Worst of 1980

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gradepoint (2 years ago)
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I see that video cuts a little short during credits. Apologies for this.
SoupyTwist (2 years ago)
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I guess Ffolkes was so bad Gene thought it took place during World War II.
jztzt (2 years ago)
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Thanks for posting! Gene wrote in his newspaper that 1980 was the worst year for reviewing movies ever since he started in 1969. Before that, He said something similar for 1976.
Dan (2 years ago)
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Thanks for posting this Gradepoint.

Wonder what the other episode of Sneak previews is?

Hopefully a then new-release show.
firstmagnitude (2 years ago)
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Great one gradepoint! My guilty pleasure on this list is The Final Countdown... great scenes of the carrier and jets!
ebertfan0788 (2 years ago)
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Cool, the Worst of 1980 show! So many big stars of the day in big bombs.

Love the Major Garbage Movie MGM logo with Spot the Wonder Dog!

Surprised about no mention of Friday the 13th. Guess they just decided to go with I Spit on Your Grave instead.

Never saw When Time Ran Out. Probably a good thing I didn’t. I know Paul Newman really hated the film and pretty much disowned it.

The Blue Lagoon always looked hilariously awful to me so I never bothered to watch it. FFolkes and Can’t Stop the Music look pretty lame and stupid too.

I think the whole point of Caligula is to see how long you can last before you’re completely grossed out with the hardcore s*x.
Zeltaebar (2 years ago)
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I’ve seen The Blue Lagoon and The Final Countdown. Both were certainly bad, but not terrible. I think box office hits such as Stir Crazy and Private Benjamin are worse...
nikosvault (2 years ago)
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Best of 1981/Raiders of the Lost Ark would still be the holy grail (pardon the pun) for me.
TheRedBaron1985 (2 years ago)
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If you think "Can’t Stop The Music" was bad, there was another musical called "The Apple", which came out the same year. Both of which were turkeys.

I’m kinda surprised "Maniac" was not mentioned either, since Gene admittedly walked out of this film.

But, "I Spit On Your Grave" is definitely the worst film of 1980! I can’t believe they actually green lit that crappy movie and worse, they did a remake of it in 2010! Roger Ebert hated both of them!
Tha Critic (2 years ago)
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The MGM pun at the beginning is hilarious. Makes you wonder if that studio still makes movies because there’s still a lot of cinematic trash out there.
Heath Mitchell (2 years ago)
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Gradepoint, I highly recomend these websites to you, and anyone else who loves movie reviews and wants to see more.
youtube.oom/whattheflickshow
ebertpresents.com
gradepoint (2 years ago)
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@ nikosvault. I’d agree. Also would love to see Star Wars and Empire review. Also, Close Encounters, Superman, Star Trek II, Apocalypse Now. Gotta keep searching. :)
dancegene1 (2 years ago)
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Gradepoint makes the grade!
lipranzer (2 years ago)
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Never saw The Apple, but 1980 was a year of awful musicals. In addition to the abomination of Can’t Stop the Music - my least favorite film of the year and the decade - there was also Xanadu and Popeye (I know both movies have defenders, but I am not one of them).
Dan (2 years ago)
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@ Gradepoint - I don’t think they reviewed Star Wars or Empire on the show, but I’m 100% positive about that.
Dan (2 years ago)
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I meant not. I’m not 100% positive about that.
gradepoint (2 years ago)
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Dan, you may be right, but I find it a little hard to believe. When the show was Opening Soon, it was on once a month. With Star Wars being the blockbuster that it was, it’s difficult to think they would have not reviewed it, even though they probably didn’t necessarily need to since everyone knew about Star Wars. Of course they no doubt already had their newspaper reviews of the movie already published. I need to see TV scheduling in the Chicago area at the time to see if it listed.
gradepoint (2 years ago)
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And as for Empire, I have gone through all the TV Guides from 1978-1982 and compiled a Sneak Previews episode guide as best I could. Each week there was a partial description of the movies they reviewed. And, for some reason, over the summer there would be no description. It would simply say, "Sneak Previews," and nothing else (at least for the TV Guides I looked at). I never saw an entry for Empire, or Raiders for that matter, but I got to think they reviewed them on the show. I was about 11 years old when Empire came out, and I watched Sneak Previews at the time, but I just can’t personally remember whether they reviewed it or not.
58panorama (2 years ago)
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Would you believe that one these "Major Garbage Movies" in this episode received an Oscar nomination?
Yes, it’s true! "When Time Ran Out" receieved a nod for(get ready for this!) "Best Costume Design". Nearly two months after this episode aired, Gene & Roger did an episode on the Oscar nominations for 1980. In that episode, Gene referred to that Oscar nod as "the year’s worst nomination".
58panorama (2 years ago)
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Actually, one other "Major Garbage" film received an Oscar nomination: "The Blue Lagoon" for "best Cinematography". Arguably, that is more deserved than the one for "When Time Ran Out".
JET (2 years ago)
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Agree with almost all of their choices, but i really thought The Final Countdown shouldnt have been on the the worst list. It was a fair movie with a great premise that never was fully executed.
Dan (2 years ago)
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@ Gradepoint

They reviewed Raiders. I created an episode guide Sneak previews taking information from old newspaper found on google news archives.

Apparently they reviewed the same episode as Clash of the Titans and History of the World.
dan (2 years ago)
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Also another thing about Sneak Previews, was that when Empire was released they were doing the show biweekly, and apparently during the summer of 1980 they didn’t review any of the movies released during that particular summer for some reason (although there might be episodes that just aren’t found in the newspapers).
Dan (1 year ago)
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Ironically I think it’s kind of funny, this is the worst films of 1980 episode, yet so many of these “legendary bad movies” are well remembered (over 1000 votes on IMDB, about 50 amazon customer reviews, etc.).

The only one that seems to have disappeared with time is Windows.

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The dogs of the year for 1980.

There’s some legendary actors heading up this list. Kirk Douglas, William Holden, Peter O’Toole, John Gielgud, Charlton Heston.
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