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The year 1979 in film involved some significant events.

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Major events

  • March 5 - Production begins on Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.
  • May 25 - Alien, a landmark of the science fiction genre, is released.
  • June 11 - John Wayne, one of film's greatest actors dies.
  • June 22 - The Muppet Movie, Jim Henson's Muppets' first foray into the world of feature length motion pictures, is released.
  • September 19 - Don Bluth and a group of fellow animators resign from The Walt Disney Company's animation department to set up a rival studio, Don Bluth Productions.
  • November 1 - Production begins on Raiders of the Lost Ark.
  • December 7 - Star Trek: The Motion Picture debuts in the United States to mixed reviews but strong box office, launching a film franchise that lead to 11 films over the next 30 years. It also lead to the creation of four spin-off television series based upon Gene Roddenberry's creation.

Top grossing films (U.S.)

Rank Title Studio Gross
1. Kramer vs. Kramer Columbia $104,986,000
2. Alien 20th Century Fox $78,944,891
3. Apocalypse Now United Artists $78,784,010
4. Star Trek: The Motion Picture Paramount $56,000,000
5. The Jerk Universal $42,990,000
6. Rocky II United Artists $42,169,000
7. 10 Warner Brothers/Orion $37,000,000
8. The Amityville Horror AIP $35,000,000
9. Moonraker United Artists $33,924,000
10. The Muppet Movie ITC/AFD $32,000,000

source: http://www.boxofficereport.com/database/1979.shtml

Awards

Academy Awards:

Best Picture: Kramer vs. Kramer - Jaffe, Columbia
Best Director: Robert Benton - Kramer vs. Kramer
Best Actor: Dustin Hoffman - Kramer vs. Kramer
Best Actress: Sally Field - Norma Rae
Best Supporting Actress: Meryl Streep - Kramer vs. Kramer
Best Supporting Actor: Melvyn Douglas - Being There
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 Hoffman - Kramer vs. Kramer
Best Actress: Sally Field - Norma Rae
Musical or comedy:
Best Picture: Breaking Away
Best Actor: Peter Sellers - Being There
Best Actress: Bette Midler - The Rose
Other
Best Director: Francis Ford Coppola - Apocalypse 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

Films released in 1979

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