The following listing of movies planned for 1987 release is divided into four time zones: Coming Soon (the January-February period), Spring (March through mid-May), Summer (mid-May to September) and Fall-Winter (September through Christmas). At the tail end of the listing are several films that as yet have no play dates.
Many of the names and dates will change--and some of these movies may go directly from production to cable television or videocassette or someone's shelf. (Each year a smattering of films somehow slips through the cracks.)
In many cases, the film makers and/or their production and/or distribution companies took a Top Secret position on their movies. And, indeed, many of these films are still in various states of negotiation and preparation. Some don't even have directors or casts yet.
But here's Calendar's 1987 compilation, more than 350 films. Enjoy.
January-February play dates
"Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold"--Richard Chamberlain returns as intrepid explorer Allan Quatermain (last seen in "King Solomon's Mines"). This time, he and fiance Jesse (Sharon Stone, also returning) are on a quest for Quatermain's brother, who disappeared in the African wilderness in search of a lost civilization. J. Lee Thompson is back as director. With James Earl Jones, Henry Silva, Robert Donner, Cassandra Peterson (Elvira). Based on the oft-filmed tale by H. Rider Haggard. (Cannon)
FOR THE RECORD - MOVIE SLIPS
Los Angeles Times Sunday January 25, 1987 Home Edition Calendar Page 61 Calendar Desk 3 inches; 106 words Type of Material: Correction
We also erroneously identified the Albert Pyun-directed "Down Twisted." (We called it "Dangerously Close," which was the title of Pyun's last movie.) The Cannon film ("an '80s damsel-in-distress-adventure, a crazy Mexican melodrama and a deadpan comedy--all rolled into one") opens in February.
Skouras Pictures also reports a new title for the story of expatriate poet Gertrude Stein and her companion Alice B. Toklas. It's now "Waiting for the Moon" (not the earlier title, "On the Trail of the Lonesome Pine"). Due in the spring.
And, our apologies to Monique Gabrielle--one of the stars of "Deathstalker II" (due this summer from Concorde/New Horizon). We identified her as a former Penthouse Pet of the Year; turns out she was a Pet of the Month.
"Alpine Fire"--A deaf-mute (Thomas Nock) cared for by his older sister (Johanna Lier) have only one another as friends (they live in the Alps). It's a relationship that's altered by an incestuous evening. Fredi Murer directs. (Vestron)
"The Assault"--Dutch film about a boy struggling to cope with the mysterious massacre of his family. Best film of the Seattle International Film Festival. Fons Rademakers earned best-director honors. With Monique Van De Ven and Derek De Lint. Opens Friday. (Cannon)
"Beaks"--Feathered fiends (a la Hitchcock's "The Birds") generate the thrills/chills, with Rene Cardona Jr. directing. Stars Christopher Atkins and Michelle Johnson. (Ascot Entertainment Group)
"The Bedroom Window"--Steve Guttenberg winds up in the middle of a Hitchcockian murder mystery--all due to an affair he had with his boss' wife. To absolve himself of an unjustified murder rap, he plots a scenario that leads him from peril to romance. Curtis Hanson writes-directs. With Elizabeth McGovern, Isabelle Huppert, Carl Lumbly, Wallace Shawn, Frederick Coffin. Opens Friday. (DEG)
"Beyond Therapy"--Robert Altman directs Glenda Jackson, Tom Conti, Jeff Goldblum, Christopher Guest and Julie Hagerty in a comedy love story about two neurotic therapists and two equally neurotic patients. Christopher Durang scripted, from his stage play. (New World)
"Black Widow"--Debra Winger is a Justice Department investigator obsessed with apprehending a beautiful woman (Theresa Russell) with her own obsession--a deadly one: She seduces, marries and murders wealthy men. Psychological thriller complicates when the two women come to like and understand one another. Bob Rafelson directs (his first film since "The Postman Always Rings Twice"). With Nicol Williamson, Sami Frey, Dennis Hopper, Leo Rossi, Diane Ladd, Terry O'Quinn. (Fox)
"Blood Hook"--Tongue-in-cheeky thriller about a murder spree in the American north woods. James Mallon directs Mark Jacobs and Lisa Todd. (Troma)
"Body Slam"--Comedy about a down-but-not-yet-out rock 'n' roll personal manager whose career takes a (crash! bam!) turn when he begins handling (thud!) professional rasslers. Directed by Hal Needham, who usually directs slamming cars. With Dirk Benedict, Tanya Roberts, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Captain Lou Albano. (DEG)
"Burglar"--Whoops! Whoopi Goldberg is a cat burglar (with a day job as a bookstore owner) who inadvertently witnesses a crime and, with her pet-groomer friend (Bob Goldthwait), is framed for murder. Hugh Wilson writes and directs. Based on Lawrence Block's novel. With G. W. Bailey and Lesley Ann Warren. (Warners)
"Burke & Wills"--All about the historic 1860 expedition of Robert Burke and William Wills, the first to traverse Australia from south to north and map the territory. Graeme Clifford directs Jack Thompson, Nigel Havers, Greta Scacchi. (Hemdale)
"Busted Up"--Earl Bird is a guy who's just trying to save his neighborhood from being taken over by nasty hoodlums. There's also a corrupt, local "front man" working with the villains, and that makes Earl's job all the tougher. Conrad E. Palmisano directs. Stars Irene Cara and Paul Coufos. (Shapiro)
"The Butterfly Revolution"--Penelope Spheeris co-scripted an adaptation of William Butler's popular teen novel, about kids at a summer camp who rebel against the sadistic camp boss (Chuck Connors). The result is "Lord of the Flies"-like. With Charles Stratton, Adam Carl, Harold 'P' Pruett, Melissa Brennan, Tom Fridley, Stuart Rogers. Burt L. Dragin directs. (Concorde)