American Decades: 1980-1989 (American Decades) by Judith Baughman

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22 Apr. The Dance Black America Festival in Brooklyn, New York, celebrates three hundred years of black dance. 2 million. 29 Sept. 22 Oct. ARTS After 3,389 performances, A Chorus Line becomes the longest-running show in the history of Broadway. The Metropolitan Opera in New York City celebrates its one hundredth anniversary with a gala featuring one hundred performers. 29 IMPORTANT EVENTS OF THE 1980S 1984 Movies Ail of Me, starring Steve Martin and Lily Tomlin; Amadeus, starring F. Murray Abraham and Tom Hulce; Beat Street, starring Robert Taylor, Rae Dawn Chong, and Guy Davis; Beverly Hills Cop, starring Eddie Murphy; Body Double, directed by Brian De Palma and starring Melanie Griffith; Body Rock, starring Lorenzo Lamas; Breakin, starring Lucinda Dickey, Adolfo (Shabba-Doo) Quinones, and Michael (Boogaloo Shrimp) Chambers; Broadway Danny Rose, starring Woody Allen and Mia Farrow; Choose Me, directed by Alan Rudolph and starring Genevieve Bujold; Country, starring Jessica Lange and Sam Shepard; Footloose, starring Kevin Bacon and Lori Singer; Ghostbusters, starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Rick Moranis, and Sigourney Weaver; Gremlins, starring Zach Galligan and Phoebe Cates; Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, starring Harrison Ford; The Karate Kid, starring Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita; The Killing Fields, starring Sam Waterston and Haing S.

Ngor; Missing in Action, starring Chuck Norris; Mrs. Soffel, starring Diane Keaton; The Natural, starring Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, and Glenn Close; Once Upon a Time in America, starring Robert De Niro and James Woods; Paris, Texas, starring Harry Dean Stanton and Nastassia Kinski; Places in the Heart, starring Sally Field; Police Academy, starring Steve Guttenberg; Purple Rain, starring Prince; Reckless, starring Aidan Quinn and Daryl Hannah; RedDawn, starring Patrick Swayze; Repo Man, directed by Alex Cox and starring Emilio Estevez and Harry Dean Stanton; The River, starring Sissy Spacek and Mel Gibson; Romancing the Stone, starring Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas; Sixteen Candles, starring Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall; Splashy starring Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah; Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, starring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy; Stop Making Sense, directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Talking Heads; Stranger Than Paradise, directed by Jim Jarmusch; Streets of Fire, starring Michael Pare, Diane Lane, Rick Moranis, and Amy Madigan; The Terminator, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger; This Is Spinal Tap, starring Christopher Guest and Michael McKean; The Woman in Red, starring Gene Wilder, Kelly LeBrock, and Gilda Radner.

S. " • 2 4 Broadway box offices take in almost $200 million. A M E R I C A N D E C A D E S : 1980-1989 IMPORTANT EVENTS OF THE 1980S • The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City opens an American wing. • Michael Cimino's movie Heaven's Gate loses $40 million, making Hollywood producers unwilling to finance other big-budget motion pictures by "auteur" directors. 5 million people tour a retrospective exhibit of one thousand works by Pablo Picasso at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

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