1981 April Movies (By Date)

The Last Chase (1981)

The Last Chase

    • PG
    • 101 min
    • Action

    Twenty years after the American people have been told the oil has run out and disease has scared them into complacency, the United States has become a fascist state. One man, former race car driver Franklyn Hart, now a puppet spokesman for public transportation, rebuilds his race car and sets off to California from Boston where people have returned to living life like they were twenty years prior.

    Christiane F. - Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo (1981)

    Christiane F. - Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo

      • R
      • 138 min
      • Biography

      This movie portrays the drug scene in Berlin in the 70s, following tape recordings of Christiane F. 14 years old Christiane lives with her mother and little sister in a typical multi-storey apartment building in Berlin. She's fascinated by the 'Sound', a new disco with most modern equipment. Although she's legally too young, she asks a friend to take her. There she meets Detlef, who's in a clique where everybody's on drugs. Step by step she gets drawn deeper into the scene.

      Great White (1981)

      Great White

        • 88 min
        • Adventure

        An enormous and angry 35 foot Great White Shark takes revenge on humans when they build a beach just for swimmers by a coastal town. After several shark attacks, and the Mayor does nothing to stop it, James Franisscus and Vic Morrow sail in pursuit to stop it.

        Misterio en la isla de los monstruos (1981)

        Misterio en la isla de los monstruos

          • Unrated
          • 100 min
          • Adventure

          A young European boy living in San Francisco is reluctant to marry his long-term girlfriend because he wants to travel around the world first. His wealthy uncle agrees to send him on a global expedition aboard his ship, but en route the boy and his travelling companion are shipwrecked on a remote island, populated by countless prehistoric creatures as well as gold-hunting bandits. Written by Jonathon Dabell <[email protected]>

          This Is Elvis (1981)

          This Is Elvis

            • PG
            • 101 min
            • Biography

            Though several actors portray Elvis Presley at different stages of his life, this documentary is comprised mostly of actual performance footage and interviews with Elvis, his fans and those close to him. This biographical docu-drama features rare footage of Elvis and dramatically recreated scenes from Elvis' life.

            The Black Cat (1981)

            The Black Cat

              • R
              • 92 min
              • Horror

              Robert Miles is a psychic that can communicate with the dead. He also has the ability to control the mind of his cat (who incidentally is black). He uses the cat to take vengeance upon his enemies. A photographer who happen to be working for the local constables begins to notice cat scratches on some of the accident victims that are turning up. She pays a visit to Magee (kitty just happens to be present) and conveys her suspicions of the cat's involvement in some of the local deaths....

              Hot Bubblegum (1981)

              Hot Bubblegum

                • R
                • 90 min
                • Comedy

                Three high school seniors preparing for final exams in the early 1960s have the normal teenage concerns about girls, sex and relationships. They try to find out if going steady with one girlfriend is better or if changing girlfriends all the time makes for too many complications. By the end of summer, all things get better. Written by Anonymous

                Strawberry Shortcake in Big Apple City (1981)

                Strawberry Shortcake in Big Apple City

                  • Unrated
                  • 24 min
                  • Animation

                  Strawberry Shortcake in Big Apple City chronicles Strawberry Shortcake's trip to Big Apple City, so she can compete in a baking contest at "the little theater off Times Pear". Strawberry's journey, however, is in jeopardy due to the constant interference of the Peculiar Purple Pieman of Porcupine Peak, who is her only competition in the bake-off. The Pieman counts on his kohlrabi cookies and a little trickery to beat Strawberry and her famous shortcake.

                  Excalibur (1981)

                  Excalibur

                  • 80%
                  • R
                  • 140 min
                  • Adventure

                  The myth of King Arthur brought to the screen. Uthur Pendragon is given the mystical sword Excalibur by Merlyn. At his death Uthur buries the sword into a stone, and the next man that can pull it out will be King of England. Years later Arthur, Uthur's bastard son draws Excalibur and becomes king. Arthur's evil half-sister Morgana sires a son with him, who may prove his downfall.

                  Going Ape! (1981)

                  Going Ape!

                    • PG
                    • 87 min
                    • Comedy

                    When his father - who owned a circus - dies, Oscar inherits 5 million dollars - and 3 orang outangs. However there's a condition connected to the money: if he gives away the apes or just one gets sick or dies during the next 3 years, the zoologic society will get all the money. So he not only has to deal with 3 apes and an annoyed girlfriend, but also with a greedy zoologic society's president.

                    Knightriders (1981)

                    Knightriders

                    • 75%
                    • NONE
                    • 145 min
                    • Action

                    A travelling troupe of jousters and performers are slowly cracking under the pressure of hick cops, financial troubles and their failure to live up to their own ideals. The group's leader, King Billy, is increasingly unable to maintain his warrior's rule while the Black Knight is being tempted away to LA and stardom, as they all have to ask why they were here in the first place.

                    The Archer: Fugitive from the Empire (1981)

                    The Archer: Fugitive from the Empire

                      • Unrated
                      • 89 min
                      • Fantasy

                      The hero is given his mentor's bow (the Heartbow) which chooses its new owner when passed on. It fires arrows that blow up like grenades, but can only be wielded by the one chosen to wield her. The hero is a member of a nomadic tribe wiped out by the Draikian Empire's forces. He attempts to find the wizard Lazar-Sa who might be able to help him. He is joined by a thief looking for adventure and cash, and the daughter of a goddess, Estra, looking to revenger herself on Lazar-Sa for...

                      Hitman in the Hand of Buddha (1981)

                      Hitman in the Hand of Buddha

                        • Unrated
                        • 90 min
                        • Action

                        A country bumpkin arrives to help his brother's rice business. Things get out of hand while a rival company becomes corrupt. The bumpkin, an ace martial artist, fights off the rivals. Angered, the rivals hire a martial arts expert to fight the hero, only to get beaten up himself. The expert send his teacher to hurt the hero and succeeds. The hero is sent to a temple where he learns a new style of kung fu. Now with the skills, our hero is ready to get even. Written by Ninja01

                        Improper Channels (1981)

                        Improper Channels

                          • 92 min
                          • Comedy

                          A father brings a young child to an emergency room to get treatment for a minor injury occurring in an innocent accident, but he gets accused of child abuse. Child welfare agencies commit grossly unfair over-reactions to remove the child forcibly from the Father (Arkin), who must brave the arcane system to reclaim his daughter.

                          Caveman (1981)

                          Caveman

                          • 20%
                          • PG
                          • 91 min
                          • Comedy

                          In this comedy, Atouk becomes leader of the misfit cavemen. Disgraced and cast out of his tribe for lusting after Lana, the mate of tribe's head muscle man, Atouk stumbles along gathering other misfits and learning a bit about the world outside of his cave. Eventually he and friends Lar, and Tala learn the secrets of fire, cooked meat, and how to defend themselves from the brutal, yet very stupid

                          Lion of the Desert (1981)

                          Lion of the Desert

                            • PG
                            • 173 min
                            • Biography

                            Libyan leader Moummar Quaddafi financed this desert epic about a Libyan hero who helped his nation fend off an Italian invasion in 1929. Anthony Quinn stars as Omar Mukhtar, who organizes Libyan forces to hold off the encroaching Italian troops under General Rodolfo Graziana (Oliver Reed), who are trying to gain a foothold on Libyan soil under direct orders from the Italian dictator Mussolini (Rod Steiger). With the persistence of Mukhtar, the Libyans, battling the tanks and guns of the Italian...

                            The Beyond (1981)

                            The Beyond

                              • R
                              • 80 min
                              • Horror

                              The Beyond (Italian: ...E tu vivrai nel terrore! L'aldilĂ , also known as Seven Doors of Death) is a 1981 Italian horror film directed by Lucio Fulci. It is considered by some horror film fans to be one of the best movies made by the Italian director. The second film in Fulci's unofficial Gates of Hell trilogy (along with City of the Living Dead and The House by the Cemetery), The Beyond has gained a cult following over the decades, in part because of the film's gore-filled murder sequences,...

                              Gregory's Girl (1981)

                              Gregory's Girl

                              • 93%
                              • PG
                              • 91 min
                              • Comedy

                              A comedy about a wimpy 16-year-old who is going through his first high-school crush... on the girl who replaced him on the school's winless soccer team.

                              The Hand (1981)

                              The Hand

                              • 14%
                              • R
                              • 104 min
                              • Drama

                              Jon Lansdale is a comic book artist who loses his right hand in a car accident. The hand was not found at the scene of the accident, but it soon returns by itself to follow Jon around, and murder those who anger him.

                              Cattle Annie and Little Britches (1981)

                              Cattle Annie and Little Britches

                                • PG
                                • 97 min
                                • Drama

                                Cattle Annie and Little Britches is a 1981 American film[1] starring Burt Lancaster, Rod Steiger, Diane Lane, and Amanda Plummer, based on the lives of two adolescent girls in the late 19th century Oklahoma Territory, who became infatuated with the Western outlaws that they had read about in Ned Buntline's stories and left their homes to join the criminals. It was scripted by David Eyre and Robert Ward from Robert Ward's book and directed by Lamont Johnson.