Dennis William Quaid (born April 9, 1954) is an American actor.
Quaid was born in Houston, Texas to Juanita Bonniedale "Nita" (Jordan), a real estate agent, and William Rudy Quaid, an electrician. He studied drama at Bellaire High School in Bellaire, Texas and later in college.
After his brother, actor Randy Quaid, was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in The Last Detail, he dropped out of the University of Houston before graduating and moved to Los Angeles, California, to pursue an acting career of his own. He initially had trouble finding work but began to gain notice when he appeared in Breaking Away (1979) and earned good reviews for his role in The Right Stuff (1983). Known for his famous grin, Quaid is a versatile actor, performing in both comedic and dramatic roles. Quaid's acting career seemed to reach its peak in the mid-to-late 1980s, with starring roles in such films as Enemy Mine and Innerspace. He also achieved acclaim for his portrayal of Jerry Lee Lewis in ...
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Vantage Point is a 2008 thriller film. It is directed by Pete Travis and stars Dennis Quaid, Forest Whitaker, Matthew Fox, William Hurt and Sigourney Weaver.The release date is set at February 15, 2008.In Columbia Pictures' Vantage Point, Thomas Barnes (Dennis Quaid) and Kent Taylor (Matthew Fox) are two Secret Service agents assigned to protect President Ashton (William Hurt) at a landmark summit on the global war on terror. When President Ashton is shot moments after his arrival in Salamanca, Spain, chaos ensues and disparate lives collide. In the crowd is Howard Lewis (Forest Whitaker), an American tourist videotaping the historic event to show his kids when he returns home. Also there is Rex (Sigourney Weaver), an American TV news producer who is reporting on the conference. It's only as we follow each person's perspective of the same 15 minutes prior to and immediately after the shooting that the terrifying truth behind the assassination attempt is revealed....,
American Dreamz is a 2006 comedy film that satirizes both American politics and popular entertainment.
Director Paul Weitz has stated that the movie is meant to satirize both the TV show American Idol and the George W. Bush administration. Reviews were lukewarm and business was disappointing.On the morning of his re-election, US President Joseph Staton (Dennis Quaid) decides to read the newspaper for the first time in four years. This starts him down a slippery slope. He begins reading obsessively, reexamining his black and white view of the world, holing up in his bedroom in his pajamas. Frightened by the President's apparent nervous breakdown, his Chief of Staff (Willem Dafoe) pushes him back into the spotlight, booking him as a guest judge on the television ratings juggernaut (and the President's personal favorite), the weekly talent show American Dreamz, a show similar in format to the modern-day American Idol.
America cannot seem to get enough of American Dreamz, hosted by self...
Yours, Mine & Ours is a 2005 film starring Dennis Quaid and Rene Russo.
It was directed by Raja Gosnell and was released on November 23 2005. It is a remake of the 1968 film of the same name, starring Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda.
Unusually, three major studios were involved in the film's production: The film is a Paramount Pictures release of a Paramount, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Nickelodeon Movies, and Columbia Pictures presentation of a Robert Simonds production.
Taglines:Frank Beardsley is a widower US Coast Guard Rear Admiral and superintendent of the United States Coast Guard Academy raising 8 kids. Helen North is a widowed fashion designer raising 10 kids. When the two, who were high school sweethearts, meet up again at their school's thirty-year reunion, they fall in love and promptly marry, causing much displeasure within their suddenly-mixed family of 18 children. The children team up to separate their parents in a variety of inventive ways.
When faced off on Thanksgiving...
In Good Company is a 2004 film written and directed by Paul Weitz, the co-director of About a Boy.
Dan Foreman (played by Dennis Quaid) is a seasoned advertisement sales executive at a high-ranking publication when a corporate takeover results in him being placed under naive supervisor Carter Duryea (Topher Grace), who is half his age. Matters are made worse when Dan's new supervisor becomes romantically involved with his daughter, the beautiful 18 year-old college student Alex (Scarlett Johansson) and Dan's wife (Marg Helgenberger) is pregnant with their third child.
Rather than a romantic comedy with the plot focusing on the relationship between Carter and Alex, the movie is better described as a drama—in fact, Alex and Carter are only romantically involved for about half of the film, getting together well into the film begins and separating before the film's ending. Central to the story is instead the effects that the corporate takeover has on the lives of Dan Foreman and...,
Flight of the Phoenix is a 2004 remake of the 1965 film The Flight of the Phoenix, based on the book of the same name. Survivors of a plane crash in the Gobi Desert work together to build a new plane.
The film opened in the US on December 17th with the tagline, "The only way out, is up."
When an Amacor oil rig in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia proves unproductive, Captain Frank Towns (Quaid) and copilot A.J (Gibson) are sent to shut the operation down. However, on their way to Beijing, a major dust storm forces them to ditch their C-119 Flying Boxcar in an uncharted area of the desert. Their cargo consists of used parts and tools from the rig, the rig's crew, and one lone drifter. On the way down, the plane is damaged beyond repair, one crewmember, Kyle, falls to his death out the plane's damaged cargo hatch, and two others, Dr. Gerber (Ditchfield) and Newman, die from trauma inflicted by turbulence and impact.
When the storm ends and the dust settles, it becomes apparent that they are...
The Day After Tomorrow is a 2004 apocalyptic science-fiction film that depicts catastrophic effects of global warming and boasts high-end special effects, bending the lines between science, reality, and science fiction. Worldwide, it is the 47th top grossing film of all time, with total revenue of US $542,771,772. It is the second highest grossing movie not to be #1 in the US box office (behind My Big Fat Greek Wedding). It currently holds the record for biggest opening weekend gross for any movie not opening at #1 with $68.7 million. The movie was filmed mostly in Montreal, and, as of 2007, is the highest grossing Hollywood film in history to be filmed in Canada.The Day After Tomorrow premiered in Mexico City on May 17 2004 and was released worldwide from May 26 to May 28 except in South Korea and Japan where it was released June 4 and June 5, respectively. The film was originally planned for release in summer 2003.Taglines:The movie was inspired by The Coming Global Superstorm, a...,
Cold Creek Manor is a 2003 film directed by Mike Figgis.Wanting to escape the city life for the countryside, New Yorkers Cooper Tilson(Dennis Quaid), his wife Leah(Sharon Stone)and their two children move into a dilapidated old mansion still filled with the possessions of the previous family. Turning it into their dream house soon becomes a living nightmare when the previous owner Dale shows up, and a series of terrifying incidents lead them on a search for clues to the estate's dark and lurid past. They find out Dale killed his family and threw their bodies to rot in the Devil's Throat, an old well near the property in the woods. He tries to kill them, but fails and dies. Cooper, Leah and their two kids continue to live there and move on with their lives....,
The Rookie is a 2002 drama, directed by John Lee Hancock. It is based on the true story of Jim Morris, who had a brief but famous Major League Baseball career.
Twelve years prior to the setting of the movie, Jimmy Morris (played by Dennis Quaid) injured his shoulder, putting an end to his Minor League Baseball career as a pitcher. After that, he became a chemistry teacher, head baseball coach, and assistant football coach at a Texas high school. In an attempt to motivate and encourage his currently struggling high school team, he makes a deal with his players: if the team reaches the district playoffs, he will attend a tryout camp for Major League Baseball.
The team performs well, makes it to the playoffs, forcing Jimmy to meet his end of the bargain. When he does, the professional scouts discover his ability to throw the ball at 98 miles per hour, a feat that less than ten professional baseball players at the time could accomplish. This ability gives him the opportunity to play...,
Far from Heaven is a 2002, Academy Award-nominated film written and directed by Todd Haynes and starring Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid, Ryan Ward, Dennis Haysbert, and Patricia Clarkson.
The film tells the story of Cathy Whitaker, a 1950s housewife, living in suburban Hartford as she sees her seemingly perfect life begin to fall apart. Although it is done in the style of a classic 1950s, Douglas Sirk film (especially All That Heaven Allows and Imitation of Life), it deals with complex contemporary issues such as race, sexuality, and class.
Set in suburban 1950s Connecticut, the film is about Cathy Whitaker (Julianne Moore), the perfect wife, mother, and homemaker. Cathy is married to Frank (Dennis Quaid), a successful executive at Magnatech. The film begins with Cathy preparing for her annual party with her best friend, Eleanor Fine (Patricia Clarkson). One day, Cathy spies an unknown man walking through her garden. He turns out to be Raymond Deagon (Dennis Haysbert), the son of Cathy...,
Dennis Quaid & Meg Ryan divorced
Traffic is an award-winning 2000 crime/drama film directed by Steven Soderbergh. It explores the intricacies of the illegal drug trade from a number of perspectives: a user, an enforcer, a politician and a trafficker, whose lives affect each other even though they do not meet. The film is an adaptation of the British Channel 4 television series Traffik. In 2004, USA Network ran a miniseries — also called Traffic — based on the movie.
Film scholar Alissa Quart has described Traffic as the first in a category of films that she calls 'hyperlink movies', in which multiple stories take place, each affecting the other in ways that characters are unaware of, all the while using radically different aesthetic and cinematics techniques to define the mise en scène of each storyline.
The film begins in Mexico, where police officer Javier Rodriguez Rodriguez (Benicio Del Toro) and his partner, Manolo, stop a drug transport and arrest the couriers. Their arrest is interrupted by General Salazar, a...,
Frequency is a 2000 film, which contains elements of the time travel, thriller and alternate history film genres. It was directed by Gregory Hoblit and written by Toby Emmerich. The film stars Dennis Quaid and James Caviezel as father and son, Frank and John Sullivan respectively. It was filmed in Toronto and New York City. The film has similarities to the 1985 time travel film, Back to the Future, which shares several plot devices with Frequency. The film gained average reviews following its release and was released in DVD format on March 1, 2001.The film was greenlit for production on January 21, 1999, although the script had been around much longer. Sylvester Stallone was rumoured to be taking the role of Frank Sullivan in 1997, but fell out of the deal after a dispute over his wage. His Cliffhanger director, Renny Harlin, was also rumoured to be director on the film.Gregory Hoblit first read the script in November 1997, a year and six months after his own father's death. In a 2000...,
Any Given Sunday is a 1999 film directed by Oliver Stone starring Al Pacino, Cameron Diaz, Dennis Quaid, Jamie Foxx, James Woods, LL Cool J, Matthew Modine, John C. McGinley, Charlton Heston, Ann-Margret, Lauren Holly, Bill Bellamy, Lela Rochon, Aaron Eckhart, Elizabeth Berkley and Marty Wright. The film also featured many football players including Jim Brown, Lawrence Taylor, Dick Butkus, Y.A. Tittle, Pat Toomay, Warren Moon, Johnny Unitas, Ricky Watters, Barry Switzer, Emmitt Smith and Terrell Owens.
It was filmed in Miami, Florida and Dallas, Texas. The film disguises the Orange Bowl stadium as the home of a fictitious American football team, the Miami Sharks, and disguises the Texas Stadium as the home of another fictitious team, the Dallas Knights. Both teams, along with many others created just for the film, belong to the fictitious sports league the Associated Football Franchises of America or AFFA (loosely based on the real-life USFL and the WFL). Al Pacino plays the coach of...,
The Parent Trap is a (1998) family film remake of 1961's The Parent Trap. This remake is directed by Nancy Meyers and stars Dennis Quaid and Natasha Richardson, and features Lindsay Lohan in her feature film debut. The story is based on Erich Kästner's novel Lottie and Lisa (Das Doppelte Lottchen). The plot involves a pair of twins who have been separated at birth and, upon meeting by chance, decide to work together to reunite their divorced parents.Hallie Parker (Lohan) is an 11-year-old girl growing up in the Napa Valley with her father, Nicholas "Nick" Parker (Quaid), a successful vineyard owner and a viticulturist. Annie James (also played by Lohan) is a Londoner living with her wedding-gown-designer mother, Elizabeth "Lizzie" James (Natasha Richardson). When the film begins, neither twin knows the other exists, as they were separated as babies when the parents were divorced and each took one child.By coincidence, Hallie and Annie are both are sent to Camp Walden in Maine for the...,
Savior is a 1998 film starring Dennis Quaid, Stellan Skarsgård, Nastassja Kinski, and Natasa Ninkovic. It is about an American mercenary escorting a Serbian woman and her newborn child to a United Nations safe zone during the Bosnian War.Dennis Quaid is Guy, a former French Foreign Legionnaire who has become a volunteer for a Bosnian Serb Army. Before joining the French Foreign Legion, he was Joshua Rose, a U.S. Army officer on embassy duty in Paris. His wife (Nastassja Kinski) and son are killed in a bombing by an Islamic terrorist. In a fit of revenge he storms into a mosque and shoots some of the worshippers. In order to avoid arrest, he and his friend Peter (Stellan Skarsgård) join the Foreign Legion. They soon tire of the boredom of peacekeeping and leave the Legion to become mercenaries.The film moves forward to 1993 Bosnia. Guy has become a drug-addled and cold-blooded sniper for the Serbian VRS, overlooking a bridge separating the Bosnian Serbs and the Bosnian Muslims in a...,
Gang Related (1997) is a film written and directed by Jim Kouf which stars Tupac Shakur and James Belushi. The film revolves around two detectives who attempt to frame a homeless man for the murder of undercover DEA agent they themselves had killed. The film is also famous for being Tupac Shakur's last movie performance. A DVD version of the film was released on November 20, 2001.
Police detectives Frank Divinci (James Belushi) and Jake Rodriguez (Tupac Shakur) gun down narcotics dealer Lionel Hudd (Kool Moe Dee), after the three engage illegally in drug trafficing; this is in order to recover the cocaine Hudd purchased from them. When Divinci and Rodriguez find out Hudd was actually a "deep cover" DEA agent--because Hudd's partner (Gary Cole) drops by their precinct for help sniffing out the killers--they try to frame anyone else with the murder. It doesn't help that Rodriguez has outstanding gambling debts, and that a huge man known only as "Mr. Cutlass Supreme" (Tiny Lister) is on...,
Switchback is a 1997 thriller starring Dennis Quaid, Danny Glover, Jared Leto, and R. Lee Ermey, set in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado, USA.
Dragonheart is a 1996 fantasy/adventure film directed by Rob Cohen, and starring Dennis Quaid, David Thewlis, Pete Postlethwaite, Dina Meyer, and the voice of Sean Connery.The music for the film was composed by Randy Edelman, and the main theme song, "To The Stars," was used in the film Two Brothers as well as many other movie trailers, such as Mulan and Seven Years in Tibet, making it a very common film score.Dragonheart inspired a direct-to-video sequel, Dragonheart II: A New Beginning.England, A.D. 932: The cruel and tyrannical Saxon King Freyne summons his young son Einon (Lee Oakes) and Einon’s mentor Bowen (Quaid) to witness the suppression of a peasant rebellion. Though the king’s troops are ultimately victorious, Freyne is killed when the rebels stage an ambush. Einon rushes into the fray to claim his crown and is stabbed through the heart before Bowen can reach him.Though the wound should have been fatal, the young king’s mother hopes for a miracle. Queen Aislinn (Christie)...,
Wyatt Earp is a 1994 Western film, written by Dan Gordon and Lawrence Kasdan and directed by Kasdan. The semi-biographical film starred Kevin Costner as lawman Wyatt Earp. Other members of the all-star cast included Dennis Quaid, Gene Hackman, Mark Harmon, Michael Madsen, Joanna Going, Tom Sizemore, Bill Pullman, JoBeth Williams, and Mare Winningham. Unlike most films depicting lawman Wyatt Earp, this one gave the back history of his life, starting in his teenage years and taking the viewer on into his late years. Despite being more historically accurate than the earlier film, Tombstone starring Kurt Russell, Wyatt Earp was considered too long, slower paced and lacked the action, therefore receiving little attention. Dennis Quaid did receive some praise for having portrayed Doc Holliday very accurately. Although the movie received some critical acclaim, it was also nominated for a Razzie Award for Worst Picture, despite its having an excellent cast of actors and actresses. Costner's...,
Flesh and Bone is a 1993 movie starring Meg Ryan, Dennis Quaid and James Caan. Gwyneth Paltrow also features in an early role.It was filmed in Lockhart, Texas.A young man witnesses his father brutally murder a family. Thirty years later he meets and falls in love with the baby that was spared....
Wilder Napalm is a 1993 romantic comedy film about a pair of pyrokinetic brothers and their rivalry for the same woman. The film was directed by Glenn Gordon Caron, and stars Dennis Quaid, Arliss Howard, and Debra Winger.Wallace (Dennis Quaid) and Wilder Foudroyant (Arliss Howard) are brothers and pyrokinetics. Ever since a childhood tragedy where they accidentally killed a bum sleeping in a friend's "secret clubhouse," they've kept their firestarting abilities a secret. Now that they're grown up and estranged, Wallace (performing as Biff the Clown in a traveling carnival) wants to debut his talents on The David Letterman Show. Wilder has a dull job in a minuscule Kwik Foto booth at a dying mall and is a volunteer fireman.When Wallace brings the carnival to Wilder's Florida hometown, the tension between the brothers over Wilder's oversexed wife, Vida (Debra Winger), explodes. Unable to convince Wilder to forego his Bingo-calling on her first day of freedom after a year of house arrest...,
Undercover Blues is a 1993 movie about a family of secret agents, starring Kathleen Turner and Dennis Quaid. The film was directed by Herbert Ross.
We start at a lively and festive party in New Orleans, where we meet Jane and Jeff Blue (Kathleen Turner and Dennis Quaid) with their baby daughter, whose name the parents still can't agree on. There they meet another couple, the Newmans (Park Overall and Tom Arnold) and get acquainted. Jeff first tells them he is a neurosurgeon but then Jane truthfully tells the Newmans Jane and Jeff are spies. Of course, the Newmans believe they are joking.
On the way back to the hotel from the party, Jane asks Jeff to get the baby some formula. Jeff agrees, taking baby Jane Louise... or Louise Jane... with him in a stroller. He deliberately takes a turn onto a seedy alleyway, where he is confronted by Muerte (for Death, Stanley Tucci) and Ozzie (Dave Chappelle), who attempt to mug him. After giving him his wallet and Swatch, he promptly makes mincemeat...,
Dennis Quaid & Meg Ryan married
Postcards from the Edge is a semi-autobiographical novel written by Carrie Fisher, first published in 1987. It was later adapted, by Fisher herself, into a motion picture directed by Mike Nichols which was released by Columbia Pictures in 1990.
The film starred Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine, with Dennis Quaid, Gene Hackman, Richard Dreyfuss, Rob Reiner, Mary Wickes, Conrad Bain, Annette Bening, Simon Callow, Gary Morton, and CCH Pounder.
Postcards from the Edge received Academy Award nominations for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Meryl Streep) and Best Music, Original Song (Shel Silverstein for "I'm Checkin' Out").
On transforming the book into a movie script, director Mike Nichols explained, "For quite a long time we pushed pieces around, but then we went with the central story of a mother passing the baton to her daughter."The novel revolves around movie actress Suzanne Vale as she tries to put her life together after a drug overdose. The book is divided into five main...,
Come See the Paradise is a 1990 movie directed by Alan Parker and starring Dennis Quaid and Tamlyn Tomita.In Los Angeles in 1936, Jack McGurn (Quaid) falls in love with his Japanese boss’s daughter. Forbidden to see one another, the couple escape to Seattle. World War II breaks out, and Japanese immigrants must live in internment camps.Our Cissy (1974) •Footsteps (1974) •The Evacuees (1975) (TV) •Bugsy Malone (1976) •Midnight Express (1978) •Fame (1980) •Shoot the Moon (1982) •Pink Floyd The Wall (1982) •Birdy (1984) •Angel Heart (1987) •Mississippi Burning (1988) •Come See the Paradise (1990) •The Commitments (1991) •The Road to Wellville (1994) •Evita (1996) •Angela's Ashes (1999) •The Life of David Gale (2003) •The Ice At The Bottom Of The World (2007) (in production) •
Suspect is a 1987 crime thriller set in Washington D.C. starring Cher as Kathleen Riley, the Defense Attorney for deaf vagrant Carl Anderson, played by Liam Neeson, who is accused of murdering the secretary of a judge who has recently committed suicide. Dennis Quaid, as Eddie Sanger, is a juror on the case who starts to give tips to Riley on the case, challenging her assumption that Anderson is guilty. Sanger ultimately falls in love with Riley as they investigate the case further. It has been widely regarded as a low-key, though tense, stylish and successful thriller. The film has been credited for the high quality of acting despite the severe loopholes of the story. In particular, Cher, in the lead role, has received positive reviews.
The Big Easy is an American neo-noir film released in 1987, directed by Jim McBride and written by Daniel Petrie Jr. It was later a television series for two seasons on the USA Network (1996-1997).The picture was executive produced by Mort Engelberg and the cinematographer was Affonso Beato.The film stars Dennis Quaid, Ellen Barkin, John Goodman, and Ned Beatty. It tells the story of how New Orleans detective Remy McSwain (Quaid) and Louisiana district attorney Anne Osborne (Barkin) investigate mob violence, possible police corruption, and in the process learn to deal with their very different personalities.The action takes place in New Orleans, Louisiana and was shot on location.This is a serious film that combines elements of comedy, particularly in the wordplay between characters. The protagonist, Remy McSwain is a police detective with a Cajun-Irish family background who investigates the murder of a local mobster. His investigation makes him suspect that members of the New Orleans...,
Innerspace is an Academy Award-winning 1987 science fiction comedy film directed by Joe Dante and produced by Steven Spielberg. The film was based around a spoof of the 1966 sci-fi classic Fantastic Voyage. It stars Dennis Quaid, Meg Ryan, Martin Short, and Kevin McCarthy with music composed by Jerry Goldsmith.Jack Putter (Martin Short) is a hypochondriac who begins to hear voices in his head. He later discovers the reason: A top-secret miniaturization experiment has gone wrong. Hotshot pilot Lt. Tuck Pendleton (Dennis Quaid) has been placed into a submarine and miniaturized to microscopic size; he has been accidentally injected into Jack's "inner space."The movie has won praise for its impressive special effects because of improvements in effects technology, which were more sophisticated than those in Fantastic Voyage which the film spoofs.The main vessel used in the miniaturization experiment. Piloted by Tuck Pendelton. The pod has a number of features designed around the mission...,
Enemy Mine is a 1985 science fiction film based on the story of the same title by Barry B. Longyear. It was produced by Twentieth Century Fox, directed by Wolfgang Petersen, and starred Dennis Quaid and Louis Gossett, Jr.. The original music score is composed by Maurice Jarre. The film was marketed with the tagline Enemies because they were taught to be. Allies because they had to be. Brothers because they dared to be.It is the late 21st century. In the midst of an interstellar war between humans and Dracs (reptilian-like aliens), human pilot Willis E. Davidge (Quaid) and Drac pilot Jeriba "Jerry" Shigan (Gossett), engage in a spacecraft battle resulting in both crashlanding on Fyrine IV, an alien world with oxygen atmosphere, water, and dangerous but nutritious animal life.
After initial hostilities, the two eventually learn to cooperate in order to survive. They work together to build a shelter, a carapace house, against the near-constant bombardment by meteorites, and to satisfy...,
Dreamscape is a 1984 science fiction film directed by Joseph Ruben and written by David Loughery, with Chuck Russell and Ruben co-writing.
The premise of the film is a U.S. government-funded project to train psychics to enter other people's dreams. Initially a clinic to diagnose and treat sleep disorders, particularly in the form of nightmares, the project goes awry when the President of the United States is admitted as a patient, and sinister agents use the President's nightmares in an attempt to have him assassinated. The hero, Alex Gardner (Quaid), aided by Jane DeVries (Capshaw) uses his psychic gifts to save the day. The dream sequences include special effects, in particular a large snakeman and nuclear apocalyptic scenes. A subplot of the film follows the love interest between Gardner and DeVries.
The Right Stuff is a 1979 book by Tom Wolfe, and a 1983 film adapted from the book. They recount the story of the first seven astronauts selected for the NASA space program, based on interviews and research by Wolfe. The story contrasts the "Mercury Seven" and their families with Chuck Yeager, who was considered by many test pilots to be the best of them all, but who was never selected as an astronaut. The Mercury Seven were Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard, and Deke Slayton.
Author Wolfe wrote that the book was inspired by the desire to find out why the astronauts accepted the danger of space flight. He recounts the enormous risks that test pilots were already taking, and the mental and physical characteristics required for and reinforced by their jobs ("the right stuff"). Wolfe likens the astronauts to "single combat champions" from an earlier era who received the honor and adoration of their people before going forth to fight on...
Jaws 3-D (a.k.a. Jaws 3) is a 1983 horror–thriller film directed by Joe Alves. It is the second sequel to Steven Spielberg's 1975 Oscar winning classic Jaws.
As SeaWorld, a water park with underwater tunnels and lagoons, prepares to open, a great white shark infiltrates the barrier, attacking and killing water skiers and park employees. Once the baby shark is captured, it becomes apparent that a much larger shark is present (The Mother).
The film is notable for making use of 3-D film during the revived interest in the technology in the 1980s, amongst other horror films such as Friday the 13th Part 3 and Amityville 3-D. Cinema audiences could wear disposable cardboard polarized glasses to create the illusion that elements penetrate the screen. Several shots and sequences were designed to utilise the effect, such as the shark's destruction. Since the 3-D is ineffective in home viewing, the alternative title Jaws 3 is used for television broadcasts, VHS and DVD.The oldest son...,
The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia is a 1981 film, starring Kristy McNichol, Dennis Quaid, Mark Hamill, and Don Stroud, directed by Ronald F. Maxwell. It was very loosely inspired by the Vicki Lawrence song of the same name (it shares almost no plot elements with the original song). New lyrics related to the plot of the film were written for the film version.
The movie was filmed on location in Dade County, Georgia.
A young singer and his sister/manager travel to Nashville in search of stardom. As they journey from one grimy hotel to another, it becomes increasingly obvious that only one of them has what it takes to become a star.
Dennis Quaid plays Travis Child, a country singer who had one hit song and then faded from the scene. Kristy McNichol is his ambitious younger sister, Amanda Child, who is determined to get them to Nashville where Travis can once again become a star. Her plans are derailed by Travis's lack of ambition and easy distraction by women and booze.
All Night Long is a 1981 comedy movie starring Barbra Streisand and Gene Hackman, Diane Ladd, Dennis Quaid, Kevin Dobson, and William Daniels. Directed by Jean-Claude Tramont.
The story concerns a man (Hackman) nearing middle age who is "downsized" and reduced to working as the manager of an all-night pharmacy/convenience store, and the effects this has on his life with his wife (Ladd), adult son (Quaid), and a newfound relationship with his sister-in-law, a somewhat dizzy, hilariously untalented singer-songwriter (Streisand) married to a volatile firefighter (Dobson).
The film was originally a low-budget affair, starring Hackman and Lisa Eichhorn; however, Barbra Streisand's then-manager, Sue Mengers, who was friends with the film's director, suggested Barbra for the part instead of Eichhorn. Several biographies suggest that because of the film's subsequent failure at the box office, Streisand fired Mengers as her manager.
Streisand was nominated for a 1981 Golden Raspberry Award for...
Bill is a 1981 television biographical film starring Mickey Rooney and Dennis Quaid. A sequel titled Bill: On His Own was released in 1983. The film is based on the life of Bill Sackter.
Bill, a retarded man, ventures out into the world for the first time. Having spent most of his life in a dreary inner city institution, he is taken in by a kind family and learns what it means to love for the first time in his life.
Caveman is a 1981 slapstick comedy film financed by George Harrison, written and directed by Carl Gottlieb and starring Ringo Starr.
Atouk is a bullied and scrawny caveman living in "One Zillion BC". He lusts after the beautiful but shallow Lana, who is the mate of Tonda, their tribe's physically imposing leader. After being banished along with his friend Lar, Atouk falls in with a band of assorted misfits, among them the comely Tala and the elderly blind man Gog. The group has ongoing encounters with hungry dinosaurs, and rescues Lar from a "nearby ice age", where they encounter an abominable snowman. In the course of these adventures they discover drugs, fire, cooking, music, and learn how to walk fully upright. Atouk uses these advancements to lead an attack on Tonda, overthrowing him and becoming the tribe's new leader. He discards Lana and takes Tala as his mate, and they live happily ever after.
The movie was filmed in the Sierra De Organos near Sombrerete, Zacatecas, Mexico,...,
The Long Riders is a 1980 Western directed by Walter Hill. It was produced by James Keach, Stacy Keach and Tim Zinnemann and featured an original soundtrack by Ry Cooder. Cooder won the Best Music award in 1980 from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards for this soundtrack.The Long Riders depicts the lives of the James-Younger gang. While the film is (for the most part) historically accurate, it omits their early career as guerilla fighters against the Union Army during the latter stages of the American Civil War.The film shows, in graphic detail, the fateful shootout in Northfield, Minnesota in which several of the gang were killed trying to rob the bank.The Long Riders is a notable film in part due to Hill's decision to cast four sets of actor brothers as the real-life sets of brothers:It also features an uncredited appearance by Ever Carradine, daughter of Robert Carradine and niece to David and Keith Carradine....,
Breaking Away is a 1979 film which tells the story of four teenagers in Bloomington, Indiana who have graduated from high school and are not sure what they want to do with their lives, other than hang out and go swimming in an abandoned limestone quarry. It stars Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern (his first film role), Jackie Earle Haley, Barbara Barrie and Paul Dooley. The movie was written by Steve Tesich and directed by Peter Yates.
It won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, and was nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Barbara Barrie), Best Director, Best Music, Original Song Score and Its Adaptation or Best Adaptation Score and Best Picture.
The film is 8th on the List of America's 100 Most Inspiring Movies compiled by The American Film Institute in 2006.
In 1980, a television series version of Breaking Away was released. It starred Shaun Cassidy, Vincent Gardenia, Barbara Barrie, Jackie Earle Haley, Thom Bray, and Tom Wiggin, along with ...,
Dennis Quaid was born