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Most quintessential 80's film?

We were having a debate in our SS dept. as to what the most quintessential 80's film was.

The one that embodies exactly what a good 80's movie was all about. The best example of all films made in that decade.

Of course, many of the John Hughes classics were strewn about (The Breakfast Club being a great one), but the two it seemed to come down to was The Flamingo Kid or Red Dawn, which is funny considering both were 1984 releases and 1st ever PG-13 movies.

My pick goes to Red Dawn. Just love everything about it and with the cast, the Cold War paranoia, it epitomizes what the 80's was all about.

So what do you think is the most quinessential 1980's flick?

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Re: Most quintessential 80's film?

The Last Dragon

While it was cheese then and cheese now, it plays like an exaggeration of everything 80s. Amazing!

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Re: Most quintessential 80's film?

Blue Velvet
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Re: Most quintessential 80's film?

There's no such thing.

But if there were such a thing, I'd either want it to be John Woo's The Killer (or A Better Tomorrow) or Wim Wenders' Wings of Desire.

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Re: Most quintessential 80's film?

It would have to be something that features a lot of the best music from the 80's, like Fast Times at Ridgemont High or Last American Virgin.
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Re: Most quintessential 80's film?

The quintessential '80s movie would not be a good movie, since good movies were so rare in that coke-frenzied era.

It would have to be something like FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH, or the one I would nominate as a perfect representation of that horrible period: TOP GUN.
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Re: Most quintessential 80's film?

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It would have to be something that features a lot of the best music from the 80's, like Fast Times at Ridgemont High or Last American Virgin.
and have at least one arcade game in it, at least in passing in the background.
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Re: Most quintessential 80's film?

Wall Street is very 80s. I also think of Big when I think of the 80s.
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Re: Most quintessential 80's film?

Originally Posted by scott1598
We were having a debate in our SS dept. as to what the most quintessential 80's film was.

The one that embodies exactly what a good 80's movie was all about. The best example of all films made in that decade.

Of course, many of the John Hughes classics were strewn about, but the two it seemed to come down to was The Flamingo Kid or Red Dawn, which is funny considering both were 1984 releases and 1st ever PG-13 movies.

So what do you think is the most quinessential 1980's flick?
Beverly Hills Cop
Lethal Weapon
Die Hard
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reminds me of Squid and the Whale, a great non-80s, 80s movie.
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Re: Most quintessential 80's film?

"The Breakfast Club". It had the '80s clothes, slang, music and attitudes. All of that, with its derrogatory portrayal of adults, its heavy dose of teen angst and its use of Brat Pack actors, combine to make "TBC" a great candidate for quintessential '80s film.
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Re: Most quintessential 80's film?

Yeah, not a fan of 80's or this film but I would say it's Ghostbusters.
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Re: Most quintessential 80's film?

Originally Posted by Sylvia7
"The Breakfast Club". It had the '80s clothes, slang, music and attitudes. All of that, with its derrogatory portrayal of adults, its heavy dose of teen angst and its use of Brat Pack actors, combine to make "TBC" a great candidate for quintessential '80s film.
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Re: Most quintessential 80's film?

Karate Kid. Case in point, the remake looks like shit.

The Wizard. I don't think you could hide the fact that it's a giant commercial in today's market.

Flight of the Navigator and Explorers...both films cut from the same cloth. Something about them just conjures up growing up in the '80s. I don't think you could replicate those films today.
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Re: Most quintessential 80's film?

Although not made in the 80s, the best film that represents the 80s is:

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The Beastmaster. Totally serious here.
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Re: Most quintessential 80's film?

I'd say Mannequin; it has many different 80's elements wrapped into one mediocre package: budding romance, fashion, nerds, shop/mall setting, supernatural elements, intro credits set to cartoon, various regular and high-speed montages set to 80's music, dancing sequence, ending credits with freeze-frame to Starship, good vs. greed, G.W. Bailey reprising a security/cop role, low-bar action sequences, a speedbike, and a car chase.

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Re: Most quintessential 80's film?

Originally Posted by Sylvia7
"The Breakfast Club". It had the '80s clothes, slang, music and attitudes. All of that, with its derrogatory portrayal of adults, its heavy dose of teen angst and its use of Brat Pack actors, combine to make "TBC" a great candidate for quintessential '80s film.
Came here to post this, agree with you totally.
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Re: Most quintessential 80's film?

The Breakfast Club
The Karate Kid
Back the the Future

Many others. Tough choice.
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Re: Most quintessential 80's film?

You might as well have asked "What 80's films do you like?"
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Re: Most quintessential 80's film?

Cocktail (1988) captures the spirit of the decade, but doesn't really capture the fashion/music of the time.

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