One such film was Runaway Train starring Jon Voight, Eric Roberts and Rebecca DeMornay. Roberts earned his one and only Oscar nomination (to date) for the film. He went on to become a trashy B-movie star. The director, Andrey Konchalovskiy, went on to later direct the wonderful Sylvester Stallone/Kurt Russell buddy copy film Tango & Cash.
Surely someone expected the Richard Attenborough-directed A Chorus Line starring Michael Douglas to be a big awards contender. They weren't entirely wrong as it earned 3 Oscar nominations in technical categories. Otherwise it was a dismal failure.
James Garner was nominated for his only Oscar for Murphy's Romance, playing opposite Sally Field.
Michael Douglas had another movie out that month, the sequel to the previous year's very successful Romancing the Stone, Jewel of the Nile. It ended up at number 7 for the yearly box office.
Speaking of Terry Gilliam, his classic futuristic dystopia Brazil starring Jonathan Pryce and Robert De Niro opened this month.
After a very long period without a great film, Akira Kurosawa returned with Ran, still rather unfortunately unseen by me.
I know very little about The Trip to Bountiful, except that Geraldine Page won her Best Actress Oscar for her role.
Last and quite possibly least Robert Altman directed the Sam Shepherd play Fool For Love starring Kim Basinger and Shepherd himself. This was during Altman's 1980s down period before his big comeback in 1992. I've not seen it, but it is considered a lesser Altman film, only recommended for die-hard fans.
In other news:
-Snow fell in Phoenix, AZ, for the first time in nearly 47 years.
-Sylvester Stallone married Brigitte Nielsen
-Howard Cosell retired from ABC's "Wide World of Sports" after more than 20 years on the air.
-Both the Ford Taurus and the Mercury Sable were first released for public sale.
-Dian Fossey, gorilla lover, was found murdered in Rwanda (cue Oscar nominated performance for Sigourney Weaver a couple of years later).
|Happy 25th birthday, Amanda Seyfried|
-Actress Amanda Seyfried turns 25 this month
-Actor Frankie Muniz - you know, Agent Cody Banks - also turns 25.
|Anne Baxter died on 12 December 1985|
-Anne Baxter, who played the title role in All About Eve died at age 62 (brain aneurysm).
-Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, aged 70 (stroke).
-The Rolling Stones' Ian Stewart, aged 47 (heart attack).
-Former NY Yankee and home run king Roger Maris, aged 51 (Hodgkin's).
-Singer and actor Ricky Nelson, aged 65 (plane crash).
-Film producer Sam Spiegel, who won Oscars for On the Waterfront, The Bridge on the River Kwai and Lawrence of Arabia, aged 84.