Best Music Movies of 1987

1.

Radio Days

5.3
7.5/10 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
2.

The Brave Little Toaster

5.0
7.3/10 IMDB

A group of dated appliances find themselves stranded in a summer home that their family had just sold decide to, a la The Incredible Journey, seek their young 8 year old "master". Children's film which on the surface is a frivolous fantasy, but with a dark subtext of abandonment, obsolescence, and loneliness.

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
3.

La Bamba

5.0
6.9/10 IMDB

Biographical story of the rise from nowhere of singer Ritchie Valens whose life was cut short by a plane crash.

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
Best Music Movies of 1987 : Heartbeat
4.

Heartbeat

3.6
6.9/10 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 : Kiss Exposed
5.

Kiss Exposed

3.3
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
6.

Dead Kennedys: The Early Years

2.9
7.8/10 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 : Windham Hill: China
7.

Windham Hill: China

2.6
6.5/10 IMDB

The opening of China to the West has produced images that focus on the more obvious: the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the tombs of Sian. But there is another much larger part of China which we have not seen. It's the China of people, its rhythms, its patterns, its colors. This video brings us to the large and timeless world of life in China, as it is lived now and has been for centuries - vast, unchanging, and slightly mysterious. Here is but a glimpse of this other world. This dreamvideo was filmed during the months of October and November of 1986 in and around the following cities and locations: Beijing, Chengdu, Guiyang, Guilin, Yangshuo, Xingping, Yangai, Nanjing, Huangshan Mountain and Hefei.

Directed by: Stanley Dorfman
Release date: 1987-01-01
8.

Body Contact

2.1
5.5/10 IMDB

Rock musical set in the future, around Tottenham and Hackney. Taxi driver, Smiley, helps beautiful Dominique Renoir, who is on the run from her violent Mafia boyfriend.

Starring: Ricco Ross, Joely Richardson, Vincent Riotta, Timothy Spall, Christopher Fulford, Jack Shepherd, Miriam Margolyes, Paddy Ryan, Harry Fowler, Tony Hippolyte ..
Directed by: Bernard Rose
Release date: 1987-01-01
Best Music Movies of 1987 : Australian Made: The Movie
9.

Australian Made: The Movie

1.9
7.6/10 IMDB

Australian Made: The Movie is a 1987 live concert film of the Australian Made tour from December 1986 to January 1987. The tour featured internationally performing Australian acts, INXS, Divinyls, Models, The Triffids, The Saints, I'm Talking, and Jimmy Barnes. Concert segments were linked by Troy Davies interviewing audience members and musicians.

Starring: Michael Hutchence, Jimmy Barnes, Kate Ceberano, Christina Amphlett, Zan Abeyratne, Chris Bailey, Garry Gary Beers, Jill Birt, Richard Burgman, Martyn Casey ..
Directed by: Richard Lowenstein
Release date: 1987-07-01
Best Music Movies of 1987 : Hearts of Fire
10.

Hearts of Fire

1.7
4.5/10 IMDB

A reclusive musician, once a huge rock star, takes a young female protegee. While on a tour she meets a younger, more popular rocker and switches her loyalties.

Starring: Bob Dylan, Fiona Flanagan, Rupert Everett, Julian Glover, Suzanne Bertish, Susannah Hoffmann, Larry Lamb, Maury Chaykin, Lesleh Donaldson, Jeremy Ratchford ..
Directed by: Richard Marquand
Release date: 1987-11-06

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