Summer of 1982: 10 Films We Wish Would Play On the Big Screen

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What were you watching 30 years ago? If you have no recollection what was showing on the silver screen that is just fine because the Alamo Drafthouse has done your research for you. For the entire summer, Alamo has been screening some of the best films from 1982. For those of us who remember the summer of 1982, sorry to remind you that you are old.

On Friday, June 8 the Alamo at West Oaks and Mason Park will honor the year with the celebrated aliens-are-good film, E.T. The "Summer of 1982" festival features 20 films in total ranging from "holy crap that's awesome" to "I've never heard of that movie in my life." For the most part, the line up of films is stellar, with a few choice children's picks such as The Dark Crystal, The Last Unicorn and The Secret of Nimh, all of which scared the crap out of me as a child.

Surprisingly enough, there were a lot of really good movies released in 1982. While Alamo's list is fairly comprehensive, we found a few that we wish they had included. Let us know which one's you would like to see.

10. 48 Hrs.


48 Hrs.

was released Eddie Murphy was just entering the funniest few years his career would ever see. Add Nick Nolte into the mix and you've got one of the best buddy cop/criminal movies of all time.

9. Tootsie

"Ron? I have a name. it's Dorothy. It's not Tootsie or Toots or Sweetie or Honey or Doll." Actually, you are a dude, and your name is Dustin Hoffman in a dress.

8. Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid


Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid

Steve Martin stars as a caricature of a stereotypical film noir detective. The parody was years ahead of its time and intercut scenes from original noir films such as

The Killers


The Big Sleep


The Postman Always Rings Twice

and other classics into the movie's plot. In addition to its star-studded archival footage, it is completely hilarious.

7. Plague Dogs

I will admit that this is a bit of a deep cut, but is holds its own amongst the excellent and upsetting films that were released in 1982 under the guise of being children's films. I had almost forgotten about this cartoon, which revolves around two dogs that escape from a lab and may potentially have the bubonic plague, until researching for this post. I would never show this film to my children, it might cause them to turn out really crazy. Thanks dad!

6. Blade Runner

Seriously? How are you not gonna' screen

Blade Runner


5. Ghandi



is too heavy for summer blockbuster-type fare. It did win the Academy Award in 1982 for best film, just sayin'.

4. Tex

Do you remember


? Do you remember thinking that Matt Dillon, as the rebellious, lonely, complicated orphan, was the hottest thing since Ricky Shroder?

3. Porky's

Let me preface this with the fact that I know that


is not a good movie. What would American cinema be had


not opened the door for all stereotypical sex-obsessed teen movies to come, however? Would we even know what

American Reunion

was? I shudder at the thought.

2. Annie

There are certain films from a person's childhood that stand out beyond others.


, for me, is one of those films. It was the only movie, aside from Biblical cartoons, that my grandparents would let us watch; I knew every dance move. I prayed every night that my parents would leave me at an orphanage and then Daddy Warbucks would come and adopt me. In retrospect, its influence over me may have been somewhat detrimental and based on unrealistic expectations of how my life might turn out.

1. The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

I am very surprised this film did not make the cut. This movie/musical is our turf and a favorite with the locals. As the story goes, local news personality Marvin Zindler, who reported for KTRK, was responsible for bringing down the "gentlemen's club" the Chicken Ranch in the early '70s. The story behind the Chicken Ranch, which was located in Fayette County just a hop, skip and jump from our Space City, is allegedly the basis for the plot of the film (first musical). Was its omission a slight to Houston or whorehouses?

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