Sunday, October 3, 2010

25 Years Ago This Month: October 1985

Incredibly, October 1985 didn't see the release of a single truly noteworthy film. Sure there was the Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle Commando and the Jeff Bridges thriller Jagged Edge, which was the box office winner for the month, but everything else falls into the long or mostly forgotten list.

Of course there was the cult classic Re-Animator - a pretty amusing updating of the Frankenstein story. Also on the cult classic list (albeit on a much smaller scale) was Remo Williams - The Adventure Begins starring Fred Ward as cop turned government assassin.

There was also Silver Bullet, perhaps the worst of all the Stephen King adaptations, starring the recently deceased Corey Haim as a young paralyzed boy living in a town terrorized by a werewolf.

Jessica Lange starred as Patsy Cline in Sweet Dreams, for which she earned the obligatory biopic Oscar nomination.

Outside the world of cinema:

-The Italian Cruise Liner Achille Lauro was taken hostage by PLO terrorists on 7 October. They demanded the release of 50 Palestinian prisoners in Israel and directed the ship to make port in Syria. They were refused permission to dock and then murdered Leon Klinghoffer, a disabled Jewish-American, and dumped his body into the harbor. The terrorists later negotiated a surrender and safe passage to Tunisia aboard an Egyptian airliner. President Ronald Reagan ordered an intercept of the aircraft and the terrorists were captured. Abu Abbas was convicted in absentia in Italy and then later captured in Iraq after the U.S.-led invasion. He died in custody in March 2004.
- On 9 October the Strawberry Fields Memorial, so named for The Beatles song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, was dedicated in Central Park near The Dakota, the apartment building where Lennon lived and was shot dead four years earlier.

British footballer Wayne Rooney turns 25 on the 24th of this month.
Zac Hanson of the pop group Hanson turns 25 this month.

Actor Rock Hudson died of AIDS on 2 October at age 59.
Actor/Director/Producer/Writer Orson Welles died of a heart attack at age 70 on 10 October.
Actor Yul Brynner died of cancer on 10 October at age 65.
Country singer Tex Williams died at age 68 on 11 October.

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