BY KENDALL ERICKSON
Year Released: 1982
How It Fared Back Then: This movie was considered to be one of the best films of 1982, and is still considered to be one of the greatest films of all time. It was a massive box office success, on its opening weekend and on its overall domestic gross. It was praised by film critics everywhere, and Roger Ebert said it was “a wonderful movie precisely because it’s so willing to deal with matters of the heart…it takes chances, takes the time to know and develop its characters, and by the time this movie’s wonderful last scene comes along, we know exactly what’s happening, and why, and it makes us very happy.” The film was nominated for six Academy Awards and won two, including a best actor in a supporting role for Louis Gossett Jr.
Why It’s Lasted: It’s a classic Richard Gere movie. And it’s a love story with real depth and one that doesn’t force itself down your throat.
Classic Moment: The final scene. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, watch it. Seriously. Here’s a hint…”Love lifts us up where we belong.” Seriously, there’s a reason it’s been parodied in literally hundreds of different TV shows and skits.
Does It Still Hold Up? I think so. While I think this movie is remembered as primarily a romance, it is so much more then that. It’s a story about a man who grew up under tough circumstances, and (pardon the cheesiness) but still overcame adversity against all odds. It’s a movie that takes you on a two-hour emotional rollercoaster but lets you get off feeling really good.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHL5ZN_Vn8w]