Best Music Movies of 1987


Dirty Dancing

7.0/10 IMDB

Expecting the usual tedium that accompanies a summer in the Catskills with her family, 17-year-old Frances 'Baby' Houseman is surprised to find herself stepping into the shoes of a professional hoofer—and unexpectedly falling in love.

Starring: Jennifer Grey, Patrick Swayze, Jerry Orbach, Cynthia Rhodes, Jack Weston, Jane Brucker, Kelly Bishop, Lonny Price, Max Cantor, Charles "Honi" Coles ..
Directed by: Emile Ardolino
Release date: 1987-08-21

Radio Days

7.4/10 IMDB

The Narrator tells us how the radio influenced his childhood in the days before TV. In the New York City of the late 1930s to the New Year's Eve 1944, this coming-of-age tale mixes the narrator's experiences with contemporary anecdotes and urban legends of the radio stars.

Starring: Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Jeff Daniels, Larry David, Todd Field, Seth Green, Michael Tucker, Julie Kavner, Danny Aiello, Tony Roberts ..
Directed by: Woody Allen
Release date: 1987-01-30

La Bamba

6.9/10 IMDB

Los Angeles teenager Ritchie Valens becomes an overnight rock 'n' roll success in 1958, thanks to a love ballad called "Donna" that he wrote for his girlfriend. But as his star rises, Valens has conflicts with his jealous brother, Bob, and becomes haunted by a recurring nightmare of a plane crash just as he begins his first national tour alongside Buddy Holly.

Starring: Lou Diamond Phillips, Danielle von Zerneck, Elizabeth Peña, Rosanna DeSoto, Esai Morales, Joe Pantoliano, Rick Dees, Marshall Crenshaw, Brian Setzer, Daniel Valdez ..
Directed by: Luis Valdez
Release date: 1987-07-24

The Brave Little Toaster

7.3/10 IMDB

A group of dated appliances, finding themselves stranded in a summer home that their family had just sold, decide to seek their young 8 year old "master".

Starring: Jon Lovitz, Timothy Stack, Phil Hartman, Deanna Oliver, Timothy E. Day, Thurl Ravenscroft, Joe Ranft, Judy Toll, Wayne Kaatz, Colette Savage ..
Directed by: Jerry Rees
Release date: 1987-07-09

Queen: Hungarian Rhapsody - Live in Budapest '86

8.6/10 IMDB

On 27th July 1986, British stadium rock band Queen broke new ground by playing for the first time in Hungary, a country which was still under a communist dictatorship behind the Iron Curtain.

Starring: Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor, John Deacon, Spike Edney ..
Directed by: János Zsombolyai
Release date: 1987-01-01
Best Music Movies of 1987 : Metallica - Cliff 'Em All

Metallica - Cliff 'Em All

8.4/10 IMDB

Originally released as "The $19.98 Home Vid: Cliff 'Em All," Metallica's first video is a tribute to late original bassist Cliff Burton. James Hetfield describes it as "a compilation of bootleg footage shot by sneaky Metallifux, stuff shot for TV that was never used, but we've held onto, home footage, personal fotos and us drunk. But most important, it's really a look back at the 3-1/2 years that Cliff was with us and includes his best bass solos and the home footage and pix that we feel best capture his unique personality and style." 1987.

Starring: Cliff Burton, Kirk Hammett, James Hetfield, Dave Mustaine, Lars Ulrich ..
Directed by: Doug Freel, Jean Pellerin
Release date: 1987-11-17

Chuck Berry - Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll

7.7/10 IMDB

St. Louis, 1986. For Chuck Berry's 60th, Keith Richards assembles a pickup band of Robert Cray, Joey Spampinato, Eric Clapton, himself and long-time Berry pianist, Johnnie Johnson. Joined on stage by Etta James, Linda Ronstadt and Julian Lennon, Berry performs his classic rock songs. His abilities as a composer, lyricist, singer, musician and entertainer are on display and, in behind-the-scenes interviews, are discussed by Bo Diddley, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bruce Springstein, the Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison and others. There's even a rarity for Berry—a rehearsal. Archival footage from the early 1950s and a duet with John Lennon round out this portrait of a master.

Starring: Chuck Berry, Keith Richards, Ingrid Berry, Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, Bo Diddley, Don Everly, Phil Everly, Etta James, Johnnie Johnson ..
Directed by: Taylor Hackford
Release date: 1987-10-09

Jimi Plays Monterey

8.1/10 IMDB

It's no exaggeration to say this might be the most intense and groundbreaking 45-minute performance in the history of rock. Jimi Hendrix's debut American set at 1967's Monterey Pop Festival is generally considered one of the most radical and legendary live shows ever. Virtually unknown to American audiences at the time, even though he was already an established entity in the UK, Hendrix and his two-piece Experience explode on stage, ripping through blues classics "Rock Me Baby" and Howlin' Wolf's "Killing Floor," interpreting and electrifying Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone," debuting songs from his yet-to-be-released first album and closing with the now historic sacrificing/burning of his guitar during an unhinged version of "Wild Thing" that even its writer Chip Taylor would never have imagined. Hendrix uses feedback and distortion to enhance the songs in whisper-to-scream intensity, blazing territory that had not been previously explored with as much soul-frazzled power.

Starring: Jimi Hendrix, Noel Redding, Mitch Mitchell, John Phillips, George Harrison, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, Janis Joplin, John Lennon, Paul McCartney ..
Directed by: D. A. Pennebaker, Chris Hegedus
Release date: 1987-10-16

A Muppet Family Christmas

8.1/10 IMDB

Fozzie Bear surprises his mother on Christmas Eve by bringing the entire Muppet gang to her farm to celebrate the holidays. Doc and his dog Sprocket, who had planned a quiet Christmas, end up joining the Muppets in their holiday activities and preparations. The Sesame Street and Fraggle Rock regulars join the festivities, but to Kermit's dismay, the only one missing is Miss Piggy, who has been caught in a snowstorm.

Starring: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Kathryn Mullen, Steve Whitmire, David Rudman, Caroll Spinney, Gerard Parkes ..
Directed by: Peter Harris, Eric Till
Release date: 1987-12-16

Prince: Sign o' the Times

8.0/10 IMDB

In 1987, to capitalize on his growing success in Europe, Prince toured extensively to promote the album of the same name and sales increased accordingly. However, the United States remained resistant to his latest album, and sales began to drop; it was at this point that Prince decided to film a live concert promoting the new material, for eventual distribution to theaters in America. Featuring the band that accompanied Prince on his 1987 Sign o' the Times Tour, including dancer Cat Glover, keyboardist Boni Boyer, bassist Levi Seacer, Jr., guitarist Miko Weaver, drummer Sheila E. and former member of The Revolution keyboardist Dr. Fink, the film sees the group perform live on stage (although "U Got the Look" is represented by its promotional music video).

Starring: Prince, Sheila E., Levi Seacer Jr., Miko Weaver, Dr. Fink, Boni Boyer, Eric Leeds, Atlanta Bliss, Cat Glover, Wally Safford ..
Directed by: Prince
Release date: 1987-11-20

The Chipmunk Adventure

7.1/10 IMDB

The Chipmunks and the Chipettes go head to head in a hot air balloon race, and the winner gets $10,000. Unbeknownst to the participants, the "race" is actually a diamond smuggling ring!

Starring: Ross Bagdasarian, Jr., Janice Karman, Dody Goodman, Susan Tyrrell, Anthony De Longis, Frank Welker, Nancy Cartwright, Philip L. Clarke, Ken Sansom, George Poulos ..
Directed by: Janice Karman
Release date: 1987-05-22
Best Music Movies of 1987 : Bon Jovi: Slippery When Wet The Videos

Bon Jovi: Slippery When Wet The Videos

8.0/10 IMDB

Slippery When Wet: The Videos features all the videos from Bon Jovi's breakthrough third album, Slippery When Wet, together with interviews and backstage footage.

Starring: Richie Sambora, Alec John Such, Tico Torres, Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, David Bryan, Tico Torres, Alec John Such ..
Release date: 1987-12-01
Best Music Movies of 1987 : Heartbeat


6.7/10 IMDB

A surrealistic journey into the experiences and reflections of a documentary filmmaker as he evaluates the people and places that have made up his life. Alternatively, a 65 minute feature made up of songs from Don Johnson's record of the same name.

Starring: Don Johnson, Paul Shaffer, Giancarlo Esposito, Lori Singer, Sandahl Bergman, David Carradine, Willie Nelson, Luis Guzmán, Dweezil Zappa, Angela Alvarado ..
Directed by: John Nicolella
Release date: 1987-05-10
Best Music Movies of 1987 : Your Face

Your Face

7.0/10 IMDB

A tenor, in suit and tie, with a receding hairline, sings a ballad to his love, “Your Face Is Like a Song,” to simple piano accompaniment.

Starring: Maureen McElheron ..
Directed by: Bill Plympton
Release date: 1987-05-01
Best Music Movies of 1987 : The Cure In Orange

The Cure In Orange

8.7/10 IMDB

A concert video of The Cure filmed in Orange, France. 1. Intro 2. Shake Dog Shake 3. Piggy In The Mirror 4. Play For Today 5. A Strange Day 6. Primary 7. Kyoto Song 8. Charlotte Sometimes 9. Inbetween Days 10. The Walk 11. A Night Like This 12. Push 13. One Hundred Years 14. A Forest 15. Sinking 16.Close To Me 17. Let's Go To Bed 18. Six Different Ways 19. Three Imaginary Boys 20. Boys Don't Cry 21. Faith 22. Give Me It 23. 10.15 Saturday Night 24. Killing An Arab

Starring: Robert Smith, Simon Gallup, Boris Williams, Porl Thompson, Laurence Tolhurst ..
Directed by: Tim Pope
Release date: 1987-10-13
Best Music Movies of 1987 : Kiss Exposed

Kiss Exposed

7.2/10 IMDB

Ah, the '80s! A time of hair bands and their ludicrous MTV videos filled with spandex-clad band members and skimpily clad bimbos. Kiss: Exposed returns us to that forgettable era, as Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons show how to desperately try to remain cock rock's elder statesmen. This 1987 compilation serves up several now-hilarious video clips from Kiss's '80s "unmasked" period, including "Tears Are Falling," "Heaven's on Fire," "Lick It Up," and "I Love It Loud." (Count the fires burning in these classic video relics of days gone by!) Also on hand are Stanley and Simmons themselves, looking properly embarrassed as they act out rock's biggest fantasy: lounging by the pool with a bevy of (mostly) bare beauties. The saving grace is the generous selection of vintage live performances: hearing the band do "Strutter," "Detroit Rock City," "Ladies Room," and "Deuce" in its late-'70s prime is worth wading through the outdated '80s-style power pop... if you're a real Kiss fan, of course.

Starring: Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Eric Carr, Bruce Kulick, KISS, Kymberly Herrin, Candie Evans, Blondi ..
Release date: 1987-05-18
Best Music Movies of 1987 : Running Out of Luck

Running Out of Luck

5.1/10 IMDB

A rock singer goes to Brazil to shoot a video, but winds up getting kidnapped and enduring a number of seemingly bizarre and hilarious events.

Starring: Mick Jagger, Rae Dawn Chong, Dennis Hopper, Jerry Hall, Norma Bengell, Grande Otelo, Jorge Coutinho, José Dumont, Carlos Kroeber, Geraldo Rosa ..
Directed by: Julien Temple
Release date: 1987-02-02
Best Music Movies of 1987 : Van Halen - Live Without A Net

Van Halen - Live Without A Net

8.1/10 IMDB

Live Without a Net is a live concert video of Van Halen recorded in New Haven, Connecticut in 1986, and released the following year. It was of their performance on August 27, 1986 at New Haven's Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The 90-minute release removed a few songs from the full performance. While the band attempted to record the previous night, audio problems prevented it from being used, although some video footage from that night would later surface in music videos. The concerts were part of the 5150 Tour, supporting the album of the same name, Van Halen's first with lead singer Sammy Hagar.

Starring: Eddie Van Halen, Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, Alex Van Halen, Van Halen ..
Directed by: Daniel Kleinman
Release date: 1987-09-15

Cirque du Soleil: La Magie Continue

7.0/10 IMDB

One of the earliest Cirque du Soleil releases, filmed during a tour of the troupe's native Canada in 1986 and filled with their trademark costumes, music and extraordinary feats.

Release date: 1987-06-01

Shake! Otis at Monterey

7.9/10 IMDB

Renowned documentary filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker captures Otis Redding in his ascendancy, singing at the historic Monterey International Pop Festival in June 1967. Comedian Tom Smothers introduces Redding to a crowd that is leaving -- until Redding grabs them with his charged rendition of "Shake." Redding's performance also includes "Respect" (which he wrote), "I've Been Loving You Too Long," "Satisfaction," and "Try a Little Tenderness." Tragically, Redding died in a plane crash six months later. An innovative filmmaker who started in the 1950s making experimental films, Pennebaker garnered an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Feature in 1993 for The War Room, his behind-the-scenes look at Bill Clinton's 1992 campaign. His other subjects have included Norman Mailer, Bob Dylan, and David Bowie.

Starring: Otis Redding, Steve Cropper, Donald 'Duck' Dunn, Al Jackson Jr., Booker T. Jones, Tom Smothers ..
Directed by: D. A. Pennebaker
Release date: 1987-10-16

Back to the Beach

5.9/10 IMDB

Cowabunga! The surfing '60s ride into the new wave as Frankie and Annette star in this hip update of their old-time, good-time beach movies. With special appearances by Bob Denver, Tony Dow, Pee-Wee Herman, Jerry Mathers and other familiar faces. Frankie and Annette grow up and have kids in the midwest. They return to LA to visit their daughter who is shacked up with her boyfriend and tries to hide the fact. They begin to have marriage problems when Frankie runs into Connie, who has erected a shrine to him in her night club. Their punk son has joined up with the local surf toughs, and things all come to a head when the toughs challenge the good guys to a surfing duel

Starring: Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Lori Loughlin, Tommy Hinkley, Demian Slade, Connie Stevens, Joe Holland, John Calvin, David Bowe, Laura Urstein ..
Directed by: Lyndall Hobbs
Release date: 1987-08-07
Best Music Movies of 1987 : The Puppetoon Movie

The Puppetoon Movie

7.1/10 IMDB

Animated characters introduce a compilation of George Pal replacement animation Puppetoon short films from the 1930s and 1940s. Originally released in 80 minutes length, The Puppetoon Movie also exists in a subsequently expanded ten minutes longer version.

Starring: Paul Frees, Dal McKennon, Art Clokey, Dick Beals ..
Directed by: Arnold Leibovit
Release date: 1987-06-12
Best Music Movies of 1987 : Chasing a Rainbow: The Life of Josephine Baker

Chasing a Rainbow: The Life of Josephine Baker

7.6/10 IMDB

The story of Josephine Baker takes us on a fascinating tour of 20th-century race relations on both sides of the Atlantic, yet it leads to no conclusion, and black girls in search of a role-model tend to look elsewhere. Part of her appeal is her startlingly unique appearance. Simply nobody has ever looked or acted like her. She fits no black stereotype. Nor does she look like any recognizable strain of Afro-American. I'd always heard she was half-white, but it seems that her paternity is unknown, and her contradictory claims on the subject don't do much to enlighten us. (We are tempted to imagine quite an exotic mix.) Her origins in sharply-segregated St. Louis, where she is said to have witnessed a lynching, do not seem to have left her embittered. Perhaps she had too much to give. There is a special innocence about that smile, and when she performs her cross-eyed gag, we are lifted into a strange pixie-world, all its own.

Starring: Todd Olivier, Josephine Baker ..
Directed by: Christopher Ralling
Release date: 1987-03-24
Best Music Movies of 1987 : Stevie Nicks: Live at Red Rocks

Stevie Nicks: Live at Red Rocks

8.0/10 IMDB

Live at Red Rocks is a concert video album by the American singer-songwriter and Fleetwood Mac vocalist Stevie Nicks. It was filmed during Nicks' 1986 Rock a Little Tour. It features special guests Peter Frampton on guitar and Mick Fleetwood on drums. It was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Performance Music Video in 1987. Originally released as an Enhanced CD-ROM in 1987, it was reissued on DVD in 2007. Song listing: "Outside the Rain" "Dreams" "Talk to Me" "I Need to Know" (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers cover) "No Spoken Word" "Beauty and the Beast" "Stand Back" "Has Anyone Ever Written Anything for You?" "Edge of Seventeen".

Starring: Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood, Peter Frampton, Lori Perry, Waddy Wachtel, Jai Winding, Jennifer Condos ..
Directed by: Marty Callner
Release date: 1987-05-05
Best Music Movies of 1987 : Madonna: Who's That Girl - Live in Japan

Madonna: Who's That Girl - Live in Japan

8.2/10 IMDB

Who's That Girl: Live in Japan contained a live date from the Who's That Girl World Tour, filmed at Korakuen Stadium in Tokyo, Japan on June 22, 1987. The tour supported her 1986 third studio album True Blue, as well as the 1987 soundtrack Who's That Girl. It was Madonna's first world tour, reaching Asia, North America and Europe. Musically and technically superior to her previous initiative, the Who's That Girl Tour incorporated multimedia components to make the show more appealing.

Starring: Madonna, Donna DeLory, Niki Haris, Debra Parsons, Adolfo Quinones, Ángel Ferreira, Chris Finch ..
Directed by: Mitchell Sinoway
Release date: 1987-11-26
Best Music Movies of 1987 : U2 Live from Paris

U2 Live from Paris

8.6/10 IMDB

Live from Paris is a video by U2, recorded at the band's concert at Hippodrome de Vincennes in Paris, France on July 4, 1987. The concert was originally released in video form on the bonus DVD in the box set version of the remastered edition of The Joshua Tree, released on November 20, 2007.

Starring: Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr. ..
Release date: 1987-07-04
Best Music Movies of 1987 : Grateful Dead: Ticket to New Year's Eve Concert

Grateful Dead: Ticket to New Year's Eve Concert

8.4/10 IMDB

Grateful Dead's New Year's Eve concert 12/31/87 at the Oakland Coliseum Arena.

Starring: Jerry Garcia, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Brent Mydland ..
Release date: 1987-12-31
Best Music Movies of 1987 : Alice Cooper: The Nightmare Returns

Alice Cooper: The Nightmare Returns

8.2/10 IMDB

Shot in Detroit on Halloween during his 1986 tour, all of Alice Cooper's trademark songs are present in this spectacular showcase of entertaining thrills, filled with his legendary straightjacket escapes and boa constrictors, along with several new stage shockers...

Starring: Alice Cooper, Kane Roberts, Devlin 7, Kip Winger, Ken Mary, Paul Horowitz ..
Directed by: Marty Callner
Release date: 1987-01-01

Slumber Party Massacre II

4.6/10 IMDB

Courtney, the younger sister of Valerie, and her friends go to their condo for a weekend getaway, but Courtney can't get rid of the haunting feeling that a supernatural rockabilly driller killer is coming to murder them all.

Starring: Crystal Bernard, Jennifer Rhodes, Kimberly McArthur, Patrick Lowe, Juliette Cummins, Heidi Kozak, Cindy Eilbacher, Atanas Ilitch, Joel Hoffman, Scott Westmoreland ..
Directed by: Deborah Brock
Release date: 1987-10-30
Best Music Movies of 1987 : Julie Andrews: The Sound of Christmas

Julie Andrews: The Sound of Christmas

9.0/10 IMDB

Julie Andrews joins John Denver, Placido Domingo, and The King's Singers for a Christmas journey through time in the city of Salzburg, Austria. Written and sang with many references to "Sound", the journey takes individuals to the many filming locations and haunts that are personal to the cast with music interludes along the way.

Starring: Julie Andrews, Plácido Domingo, John Denver, The King's Singers ..
Directed by: Dwight Hemion
Release date: 1987-12-16
Best Music Movies of 1987 : Rick Astley: Never Gonna Give You Up

Rick Astley: Never Gonna Give You Up

7.1/10 IMDB

Music video for "Never Gonna Give You Up" by Rick Astley.

Starring: Rick Astley, Kristin Seifert-DeCarlo, Clive Clarke ..
Directed by: Simon West
Release date: 1987-07-15
Best Music Movies of 1987 : Barbie and the Rockers: Out of This World

Barbie and the Rockers: Out of This World

6.3/10 IMDB

Rock sensation Barbie and her band The Rockers, beloved by everyone all around the world, decide to do something no band has ever done before - preform a charity rock concert in outer space.

Starring: Sharon Lewis, Michael Breyner ..
Directed by: Bernard Deyriès, Bill Dubay
Release date: 1987-01-01


5.7/10 IMDB

Ten short pieces directed by ten different directors, including Ken Russell, Jean-Luc Godard, Robert Altman, Bruce Beresford, and Nicolas Roeg. Each short uses an aria as soundtrack/sound (Vivaldi, Bach, Wagner), and is an interpretation of the particular aria.

Starring: John Hurt, Theresa Russell, Bridget Fonda, Buck Henry, Elizabeth Hurley, Stephanie Lane, Beverly D'Angelo, Anita Morris, Albie Selznick, Tilda Swinton ..
Directed by: Jean-Luc Godard, Robert Altman, Bruce Beresford, Bill Bryden, Derek Jarman, Franc Roddam, Nicolas Roeg, Ken Russell, Charles Sturridge, Julien Temple
Release date: 1987-05-27
Best Music Movies of 1987 : Iron Maiden: 12 Wasted Years

Iron Maiden: 12 Wasted Years

8.4/10 IMDB

A documentary of the band's first 12 years with interviews and live footage.

Starring: Steve Harris, Bruce Dickinson, Dave Murray, Adrian Smith, Nicko McBrain, Paul Di'anno, Clive Burr, Dennis Stratton, Paul Di'Anno ..
Release date: 1987-10-01
Best Music Movies of 1987 : DTV Monster Hits

DTV Monster Hits

8.5/10 IMDB

A Halloween special featuring appropriately-themed rock and roll songs set to scenes from the Disney library of classic animation.

Starring: Wayne Allwine, Tony Anselmo, Bill Farmer, Jeffrey Jones, June Foray, Maurice LaMarche, Gary Owens ..
Directed by: Andrew Solt, David Hand, Ben Sharpsteen, William Roberts, Hamilton Luske, Wilfred Jackson, John Musker, Wolfgang Reitherman, Burny Mattinson, David Michener, Clyde Geronimi, Art Stevens, Richard Rich, John Lounsbery, Jack Kinney, Charles A. Nichols, Les Clark, Burt Gillett, Jack Hannah, Robert Cormack, Jack King, Joshua Meador, Riley Thomson, Tom Berman
Release date: 1987-10-30

Light of Day

5.6/10 IMDB

Cleveland siblings rise with a rock band while coping with personal problems.

Starring: Michael J. Fox, Gena Rowlands, Joan Jett, Michael McKean, Thomas G. Waites, Michael Dolan, Paul J. Harkins, Billy L. Sullivan, Jason Miller, Cherry Jones ..
Directed by: Paul Schrader
Release date: 1987-02-06
Best Music Movies of 1987 : Verdi: Macbeth

Verdi: Macbeth

7.5/10 IMDB

Starring: Renato Bruson, Mara Zampieri, James Morris, Dennis O'Neill, Sharon Sweet, David Griffith, Goetz Rose, Claus Endisch, Giuseppe Sinopoli ..
Directed by: Luca Ronconi, Brian Large
Release date: 1987-06-19
Best Music Movies of 1987 : Rock Odyssey

Rock Odyssey

6.6/10 IMDB

The story of a mysterious woman named Laura, who embarks on a journey to find her true love. The movie's soundtrack is set to four decades of classic rock. Scatman Crothers provides the voice of a living jukebox who narrates the story.

Starring: Scatman Crothers ..
Directed by: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna, Robert Taylor
Release date: 1987-07-13
Best Music Movies of 1987 : Canyon Dreams

Canyon Dreams

7.3/10 IMDB

The remarkable Grand Canyon film set to the synth music of Tangerine Dream.

Directed by: Jan Nickman
Release date: 1987-01-01
Best Music Movies of 1987 : Dead Kennedys: The Early Years Live

Dead Kennedys: The Early Years Live

7.7/10 IMDB

An overview of the early years--late 1970s, early 1980s--of San Francisco punk band Dead Kennedys, with clips from some of their live concerts and footage of landmark San Francisco locations of the punk music scene. Jello Biafra and The Dead Kennedys show why they're the kings of satire in 9 live early performances.

Starring: Jello Biafra, Klaus Flouride, East Bay Ray ..
Directed by: Joe Reese
Release date: 1987-01-01
Best Music Movies of 1987 : Frank Zappa presents: The Amazing Mr. Bickford

Frank Zappa presents: The Amazing Mr. Bickford

7.5/10 IMDB

Several pieces of Frank Zappa's music are set against clay animation by Bruce Bickford.

Starring: Bruce Bickford, Frank Zappa ..
Directed by: Frank Zappa, Bruce Bickford
Release date: 1987-01-01
Best Music Movies of 1987 : Barbie and the Sensations: Rockin' Back to Earth

Barbie and the Sensations: Rockin' Back to Earth

5.3/10 IMDB

After the first great concert for peace in space, Barbie and her band The Rockers are going to come back home. During the trip back to earth, on the space shuttle, they start to play a song ("Rockin Back"), few seconds later a "time warp" tunnel is forming in front of the Shuttle. Then they see there are a lot of clocks going backward inside the tunnel, at the end of that, the Shuttle lands on a strange airport. After the landing they meet Dr. Merrishaw (probably an astronomer engineer) and his daughter Kim, and learn they are in the year 1959, and then brings them around the city to have a look change. At the end, after a performance at Cape Canaveral, Dr. Merrishaw helps Barbie and the Rockers return to their time. Back in the present, they have a big concert, where Barbie is reunited with an adult Kim and introduced to her daughter Megan.

Starring: Sharon Lewis ..
Directed by: Bernard Deyriès
Release date: 1987-01-01
Best Music Movies of 1987 : Leningrad Cowboys: Thru the Wire

Leningrad Cowboys: Thru the Wire

6.3/10 IMDB

Nicky escapes from prison somewhere between Alabama and Utah, sometime in the future. He looks for his girl in the bars and hotels. All he can see in his new freedom is that no one cares for the future of human culture.

Starring: Nicky Tesco, Marja-Leena Helin, Mato Valtonen, Sakke Järvenpää, Silu Seppälä, Heinäsirkka, Sakari Kuosmanen, Pimme Korhonen, Jone Takamäki, Pekka Virtanen ..
Directed by: Aki Kaurismäki
Release date: 1987-01-01
Best Music Movies of 1987 : My Baby Just Cares for Me

My Baby Just Cares for Me

6.5/10 IMDB

Short animation on Nina Simone's song "My Baby Just Cares for Me".

Starring: Nina Simone ..
Directed by: Peter Lord
Release date: 1987-01-01
Best Music Movies of 1987 : The Return of Bruno

The Return of Bruno

6.0/10 IMDB

A "documentary" about the major influence that a '60s rock singer named Bruno has had on rock music, as attested to by such rock legends as Ringo Starr, Brian Wilson and the Bee Gees, among others.

Starring: Bruce Willis, Michael J. Fox, Elton John, Bill Graham, Dick Clark, Joan Baez, Jon Bon Jovi, Phil Collins, Ringo Starr, Wolfman Jack ..
Directed by: James Yukich
Release date: 1987-02-07
Best Music Movies of 1987 : Paul Simon - Graceland: The African Concert

Paul Simon - Graceland: The African Concert

8.1/10 IMDB

Singer Paul Simon and several African musicians perform a concert to benefit victims of apartheid in South Africa.

Starring: Paul Simon, Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, Ladysmith Black Mambazo ..
Directed by: Michael Lindsay-Hogg
Release date: 1987-08-20
Best Music Movies of 1987 : Sparky's Magic Piano

Sparky's Magic Piano

6.4/10 IMDB

A boy becomes a virtuoso pianist, but when he gets too big-headed the piano decides to teach him a lesson.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Coral Browne, Tony Curtis, Cloris Leachman, Nancy Olson, Vincent Price ..
Directed by: Lee Mishkin
Release date: 1987-01-01
Best Music Movies of 1987 : Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Die Entführung aus dem Serail

8.4/10 IMDB

Mozart's famous Singspiel after Christoph Friedrich Bretzner's work "Belmonte und Konstanze", DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL comes to life in the sumptuous setting of Topkapi, the Ottoman sultans' own Istanbul seraglio (palace harem). Belmonte finds his fiancée Konstanze and her English maid Blondchen, who were captured and sold by pirates, in the Mediterranean seraglio of the Ottoman pasha Selim. Belmonte's servant Pedrillo gets him engaged as builder. After Selim tried to enforce himself upon Konstanze, Pedrillo and Blondchen, his own sweetheart, prepare their flight, managing to get Osmin, the pasha's overseer, drunk. Yet Osmin and Selim's guard still capture them, already in the garden; however the touching display of true love melts the pasha's heart, so he lets them go.

Starring: Deon van der Walt, Inga Nielsen, Lillian Watson, Kurt Moll, Lars Magnusson, Oliver Tobias ..
Directed by: Humphrey Burton
Release date: 1987-11-27
Best Music Movies of 1987 : Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

5.9/10 IMDB

To save her father, a girl who always puts others before herself promises to live her life in a lavish castle with a strange beast.

Starring: John Savage, Rebecca De Mornay, Yossi Graber, Michael Schneider, Carmela Marner, Ruth Harlap, Joseph Bee ..
Directed by: Eugene Marner
Release date: 1987-04-01
Best Music Movies of 1987 : Fleetwood Mac: Tango in the Night

Fleetwood Mac: Tango in the Night

7.2/10 IMDB

Synopsis Includes: The Chain Everywhere Dreams Seven Wonders Isn't It Midnight World Turning Little Lies Oh Well Gold Dust Woman Another Woman Stand Back Songbird Don't Stop Cast & Crew Artists: • Fleetwood Mac Product Information Features: Features Not Specified Video: Standard 1.33:1 Color Audio: ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo

Starring: Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Christine McVie, Billy Burnette, Rick Vito ..
Directed by: Wayne Isham
Release date: 1987-12-12

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