Tampa Theatre Announces “Totally ’80s” Classic Movie Series

They were the movies that shaped a generation: giving us dreams of becoming a fighter pilot, filling our mix tapes with songs like “Don’t You Forget About Me” and “Take My Breath Away,” and teaching us lessons like the value of “two dollars” and that running a car in reverse does NOT take miles off the odometer.


Starting January 4, Tampa’s historic movie palace will kick off the New Year with eight quintessential “Totally ‘80s” classics:

·         FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF (1986)

3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 4


Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) is a fast-talking high school student who knows how to have fun, which is exactly what he sets out to do when he feigns illness and talks his parents into letting him stay home from school. The perpetually lucky Ferris enlists the help of his hypochondriac best friend, Cameron (Alan Ruck), in springing his girlfriend, Sloane (Mia Sara), from class, and the three embark on a raucous downtown Chicago adventure. From Wrigley Field to a Polish pride parade, Ferris and his friends make the most of their day off, but Ferris’s sister, Jeanie (Jennifer Grey), is determined to make him pay for it.


Another classic from writer-director John Hughes (SIXTEEN CANDLES, THE BREAKFAST CLUB), FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF features a star turn from Broderick, plus Ben Stein as his deadpan economics teacher, and a cameo by Charlie Sheen as the juvenile delinquent in the police station.
1h 43 /Rated PG-13/Comedy


This show is sponsored by Schlitz and J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc.


·         RAIN MAN (1988)

3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11


Callous hustler Charlie Babbitt (Tom Cruise) is busy working on his next deal when he receives word that his estranged father has died. After traveling back to Ohio for the funeral, Charlie is miffed to find that although he will receive a vintage Buick, he isn’t getting a cent of his father’s multi-million-dollar fortune. Instead, the money has been left to the caretakers of his institutionalized autistic brother, Raymond (Dustin Hoffman).


Charlie kidnaps Raymond and heads cross-country in the Buick in an attempt to get a cut of the inheritance. But during their adventure, Charlie not only learns how to deal with Raymond’s many idiosyncrasies, he also begins to care about his older brother, surprising even himself with his ability to love.
2h 13m /Rated R/Drama


·         FOOTLOOSE (1984)

3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18


When Ren (Kevin Bacon) and his family move from big-city Chicago to a small Midwestern town, the teenager can’t believe he’s living in a place where rock music and dancing are illegal. He finds a kindred spirit in the troubled, but lovely Ariel (Lori Singer), but it’s Ariel’s dad (John Lithgow), a Bible-thumping minister, who is responsible for keeping the town dance-free. Ren and his classmates want to do away with this ordinance – especially since the senior prom is around the corner – but only Ren has the courage to initiate a confrontation with Rev. Moore and the town council.


Brat Pack cinema at its best, FOOTLOOSE is the classic tale of a rebellious teen taking on the small-town establishment, struggling to abolish outmoded thinking and revitalize the spirit of the repressed townspeople.
1h 47m /Rated R/Musical


·         BETTER OFF DEAD (1985)

3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25


Lane Myer’s (John Cusack) dreams are shattered when his girlfriend, Beth (Amanda Wyss), decides she prefers the company of a sleazy ski jock over him. This disheartening news leads Lane to attempt to take his own life in various ways – none of which work out, but which put him on a collision course with a variety of individuals, including a beautiful French exchange student, a nasal spray-snorting neighbor, a rabid newspaper boy, and dancing hamburgers. But in the end, if he can beat Beth’s new boyfriend in a ski run down the treacherous K-12, he just might be able to win her back.

1h 37 /Rated PG/Romantic Comedy


·         BLADE RUNNER (1982)

3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1


Los Angeles, 2019: Earth has become a polluted dystopia, and many have fled to live “Off World” on other planets and rely on lifelike robot “replicants” to serve them as slaves. When a replicant escapes its owner, a “blade runner” is called in to hunt it down and kill it. Enter Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a blade runner pulled out of retirement to help catch four escaped replicants.


Despite his distaste for the job, Deckard tracks them down one by one through the crumbling, overcrowded city streets. But in the midst of his hunt, he becomes involved with a beautiful replicant named Rachael (Sean Young). Rachel has fled her owner, and Deckard rightfully should kill her. But as the two fall in love, they realize that they are both on the run from the very authorities that once employed Deckard.
1h 57m /Rated R/Sci-Fi Thriller


·         AIRPLANE! (1980)

3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8


When the passengers and crew of a jet are incapacitated due to food poisoning, rogue pilot Ted Striker (Robert Hays) – who has a drinking problem and is afraid of flying – must cooperate with his ex-girlfriend-turned-stewardess, Elaine (Julie Hagerty) and Otto the inflatable auto-pilot to bring the plane to a safe landing.


Lloyd Bridges, Peter Graves, Leslie Nielsen and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar round out the hilarious all-star cast in this spoof comedy that set the gold standard for all that followed it. AIRPLANE! leaves no disaster flick cliché unroasted as it skewers the slew of disaster movies that peppered cinemas in the ‘70s.
1h 28m /Rated PG/Comedy


This show is sponsored by Schlitz and J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc.


·         TOP GUN (1986)

3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15


Maverick (Tom Cruise) is a reckless F-14 pilot who flies by instinct and breaks all of the rules. While attending the Navy’s elite air combat training academy – affectionately known as “Top Gun” –  Maverick romances the civilian astrophysics instructor (Kelly McGillis) and competes with crackerjack pilot Ice (Val Kilmer) for top honors. He is the quintessential rebel, upsetting senior officers with his antics while amazing them with his skill.


Directed by Tony Scott (DAYS OF THUNDER, TRUE ROMANCE), TOP GUN’s use of state-of-the-art aerial photography helped make it one of most exciting and entertaining films of its genre and the top-grossing movie of 1986.
1h 50 /Rated PG/Drama


·         THE BREAKFAST CLUB (1985)

3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22


When five high school students from different cliques are forced to spend a Saturday together in detention, they talk about everything from family problems and peer pressure to sex and hurtful stereotypes while serving time. Ultimately, a jock (Emilio Estevez), a criminal (Judd Nelson), a princess (Molly Ringwald), a basket case (Ally Sheedy), and a brain (Anthony Michael Hall) realize that they have more in common than they ever imagined.


Writer/director John Hughes (SIXTEEN CANDLES, FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF), along with the stellar Brat Pack cast, makes this a memorable, moving film filled with believable dialogue, intelligent humor, and a sufficient dose of high school hijinx. 

1h 37m/Rated R/Comedy-Drama


This show is sponsored by Schlitz and J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc.


Tickets for the Totally ‘80s classic movie series are $10 for adults and $8 for Tampa Theatre Members at the Box Office or online at www.TampaTheatre.org ($2 convenience fee applies).



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