With summer comes a literal festival of big movies. Box-office records will be challenged this year as Tom Cruise shifts gears, Eddie Murphy gets "Another 48 HRS," and Arnold Schwarzenegger muscles his way to Mars. "Dick Tracy" may even beat "Batman." Here's what you'll be seeing in the months ahead. First, a caution: The following release dates may change, so stay close to your newspaper.
"BACK TO THE FUTURE, PART III"--Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson and Thomas F. Wilson return with director Robert Zemeckis for what may be a farewell to the "Future" franchise. The Old West is the setting for this trip as Mary Steenburgen co-stars. (Universal)
For the Record
Los Angeles Times Thursday June 14, 1990 Home Edition Calendar Part F Page 3 Column 1 Entertainment Desk 1 inches; 28 words Type of Material: Correction
Wrong year--The May 27 Movies Magazine incorrectly stated that the film "Backstreet Dreams" was shot several years ago. The film, starring Brooke Shields, was produced during the summer of 1989.
"CADILLAC MAN"--When philandering Caddy salesperson Robin Williams makes his move toward a woman who happens to be Tim Robbins' wife, Robbins vaults into action. Roger Donaldson ("No Way Out") directs. (Orion)
"FIRE BIRDS"--Nicolas Cage stars in this action film that focuses on America's Apache military helicopters as they swoop down on a South American drug cartel. Also starring in this deadly mission are Sean Young and Tommy Lee Jones. David Green directs. (Buena Vista)
"THE ADVENTURES OF MILO AND OTIS"--Even though Columbia released this film last year to audience indifference, the studio is trying again. Milo is the mischievous kitten and Otis his pug-nosed dog of a friend who takes charge when Milo tumbles into a rushing river. Dudley Moore provides the narration. Masanori Hata directs. (Columbia)
"ANOTHER 48 HRS."--Eddie Murphy, Nick Nolte and plenty of action are offered in this sequel to the 1982 smash that established Murphy as a celluloid cash cow. Director Walter Hill also returns as the story picks up eight years after the original. This time out, Murphy and Nolte lay justice on some disagreeable Aryan-supremacist biker dudes. (Paramount)
"BAIL JUMPER"--Joe and Elaine, a pair of social misfits, meet at a beer party and begin a life of love and travel punctuated by petty theft. They soon drift apart, but when Joe accidentally shoots himself, Elaine rushes to his side to ensure an uplifting conclusion. Stars Eszter Balint and B. J. Spalding; directed by Christian Faber. (Angelika)
"BETSY'S WEDDING"--Alan Alda does everything but tap dance in this comedy, starring in and directing a screenplay he wrote. Alda wants the perfect wedding for his beloved Betsy, so he orchestrates a scheme to procure the money for a celebration. Will Alda wear formal black or jailhouse gray on the big day? Also starring Joey Bishop, Madeline Kahn, Catherine O'Hara, Joe Pesci, Ally Sheedy and Burt Young, with Molly Ringwald as Betsy. (Buena Vista)
"BIRD ON A WIRE"--Mel Gibson and Goldie Hawn provide the sparks in this romantic comedy from "Stakeout" director John Badham. When Gibson and Hawn are forced to venture cross-country to avoid the lethal clutches of bad guy David Carradine, the love they once shared begins to bloom anew. Playboy cover girl Joan Severance co-stars. (Universal)
"THE BOYFRIEND SCHOOL"(tentative title)--Shelley Long stars with Steve Guttenberg and Jami Gertz in this comedy. Long is a romance novelist who uses her expertise in love matters to help her very shy, very single brother capture the heart of his dream woman. Kyle MacLachlan co-stars; Malcolm Mowbray directs. (Hemdale)
"DAYS OF THUNDER"--Tom Cruise fans are expected to generate box-office thunder when this one hits the marquees. "Top Gun" producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer join forces with "Gun" director Tony Scott as Cruise pushes himself to the limits on the NASCAR racing circuit. Can he reach the checkered flag before self-destructing? Nicole Kidman nabbed the coveted spot opposite Cruise in this Robert Towne screenplay. (Paramount)
"DICK TRACY"--The Disney gang hopes to cash in with this Warren Beatty-directed vehicle as Warner Bros. did last summer with "Batman." Beatty as Tracy saves the world from the nefarious with the help of Madonna (the warbling Breathless Mahoney), Glenne Headly (Tess Trueheart), Charles Durning (Police Chief Brandon), Mandy Patinkin (88-Keys) and William Forsythe (Flattop). Dustin Hoffman and Al Pacino chip in with cameos as Mumbles and the villainous Big Boy. Songs by Stephen Sondheim. Get your seat early to see the companion "Roller Coaster Rabbit," a Roger Rabbit cartoon. (Buena Vista)
"DIE HARD 2"--Bruce Willis returns as New York Ultra Cop John McClane, this time matching wits with an elite but malicious special-forces unit. This unfriendly organization--led by a former U.S. military officer--has assumed power over a major international airport. "Die Hard" vets Bonnie Bedelia, William Atherton and Reginald Veljohnson reprise their characters. Franco Nero, Bill Sadler and John Amos also appear under Renny Harlin's direction. (20th Century Fox)