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Great Decades at the Movies

This edition of Beaches|life will be featuring some of the most critically acclaimed films of the 1980s. 

  • Terry Fox began his Marathon of Hope in St. John’s, NL (April 12, 1980)
  • the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms came into effect (April 17, 1982)
  • wheelchair athlete Rick Hansen left Vancouver on his around the world Man in Motion tour to raise money for spinal cord research (March 20, 1985)
  • Expo ’86 opened in Vancouver (May 2, 1986)
  • the XV Olympics Winter Games opened Calgary (February 13, 1988)
  • 14 women were killed at Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique by anti-feminist Marc Lepine – the anniversary has been designated the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women (December 6, 1989)

Ordinary People (1980) Dir. Robert Redford; Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch

Chariots of Fire (1981) Dir. Hugh Hudson; Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Nicholas Farrell

Gandhi (1982) Dir. Richard Attenborough; Ben Kingsley, John Gielgud, Rohini Hattangadi

Terms of Endearment (1983) Dir. James L. Brooks; Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson


Amadeus (1984) Dir. Milos Forman; F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge

Out of Africa (1985) Dir. Sydney Pollack; Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Klaus Maria Brandauer

Platoon (1986) Dir. Oliver Stone; Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe

The Last Emperor (1987) Dir. Bernardo Bertolucci; John Lone, Joan Chen, Peter O’Toole

Rain Man (1988) Dir. Barry Levinson; Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, Valeria Golino

Driving Miss Daisy (1989) Dir. Bruce Beresford; Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy, Dan Aykroyd