Michael Apted's adaptation of Dian Fossey's story, Gorillas in the Mist, starring Sigourney Weaver as the doomed zoologist murdered in her cabin in the mountains of Rwanda.
John Sayles, known primarily for original works made independently, adapted a book about the 1919 Chicago "Black Sox" scandal into Eight Men Out, starring John Cusack, Charlie Sheen, David Strathairn, among others, as the defamed baseball players who notoriously threw the World Series for a payday they never received.
That's it for the films I've seen or seen parts of.
River Phoenix's only Oscar nomination in his tragically truncated career came for Running on Empty, directed by Sidney Lumet, about the son of two former Vietnam war protester terrorists on the run from the FBI.
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Matt Dillon and Andrew McCarthy also featured in a midwest bank robbing tale called Kansas.
Seriously, you just have to read the summary of Spellbinder to believe how crazy it sounds. Kelly Preston is on the run from a coven of witches who are demanding her as a winter solstice sacrifice? Tim Daly comes to her rescue. I almost want to check this out. Almost.
Ismail Merchant (of the highly regarded Merchant-Ivory productions) produced The Deceivers with Pierce Brosnan in a plot that looks to complicated to bother to repeat here.
Henry Winkler (Fonzie) directed Billy Crystal and JoBeth Williams in a comedy-drama called Memories of Me.
And Chris Columbus directed a comedy with no big name stars called Heartbreak Hotel which involves some kids deciding to kidnap Elvis Presley for their mother, or something.
17th Opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea.
24th - Carl Lewis set a world record 100m in 9.92 seconds.
29th - Florence Griffith Joyner sets a world record 200m in 21.34 seconds.
29th - More than 2 1/2 years after the Challenger, NASA launches the space shuttle Discovery - the first shuttle mission since the disaster.