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The year 1979 in film involved many significant events.

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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 Distribution $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

The cinema of India consists of films produced in the nation of India. Cinema is immensely popular in India, with as many as 1,600 films produced in various languages every year. Indian cinema produces more films watched by more people than any other country; in 2011, over 3.5 billion tickets were sold across India, 900,000 more than Hollywood. Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad are the major centres of film production in India.

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures is an American film distributor owned by The Walt Disney Company. It handles theatrical distribution, marketing and promotion for films produced and released by the Walt Disney Studios, including Walt Disney Pictures, Disneynature, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight Pictures, and Blue Sky Studios. The company was originally established in 1953 as Buena Vista Film Distribution Company, Inc. It took on its current name in April 2007,

<i>Take Down</i> (1979 film) 1979 film by Kieth Merrill

Take Down is a 1979 American comedy-drama sports film directed by Kieth Merrill and released by Buena Vista Distribution Company. The plot concerns an unqualified teacher who finds himself saddled with coaching duties after a small group of high school seniors form a wrestling team in a last-ditch effort to end a 9-year losing streak against a rival school.

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 Actor: Melvyn Douglas - Being There
Best Supporting Actress: Meryl Streep - Kramer 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 Hoffman - Kramer vs. Kramer
Best Actress: Sally Field - Norma Rae
Comedy or Musical:
Best Picture: Breaking Away
Best Actor: Peter Sellers - Being There
Best Actress: Bette Midler - The Rose
Other
Best Supporting Actor (tie): Melvyn Douglas - Being There
Best Supporting Actor (tie): Robert Duvall - Apocalypse Now
Best Supporting Actress: Meryl Streep - Kramer vs. Kramer
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

Notable films released in 1979

U.S.A. unless stated

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<i>10</i> (film) 1979 film by Blake Edwards

10 is a 1979 American romantic comedy film written, produced, and directed by Blake Edwards, and starring Dudley Moore, Julie Andrews, Robert Webber, and Bo Derek in her first major film appearance. It was considered a trend-setting film at the time and was one of the year's biggest box-office hits. It follows a man in middle age who becomes infatuated with a young woman whom he has never met, leading to a comic chase and an encounter in Mexico.

Blake Edwards American film director, screenwriter and producer

William Blake Crump, better known by his stage name Blake Edwards, was an American filmmaker.

Dudley Moore English actor, comedian, composer and musician

Dudley Stuart John Moore, CBE was an English actor, comedian, musician and composer.

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The Actress, the Dollars and the Transylvanians is a 1979 Romanian film directed by Mircea Veroiu and scripted by Titus Popovici. It is the second in a Red Western trilogy that also comprises The Prophet, the Gold and the Transylvanians and The Oil, the Baby and the Transylvanians. American characters speak in English and the Romanian ones in Romanian.

The Adolescent is a French drama film directed by Jeanne Moreau in 1978, released January 1979. It was entered into the 29th Berlin International Film Festival. Set deep in the French countryside just before the start of World War II, it shows the often idyllic life of a remote village in the mountainous Auvergne where a family from Paris have come to spend a holiday with relations, an occasion which marks a coming-of-age for their daughter Marie, the adolescent of the title.

Jeanne Moreau French actress, singer, screenwriter and director

Jeanne Moreau was a French actress, singer, screenwriter and director. She won the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress for Seven Days... Seven Nights (1960), the BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress for Viva Maria! (1965), and the César Award for Best Actress for The Old Lady Who Walked in the Sea (1992). She was also the recipient of several lifetime awards, including a BAFTA Fellowship in 1996, Cannes Golden Palm in 2003 and César Award in 2008.

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<i>Baby Snakes</i> 1979 film by Frank Zappa

Baby Snakes is a film which includes footage from Frank Zappa's 1977 Halloween concert at New York City's Palladium Theater, backstage antics from the crew, and stop motion clay animation from award-winning animator Bruce Bickford.

Frank Zappa American musician, songwriter, composer, and record and film producer

Frank Vincent Zappa was an American musician, composer, activist and filmmaker. His work is characterized by nonconformity, free-form improvisation, sound experiments, musical virtuosity, and satire of American culture. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Zappa composed rock, pop, jazz, jazz fusion, orchestral and musique concrète works, and produced almost all of the 60-plus albums that he released with his band the Mothers of Invention and as a solo artist. Zappa also directed feature-length films and music videos, and designed album covers. He is considered one of the most innovative and stylistically diverse rock musicians of his era.

Ball Lightning is a 1979 Czechoslovak comedy film. The screenplay was written by Zdeněk Svěrák, Ladislav Smoljak and Zdeněk Podskalský and the film was directed by Smoljak and Podskalský.

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<i>C.H.O.M.P.S.</i> 1979 film by Don Chaffey

C.H.O.M.P.S. is a 1979 American comic science fiction family film produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions and directed by Don Chaffey, his final feature film.

Donald Chaffey was a British film director, writer, producer, and art director.

Wesley Eure is an American actor, singer, author, producer, director, charity fundraiser, and lecturer. He is best known for appearing as Michael Horton on the American soap opera Days of Our Lives from 1974 to 1981, during which he also starred on the popular children's television series Land of the Lost. He later hosted the popular children's game show Finders Keepers in 1987 and 1988, and co-created the children's educational television show Dragon Tales in 1999. He subsequently published several books, and has produced plays and raised funds for HIV/AIDS and other causes.

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<i>David</i> (1979 film) 1979 West German drama film by Peter Lilienthal

David is a 1979 West German film by director Peter Lilienthal. It tells the story of a rabbi's son in Germany during the Holocaust, who tries to raise money to escape to Mandate Palestine.

<i>Derek and Clive Get the Horn</i> 1979 film by Russell Mulcahy

Derek and Clive Get the Horn is a 1979 British documentary comedy film that chronicles the recording of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore's 1978 comedy album Derek and Clive Ad Nauseam, their third and final outing featuring their controversial alter-egos Derek and Clive, two foul-mouthed lavatory attendants who banter at length about their surreal day-to-day existences. The footage was shot in early September 1978. The film was the directorial debut of Russell Mulcahy, who would go on to direct Highlander.

Peter Cook British actor, satirist, writer and comedian

Peter Edward Cook was an English satirist and comedic actor. He was a leading figure of the British satire boom of the 1960s, and associated with the Anti-Establishment comedic movement that emerged in the United Kingdom in the late 1950s.

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1979 film releases

January–March

April–June

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October–December

Births

Notable deaths

MonthDateNameAgeCountryProfessionNotable films
January11 Jack Soo 61USAActor
16 Peter Butterworth 59UKActor, Writer
16 Ted Cassidy 46USAActor
18 Cyril J. Mockridge 82UKComposer
25 Dick Crockett 63USAStuntman, Actor
February12 Jean Renoir 84USADirector, Writer, Actor
16 Louise Allbritton 58USAActress
17 William Gargan 73USAActor
19 Leigh Jason 74USADirector
28 Jane Hylton 51UKActress
March1 Dolores Costello 75USAActress
2 Edith Craig 71USAActress
6 John Robinson 70UKActor
9 Barbara Mullen 64UKActress
19 John Tate 64UKActor Invasion
22 Ben Lyon 78USAActor, Writer
24 Yvonne Mitchell 63UKActress
April4 Edgar Buchanan 76USAActor
6 Norman Tokar 59USADirector
10 Nino Rota 67ItalyComposer
24 John Carroll 72USAActor
May6 Rosemary La Planche 55USAActress
8 Victor Saville 83UKProducer, Director
10 Beatrice Campbell 56UKActress
11 Joan Chandler 55USAActress
26 George Brent 80USAActor
29 Mary Pickford 87USAActress, Producer, Writer
June2 Larisa Shepitko 41Soviet UnionDirector
2 Jim Hutton 45USAActor
6 Jack Haley 80USAActor
11 John Wayne 72USAActor, Producer, Director
14 David Butler 84USADirector
16 Nicholas Ray 67USADirector, Writer, Actor
19 Nick Grinde 86USADirector
21 Julian Orchard 49UKActor, Writer
July8 Michael Wilding 66UKActor, Producer
13 Corinne Griffith 84USAActress
22 Kathleen Case 45USAActress
25 Eric Pohlmann 66GermanyActor
26 Virginia Brissac 96USAActress
27 Ettore Manni 52ItalyActor
27 Shirley Mason 79USAActress
28 George Seaton 68USADirector
28 Frederick Stafford 51CzechoslovakiaActor
31 Beatrix Lehmann 76UKActress The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
August?? Betty Henderson 72UKActress
6 Kurt Kasznar 65AustriaActor
10 Dick Foran 69USAActor
17 Vivian Vance 70USAActress
21 Stuart Heisler 82USADirector
30 Jean Seberg 40USAActress
September1 Doris Kenyon 81USAActress
2 Felix Aylmer 90UKActor
12 Les Clark 71USAAnimator
12 Jocelyne LaGarde 54TahitiActress Hawaii
17 Willis Goldbeck 80USAScreenwriter
22 Frederick Piper 76UKActor
23 Catherine Lacey 75UKActress
26 John Cromwell 91USADirector
26 Arthur Hunnicutt 69USAActor
27 Gracie Fields 81UKActress, Singer
October1 Dorothy Arzner 82USADirector
3 Dorothy Peterson 81USAActress
12 Celia Lovsky 82AustriaActress
15Geoffrey Moon????Actor
17 John Stuart 81UKActor
30Graham Ashley52UKActor
November2 Saro Urzì 66ItalyActor
5 Amedeo Nazzari 71ItalyActor
8 Sydney Tafler 63UKActor
11 Dimitri Tiomkin 85RussiaComposer
20 Michael Darbyshire 62UKActor, Writer
22 George Froeschel 88USAScreenwriter
23 Merle Oberon 68USAActress, Producer
30 Joyce Grenfell 69UKActress
30 Zeppo Marx 64USAActor, Director
December5 Jesse Pearson 49USAActor Bye Bye Birdie
5 Lesley Selander 70USADirector
9 James Neilson 70USADirector
10 Ann Dvorak 68USAActress
11 Claire Carleton 66USAActress
12 Jon Hall 64USAActor, Director
22 George Pollock 72UKDirector
23 Ernest B. Schoedsack 86USADirector, Cinematographer, Producer
25 Michael Collins 57CanadaActor
25 Lee Bowman 79USAActor
25 Joan Blondell 73USAActress

Debuts

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  1. 60 million tickets sold, [15] average ticket price of 25  kopecks [16]
  2. 64.4  руб per $100 in 1979 [17]