Love unlimited in Valparaiso:
Love unlimited in Valparaiso:
The end of the 1970s was the debut of a band that would create a lasting rock classic: Brass in Pocket by The Pretenders.
Written by Chrissie Hynde and James Honeyman-Scott, two of the four members of The Pretenders and was a song from a young woman’s point of view on having her first sexual encounter and being in control of the situation.
The song was the third single released from the band’s self-titled debut album on Sire/Warner Bros in November 1979. Initially Hynde didn’t want the song released as a single, but relented after the label decided it would make a strong release.
Previous singles Stop Your Sobbing (written by The Kinks Ray Davies) and Kid had made the top 40, but it was Brass in Pocket that nabbed the band its first number one single and the first number one song of 1980 on the UK Singles charts.
The song did well in Canada, Europe and Australia but didn’t hit number on the US Billboard charts. The album debuted at number one in the UK and stayed there for four weeks as well as was eventually certified platinum.
The popular song was ranked as 89 on the VH1 100 Greatest songs of the 1980s.
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The ladies, milkmaids?
The beginning of the 1980s brought a memorable sports comedy to the big screen that showcased comedic talents of new and established stars in Caddyshack.
Directed by Harold Ramis, and written by Bryan Doyle Murray, Douglas Kenney and Ramis, the film was the first film directed by Ramis, who had established himself as a writer/actor with Second City, National Lampoon, Playboy and SCTV.
Michael O’Keefe stars as Danny, a young caddy who often works for Ty Webb (Chevy Chase) who is the son of the founder of the Bushwood Country Club.
Wanting a scholarship for college, Danny starts to caddy for one of the senior golf club members Judge Smails (Ted Knight) while trying to avoid the loud and annoying Al Czervik (Rodney Dangerfield), who is trying to become a member.
As Danny tries to suck up to the Judge, he’s also falling for the judge’s niece Lacey (Cindy Morgan) while also trying to keep his girlfriend Maggie (Sarah Holcomb) from finding out.
Winning the scholarship, getting it on with Lacey and earning a lot as a caddy, Danny thinks he has it all, but his guilt over the machinations of Smails gets to him as well as the way he consider everyone beneath him.
While Smails and Czervik battle about membership, the two men decide to settle it on the golf course with a massive wager, creating a spectacle for the members. But Czervik fakes an injury and gets Danny to agree to compete against Smails in the golf challenge; but will Danny lose his scholarship and all the advantages?
This farcical comedy focuses on the typical little guy vs big guy, with a heavy dose of comedy from a side story of Carl the groundskeeper (played by Bill Murray) who keeps trying to battle the gophers found everywhere on the golf course. This film is the only time Murray and Chase appear on the big screen together.
Released in July 1980 by Orion Pictures/Warner Bros, the film was dubbed crude, lewd and bawdy, yet became a fave with audiences for its oddities, crazy characters inspired by the writers experiences working on a golf course when they were younger and the endless funny on-screen scenes by Chase, Murray and especially Dangerfield.
Earning almost US$40 million at the box office in 1980, the film became a cult classic comedy despite its negative reviews by critics.
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The late 1970s bought a comedic small screen tv star to the big screen with the comedy/mystery film Foul Play.
Written and directed by Colin Higgins, the film was the movie debut for actor Chevy Chase, who had made his name on television with a starring role on Saturday Night Live.
Paired with comedic actress Goldie Hawn, Chase was cast at Lt. Tony Carlson, a San Francisco police detective.
Hawn plays librarian Gloria Mundy, who takes a chance and goes out with a guy meets on the side of a road named Scotty (played by Bruce Solomon). He secretly passes information to Gloria, but she isn’t aware.
But Scotty isn’t all he seems – and when he meets her at the movie theatre for a date, he tells her not to trust a dwarf and then dies from wounds. And Gloria tries to alert the movie theatre manager of his death, but his body disappears.
Gloria keeps encountering people trying to kill her, obtain the secret inf oand tries to convince Tony, who soon realizes she isn’t making up far-fetched tales of dwarfs, albinos, avoiding a ladies man (the American debut of Dudley Moore) and being kidnapped.
But who is Scotty and what does Gloria have that everyone wants?
Written as an homage to Alfred Hithcock, Collins wrote the film for Hawn, but the studio wasn’t interested. He rewrote the script and Paramount Pictures wanted Farrah Fawcett, but she was unable to do it because of her contract issues with the TV series Charlie’s Angels.
Higgins offered the male lead to Harrison Ford and Steve Martin before casting Chase, and in early 1978 was filmed in San Francisco. Released in July 1978 by Paramount Pictures, the reviews were positive and the Chase’s big screen debut did well at the box office, with sales of over US$44 million.
The film’s theme song Ready to Take a Chance Again, performed by Barry Manilow and written by Charles Fox and Norman Gimbel was nominated for best song at the 1979 Academy Awards.
The film was also nominated for six Golden Globe Awards, include best picture – musical or comedy, best actor, best actress and best supporting actor for Moore, who went on the next year to make Blake Edwards film 10.