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Muffy Tepperman
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I think i've brought this up before........but have you all noticed how 50's in the 80's was such a trend?

So many movies were a "new" story not remakes.....but set in the 50's and 60's in the 1980's.

I even bought this book awhile back "Fifties Style: then and now" 1988 there's everything in Fashion,Architecture, Furniture, Product design discussed in the book.

What started me thinking about it.......was watching Peggy Sue got Married on tv....I myself have always loved 50's style.....maybe it's subliminally those 80's movies I loved making me love the 50's??? maybe??? My apartments filled with 50's furniture and items haha

50's- 60's era movies in the 80's:
Cry Baby, Hairspray, Mischief, Porkys, Dirty Dancing, Shag, Stand by Me..........Can you guys think of more? [Smile]

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Streets Of Fire has loads of 50s references with the fashions and cars.

What about... Back To The Future? [Big Grin] [Big Grin] [Razz]

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Maybe its like today with the 80s references cropping up everywhere...

People who grew up in the 80s are now adding references to fond memories into their productions...

...People who grew up in the 50s were old enough in the 80s to add what they fondly remembered into productions they were involved in..?

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What about The Heavenly Kid or Prom Night II: Hello Mary Lou?? This had the 50's and 80's thing going cause they kept flashing back...LOVE THIS MOVIE!!!

How about Christine cause the car was from the 50's and when the radio would come on, it was playing 50's music, which by the way I totally think rocks! I love that period between 1955 and 1962. My Dad used to play all that stuff in the car when I was little so I grew up on Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, Little Richard, etc.

Good topic Miss Tepperman [Smile] !!!!

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quote:
Originally posted by Muffy Tepperman:
I think i've brought this up before........but have you all noticed how 50's in the 80's was such a trend?

Actually, the "trend" for 50's and early 60's nostalgia began in the early 70's! The earliest evidence that I can recall was "American Graffitti" (1973) and "The Lords Of Flatbush". Later, there was the "Happy Days" TV show and the original Broadway opening of the musical "Grease", which later became the sanitized movie version. In the late 70's, there was also "Animal House" and "The Wanderers" (both films took place in the early 60's).

I enjoyed the other person's contributions on the list of 80's movies that takes place in the 50's and 60's. I'll come up with a list of them later on.

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I never said the trend started in the 80's??? did I??? [Smile] haha I just love alot of the movies set in the 50's from the 80's!

Nick you got me thinking and you are so correct......I love the 80's references in tv shows like Scrubs, Family Guy.......my favorite show Medium had an 80's flashback episode.......which I think you can actually watch online, I highly recommend!! there are few tv shows I love and that is one of them....!

Heavenly Kid,Back to the Future, Great Balls of Fire......how did I forget those?????.......Thanks all

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Scrubs does the 80's refrences all the time........ Safety Dance on Scrubs
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In the late 70s & 80s there seemed to be two distinct schools of cinema: one was the neo-realist serious drama dealing with Vietnam, doemstic social issues etc, and the other was pure escapism. Pure escapism won out in the 80s (though serious drama was king throughout most of the 70s) and a lot of it harked backed to the 50s in its style or even in its serialised format (e.g. star wars in the tradition of flash gordon and zorro). Very rarely do you see an 80s made 50s set film that deals with both: 'The Outsiders' was one.
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I too noticed that. My mom was in her early 20s back then and she said she loved the bobby socks and fluffed out skirts. It's kinda how the 90s and early 00s were all about Woodstock and the hippie era. Now is all about film noir and anytime between 1920 and 1950. I love it. No matter what, the styles of the 40s and 50s is the most flattering and timeless looks. Muffy, for you I shop here sometimes: www.pinupgirlclothing.com
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Kash you are awesome! I knew you'd have a great way to explain it for me......This topic is making me wanna watch tons of these movies now.......Thanks Evilash for the link [Smile]
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quote:
Originally posted by Muffy Tepperman:
Kash you are awesome! I knew you'd have a great way to explain it for me......This topic is making me wanna watch tons of these movies now.......Thanks Evilash for the link [Smile]

No prob.
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quote:
Originally posted by Muffy Tepperman:
Kash you are awesome! I knew you'd have a great way to explain it for me......This topic is making me wanna watch tons of these movies now.......Thanks Evilash for the link [Smile]

Since its the 1950s, I'll quote The King and say: "Thank you, thnak you very much" I'll be here all week, give or take a few days.
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In the 80s I was big into 50s music and such... I got to see some of the "real" 50s groups sing at various shows. The best one I saw was "The Platters". Tony Williams (lead singer) was still singing with the band. It was great! [Smile]

Here's some good movies (not all from the 80s)
that are either 50s themed, or flash back to the 50s:

American Hot Wax
Last Exit to Brooklyn
School Ties
Liberty Heights
This Boy's Life
Walk the Line
"Happy Days" the series (of course)
Driving Miss Daisy
Pleasantville
Hoosiers
Coal Miner's Daughter
The Man in the Moon
Mulholland Falls
Parents
Inventing the Abbotts
The Mambo Kings
The Idolmaker
Absolute Beginners
The Big Town
Three Wishes
Going All the Way
Book of Love
Beyond the Sea
Mommie Dearest
Raging Bull
Diner
The Right Stuff
My American Cousin
Aloha Summer

That should keep you busy for a while... [Big Grin]

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here's a few more:

EDDIE AND THE CRUISERS
THE IN CROWD
MERMAIDS

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though this an early 90s movie...THERE GOES MY BABY was pretty good. it had a good cast too.

was SATISFACTION (with julia roberts and justine bateman) set in the 50s or 60s?

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quote:
Originally posted by NowhereGirl:
though this an early 90s movie...THERE GOES MY BABY was pretty good. it had a good cast too.

was SATISFACTION (with julia roberts and justine bateman) set in the 50s or 60s?

NowhereGirl,

I think THERE GOES MY BABY was set in the 60s, and Satisfaction was set in the 80s. Not bad movies... [Smile]

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quote:
Originally posted by Kash:
In the late 70s & 80s there seemed to be two distinct schools of cinema: one was the neo-realist serious drama dealing with Vietnam, doemstic social issues etc, and the other was pure escapism. Pure escapism won out in the 80s (though serious drama was king throughout most of the 70s) and a lot of it harked backed to the 50s in its style or even in its serialised format (e.g. star wars in the tradition of flash gordon and zorro). Very rarely do you see an 80s made 50s set film that deals with both: 'The Outsiders' was one.

Another good film that was escapism and serious social issues was Dirty Dancing. It was set in 1963, but it dealt with poverty, abortion, teen sex, and loyalty....but it is one of the best escape movies for us girls!!!
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Devolution here,

Satisfaction should be removed from common knowledge.

We are DEVO

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quote:
Originally posted by Devolution:
Devolution here,

Satisfaction should be removed from common knowledge.

We are DEVO

Hahahahaha, so profound Devo and so right on! Satisfaction it was not!
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quote:
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A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon

Jimmy Reardon is one of my all time FAVS!!! Besides, I just met Meredith Salenger 2 weeks ago and she was soooo cool!! Love this girl [Smile] !!!
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I love Satisfaction! omg Liam Neeson..and Justine Bateman and cowbell!...You two are evil.........and Miss Mancini you should have called me...... [Smile]
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Teen Vamp is another set in the 50's.
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I saw the Return of Valentino not too long ago that was 50's set. Mischief too.
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