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1976 in film

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The year 1976 in film involved some significant events.

Highest-grossing films (U.S.)Edit

The top ten 1976 released films by box office gross in North America are as follows:

Highest-grossing films of 1976
Rank Title Studio Domestic gross
1. Rocky United Artists Pictures $117,235,147[1]
2. To Fly! National Air and Space Museum $86,600,000[2]
3. A Star Is Born Warner Bros. Pictures $80,000,000[3]
4. All the President's Men Warner Bros. Pictures $70,600,000[4]
5. The Omen 20th Century Fox Film Corporation $60,922,980[5]
6. In Search of Noah's Ark Sunn Classic Pictures $55,700,000[6]
7. King Kong Paramount Pictures $52,614,445[7]
8. Silver Streak 20th Century-Fox Film Corporation $51,079,064[8]
9. The Enforcer Warner Bros. Pictures $46,236,000[9]
10. Midway Universal Studios / Cinema International Corporation $43,220,000[10]

EventsEdit

  • March 22 - Filming begins on George Lucas' Star Wars science fiction film. In one of the most lucrative business decisions in film history, Lucas declines his directing fee of $500,000 in exchange for complete ownership of merchandising and sequel rights.
  • April 1 - The Rocky Horror Picture Show is officially re-released as a midnight movie at the Waverly Theater (Now the IFC Center) in Greenwich Village in New York City, starting through the run and still being shown in there as of 2013 all around the world.[11]

AwardsEdit

Academy Awards:

Best Picture: Rocky - Chartoff-Winkler, United Artists
Best Director: John G. Avildsen - Rocky
Best Actor: Peter Finch - Network (first actor to win posthumously)
Best Actress: Faye Dunaway - Network
Best Supporting Actor: Jason Robards - All the President's Men
Best Supporting Actress: Beatrice Straight - Network
Best Foreign Language Film: Noirs et blancs en couleur (Black and White in Color), directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud, Ivory Coast / France / W. Germany / Switzerland

Golden Globe Awards:

Drama:
Best Picture: Rocky
Best Actor: Peter Finch - Network
Best Actress: Faye Dunaway - Network
Musical or comedy:
Best Picture: A Star Is Born
Best Actor: Kris Kristofferson - A Star Is Born
Best Actress: Barbra Streisand - A Star Is Born
Other
Best Director: Sidney Lumet - Network
Best Foreign Language Film: Face to Face, Sweden

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

Taxi Driver, directed by Martin Scorsese, United States

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson, directed by Robert Altman, United States

Notable films released in 1976Edit

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BirthsEdit

Notable deathsEdit

Date Name Age Cinematic Notability Notable Films
January 12 Agatha Christie 85 Writer Witness for the Prosecution, Murder on the Orient Express
23 Paul Robeson 77 Actor, Soundtrack Show Boat, The Proud Valley
29 Michael Gwynn 59 Actor Cleopatra, Jason and the Argonauts
February 4 Roger Livesey 69 Actor Stairway to Heaven, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
11 Lee J. Cobb 64 Actor 12 Angry Men, The Exorcist
12 Sal Mineo 37 Actor Rebel Without a Cause, The Longest Day
24 Peter Madden 71 Actor From Russia with Love, Doctor Zhivago
26 Frieda Inescort 75 Actress A Place in the Sun, Pride and Prejudice
March  ? Campbell Singer 66/67 Actor The Square Peg, On the Beat
14 Busby Berkeley 80 Director, Choreographer The Wizard of Oz, 42nd Street
17 Luchino Visconti 69 Director, Writer The Leopard, The Damned
20 Michael Goodliffe 61 Actor The Man with the Golden Gun, Peeping Tom
April 4 George Pastell 53 From Russia with Love, Khartoum
5 Howard Hughes 70 Producer, Director Scarface, Hell's Angels
12 Paul Ford 74 Actor The Music Man, Advise & Consent
25 Carol Reed 69 Director, Producer, Writer The Third Man, Oliver
26 Sid James 62 Actor The Lavender Hill Mob, A King in New York
26 Neil McCallum 46 Actor, Producer, Writer The Longest Day, Dr. Terror's House of Horrors
29 Thelma Connell 63 Film Editor Alfie, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
June 5 Violet Wilkey 73 Actress The Birth of a Nation, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
6 Victor Varconi 85 Actor, Writer, Director The Sea Hawk, For Whom the Bell Tolls
9 Sybil Thorndike 93 Actress Stage Fright, The Prince and the Showgirl
28 Stanley Baker 48 Actor The Guns of Navarone, The Cruel Sea
July 12 James Wong Howe 76 Cinematographer Fantasia, The Thin Man
August 6 William Mervyn 64 Actor The Ruling Class, Operation Crossbow
17 William Redfield 49 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Death Wish
19 Alastair Sim 75 Scrooge, Green for Danger
September 10 Dalton Trumbo 70 Writer, Actor, Director Spartacus, Roman Holiday
October 14 Edith Evans 88 Actress Tom Jones, The Nun's Story
November 15 Jean Gabin 72 Actor, Producer La Grande Illusion, Port of Shadows
22 Rupert Davies 60 Actor The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, Witchfinder General
28 Rosalind Russell 69 Actress, Producer His Girl Friday, The Women
December 3 Mary Nash 92 Actress The Philadelphia Story, The Little Princess
8 Cathy Downs 50 Actress My Darling Clementine, The Dark Corner
12 Jack Cassidy 49 Actor The Eiger Sanction, Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol
20 Walter Fitzgerald 80 Actor Around the World in 80 Days, Darby O'Gill and the Little People

Film debutsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Rocky, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved May 26, 2014. 
  2. ^ "To Fly!, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved January 17, 2012. 
  3. ^ "A Star Is Born, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 17, 2012. 
  4. ^ "All the President's Men, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 17, 2012. 
  5. ^ "The Omen, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 17, 2012. 
  6. ^ "In Search of Noah's Ark, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved January 17, 2012. 
  7. ^ "King Kong, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved May 26, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Silver Streak, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 17, 2012. 
  9. ^ "The Enforcer, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 17, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Midway, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved January 17, 2012. 
  11. ^ rock Horror Picture Show film booking in Feb 2011