PEGGY SUE GOT MARRIED
1986, Sony Repertory, 103 min, USA, Dir: Francis Ford Coppola

Kathleen Turner earned an Oscar nomination in the title role as a recently separated housewife who attends her high school reunion only to be transported a quarter-century back in time to her senior year. As she revisits the events that shaped the course of her life and considers changing them, Peggy Sue’s future husband (Nicolas Cage) tries to convince her of his love. This touching romantic comedy features a strong supporting cast including up-and-comers Jim Carrey, Joan Allen and Helen Hunt as well as veteran performers Maureen O'Sullivan and John Carradine.


HOWARD THE DUCK
1986, Universal, 110 min, USA, Dir: Willard Huyck

The titular sarcastic, cigar-chomping, 27-year-old hero of this ahead-of-its-time fan favorite hails from the planet Duckworld, from which he’s suddenly beamed away via an Earth-based scientific experiment gone awry. Landing in Cleveland, Howard must contend with this new and strange place, and, of course, prevent the very destruction of the universe by a villain who also gets accidentally beamed down to Earth. Visually inventive and engaging, HOWARD THE DUCK is an amazing oddity: a comic book film squarely aimed at adults with humor way above the heads of the young audience it drew.


KING KONG (1976)
1976, Paramount, 134 min, Dir: John Guillermin

Oil executive Charles Grodin and paleontologist Jeff Bridges set sail for a previously unexplored island, where they discover a gigantic ape; Jessica Lange (in her feature debut) is the beauty who charms the beast. Produced by Dino De Laurentiis, this hit remake takes a lighter tone than the original, and Rick Baker and Carlo Rambaldi’s work bringing Kong to life earned the film a visual effects Oscar. “The moviemaking team has come up with a pop classic that can stand in our affections right next to the original version.” - Pauline Kael, The New Yorker.


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