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Old 09-19-23, 05:35 PM
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What do you think is the quintessential 80ís movie?

Could be any genre, any movie. But what movie that preferably you like or love, maybe even hate, do you consider the perfect, made in the 80ís, all about the 80ís, totally 80ís movie?

watching it now and for my money, the perfect 80ís movie, for me is:
Fast Times at Ridgemont High

It just brilliantly displays everything about 80ís culture. I just think it is the shining example of a genuine 80ís movie. Perfectly acted, written, well made, though low budget, high value.
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Re: What do you think is the quintessential 80ís movie?

Back to the Future
-Big Blockbuster, which ruled the decade
-Sci-Fi and fantasy gained significant mainstream popularity during this decade, due to breakthroughs in technology and the new wave of directors
-Coming of age story that boths deals with economic anxieties of the era and heavy nostalgia (also critiques both the 1980s and 1950s)
-Iconic characters and ideas
-All-ages hit with some winks for adults

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Re: What do you think is the quintessential 80ís movie?

Ghostbusters
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Re: What do you think is the quintessential 80ís movie?

First that came to me was Back To The Future.
First one that popped in my brothers head was Goonies.
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Re: What do you think is the quintessential 80ís movie?

I can't choose between the racism of Rocky 3 or the jingoism if Rocky 4
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Re: What do you think is the quintessential 80ís movie?

Transformers the Movie (1986) if only for the soundtrack.
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Re: What do you think is the quintessential 80ís movie?

The Breakfast Club came to mind first.
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Old 09-19-23, 07:11 PM
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Re: What do you think is the quintessential 80ís movie?

Itís not my favorite but the first movie to pop into my head when I thought ďquintessential 80sĒ was The Breakfast Club.


Edit: Hazel Motes and I are on the same wavelength.
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Re: What do you think is the quintessential 80ís movie?

Originally Posted by IBJoel
Back to the Future
-Big Blockbuster, which ruled the decade
-Sci-Fi and fantasy gained significant mainstream popularity during this decade, due to breakthroughs in technology and the new wave of directors
-Coming of age story that boths deals with economic anxieties of the era and heavy nostalgia (also critiques both the 1980s and 1950s)
-Iconic characters and ideas
-All-ages hit with some winks for adults
This is the correct answer because of everything you wrote and more.

I would also accept Top Gun.
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Re: What do you think is the quintessential 80ís movie?

Fast Times and Breakfast Club were both recently watched by this bro, and they are the right answer.
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Re: What do you think is the quintessential 80ís movie?

Originally Posted by L. Ron zyzzle
Fast Times and Breakfast Club were both recently watched by this bro, and they are the right answer.
Quintessential 80s movies? Those are both good choices for sure. I'd go with Revenge Of The Nerds myself, though ...



Followed by Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo ...



Top Gun's not a bad choice. As much as I love BTTF, though, most of it took place in 1955.
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The Last Dragon or Big Trouble in Little China for me.
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Re: What do you think is the quintessential 80ís movie?

I would have to go with Top Gun. The "America Fuck Yeah" story and the soundtrack were all over the place.
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Re: What do you think is the quintessential 80ís movie?

Iím not sure you can have THE quintessential 80s movie if it didnít have John Hughesí involvement.
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Re: What do you think is the quintessential 80ís movie?

Originally Posted by GoldenJCJ
Iím not sure you can have THE quintessential 80s movie if it didnít have John Hughesí involvement.
I suppose it's however 'quintessential' is defined here. If we're going by 'made in the 80ís, all about the 80ís, totally 80ís movie' then ROTN and B2:EB would definitely fit that description for me. If someone wanted to know what the 80s were about, I'd show them these 2 movies as you really can't get much more 80s than that. No question, though, that the John Hughes flicks, Fast Times, BTTF, Ghostbusters, Top Gun, etc., are the more popular movies from that era - if that's what the OP is looking for.
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Re: What do you think is the quintessential 80ís movie?

I don't think you could have made this in any other decade and was specific for its time

The 2020 remake does not count



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Re: What do you think is the quintessential 80ís movie?

As much as I love Valley Girl (just picked up the new Eureka! blu-ray from the UK), the scenes on Hollywood Blvd and in the club felt like they could have been filmed in the late 70s to me.

Everything else, though ...
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Re: What do you think is the quintessential 80ís movie?

Wall Street.


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Re: What do you think is the quintessential 80ís movie?

Back to the Future.

It's literally about the 80s, the path to the 80s, and the path from the 80s. In that story, the 80s are the nexus of the universe.

That's it.
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Re: What do you think is the quintessential 80ís movie?

Originally Posted by GoldenJCJ
Iím not sure you can have THE quintessential 80s movie if it didnít have John Hughesí involvement.
I don't even think we could get a consensus on the quintessential Hughes movie. I think most people would go with a teen flick, but I would say PT&A. And some might say Home Alone.
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Re: What do you think is the quintessential 80ís movie?

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I suppose it's however 'quintessential' is defined here. If we're going by 'made in the 80ís, all about the 80ís, totally 80ís movie' then ROTN and B2:EB would definitely fit that description for me. If someone wanted to know what the 80s were about, I'd show them these 2 movies as you really can't get much more 80s than that. No question, though, that the John Hughes flicks, Fast Times, BTTF, Ghostbusters, Top Gun, etc., are the more popular movies from that era - if that's what the OP is looking for.
Quintessential means representing a perfect or typical example of something.
So it's whatever you think it means for a movie to be "an 80s movie," and then whatever you think the perfect example of that is.

I remember ate the time there was a lot of talk about how Fatal Attraction was a decade defining film because it was seen a metaphor for fearing sex in the time of AIDS.

There are reasons to say Top Gun or Wall Street as well, because they define the economic and political climate.

Or you could just see the 80s as a golden age of blockbusters and youth-oriented films.
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Re: What do you think is the quintessential 80ís movie?

Back to the Future was the first thing I thought of, but there are a lot of other really good contenders mentioned in the thread. Besides Back to the Future there's another one that's not set in the 80s but couldn't be more 80s: Dirty Dancing
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Re: What do you think is the quintessential 80ís movie?

Here's one that may not be mentioned or come to mind : To Live and Die in LA..
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Re: What do you think is the quintessential 80ís movie?

Everything already listed is valid. I'd like to add Coming to America.

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