Best Music Movies of 1983


Michael Jackson's Thriller

8.7/10 IMDB

A night at the movies turns into a nightmare when Michael and his date are attacked by a hoard of bloody-thirsty zombies.

Starring: Michael Jackson, Ola Ray, Vincent Price, Cynthia Garris, Tiana Davidson 'Thelma' Davis, Mick Garris, Hanala Sagal, Forrest J. Ackerman, Reed Armstrong, Rick Baker ..
Directed by: John Landis
Release date: 1983-11-14


6.5/10 IMDB

Rebbe Mendel is a single father who teaches the Talmud, a sacred text of Judaism, to the boys of his small Polish town. Behind closed doors, he also instructs his daughter, Yentl, despite the fact that girls are forbidden to study religious scripture. When Yentl's father dies, she still has a strong desire to learn about her faith -- so she disguises herself as a male, enrolls in a religious school, and unexpectedly finds love along the way.

Starring: Barbra Streisand, Mandy Patinkin, Amy Irving, Nehemiah Persoff, Steven Hill, Miriam Margolyes, Ian Sears, Allan Corduner, Lynda Baron, David de Keyser ..
Directed by: Barbra Streisand
Release date: 1983-11-18
Best Music Movies of 1983 : Diana Ross: Live in Central Park

Diana Ross: Live in Central Park

8.1/10 IMDB

On July 21,1983, the legendary Diana Ross took the stage in New York's Central Park before an audience of over 800,000. Soon after the entertainer began, pouring rain and heavy wind threatened to put an end to the show, but Diana pushed on for much of the set;urging the drenched crowd to remain calm and stay with her. Eventually the torrential storm put an end to the performance;but not before Diana promised her fans she would return the next day. True to her word;Diana performed the entire concert again on July 22nd for the people of New York.

Starring: Diana Ross ..
Directed by: Steve Binder
Release date: 1983-07-25
Best Music Movies of 1983 : Suzie Superstar

Suzie Superstar

6.8/10 IMDB

Shauna Grant's tragically short career was marked by several legendary films, most notably Suzie Superstar in which she plays a sexy rock singer at the top of the charts. Her overbearing manager played by John Leslie sparks an adventure filled with sex, betrayal, money, and love.

Starring: Gail Sterling, Laura Lazare, Shauna Grant, Sharon Mitchell, Laurie Smith, Tara Aire, Tigr, Aaron Stuart, Jean Clark, Jeff Lyle ..
Directed by: Gary Graver
Release date: 1983-01-01
Best Music Movies of 1983 : Bad News Tour

Bad News Tour

8.3/10 IMDB

A documentary crew films heavy metal band Bad News as they have trouble starting their van, pick up a schoolgirl groupie, and meet up with rock journalist Sally at a motorway service station where they argue about the cost of sausage and chips.

Starring: Adrian Edmondson, Rik Mayall, Nigel Planer, Peter Richardson, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, Serena Evans, Bert Parnaby, Neville Smith, Judy Hawkins ..
Directed by: Sandy Johnson
Release date: 1983-01-24
Best Music Movies of 1983 : Black Wax

Black Wax

7.8/10 IMDB

Gil Scott-Heron, one of rap's earliest (and unfortunately unknown) pioneers, gets his full due in Black Wax, the 1982 documentary recently reissued on video. Interspliced between performance footage of Scott-Heron and his Midnight Band are vignettes of him walking around Washington D.C., spouting his views on then-President Reagan (dubbed "Ray-Gun") and generally dropping knowledge. The live performance features many of Scott-Heron's best-known hits, including "Johannesburg," "Winter in America," and "Angel Dust," among others. Warm, intelligent, and insightful throughout, Scott-Heron is clearly enjoying himself and the opportunity to espouse his views. A must for any fan of Scott-Heron's, and definitely worth a look for fans of the funkier jazz music of the mid to late 1970's.

Starring: Gil Scott-Heron, Glen 'Astro' Turner, Gia Scott-Heron, Ed Brady ..
Directed by: Robert Mugge
Release date: 1983-01-12
Best Music Movies of 1983 : Il Trittico

Il Trittico

7.9/10 IMDB

Teatro Alla Scala 1983 production of three one-act operas from Puccini.

Starring: Eleonora Jankovic, Nella Verri, Anna Baldasserini ..
Directed by: Brian Large
Release date: 1983-09-22
Best Music Movies of 1983 : Eurythmics: Sweet Dreams

Eurythmics: Sweet Dreams

7.3/10 IMDB

This extraordinary video features in-concert performances from 1983, conceptual video clips and animation woven together in a fabulous "album" highlighting Eurythmics international smash hit "Sweet Dreams" and more. Songs: This is the House, Never Gonna Cry Again, Take Me To Your Heart, I've Got An Angel, Satellite Of Love, Love Is A Stranger [video], Who's That Girl, This City Never Sleeps, Jennifer, Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) [video], I Could Give You a Mirror, Somebody Told Me, Wrap it Up, Tous Les Garcons Et Les Filles, Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This).

Starring: Annie Lennox, David A. Stewart, Pete Phipps, Dean Garcia, Vic Martin, Howard Hughes, Maggie Ryder, Gill O'Donovan, Susie O'List, Lorraine Luke ..
Directed by: Derek Burbidge
Release date: 1983-01-01

Electric Boogie

7.1/10 IMDB

Short film on the dance phenomenon of "Electric Boogie", and about 4 boys, 2 black and 2 Puerto Rican, who dance it together in the streets of the South Bronx.

Starring: Eliester Caraballo, Ken Caraballo, Oliver Bush, K.K. ..
Directed by: Freke Vuijst
Release date: 1983-01-01
Best Music Movies of 1983 : Emerald Cities

Emerald Cities

6.1/10 IMDB

Emerald Cities, completing the trilogy, is a story about a young woman who runs off from her Death Valley home to seek her fortune. Her drunken dad still stuck in his Santa suit from the local Christmas pagent, follows and soon comes in contact with the "new dark ages" of 1984. Juxtapositions of "on-the street" interviews (by Willie Boy Walker), punk performances by bands Flipper and The Mutants, TV shows of past-life hypnotism and nuclear destruction, and a crazed ex-con all finally intermix with the characters' own sagas.

Starring: Carolyn Zaremba, Ed Nylund, Dick Richardson, Ted Falconi, Kelly Boen, Willie Boy Walker, Liam Cutchins, Arnie Passman, Lowell Darling, Lowell Darling ..
Directed by: Rick Schmidt
Release date: 1983-01-01

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