1981 December Movies

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior

  • 98%
  • R
  • 95 min
  • Action

Roaming the highways of post-apocalyptic Australia, years after he avenged his wife and son and his partner who were murdered by the motorcycle gang led by the evil Toecutter. Burnt out former Australian policeman Max Rockatansky, now known as "The Road Warrior" searching for sources of fuel, stumbles upon a gasoline refinery home to a community of survivors who are struggling for survival and finds the community is being terrorized by a band of brutal motorcyclists led by The Humangus and his...

Pennies from Heaven (1981)

Pennies from Heaven

  • 84%
  • R
  • 108 min
  • Drama

A musical set in the great Busby Berkeley style. In Chicago during the depression, sheet music salesman, Arthur Parker, is trying to sell his products, but it's not easy to convince unwilling music store owners to buy them. Although he's already married to the somewhat drab Joan, when he meets school teacher Eileen in a music store, he falls in love with her.

Quest for Fire (1981)

Quest for Fire

  • 83%
  • 100 min
  • Adventure

Anthony Burgess created the primitive language for the early humans in this prehistoric adventure about a trio of warriors who travel the savanna, encountering sabre-toothed tigers, mammoths and cannibalistic tribes in search of a flame that would replace the fire their tribe has lost.

Taps (1981)


    • PG
    • 126 min
    • Drama

    Military cadets take extreme measures to insure the future of their academy when its existence is threatened by local condo developers.

    On Golden Pond (1981)

    On Golden Pond

    • 92%
    • PG
    • 109 min
    • Drama

    The loons are back again on Golden Pond and so are Norman Thayer, a retired professor, and Ethel who have had a summer cottage there since early in their marriage. This summer their daughter Chelsea -- whom they haven't seen for years -- feels she must be there for Norman's birthday. She and her fiance are on their way to Europe the next day but will be back in a couple of weeks to pick up the fiance's son. When she returns Chelsea is married and her stepson has the relationship with her father...

    Reds (1981)


    • 94%
    • R
    • 194 min
    • Biography

    This movie tells the true story of John Reed, a radical American journalist around the time of World War I. He soon meets Louise Bryant, a respectable married woman, who dumps her husband for Reed and becomes an important feminist and radical in her own right. After involvement with labor and political disputes in the US, they go to Russia in time for the October Revolution in 1917, when the Communists siezed power. Inspired, they return to the US, hoping to lead a similar revolution. A...

    Ghost Story (1981)

    Ghost Story

    • 36%
    • R
    • 110 min
    • Drama

    Four successful elderly gentlemen, members of the Chowder Society, share a gruesome, 50-year old secret

    "Bill Moyers' Journal" Episode dated 16 May 1981

      • Unrated
      • 60 min
      A Long Way Home (1981)

      A Long Way Home

        • Unrated
        • 120 min
        • Drama

        Many years after being abandoned by his parents, Donald sets out in search of his siblings. His biggest challenge is cutting through layers of bureaucratic red tape. He happens upon a helpful counselor who offers her assistance in locating his missing brother and sister. Written by Fryingham

        A Midsummer Night's Dream (1981)

        A Midsummer Night's Dream

          • Unrated
          • 112 min
          • Comedy

          The second televised production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" with Helen Mirren in the cast, although this time in a different role (Titania). In the 1968 production, which was released to movie theatres in Europe, but premiered in the U.S. on CBS-TV, Ms. Mirren played Hermia.

          ANGEL GUTS RED PORNO (1981)


            • Unrated
            • 67 min
            • Drama

            Nami is a staff member at an exclusive department store. Her libido is chiefly satisfied alone, until a co-worker talks her into subbing on a porno modeling job. Her appearance in the magazine Red Porno has no end of complications for her.

            Buddy Buddy (1981)

            Buddy Buddy

            • 62%
            • R
            • 96 min
            • Comedy

            Buddy Buddy is a 1981 American comedy film directed by Billy Wilder that stars Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Paula Prentiss and Klaus Kinski. The screenplay by Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond is based on the 1973 French language film L'Emmerdeur, which screenwriter Francis Veber had adapted from his play Le contrat. The film proved to be the last directed by Wilder.

            Chi trova un amico, trova un tesoro (1981)

            Chi trova un amico, trova un tesoro

              • 102 min
              • Adventure

              Alan et son ami Charlie partent à la recherche d'un mystérieux trésor situé sur une île de l'Océan Pacifique. Pour mettre la main sur ledit trésor, ils vont devoir se débarasser de quelques concurrents...

              Dawn of the Mummy (1981)

              Dawn of the Mummy

                • R
                • 93 min
                • Horror

                A group of fashion models disturb the tomb of a mummy and revive an ancient curse. Along with the mummy rising, slaves who were buried in the desert thousands of years before, also rise, with a craving for human flesh. Written by Humberto Amador

                Four Friends (1981)

                Four Friends

                • 71%
                • 114 min
                • Comedy

                Also known as Moritorium and Georgia's Friends, Four Friends follows the titular quartet from high school to young adulthood. The film is set during the tumultuous 1960s, an era when everyone's values were turned inside out, shaken around, and reassembled. The central character is first-generation American Craig Wasson, who confounds his Yugoslavian father (Miklos Simon) by pursuing his own let-it-all-hang-out lifestyle. Wasson's best friends are athlete Jim Metzler and chubby Michael...

                Göta kanal eller Vem drog ur proppen? (1981)

                Göta kanal eller Vem drog ur proppen?

                  • Unrated
                  • 99 min
                  • Comedy

                  An order for 1,000 yachts for a middle-east sheik is up for grabs. The list of contestants has been narrowed down to two companies: one is a multinational one with good backing and the other is run by visionaries and enthusiasts with their main focus on rowing-boats. Having a hard time to decide between the two the sheik declares a race on the Göta Canal through Sweden, from the capital of Stockholm to the second city of Gothenburg, where the winner gets the order. Pretty soon...

                  Heartbeeps (1981)


                    • PG
                    • 79 min
                    • Sci-Fi

                    Heartbeeps stars Andy Kaufman and Bernadette Peters as domestic robots who fall in love and run off together.

                    Hotel America (1981)

                    Hotel America

                      • Unrated
                      • 95 min
                      • Drama

                      Hélène, a distracted pill-popping anesthetist, almost runs down Gilles one evening on a Biarritz street. She is still numb from the drowning death earlier that year of her lover, a visionary architect. Gilles presses for a relationship, then backs away, deciding she could never love someone of lower class and limited prospects. But she does fall in love with him and gradually her depression eases. As she heals, he becomes obsessed with her lover's talents and his own...

                      Kisapmata (1981)


                        • Unrated
                        • 90 min
                        • Drama

                        Dadong Carandang (Silayan), a retired police officer, is the domineering father of Mila (Santos), and he is extremely jealous of the latter's suitors, never allowing them into his house. One day, Mila falls in love with Noel Manalansan (Ilagan) and they decide to seek Dadong's permission to get married. Mila finds out she is pregnant. Dadong agrees on the condition that Noel pay a ridiculously costly dowry as well as shoulder a luxurious wedding. Noel agrees and works hard to meet Dadong's...

                        La soupe aux choux (1981)

                        La soupe aux choux

                          • 98 min
                          • Comedy

                          2 buddy farmers are visited by aliens who like their domestic cabbage soup.