1981 January Movies (By Date)

Downtown 81 (1981)

Downtown 81

  • 73%
  • R
  • 72 min
  • Biography

The film is a day in the life of a young artist, Jean Michel Basquiat, who needs to raise money to reclaim the apartment from which he has been evicted. He wanders the downtown streets carrying a painting he hopes to sell, encountering friends, whose lives (and performances) we peek into. He finally manages to sell his painting to a wealthy female admirer, but he's paid by check. Low on cash, he spends the evening wandering from club to club, looking for a beautiful girl he had met...

Home Sweet Home (1981)

Home Sweet Home

    • Unrated
    • 85 min
    • Horror

    An escaped mental patient steals a station wagon and makes his way to the Bradleys' Thanksgiving celebration, where he plans to make them a little less thankful...

    For Y'ur Height Only (1981)

    For Y'ur Height Only

      • R
      • 87 min
      • Action

      Mr. Giant has kidnapped the brilliant Dr. Van Kohler and is planning to use the Doctor's invention, the N-bomb, to hold the world hostage. The only one who can foil Mr. Giant's evil scheme is Agent 00, a 3-foot-tall filipino martial arts master, expert marksman, top-class romancer and all-around superspy. Can Agent 00 rescue Dr. Kohler before it's too late? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <[email protected]>

      Berlin Tunnel 21 (1981)

      Berlin Tunnel 21

        • Unrated
        • 142 min
        • Thriller

        In Berlin in 1961, an American soldier and a German engineer join forces to build a tunnel under the Berlin Wall in order to smuggle out refugees, including the soldier's East German girlfriend.

        Mad Foxes (1981)

        Mad Foxes

          • Unrated
          • 77 min
          • Action

          A man seeks revenge after a biker gang murders his family.

          Great Expectations (1981)

          Great Expectations

            • Unrated
            • 30 min
            • Drama

            Mini-series based on the novel by Charles Dickens.

            Night of the Zombies (1981)

            Night of the Zombies

              • R
              • 88 min
              • Horror

              Investigators search for soldiers' missing bodies, and hear unbelievable rumors about zombies. Dismissing those rumors they set out to investigate. After two men are found dead, CIA special-agent Nick Monroe is sent to flush out what are suspected to be deserters from the old U.S. Army Chemical Corps unit. Nick's ruthless investigation uncovers a ghoulish plot of world domination, but first he must escape the horror that does not want to be known... yet! Written by Chris Mayo...

              "American Playhouse" Refuge

                • Unrated
                • 90 min
                Run Rebecca, Run! (1981)

                Run Rebecca, Run!

                  • Unrated
                  • 80 min

                  Simone Buchanan plays a young camera fanatic who is marooned on a desert island. Here she is threatened by a refugee from South America (Henri Szeps) who isn't keen on having his whereabouts known. Hostility melts into friendship before the rescue boats arrive.

                  - Written by

                  Anonymous

                  Carnival Magic (1981)

                  Carnival Magic

                    • 86 min
                    • Documentary

                    A telekinetic and mind-reading magician, along with his talking chimp sidekick, become the main-attraction in the carnival. The animal trainer who is no longer the star plans to kidnap the chimp and send him off to an animal-experimenting lab.

                    Othello (1981)

                    Othello

                      • Unrated
                      • 195 min
                      • Documentary

                      Othello, a Moorish general in the service of the Venetian state, is disdained for his race but valued for his military skills. He weds Desdemona in a mixed-race marriage that offends her father. Jealous of Othello's triumphs and high-standing, and suspicious that his commander may once have bedded his own wife, Othello's lieutenant Iago plots to sabotage Othello's career and marriage. He plants in Othello's mind the suspicion that Desdemona is unfaithful and provides false...

                      The Great Barrier Reef (1981)

                      The Great Barrier Reef

                        • NR
                        • 39 min
                        • Documentary

                        An examination of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, with reflections on complex ecosystems and the effect of people on the environment.

                        The Queen of Black Magic (1981)

                        The Queen of Black Magic

                          • R
                          • 90 min
                          • Horror

                          A woman is seduced by and cast aside by a fickle lover. When the lover marries another woman who starts hallucinating during their wedding, she is accused of being a witch and thrown to her death over a cliff. A strange man rescues her, nurses her back to health, and is told that she must master black magic in order to exact vengeance on her tormentors. She casts a variety of spells over the populace--with the male population as her favorite target, and becomes the queen of black magic. But...

                          Elephant Parts (1981)

                          Elephant Parts

                            • Unrated
                            • 60 min
                            • Comedy

                            Winner of the first video Grammy Award, Michael Nesmith (The Monkees) wrote and starred in Elephant Parts, a collection of comedy and music videos using money he inherited from his mother, the inventor of Liquid Paper. Elephant Parts is one hour long and features five full length music videos, including the popular songs "Rio", and "Cruisin'", which featured wrestler Steve Strong and Monterey-based comic "Chicago" Steve Barkley. An off-beat collection that is very entertaining to view while in...

                            Benji Takes a Dive at Marineland

                              • Family

                              The ever-witty mutt hero Benji becomes the world's first dog to scuba dive in this entertaining children's television special. "Benji at Marineland" follows the emotive pup underwater as he communes with barracudas, dolphins, fish, and assorted other sea friends. Aided by a frisky soundtrack, the film maintains the high adventure and light comedy that has made the "Benji" series so popular with children and parents alike!

                              Altovaya sonata. Dmitriy Shostakovich (1981)

                              Altovaya sonata. Dmitriy Shostakovich

                                • Unrated
                                • 80 min

                                The life and work of the great Russian composer Dmitriy Shostakovich is presented in this documentary through rare images and audios from many archives, at one time censored by the Soviet government. A brief take on his life, from his transition as an early prodigy to a first rate artist, his celebrated compositions and the final years with a declining health.

                                - Written by

                                Rodrigo Amaro

                                Mystics in Bali (1981)

                                Mystics in Bali

                                  • Unrated
                                  • 86 min
                                  • Fantasy

                                  Researching a book that takes her to Bali and the black magic cult of Leák, Cathy meets an evil witch which promises to train her in the dark arts. Tricked, Cathy is turned into a Penanggalan; a flying vampire with internal organs hanging from her neck. It is now up to the local holy men who are then enforced to do battle with the forces of evil. Written by Cinema_Fan

                                  The Outsider (1981)

                                  The Outsider

                                    • Unrated
                                    • 122 min
                                    • Documentary

                                    A talented but irresponsible violinist ruins his marriage with his drinking and antisocial behaviour.

                                    Pornô! (1981)

                                    Pornô!

                                      • 83 min
                                      • Drama

                                      Three tales of the erotic: Two young ladies experiment with lesbianism, a handsome and wealthy socialite makes a beautiful woman patiently wait to make love to him, and a gorgeous, but controlling and dominating blind woman makes a hunky stud her sexual hostage in her swanky mansion home.

                                      Duel Of The Tough (1981)

                                      Duel Of The Tough

                                        • Unrated
                                        • 90 min
                                        • Action

                                        During the Ching Dynasty, a Buddhist priest named Hung must take a journey to spread the word of Buddha. He takes the holy Scriptures along on his journey to southern China. During Hung's trip one of Dai-kiang's henchmen (Wah-sang), attacks him and steals the sacred documents. Luckily Priest Hung is able to escape from the attackers and meets a fellow northerner, Huang, who swears to aid the holy man. Hung and Huang return to the temple to regroup, where Huang is taught the deadly technique...