This hasn't happened to me before in the 8 ½ years I've been writing this movie column. To find two momentous years for great films in a short 2 weeks' time is rather fortuitous to say the least. Maybe it's simply plain luck. Whatever, I wrote about 1958 in the June 14 column: a year simply bursting with great pictures and great players. Now I have another year to discuss this week: 1993. I had no idea how many movies reached great heights in that year. The box office money alone broke all records for the Top Ten highest grossing films: nearly $3.5 billion. Jurassic Park at Number 1 alone took in a staggering $914,691,118.
2.Mrs. Doubtfire $441,286,195
3.The Fugitive $368,875,760
4.Schindler's List $321,306,305
5.The Firm $270,248,367
6.Indecent Proposal $266,614,059
8.Sleepless in Seattle $227,799,884
10.The Pelican Brief $195,268,056
Like Star Wars in 1977, Jurassic Park in 1993 gave birth to sequels, the latest being Jurassic World this year. Whether or not the new versions are ever as remarkable as the original is a topic for a future column.
About 200 films were released worldwide in 1993, many of which are still being watched and discussed 25 years later. For awards, the lists are quite impressive. We have:
Schindler's List Best Picture
Steven Speilberg Best Director Schindler's List
Tom Hanks Best Actor/Drama Philadelphia Robin Williams Best Actor/Comedy Mrs. Doubtfire Holly Hunter Best Actress The Piano
Best Supporting Actor Tommy Lee Jones The Fugitive
Best Supporting Actress Winona Rider The Age of Innocence
Best Screenplay Schindler's List
As far as subject matter, plots, characters, history and locations, the Top Ten alone are as diverse as movies can be. But there are many more films that cover a wide range of subjects and outcomes.
Groundhog Day: can still make us laugh.
Indecent Proposal: is money all there is?
Dave: can anyone really be the President?
Sliver: a building in New York takes center stage.
The Firm: not all attorneys are alike.
In the Line of Fire: a man of many disguises.
Rising Sun: still inscrutable.
Robin Hood: Men in Tights: really?
The Fugitive: he can run, but he. . . .
Undercover Blues: the perfect married couple can kill you.
Striking Distance: exciting and mysterious
Cool Runnings: Sure, the Jamaican bobsled team. Makes sense.
Malice: still keeps you guessing
Gettysburg: a real depiction of a terrible event
The Remains of the Day: a great British-American collaboration.
Grumpy Old Men: we've all met a few
I could list a few dozen more from 1993 that makes it another landmark year for creativity, diversity, talent and memorable performances. I like the fact that the people who toil diligently making great movies are recognized almost as soon as their work is completed. In the past, artists, writers, composers and painters rarely had their myriad talents recognized during their lifetimes. They struggled for their art, some nearly starving for lack of compensation and appreciation of their life's work. We are fortunate today that our great contemporary artists gain the recognition they deserve and the fame propels them to even greater works. I love the movies because of what they do and say, how they keep our minds and hearts open and alive to so many things, both real and not. Making films is anything but easy. The world always needs honesty, beauty and reality. We are fortunate that movies can and do help everyone, no matter where they live.
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I am a former New Jersey native, living in Charlotte, N.C. for almost 29 years. I am a lifelong movie lover with lots of movie trivia knowledge and soundtracks in my CD collection. I enjoy sharing my love of films with everyone and have so many fond memories growing up in darkened movie theaters. I have been married 50 years (as of December 22, 2018) and we both share a passion for film (and each other of course).|
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