Opinion Battles Round 6
Favourite Film From 1987
To celebrate my 30th birthday I have decided to challenge everyone to pick their favourite film from the year of my birth so 1987 will be the selection of films we will be looking at.
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Darren – Movie Reviews 101
Predator was one of the very first adult action movies I ever saw and while it definitely isn’t the best movie from 1987 it is easily one of the most fun movies from the year. We get Arnold Schwarzenegger facing off against an alien creature with better weapons then him in the middle of the jungle. A role Arnie was born to play, and battle we could have watched for days and you add in all the one liners we have a perfect popcorn flick that can be enjoyed by all.
Kim – Tranquil Dreams
Patrick Swayze; Jennifer Grey; Lots of dancing; a great soundtrack. Dirty Dancing is one of my feel good movies. I love its iconic line and the chemistry that Johnny and Baby have. The training for the dance is awesome and between the romantic tension and drama, there’s still a lot of great moments. While its a great love story, there’s so much about friends and family and expectations, seeing more in someone than they see of themselves.
Wow! What a great year! I didn’t know it would be so hard to pick a favorite movie from 1987. Let’s see… Adventures in Babysitting! Can’t Buy Me Love! Fatal Attraction! The Lost Boys! A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors! Predator! Those are all favorites of mine. But there’s still one that beats them all. There’s one that truly stands the test of time & has built up an immunity to 1987, one that is seeking revenge & demanding that you prepare to die, one that begs the question “Anybody want a peanut?”. As you wish, my answer for best 1987 movie is The Princess Bride. Is there a better film from that year?? Inconceivable!
Rob – Movie Rob
This is a movie that truly has something for everyone.
It’s a love story based in a magical far away land that has swordfights, giants, deadly creatures, assassination plots, wizards, kidnappings, revenge, miracles, lots of humorous characters, lies, deceit, true love and of course, a bit of kissing.
I recall seeing this in the theater and being drawn in by the majesty and simpleness of the story, while still being so entertaining
It’s a great fantasy based story that has so many themes in it, it truly can be enjoyed by anyone. Excellent characters and dialogue that are so memorable and quotable. Great musical score with an amazing title song.
Damien Riley – Riley Film Reviews
This is an absolutely incredible performance. It’s the antithesis of shyness! It represents the year 1987 so well. I myself was 17 watching this in a theater with a couple of my gangly friends. We knew Mork and Mindy on tv but this was a wholly different film with someone we knew we didn’t recognize. We loved him. He added so much to all of our lives. This film was only the beginning of an education from Williams.
Tom – Plain Simple Tom Reviews
Full Metal Jacket
A killer soundtrack, a disturbing performance from Vincent D’Onofrio, an unbelievable, iconic performance from R. Lee Ermey as the drill sergeant, great battle scenes.
An all round awesomely enjoyable film.
Rachel – 54 Disney Reviews
The Princess Bride
My favorite movie from 1987 by far is The Princess Bride. It’s got everything you could want in a movie and it is family friendly to boot. It’s got great sword fighting, storming the castle, fighting giants and strange creatures, true love, villains and humor. The casting on all the roles is spot on and it’s a film that I think actually improves upon the book by having a more focused narrative. I love Wesley, Buttercup and Inigo Montoya. Even Peter Faulk is the quintessential grandpa. Billy Crystal is hilarious as the medicine man. I just love it!
Kira – Film and Tv 101
Good Morning Vietnam
1987 was a good year for film, so it was tough to pick a favourite from that year. I finally settled on
Good Morning Vietnam, just like I’d imagine many other people would do. This is without a doubt
Robin Williams’ film, evident in the fact that he also stars alongside someone of Forest Whitaker’s
calibrate and just absolutely dominates the film. Williams’ fast-paced, witty dialogue is what makes
this film so great, and I for one found myself in an even grander state of awe when I discovered
that the majority of the dialogue was improvised. It is a magnificent film, and in my eyes, the best of
Carl Wonders – Listening to Film
The Princess Bride
The year 1987 was unquestionably a great one for movies, but one film from that year stands out as one of the seminal films of my childhood. It’s a movie that I cannot imagine a time when it didn’t exist, even though I was already 8 when it came out, so it would be impossible…no…INCONCEIVABLE to not choose The Princess Bride as my favorite movie of that 1987. Granted, it’s impossible for me to be objective here, but there simply isn’t a wrong step made in this film, which deftly balances comedy and action throughout and has inspired countless memes and opportunities to quote famous moments at any opportune time (seriously, who HASN’T said the Inigo Montoya monologue at some point?). It’s one of those movies where you cannot imagine anyone else playing any of the roles, from Cary Elwes as Wesley and Robin Wright as Buttercup, to minor parts like Billy Crystal’s cameo as Miracle Max and Peter Cook’s The Impressive Clergyman. And because it’s directed by Rob Reiner, there is a part for Christopher Guest, who is superb as the infamous Six-fingered Man. Even the film’s wrapper, which involves a grandfather reading the story to his sick grandson, could have come off as cheesy or unnecessary. But with Reiner’s hand and a large assist from Peter Falk (seriously, who wouldn’t want Peter Falk as their grandfather?) and a very young Fred Savage, it works perfectly. There are very few movies that I am always in the mood to watch, but The Princess Bride is near or at the top of that list, and if a child of mine or anyone else really suggests we put it some evening, my response would, of course, be “as you wish…”
S.G. Liput – Rhyme and Reason
I thought at first that I’d be torn on what 1987 film to pick, but when I realized The Princess Bride was released that year, my favorite suddenly seemed obvious. The Princess Bride is an instant classic, as timelessly charming and funny today as it was back then. The “inconceivable” number of quotable lines, the romantic destiny of true love, the hilarious antics of memorable side characters, the thrilling sword fights and fantasy trappings, and the endearing framing device of a grandfather reading a storybook to his grandson have never gotten old and never will. May it never be remade!
Emma – Emma Explains It All
Planes, Trains and Automobiles
What a great film! One of my all time favourite comedy movies and an irresistible mix of good writing, great acting and the old John Hughes sentimentality. Ahhhh!
There’s a few films I enjoy from 1987 and I’ll be interested to see what other people come up with, but I absolutely had to go with this cracker. I don’t think I actually know anyone who dislikes it?
J – Film & Nuance
The Last Emperor
The Last Emperor is my favourite film of 1987 because well, frankly I haven’t seen many of the 1987 films. Having said that,it is one of the better films of the year and it won best picture if I remember correctly. It’s a complex look into the aristocracy of ancient China and its place in an ever shifting world around this archaic empire. It captures the mythos of royalty and the tragedy of a king who faces an adversary that knows no mercy: The modern world. It is a fascinating film filled with the gaudy and ostentatious colours of the throne’s past and the sweeping harshness of the real world.