1979 in film

The year 1979 in film involved many significant events.

List of years in film (table)
In home video
1976
1977
1978
1979
1980
1981
1982
In television
1976
1977
1978
1979
1980
1981
1982

Highest-grossing films (U.S.)

The top ten 1979 released films by North American gross are as follows:

Highest-grossing films of 1979 (United States)
RankTitleDistributorGross
1. Kramer vs. Kramer Columbia $106,260,000[1]
2. The Amityville Horror AIP $86,432,520[2]
3. Rocky II United Artists $85,182,160[3]
4. Apocalypse Now $83,471,511[4]
5. Star Trek: The Motion Picture Paramount $82,258,456[5]
6. Alien 20th Century Fox $80,931,801[6]
7. 10 Warner Bros. $74,865,517[7]
8. The Jerk Universal $73,691,419[8]
9. Moonraker United Artists $70,308,099[9]
10. The Muppet Movie Associated Film $65,200,000[10]

Highest-grossing films (international)

Highest-grossing films of 1979 (international markets)
International marketTitleDistributorGross (local currency)Gross (US$)Production country
India Suhaag Sharma Cine Associates 100,000,000[11] $12,310,000[12] India
Japan Galaxy Express 999 Toei ¥16,500,000,000[13] $76,120,000[14] Japan
Soviet Union Sholay R. K. Films 15,000,000 руб[n 1] $23,290,000[n 2] India
United Kingdom Superman Columbia-EMI-Warner £11,547,308[18][19] $24,455,309[20] United States

Major events

Awards

Academy Awards:

Best Picture: Kramer vs. KramerJaffe, Columbia
Best Director: Robert BentonKramer vs. Kramer
Best Actor: Dustin HoffmanKramer vs. Kramer
Best Actress: Sally FieldNorma Rae
Best Supporting Actor: Melvyn DouglasBeing There
Best Supporting Actress: Meryl StreepKramer vs. Kramer
Best Foreign Language Film: The Tin Drum (Die Blechtrommel), directed by Volker Schlöndorff, W. Germany

Golden Globe Awards:

Drama:
Best Picture: Kramer vs. Kramer
Best Actor: Dustin HoffmanKramer vs. Kramer
Best Actress: Sally FieldNorma Rae
Comedy or Musical:
Best Picture: Breaking Away
Best Actor: Peter SellersBeing There
Best Actress: Bette MidlerThe Rose
Other
Best Supporting Actor (tie): Melvyn DouglasBeing There
Best Supporting Actor (tie): Robert DuvallApocalypse Now
Best Supporting Actress: Meryl StreepKramer vs. Kramer
Best Director: Francis Ford CoppolaApocalypse Now
Best Foreign Language Film: La Cage aux Folles (France)

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

Apocalypse Now, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, United States
The Tin Drum (Die Blechtrommel), directed by Volker Schlöndorff, W. Germany

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

David, directed by Peter Lilienthal, West Germany

Notable films released in 1979

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1979 film releases

January–March

April–June

July–September

October–December

Births

Notable deaths

MonthDateNameAgeCountryProfessionNotable films
January 11Jack Soo61USActor
16Peter Butterworth63UKActor, Writer
16Ted Cassidy46USActor
18Cyril J. Mockridge82UKComposer
25Dick Crockett63USStuntman, Actor
February 12Jean Renoir84USDirector, Writer, Actor
16Louise Allbritton58USActress
17William Gargan73USActor
19Leigh Jason74USDirector
28Jane Hylton51UKActress
March 1Dolores Costello75USActress
2Edith Craig71USActress
6John Robinson70UKActor
9Barbara Mullen64UKActress
19John Tate64UKActorInvasion
22Ben Lyon78USActor, Writer
24Yvonne Mitchell63UKActress
April 4Edgar Buchanan76USActor
6Norman Tokar59USDirector
10Nino Rota67ItalyComposer
24John Carroll72USActor
May 6Rosemary La Planche55USActress
8Victor Saville83UKProducer, Director
10Beatrice Campbell56UKActress
11Joan Chandler55USActress
26George Brent80USActor
29Mary Pickford87USActress, Producer, Writer
June 2Larisa Shepitko41Soviet UnionDirector
2Jim Hutton45USActor
6Jack Haley80USActor
11John Wayne72USActor, Producer, Director
14David Butler84USDirector
16Nicholas Ray67USDirector, Writer, Actor
19Nick Grinde86USDirector
21Julian Orchard49UKActor, Writer
July 8Michael Wilding66UKActor, Producer
13Corinne Griffith84USActress
22Kathleen Case45USActress
25Eric Pohlmann66GermanyActor
26Virginia Brissac96USActress
27Ettore Manni52ItalyActor
27Shirley Mason79USActress
28George Seaton68USDirector
28Frederick Stafford51CzechoslovakiaActor
31Beatrix Lehmann76UKActressThe Spy Who Came in from the Cold
August ??Betty Henderson72UKActress
6Kurt Kasznar65AustriaActor
10Dick Foran69USActor
17Vivian Vance70USActress
21Stuart Heisler82USDirector
30Jean Seberg40USActress
September 1Doris Kenyon81USActress
2Felix Aylmer90UKActor
12Les Clark71USAnimator
12Jocelyne LaGarde54TahitiActressHawaii
17Willis Goldbeck80USScreenwriter
22Frederick Piper76UKActor
23Catherine Lacey75UKActress
26John Cromwell91USDirector
26Arthur Hunnicutt69USActor
27Gracie Fields81UKActress, Singer
October 1Dorothy Arzner82USDirector
3Dorothy Peterson81USActress
12Celia Lovsky82AustriaActress
15Geoffrey Moon????Actor
17John Stuart81UKActor
30Graham Ashley52UKActor
November 2Saro Urzì66ItalyActor
5Amedeo Nazzari71ItalyActor
8Sydney Tafler63UKActor
11Dimitri Tiomkin85RussiaComposer
20Michael Darbyshire62UKActor, Writer
22George Froeschel88USScreenwriter
23Merle Oberon68USActress, Producer
30Joyce Grenfell69UKActress
30Zeppo Marx78USActor, Director
December 5Jesse Pearson49USActorBye Bye Birdie
5Lesley Selander70USDirector
9James Neilson70USDirector
10Ann Dvorak68USActress
11Claire Carleton66USActress
12Jon Hall64USActor, Director
22George Pollock72UKDirector
23Ernest B. Schoedsack86USDirector, Cinematographer, Producer
25Michael Collins57CanadaActor
25Lee Bowman79USActor
25Joan Blondell73USActress

Debuts

References

  1. "Box Office Information for Kramer vs. Kramer". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 11, 2010.
  2. "Box Office Information for The Amityville Horror". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 27, 2012.
  3. "Box Office Information for Rocky II". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 11, 2010.
  4. "Box Office Information for Apocalypse Now". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on 24 July 2010. Retrieved June 11, 2010.
  5. "Box Office Information for Star Trek: The Motion Picture". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 11, 2010.
  6. "Box Office Information for Alien". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on 21 June 2010. Retrieved June 11, 2010.
  7. "Box Office Information for 10". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on 4 July 2010. Retrieved June 11, 2010.
  8. "Box Office Information for The Jerk". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 11, 2010.
  9. "Box Office Information for Moonraker". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on 31 May 2010. Retrieved June 11, 2010.
  10. "The Muppet Movie". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved April 7, 2014.
  11. "Box Office 1979". Box Office India. 20 October 2013. Archived from the original on 2013-10-20. Retrieved 2018-03-06.
  12. "Pacific Exchange Rate Service (8.1258 INR per USD)" (PDF). UBC Sauder School of Business. University of British Columbia. 1979. p. 3. Retrieved 21 November 2017.
  13. "FEATURE: Japanese Anime Magazine Retrospective: "Animage" in August 1979". Crunchyroll. Retrieved March 19, 2012.
  14. "Currency converter in the past with official exchange rates from 1953". fxtop. August 4, 1979.
  15. "«Месть и закон» (Sholay, 1975)". KinoPoisk (in Russian). Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  16. Moscow Prime Time: How the Soviet Union Built the Media Empire that Lost the Cultural Cold War, page 48, Cornell University Press, 2011
  17. "Archive". Central Bank of Russia. Retrieved 29 December 2009.
  18. "The Ultimate Chart: 1–100". British Film Institute. 28 November 2004. Retrieved 14 November 2013.
  19. "UK cinema average ticket price (£1.1332 in 1979)". Terra Media. Retrieved August 20, 2014.
  20. "Pacific Exchange Rate Service (0.47218 GBP per USD)" (PDF). UBC Sauder School of Business. University of British Columbia. 1979. p. 3. Retrieved 21 November 2017.
  1. 60 million tickets sold,[15] average ticket price of 25 kopecks[16]
  2. 64.4 руб per $100 in 1979[17]
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