dad. I felt like a big boy when I got to go with him by myself. Still to this day I can't think of this movie and not take me back to sharing my Dad's favorite candy Junior Mints. Nothing but great memories with this movie.

Rated 'PG' for Epic Battle Sequences, Some Scary Images, Brief Mild Language, and A Scene of Sensuality.


Some great trivia about Willow:

Val Kilmer improvised much of his dialogue.

Blackroot is actually vanilla.

The six-month-old twins playing Elora Danan were too young to have a full head of hair. They wear a wig, which was applied using syrup, as normal wig adhesive would be too harsh for the babies' skin.

Willow originally said, "Goodbye, Elora Danan" when handing her over to Madmartigan. During editing, it was realized Willow wouldn't have known her name yet, and so it was redubbed, "Goodbye, little one."

Kenny Baker (of R2-D2 fame) played a Nelwyn musician, as did his long time comedy partner Jack Purvis.

Warwick Davis wore a wig for the movie - the long hair is not his own.

The devil dogs were actually Rottweilers in rubber masks and suits.

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Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

Ferris is friend that you always wish you had in high school. A guy that can get a way with anything and have a great time doing it. In my eyes there is no one that could of played that part but Matthew Broderick, he is Ferris. Of course John Hughes rounded out the cast with the quirky best friend (Alan Ruck) and smoking hot girl friend (Mia Sara). A perfect fun movie that anyone can enjoy who enjoys having a great time with an old friend.

Rating: PG-13 for language including sexual references, and a brief drug reference.

Some trivia about Ferris Bueller's Day Off

To produce the desired drugged-out effect for his role as the drug addict in the police station, Charlie Sheen stayed awake for more than 48 hours before the scene was shot.

Cindy Pickett and Lyman Ward, who played Ferris's parents, married in real life after filming this movie.

Alan Ruck was 29 years-old when he played the role of Cameron.

Even though they played siblings, stars Matthew Broderick and Jennifer Grey would later become engaged after this movie.

The shot of Ferris playing the clarinet was done on the spot. Someone spotted the instrument as part of the set and Broderick said he could play it, which of course he couldn't.

John Hughes told Ben Stein, who had a degree in Economics, to present an actual Economics lecture in his scenes. Hence nothing Ben Stein says (aside from the roll call) is scripted.

Rob Lowe, John Cusack, Jim Carrey, Johnny Depp, Tom Cruise, Robert Downey Jr. and Michael J. Fox were all considered for the role of Ferris Bueller.

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Karate Kid (1984)

This movie really hit home for me. I was an awkward kid with bad coordination, so I could relate to Daniel LaRusso and what he was going through. I would of loved having a mentor like Mr Miyagi to teach me how to fight and protect myself from bullies. Like Mark Hamill is best known Luke Skywalker, Ralph Macchio is Daniel LaRusso. This was also my first view of the coolest girlfriend in Ali (Elisabeth Shue). Elisabeth would leave this franchise to join another 80's classic Back to the Future. This movie has all the aspects of a 80's classic; 80's inspirational music, dorky guy gets the girl in the end, main star learning what it takes to be a better person.

Rated PG for violence including scenes of bullying, and some language.

Some great trivia about Karate Kid

Surprisingly, during filming in late 1983, Ralph Macchio was age 22. Some of the cast did not believe him when he was asked about his age.

The yellow classic automobile that Daniel polishes in the famous "wax-on/wax-off" training scene, then later offered by Mr. Miyagi as Daniel's birthday gift, was actually given to Ralph Macchio by the producer, and he still owns it. The car is a 1948 Ford Super De Luxe.

Charlie Sheen turned down the role of Daniel LaRusso.

According to Joe Esposito, "You're the Best" was originally written for Rocky III (1982) which explains the lyric "History repeats itself". The song had been rejected in favor of Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger". Ironically, Survivor also performed the theme song ("The Moment Of Truth") for The Karate Kid.

The referee in the final match is Pat E. Johnson, a karate expert and former student of Chuck Norris. He instructed many movie stars in karate. He is credited as the "fight instructor/choreographer" for the film.

Daniel's original last name in the script was "Webber" according to the DVD commentary.

The Karate Kid was the name of a character in DC Comic's "Legion Of Superheroes" who was a member of the Legion. DC Comics, which owned the name, gave special permission for the title to be used. There's a thank you to DC Comics for allowing the use of the name at the end of the credits.

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Adventures in Babysitting (1987)

For those of you that have ever had a Babysitter you would love for your night to go like this. Yes the kids were put in danger but they were all brought home safe at the end of the night. They had an experience that they would of remembered the rest of their life. This was actually the first time I have ever heard of THOR, I really thought that the mechanic really was playing him for a few years. In conclusion this babysitter puts all babysitters to shame. She collects that minimum pay with giving the kids a top notch experience. Great movie.

Rated PG-13 - Some Strong Language including Sexual References, and Some Violence/Peril.

Some great trivia about Adventures in Babysitting.

Bradley Whitford was allowed to use his own Camaro for the movie. It has the license plate "SO COOL". The actual license plate Bradley had on his car.

In both this film and in Back to the Future Part III (1990), Elisabeth Shue faints and says the line, "I had the worst nightmare!"

Chris Columbus's directorial debut.

Elisabeth Shue's brother, actor Andrew Shue, has a role as an extra at the frat party. He is at the bar laughing at Daryl.

Christina Applegate and Nicole Eggert both auditioned for the role of Sarah.

When Brad is introducing everyone in the chop shop, he tells one guy "uhh great...great shirt." The shirt is for the band Motörhead and says "Eat the Rich," a single they released in 1987.

The two rival gangs on the El Train challenge each other to a fight when the train crosses "Devereux" street, an in-joke towards director Chris Columbus' wife Monica Devereux and father in law Clarke Devereux who both appear in the movie.

Sara wears a backpack with a picture of Gizmo on it. This is a reference to Gremlins (1984) which was written by Chris Columbus.

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Back to the Future (1985)

As a kid every one would love a time machine; To also go back in time to see your parents as children, to see what they were like at your age. The awkward moment would be, having your Mom hit on you. It still amazes me how revolutionary this movie was. The things they did and how they executed this movie was amazing, truly a movie that will withstand the test of time.

Rated PG

Some great trivia about Back to the Future

Apparently Ronald Reagan was amused by Doc Brown's disbelief that an actor like him could become president, so much so that he had the projectionist stop and replay the scene. He also seemed to enjoy it so much that he even made a direct reference of the film in his 1986 State of the Union address: "As they said in the film Back to the Future (1985), 'Where we're going, we don't need roads.'"

When Lorraine follows Marty back to Doc's house, she and Doc exchange an awkward greeting. This marks the only on-screen dialogue that Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson ever have, though they have appeared together in five movies and one TV movie.

When Marty is being judged at the band auditions at the beginning, the judge who stands up to say he is "just too darn loud" is Huey Lewis, whose songs, "The Power of Love" and "Back in Time" are featured on the movie's soundtrack, and also wrote Marty's audition song (which is a re-orchestrated version of "The Power of Love.")

Writers Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis actually received a fan letter from John DeLorean after the film's release, thanking them for using his car in the movie.

Ralph Macchio turned down the role of Marty McFly, thinking the movie was about "A kid, a car, and plutonium pills."

When Doc Brown first sends Einstein "one minute" into the future, the time elapsed between when the DeLorean disappears and reappears is actually 1 minute 21 seconds, just as the reappearance occurred at 1:21am, and the flux capacitor required 1.21 gigawatts of electricity.

Was the top grossing release of 1985.

A Texaco gas station is shown in both 1955 and 1985. Interestingly, Christopher Lloyd's maternal grandfather was one of the founders of the Texaco oil company.

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