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Back to the Movies 1984 | No. 49: Oh, God! You Devil!

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Note: Back to the Movies is a special feature on the FilmNerds blog in which Matt Scalici will be watching the Top 50 highest-grossing movies of 1984 in order from 50 to 1.

The next film on my list forced me to confront a problem inherent to doing a project like this, yet somehow one I managed to avoid during my cinematic voyage through 1983. What do you do in a project like this when you encounter a sequel to a movie you haven’t seen? Do I add to my workload by forcing myself to watch the film’s predecessors in order to add the context I need to truly appreciate the movie?

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No. 1: Return of the Jedi

Note: Back to the Movies is a special feature on the FilmNerds blog in which Matt Scalici will be watching the Top 50 highest-grossing movies of 1983 in order from 50 to 1. As our epic journey through the far, far away galaxy of the 1983 cineplex, we come to the year’s most successful box office hit (by far) and […]

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No. 3: Flashdance

Note: Back to the Movies is a special feature on the FilmNerds blog in which Matt Scalici will be watching the Top 50 highest-grossing movies of 1983 in order from 50 to 1. By far the most baffling title in the top ten list from the 1983 box office, Flashdance became a massive commercial success and remains to this day […]

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Back to the Movies Recap: 20-11

We’re heading into the home stretch on our Back to the Movies odyssey through the films of 1983 and upon reaching the top 20, we’re finally beginning to come upon multiple films that would be considered classics today along with several others that are less well known in 2011 but remain extremely watchable, enjoyable films for a contemporary audience. And […]

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No. 12: Superman III

Note: Back to the Movies is a special feature on the FilmNerds blog in which Matt Scalici will be watching the Top 50 highest-grossing movies of 1983 in order from 50 to 1. Like most people born in 1983, I’ve never felt particularly connected to the Superman movie franchise. By the time I was old enough to watch and appreciate […]

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No. 13: The Big Chill

Note: Back to the Movies is a special feature on the FilmNerds blog in which Matt Scalici will be watching the Top 50 highest-grossing movies of 1983 in order from 50 to 1. That Lawrence Kasdan’s The Big Chill is one of the most popular, memorable, and perhaps influential movies of 1983 is without question. Its $56.3 million box office […]

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No. 14: Never Say Never Again

Note: Back to the Movies is a special feature on the FilmNerds blog in which Matt Scalici will be watching the Top 50 highest-grossing movies of 1983 in order from 50 to 1. The story behind our next film is astoundingly complex and thankfully has already been well-documented by a number of other fine web publishers so I’ll spare you […]

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No. 15: Jaws 3-D

Note: Back to the Movies is a special feature on the FilmNerds blog in which Matt Scalici will be watching the Top 50 highest-grossing movies of 1983 in order from 50 to 1. If you ever find yourself looking for hard evidence of the immense power of the sequel in the early 1980s, look no further than Jaws 3-D. This […]

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No. 16: Scarface

Note: Back to the Movies is a special feature on the FilmNerds blog in which Matt Scalici will be watching the Top 50 highest-grossing movies of 1983 in order from 50 to 1. According to Steven Bauer, who plays Manny in Scarface, Martin Scorsese turned to him in the middle of the film’s premiere to say “Be prepared, because they’re […]

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No. 17: Blue Thunder

Note: Back to the Movies is a special feature on the FilmNerds blog in which Matt Scalici will be watching the Top 50 highest-grossing movies of 1983 in order from 50 to 1. As part of the process of watching the top 50 movies of 1983 for this project, I allow myself no research into the films prior to seeing […]

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No. 18: Yentl

Note: Back to the Movies is a special feature on the FilmNerds blog in which Matt Scalici will be watching the Top 50 highest-grossing movies of 1983 in order from 50 to 1. I don’t mind telling you that Yentl was not a film I was looking forward to a great deal when I spotted it on this list. There’s […]

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No. 19: Silkwood

Note: Back to the Movies is a special feature on the FilmNerds blog in which Matt Scalici will be watching the Top 50 highest-grossing movies of 1983 in order from 50 to 1. I can’t decide what’s more remarkable about Silkwood: the fact that it made $35.6 million and became one of the most commercially successful films of 1983, or […]

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No. 20: Psycho II

Note: Back to the Movies is a special feature on the FilmNerds blog in which Matt Scalici will be watching the Top 50 highest-grossing movies of 1983 in order from 50 to 1. I came into my viewing of Psycho II with both a good bit of interest as well as very pessimistic expectations. On both counts, I’d say my […]

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No. 22: Uncommon Valor

Note: Back to the Movies is a special feature on the FilmNerds blog in which Matt Scalici will be watching the Top 50 highest-grossing movies of 1983 in order from 50 to 1. Ted Kotcheff‘s absurd shoot-em-up POW rescue movie Uncommon Valor is exactly the kind of movie I expected to see a lot more of when I first began […]

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No. 24: Never Cry Wolf

Note: Back to the Movies is a special feature on the FilmNerds blog in which Matt Scalici will be watching the Top 50 highest-grossing movies of 1983 in order from 50 to 1. Amazingly, this is just the third film on this list so far that I had already seen before I began this project (which is exactly why I […]

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No. 25: Twilight Zone: The Movie

Note: Back to the Movies is a special feature on the FilmNerds blog in which Matt Scalici will be watching the Top 50 highest-grossing movies of 1983 in order from 50 to 1. On paper, Twilight Zone: The Movie sounds like a tremendously exciting proposition: four directors, including Stephen Spielberg, each take a classic episode of Rod Serling’s sci-fi/fantasy television […]

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No. 26: Easy Money

Note: Back to the Movies is a special feature on the FilmNerds blog in which Matt Scalici will be watching the Top 50 highest-grossing movies of 1983 in order from 50 to 1. As we close out the first half of our Top 50 countdown, we arrive at a comedy star vehicle for one of the quintessential figures of 1980s […]

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No. 28: The Outsiders

Note: Back to the Movies is a special feature on the FilmNerds blog in which Matt Scalici will be watching the Top 50 highest-grossing movies of 1983 in order from 50 to 1. Calculating inflation with box office grosses isn’t really an exact science since they don’t really factor in studio expectations at the time (which is why you won’t […]

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No. 29: Spring Break

Note: Back to the Movies is a special feature on the FilmNerds blog in which Matt Scalici will be watching the Top 50 highest-grossing movies of 1983 in order from 50 to 1. We enter the 20s on our countdown with another in a string of hit teen sex comedies, but unlike the rest of the films in that genre […]

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No. 30: Two of a Kind

Note: Back to the Movies is a special feature on the FilmNerds blog in which Matt Scalici will be watching the Top 50 highest-grossing movies of 1983 in order from 50 to 1. We enter the top 30 on our list with a film that while succeeding in bringing in dollars in a variety of ways ended up perhaps spelling […]

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No. 31: My Tutor

Note: Back to the Movies is a special feature on the FilmNerds blog in which Matt Scalici will be watching the Top 50 highest-grossing movies of 1983 in order from 50 to 1. In my days as an active film critic, I viewed it as part of my job to take a stand against films or cinematic trends I found […]

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No. 32: Class

Note: Back to the Movies is a special feature on the FilmNerds blog in which Matt Scalici will be watching the Top 50 highest-grossing movies of 1983 in order from 50 to 1. Looking down the list of the top 50 box office grossers in 1983, it’s clear that the early ’80s were the absolute heyday of the teen sex […]

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No. 33: The Right Stuff

Note: Back to the Movies is a special feature on the FilmNerds blog in which Matt Scalici will be watching the Top 50 highest-grossing movies of 1983 in order from 50 to 1. We now reach perhaps the most critically-acclaimed film on our countdown so far, at least at the time of its release. The Right Stuff, Philip Kaufman’s adaptation […]

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No. 34: Cujo

Note: Back to the Movies is a special feature on the FilmNerds blog in which Matt Scalici will be watching the Top 50 highest-grossing movies of 1983 in order from 50 to 1. We arrive at the final and probably best-known Stephen King adaptation on our countdown, Cujo. While Cujo was only slightly more successful financially than The Dead Zone […]

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No. 35: Christine

Note: Back to the Movies is a special feature on the FilmNerds blog in which Matt Scalici will be watching the Top 50 highest-grossing movies of 1983 in order from 50 to 1. After a brief interlude by some lovely cartoon mice, we’re back to our three-film mini marathon of Stephen King films here on the Back to the Movies […]

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No. 36: The Rescuers

Note: Back to the Movies is a special feature on the FilmNerds blog in which Matt Scalici will be watching the Top 50 highest-grossing movies of 1983 in order from 50 to 1. We come to a curious installment on this list of the Top 50 releases of 1983 as for the first time we are dealing with a re-release […]

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No. 37: The Dead Zone

Note: Back to the Movies is a special feature on the FilmNerds blog in which Matt Scalici will be watching the Top 50 highest-grossing movies of 1983 in order from 50 to 1. We now reach our first film of the countdown to gross over $20 million at the box office and it also happens to be the first of […]

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No. 38: Breathless

Note: Back to the Movies is a special feature on the FilmNerds blog in which Matt Scalici will be watching the Top 50 highest-grossing movies of 1983 in order from 50 to 1. While reading through some of the 1983 reviews for Jim McBride’s Breathless, I was reassured to find that most critics at the time were just as baffled […]

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No. 39: A Christmas Story

We arrive at the first movie on this list that I’ve already seen, Bob Clark’s holiday classic A Christmas Story. For the purposes of this blog, I’ve decided to give a fair re-watch of all the films I’ve already seen on the list, in the hopes of gleaning something new from them in the context of all the other major […]

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No. 40: Max Dugan Returns

Note: Back to the Movies is a special feature on the FilmNerds blog in which Matt Scalici will be watching the Top 50 highest-grossing movies of 1983 in order from 50 to 1. As we enter the next phase of our Back to the Movies journey, we encounter an example of one of the most unique film voices of the […]

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No. 41: Valley Girl

Note: Back to the Movies is a special feature on the FilmNerds blog in which Matt Scalici will be watching the Top 50 highest-grossing movies of 1983 in order from 50 to 1. As a piece of box office history, Valley Girl is an interesting item. Produced independently for around $350,000, Valley Girl was the first film ever picked up […]

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No. 42: All the Right Moves

Note: Back to the Movies is a special feature on the FilmNerds blog in which Matt Scalici will be watching the Top 50 highest-grossing movies of 1983 in order from 50 to 1. While it’s still pretty far down the list of the top-grossing movies of 1983, I would say that All the Right Moves is the first relatively iconic […]

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No. 43: Krull

Note: Back to the Movies is a special feature on the FilmNerds blog in which Matt Scalici will be watching the Top 50 highest-grossing movies of 1983 in order from 50 to 1. I mentioned in our last installment that I felt one of the markers of 1983 filmmaking was the inescapable cheesiness that betrays most of the films of […]

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No. 46: D.C. Cab

Note: Back to the Movies is a special feature on the FilmNerds blog in which Matt Scalici will be watching the Top 50 highest-grossing movies of 1983 in order from 50 to 1. As I round out the first five movies of my series, we come to what is without question the first absolute disaster I’ve seen in the 1983 […]

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No. 47: Gorky Park

Note: Back to the Movies is a special feature on the FilmNerds blog in which Matt Scalici will be watching the Top 50 highest-grossing movies of 1983 in order from 50 to 1. One thing I love about the bottom half of this list I’m slowly working my way through (sorry about that) is the movies that were clearly at […]

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No. 50: Educating Rita

Note: Back to the Movies is a special feature on the FilmNerds blog in which Matt Scalici will be watching the Top 50 highest-grossing movies of 1983 in order from 50 to 1. I begin my odyssey into 1983 with what must have been a surprise box office hit at the time, Lewis Gilbert’s big screen adaptation of Willy Russell’s […]

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