By and large, the movies of 1988 were pretty heavy on the testosterone. The bracket game reflects the male-centric cinema of thirty years ago. (Let’s not kid ourselves, things haven’t changed all that much.) A few of the movies in our bracket game feature strong female characters, but there weren’t a lot of female protagonists to choose from. Some movies I considered for inclusion were Mystic Pizza, Hairspray, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Gorillas in the Mist and Married to the Mob. I ended up choosing Working Girl and The Accused because I felt they better represented what was going on in movies in 1988.
As we begin the second year of the birthday article series, it is appropriate that one of our headliners is a WTHH subject. The other is one of the greatest character actors of our time.
Kelly McGillis is turning 60 today. Her WTHH article contains a lot of detail about her career, so I will just hit the important high points. McGillis began working in film and television in the early eighties. She made a couple of TV movies, appeared for a short while on One Life to Live, and starred in a feature titled Reuben, Reuben. Then she made her breakthrough in 1985 in Witness, receiving BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations. She starred opposite Tom Cruise in Top Gun, and two years later was one of the leads in The Accused along with Jodie Foster.
In the mid-eighties, Kelly McGillis was a rising star. Early in her career, she had a couple of hits one of which turned out to be one of the most iconic movies of the entire decade. Top Gun made Tom Cruise a mega-star. But McGillis’ career went in a different direction. A few years after her star-making role, McGillis became dissatisfied with Hollywood. While McGillis has continued working steadily. she has largely avoided the spotlight.
What the hell happened?
As part of the 1996 Women in Hollywood issue of Movieline magazine, Joe Queenan examined the trend of actresses he considered to be miscast as lawyers. Queenan imagines a conspiracy starting with Cher in Suspect which leads to Cindy Crawford being cast as an attorney in Fair Game.
With the start of a new year, there’s a whole new slate of movies to look forward to. Hollywood is hoping 2015 will be a better year at the movies than 2014 was. But how will the movies of the new year stack up against the movies from 30 years ago. 1985 gave us some classic movies and its share of forgettable ones. In this month’s bracket game we’re going back in time to 1985 to pick our favorites from 30 years ago!
Oh so 80s. Listen and get images of flying fighter jets and Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis.
But aside from their contribution to one of the biggest blockbusters of the era, that was it for Berlin right? Not quite.
Back in 1990, Movieline Magazine ran an article about 8 actresses whose acting careers had been cut short. It was their version of What the Hell Happened. Ironically, the same issue featured a cover story on the rise of Winona Ryder and a pictorial with a hot up-and-coming actress named Penelope Ann Miller. Oh, hindsight, you make everything funny!
Here’s a look at the actresses Movieline Magazine said were “nipped in the bud” in 1990.