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Inseminoid (1981)

Inseminoid (1981)

Inseminoid (1981)
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93

A crew of interplanetary archaeologists is threatened when an alien creature impregnates one of their members, causing her to turn homicidal and murder them one by one.

Genesis: Three Sides Live (1981)

Genesis: Three Sides Live (1981)

Genesis: Three Sides Live (1981)
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83

Three Sides Live is a 1982 concert film of the Abacab tour by British rock band Genesis. It tied in with the double live album of the same name. The…

Genre: Music
K-9 and Company: A Girl’s Best Friend (1981)

K-9 and Company: A Girl’s Best Friend (1981)

K-9 and Company: A Girl’s Best Friend (1981)
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50

Sarah Jane Smith returns to Earth and carries on with her journalist career. Now, in 1981, she has managed to rebuild her career and has come, a matter of days…

Modern Problems (1981)

Modern Problems (1981)

Modern Problems (1981)
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89

Jealous, harried air traffic controller Max Fielder, recently dumped by his girlfriend, comes into contact with nuclear waste and is granted the power of telekinesis, which he uses to not…

Reds (1981)

Reds (1981)

Reds (1981)
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195

An account of the revolutionary years of the legendary American journalist John Reed (1887-1920), who shared his adventurous professional life with his radical commitment to the socialist revolution in Russia,…

Mad Max 2 (1981)

Mad Max 2 (1981)

Mad Max 2 (1981)
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96

Max Rockatansky returns as the heroic loner who drives the dusty roads of a postapocalyptic Australian Outback in an unending search for gasoline. Arrayed against him and the other scraggly…

Mahjong Heroes (1981)

Mahjong Heroes (1981)

Mahjong Heroes (1981)
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91

In America, there’s such “game” movies as The Sting. But in Asia, it’s often about the fascinating game of mahjong, and this is one of the best. Teen idol Nicholas…

Genre: Action
Bill (1981)

Bill (1981)

Bill (1981)
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100

Bill, a retarded man, ventures out into the world for the first time, having spent most of his life in a dreary inner city Institution. He is taken in by…

Genre: Drama, TV Movie
Taps (1981)

Taps (1981)

Taps (1981)
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126

Military cadets take extreme measures to ensure the future of their academy when its existence is threatened by local condo developers.

Genre: Drama
Ghost Story (1981)

Ghost Story (1981)

Ghost Story (1981)
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110

Four successful elderly gentlemen, members of the Chowder Society, share a gruesome, 50-year old secret. When one of Edward Wanderley’s twin sons dies in a bizarre accident, the group begins…

Sharky’s Machine (1981)

Sharky’s Machine (1981)

Sharky’s Machine (1981)
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122

Police officer Tom Sharky gets busted back to working vice, where he happens upon a scandalous conspiracy involving a local politician. Sharky’s new ‘machine’ gathers evidence while Sharky falls in…

Heartbeeps (1981)

Heartbeeps (1981)

Heartbeeps (1981)
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79

Domestic robots fall in love and run off together.

Neighbors (1981)

Neighbors (1981)

Neighbors (1981)
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94

One man’s quiet suburban life takes a sickening lurch for the worse when a young couple move into the deserted house next door. From the word go it is obvious…

Genre: Comedy
A Chipmunk Christmas (1981)

A Chipmunk Christmas (1981)

A Chipmunk Christmas (1981)
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30

Alvin learns the true meaning of Christmas.

Genre: Animation, Family
Pennies from Heaven (1981)

Pennies from Heaven (1981)

Pennies from Heaven (1981)
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108

A musical set in the great Busby Berkeley style. In Chicago during the depression, sheet music salesman, Arthur Parker, is trying to sell his products, but it’s not easy to…

Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Dawn of the Mummy (1981)

Dawn of the Mummy (1981)

Dawn of the Mummy (1981)
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93

A group of fashion models disturb the tomb of a mummy and revive an ancient curse. Along with the mummy rising, slaves who were buried in the desert thousands of…

Genre: Horror
Four Friends (1981)

Four Friends (1981)

Four Friends (1981)
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115

A young immigrant comes to America in the 60s and is caught up in the counterculture movement which tests his bonds of friendship and love.

Genre: Drama, Romance
Buddy Buddy (1981)

Buddy Buddy (1981)

Buddy Buddy (1981)
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96

During a high profile Mafia testimony case, a contract killer checks-in a hotel room near the courthouse while his next door depressed neighbor wants to commit suicide due to marital…

Genre: Comedy
The Amateur (1981)

The Amateur (1981)

The Amateur (1981)
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112

A researcher for the CIA who convinces his superiors to send him to the eastern bloc in order to avenge the murder of his wife by enemy agents discovers a…

Puberty Blues (1981)

Puberty Blues (1981)

Puberty Blues (1981)
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87

The mating rituals of two teenage surf chicks from the southern suburbs of Sydney. Meet Sue, an Australian teenager in the late 70s, whose life mainly consists of doing what…

Genre: Comedy, Drama
Child Bride of Short Creek (1981)

Child Bride of Short Creek (1981)

Child Bride of Short Creek (1981)
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95

Partially based on the true events surrounding a rural religious cult in the American Midwest, and how the members’ children suffered for their parents’ fanaticism.

A Long Way Home (1981)

A Long Way Home (1981)

A Long Way Home (1981)
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120

Many years after being abandoned by his parents, Donald sets out in search of his siblings. His biggest challenge is cutting through layers of bureaucratic red tape. He happens upon…

Genre: Drama, TV Movie
The Children Nobody Wanted (1981)

The Children Nobody Wanted (1981)

The Children Nobody Wanted (1981)
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100

True story of Tom Butterfield and his crusade to provide family life for homeless children, becoming not only the first bachelor caretaker, but the youngest single adult to become a…

Genre: Drama
Whose Life Is It Anyway? (1981)

Whose Life Is It Anyway? (1981)

Whose Life Is It Anyway? (1981)
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119

Ken Harrison is an artist that lives to make sculptures. One day he is involved in a car accident, and is paralyzed from his neck down. All he can do…

Genre: Drama
The Marva Collins Story (1981)

The Marva Collins Story (1981)

The Marva Collins Story (1981)
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100

Cicely Tyson was Emmy-nominated as Outstanding Actress for her portrait of a Chicago schoolteacher whose remarkable achievements with black children labelled “unteachable” were spotlighted in a 1979 “60 Minutes” segment…

On Golden Pond (1981)

On Golden Pond (1981)

On Golden Pond (1981)
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109

For Norman and Ethel Thayer, this summer on golden pond is filled with conflict and resolution. When their daughter Chelsea arrives, the family is forced to renew the bonds of…

Genre: Drama
Of Mice and Men (1981)

Of Mice and Men (1981)

Of Mice and Men (1981)
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150

George and Lenny travel through the Depression-era west working at odd jobs, hoping to make enough money to buy their own farm. George must always watch over his intellectually disabled…

Genre: Drama
Race for the Yankee Zephyr (1981)

Race for the Yankee Zephyr (1981)

Race for the Yankee Zephyr (1981)
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108

In a lake high in the mountains of New Zealand hunter Gibbie Gibson discovers a plane wreck from WW2. When he tells it around, a gang of crooks follows and…

Genre: Action, Adventure
Venom (1981)

Venom (1981)

Venom (1981)
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93

International terrorists attempt to kidnap a wealthy couple’s child. Their plan comes unstuck when a deadly Black Mamba, sent by mistake instead of a harmless snake, escapes and the terrorists…

Genre: Horror, Thriller
Frankenstein Island (1981)

Frankenstein Island (1981)

Frankenstein Island (1981)
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97

A hot air balloon crew and a dog find themselves on an island with scantily-clad part-alien women, zombies, and other monsters.

Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
The Trolls and the Christmas Express (1981)

The Trolls and the Christmas Express (1981)

The Trolls and the Christmas Express (1981)
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30

The Trolls and the Christmas Express is an animated classic about six roguish trolls who are determined to sabotage Christmas by infiltrating Santa’s village disguised as elves. After a week…

They All Laughed (1981)

They All Laughed (1981)

They All Laughed (1981)
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115

A mad cap private-eye caper about a team of detectives who are following, and are being followed by, a group of beautiful women.

The Looney, Looney, Looney Bugs Bunny Movie (1981)

The Looney, Looney, Looney Bugs Bunny Movie (1981)

The Looney, Looney, Looney Bugs Bunny Movie (1981)
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79

Bugs Bunny hosts an award show featuring several classic Looney Tunes shorts and characters. This movie was released in 1981 by Warner Bros. and was produced by Friz Freleng. New…

Ragtime (1981)

Ragtime (1981)

Ragtime (1981)
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155

A young black pianist becomes embroiled in the lives of an upper-class white family set among the racial tensions, infidelity, violence, and other nostalgic events in early 1900s New York…

Genre: Drama
Absence of Malice (1981)

Absence of Malice (1981)

Absence of Malice (1981)
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116

Megan Carter is a reporter duped into running an untrue story on Michael Gallagher, a suspected racketeer. He has an alibi for the time his crime was allegedly committed—but it…

Skokie (1981)

Skokie (1981)

Skokie (1981)
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125

A dramatization of the controversial trial concerning the right for Neo-Nazis to march in the predominately Jewish community of Skokie.

Genre: Drama, TV Movie
Burning an Illusion (1981)

Burning an Illusion (1981)

Burning an Illusion (1981)
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101

A young black woman in England becomes increasingly frustrated with her life with her lazy, demanding boyfriend, and with the help of friends seeks something better.

Porky’s (1981)

Porky’s (1981)

Porky’s (1981)
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94

Set in 1954, a group of Florida high schoolers seek out to lose their virginity which leads them to seek revenge on a sleazy nightclub owner and his redneck sheriff…

Genre: Comedy
The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper (1981)

The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper (1981)

The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper (1981)
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100

A speculation on the fate of the famous hijacker who parachuted with his ransom and disappeared in the mountains. Has Cooper succeeded in following a meticulous plan to disappear into…

Roar (1981)

Roar (1981)

Roar (1981)
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102

Roar follows a family who are attacked by various African animals at the secluded home of their keeper.