Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981

1.

The Pee-wee Herman Show

4.1
8.0/10 IMDB

An adult-oriented version of what would eventually become an award-winning children's classic. This version of the show features Pee-wee's playhouse and many of the characters of the later series, but with adult and sexual overtones and jokes including "mirror shoes" and others.

Starring: Paul Reubens, Phil Hartman, Lynne Marie Stewart, John Paragon, Edie McClurg ..
Directed by: Paul Reubens, Marty Callner
Release date: 1981-01-01
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981 : Family Reunion
2.

Family Reunion

3.8
8.2/10 IMDB

A woman fights for what she believes in. Stars Bette Davis, J. Ashley Hyman, David Huddleston, John Shea, Roy Dotrice, David Rounds, Kathryn Walker, Roberts Blossom, Roberta Wallach, Jeff McCracken.

Starring: Bette Davis, John Shea, David Huddleston, Roberts Blossom, Kathryn Walker, David Rounds, J. Ashley Hyman, Roy Dotrice, Roberta Wallach, Jeff McCracken ..
Directed by: Fielder Cook
Release date: 1981-10-11
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981 : The Wave
3.

The Wave

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

A teacher plays a mental game with some of his students. Based on a true story.

Starring: Bruce Davison, Lori Lethin, John Putch, Johnny Doran ..
Directed by: Alexander Grasshoff
Release date: 1981-10-04
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981 : The Winter's Tale
4.

The Winter's Tale

3.5
7.2/10 IMDB

King Leontes of Bohemia suspects his wife, Hermione, and his friend, Polixenes, of betraying him. When he forces Polixenes to flee for his life, Leontes sets in motion a chain of events that lead to death, a ferocious bear, an infant left in the snow, young love, and a statue coming to life.

Starring: Jeremy Kemp, Robert Stephens, Anna Calder-Marshall, Margaret Tyzack, David Burke, John Welsh, Cyril Luckham, Rikki Fulton, John Benfield, Jeremy Dimmick ..
Directed by: Jane Howell
Release date: 1981-02-08
5.

Dark Night of the Scarecrow

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

Bubba, an intellectually disabled man, is falsely accused of attacking a young girl. Disguised as a scarecrow, he hides in a cornfield, only to be hunted down and shot by four vigilante men. After they are acquitted due to lack of evidence, the men find themselves being stalked one by one.

Starring: Larry Drake, Charles Durning, Robert F. Lyons, Claude Earl Jones, Lane Smith, Tonya Crowe, Jocelyn Brando, Tom Taylor, Richard McKenzie, Ivy Jones ..
Directed by: Frank De Felitta
Release date: 1981-10-24
6.

The Bunker

3.5
6.9/10 IMDB

Dramatization depicting the events surrounding Adolf Hitler's last weeks in and around his underground bunker in Berlin before and during the battle for the city.

Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Richard Jordan, Cliff Gorman, James Naughton, Martin Jarvis, Michael Kitchen, Andrew Ray, Piper Laurie, Susan Blakely, Michael Lonsdale ..
Directed by: George Schaefer
Release date: 1981-04-15
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981 : The Trolls and the Christmas Express
7.

The Trolls and the Christmas Express

3.4
7.0/10 IMDB

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 of wreaking havoc but still not completely ruining Christmas, they are about to give up when they get a devilishly clever idea. On the day before Christmas Eve they get the reindeer dancing and singing songs all night long. The poor reindeer are so tired the next day that they cannot find the energy to pull Santa's sleigh. Christmas looks like it has finally been ruined - but everyone knows you can't stop Christmas! The elves quickly devise a plan to link the train from Santa's village with tracks that travel all over the world. Santa can deliver the toys using the Christmas Express.

Starring: Roger Miller, Hans Conried, Len Carlson, Billie Mae Richards, Carl Banas, Paul Soles ..
Directed by: John R. Gaug
Release date: 1981-11-26
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1981 : The Muscle Market
8.

The Muscle Market

3.3
8.7/10 IMDB

Danny Duggan runs a failing building contractors, and resorts to sub-gangster thuggery to keep the business afloat. However, with the bottom falling out of the building game, Duggan finds that playing at gangster is only fun when you're on the winning side.

Starring: Pete Postlethwaite, Pip Donaghy, Terence Rigby, Alison Steadman, Paul Jesson, Mitzi Mueller, Ken Sharrock, Paul Harman, Roger Phillips, Ronald Forfar ..
Directed by: Alan Dossor
Release date: 1981-01-13
9.

The Marva Collins Story

3.3
7.8/10 IMDB

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 about how she became disillusioned with the traditional school system and decided to work outside of it, transforming her students into young scholars through her unique teaching style.

Starring: Cicely Tyson, Morgan Freeman, Rodrick F. Wimberly, Mashaune Hardy, Brett Bouldin, Samuel Muhammad Jr., Dianne Kirksey, Steven Williams, Frankie Hill, Charlie Brown ..
Directed by: Peter Levin
Release date: 1981-12-01
10.

The Five of Me

3.2
6.3/10 IMDB

Henry Hawksworth (David Birney) is a man menaced by a multiple personality. There is Dana, the conservative family man; Johnny, violent and sociopathic; Peter, creative and childish; and Phil, protective and unemotional. "Dana" falls in love with Ann (Dee Wallace) and marries her. Following a crime, "Johnny" is arrested and tried. In court, Henry's multiple personalities are painfully revealed.

Starring: David Birney, Dee Wallace, Mitchell Ryan, John McLiam, James Whitmore Jr., Ben Piazza, Judith Chapman, Robert L. Gibson, Herb Armstrong, Liam Sullivan ..
Directed by: Paul Wendkos
Release date: 1981-05-12

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