1981 September Movies

Das Boot (1981)

Das Boot

    • R
    • 149 min
    • Action

    In the midst of World War II, as the tide turns against the Axis, a German U-boat crew is sent out to patrol the Atlantic and fire at Allied ships bringing supplies to England. The submarine also carries a press correspondent, there to report from the front lines of nautical warfare. Meanwhile, the crew's captain (J�rgen Prochnow) is becoming disillusioned with the Nazi regime and with war in general. What starts out as a routine mission is soon livened up beyond the crew's expectations...

    Mommie Dearest (1981)

    Mommie Dearest

    • 55%
    • PG
    • 129 min
    • Biography

    Based on Christina Crawford's slanderous, tell-all biography, Mommie Dearest paints a portrait of a Joan Crawford the public never knew. The film portrays Crawford as a wicked, abusive mother who lives as though she's perpetually onscreen. In the movie's most memorable scene, Crawford berates her daughter, Christina, for improperly hanging her clothes, screaming, "No more wire hangers!"

    Southern Comfort (1981)

    Southern Comfort

    • 86%
    • R
    • 106 min
    • Adventure

    A squad of National Guards on an isolated weekend exercise in the Louisiana swamp must fight for their lives when they anger local Cajuns by stealing their canoes. Without live ammunition and in a strange country, their experience begins to mirror the Vietnam experience.

    True Confessions (1981)

    True Confessions

    • 73%
    • 108 min
    • Crime

    A cop clashes with his priest brother while investigating the brutal murder of a young prostitute

    Continental Divide (1981)

    Continental Divide

    • 78%
    • PG
    • 103 min
    • Comedy

    A delightful romantic comedy that launched the career of screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back). Emmy Award winner John Belushi plays Ernie, a tough Chicago reporter whose stories on the Mafia nearly get him killed. To take the heat off, he's sent to investigate an eagle researcher in rural Colorado. The two fall for each other in a hilariously heartwarming fashion. Continental Divide is a perfect romantic comedy, sincere and full of genuine laughs.

    Beau Pere (1981)

    Beau Pere

      • 123 min
      • Comedy

      Remy is morose, nearing 30 with his career as a musician going nowhere and his eight-year marriage to Martine souring. Then, Martine dies in a car crash, and Marion, her 14-year-old, wants to stay rather than move to her father's. Remy likes the idea: he loves her, he's raised her, and she offers him emotional responsibility. Marion's father objects, but she's willful, so he relents. Soon, she tells Remy she finds him attractive, that she's now "a woman," and why can't they be lovers. Remy is...

      Birgitt Haas Must Be Killed (1981)

      Birgitt Haas Must Be Killed

        • Unrated
        • 105 min
        • Drama

        "Hangar" is a new agency whose purpose is to carry out missions even too sensitive for the police or intelligence services. In this film, the agency must eliminate a German female terrorist by the name of Birgitt Haas. The murder is to be disguised as a crime of passion, so an agent must lure Birgitt into falling in love. Written by Fryingham

        Carnival Scenes (1981)

        Carnival Scenes

          • Unrated
          • 132 min
          • Comedy

          Based on a theatrical text by Romanian writer Ion Luca Caragiale (1852-1912), who was a bitter and funny witness of the turn-of-the-20th-century Romanian bourgeois mores, Carnival Scenes manages to preserve and further enhance the slightly hysteric atmosphere of his plays. Pintilie creates a strange combination of carnival scenes which is brought to the screen as a burlesque, fast-paced, screwball comedy with a meditative undertone. This film was banned in Romania for a decade until the death...

          Don't Go In the Woods (1981)

          Don't Go In the Woods

            • R
            • 82 min
            • Horror

            Four young campers, Craig, Peter, Ingrid and Joanie, back-pack through the mountains for a relaxing weekend in the wilderness. They are out camping in broad daylight, while someone else is killing tourists in the woods. Craig warns the others not to go into the woods alone. The hillsides are crawling with fat women huffing up hillsides, nerdy bird-watchers, and young couples. Most of whom meet gruesome ends at the hands of a deranged and growling back-woodsman with a sharp spike...

            Don't Go Near the Park (1981)

            Don't Go Near the Park

              • R
              • 80 min
              • Horror

              In the prehistory of man, 12,000 years ago, two members of a superhuman tribe abuse the treasured secret of eternal youth. They use the methods of ritual cannibalism on the children of their own tribe and when discovered by the 'Queen' of the tribe, they are cursed to an eternity of old age with no chance to ever die. Now, in present day Los Angeles, their only hope to recapture eternal youth is the ritualistic sacrifice of a 16-year-old female virgin. Their existence is discovered...

              Edo Porn (1981)

              Edo Porn

                • 119 min
                • Documentary

                The life story of maverick Japanese print master, Hokusai Katsushika. Hokusai, the world-famous woodblock artist, actually indulged himself totally with women...

                Firebird 2015 AD (1981)

                Firebird 2015 AD

                  • 97 min
                  • Action

                  In one of many unpopular and unsupported policy decisions, the US government of the near future outlaws vehicle petrol in an effort to curb the overuse of limited natural resources - except, of course, for official purposes. There are many renegades who oppose the authorities, and will stop at nothing to allow themselves the freedom of burning around the countryside.

                  From a Far Country (1981)

                  From a Far Country

                    • 140 min
                    • Biography

                    The film is a biography of Pope John Paul II. It starts in 1926 when the boy Karol Wojtila was celebrating Christmas with his father in Poland. Some years later Nazi Germany attacks Poland and invades the country while Wojtila seeks refuge at the house of Cardinal Wyszynski. Also appear all the other important stations of the life of the Pope.

                    La Femme D'à Côté (1981)

                    La Femme D'à Côté

                      • R
                      • 106 min
                      • Drama

                      Madame Jouve, the narrator, tells the tragedy of Bernard and Mathilde.

                      Marianne and Juliane (1981)

                      Marianne and Juliane

                        • Unrated
                        • 106 min
                        • Drama

                        Germany, 1968: The priest's daughters Marianna and Juliane both fight for changes in society, like making abortion legal. However their means are totally different: while Juliane's committed as a reporter, her sister joins a terroristic organization. After she's caught by the police and put into isolation jail, Juliane remains as her last connection to the rest of the world. Although she doesn't accept her sister's arguments and her boyfriend Wolfgang doesn't want...

                        Memoirs of a Survivor (1981)

                        Memoirs of a Survivor

                          • Unrated
                          • 115 min
                          • Sci-Fi

                          'D' is a chronicler of a society in chaos, who looks down on the marauding gangs, and rubbish-strewn streets from the fortress prison of her flat. Buffeted by inner dreams and longings, D finds an alternative world by stepping through the wall of her flat, like Alice through the Looking Glass. Here it is Victorian England, the bosom of an unsettled family, harbingers, perhaps, of the decay to come. She flits between the two sides of her double life, always observing, never...

                          Not a Love Story: A Film About Pornography (1981)

                          Not a Love Story: A Film About Pornography

                            • Unrated
                            • 69 min
                            • Documentary

                            This documentary is an examination of the pornography industry such as in strip shows, sex shows, film and magazines. Furthermore, the film explorers how a large portion of it takes a denigrating view of women, leading up to depictions of sexual violence for titillation. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <[email protected]>

                            Only When I Laugh (1981)

                            Only When I Laugh

                            • 50%
                            • R
                            • 120 min
                            • Comedy

                            A boozy Broadway actress comes out of a 12-week cure to face the problems of her best friends as well as her needy daughter. She tries to balance the terrors of returning to work with the demands of all around her with humor and insight, while staying off the booze. Written by Ed Lorusso

                            Pixote: A Lei do Mais Fraco (1981)

                            Pixote: A Lei do Mais Fraco

                              • R
                              • 128 min
                              • Crime

                              Pixote, a 10-year-old runaway boy, is arrested on the streets of Sao Paulo during a police round-up homeless people. Pixote endures torture, degradation and corruption at a local youth detention center where two of the runaways are murdered by policemen who frame Lilica, a 17-year-old transvesite hustler. Pixote helps Lilica and three other boys escape where they make their living by the life of crime which only escalates to more violence and death.

                              Rich and Famous (1981)

                              Rich and Famous

                                • R
                                • 117 min
                                • Drama

                                Two literary women compete for 20 years: one writes for the critics; the other one, to get rich.