A possibly depressing exercise

I’ve written of this before, but the names change every year, so let’s do it again! For me, when I think of an ‘old movie’, my brain always defaults to Casablanca, which by the time of my awareness of its existence, had become a venerable classic movie. Now, when I was born, Casablanca was 29 years old. So here is a list of films that, as of this year, are as old as my brain’s canonical ‘old movie’.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
The Karate Kid
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
Revenge of the Nerds
Romancing the Stone
Red Dawn

Lots more, obviously, but those are stand-outs. Not all in terms of quality, obviously — Red Dawn is trash, no matter how you slice it — but it’s interesting to note that of the ten movies I list here, all of them among that year’s twenty top-grossing films, two have been remade. (So has a third of the 1984 top twenty, actually — Footloose!)

Meanwhile, Casablanca has never been remade. Its story beats have been mined a lot, and the film has an enduring place in popular and wider culture, but no one has yet actually made a new version of the film. Will it happen? Who knows? Anyhow, all hail the newest Old Movies!

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3 Responses to A possibly depressing exercise

  1. Roger Owen Green says:

    mine is African Queen, which came out TWO years before I was born. So The Hurt Locker would be on the list; better pick an older film…

  2. New York Erratic says:

    2001 A Space Odyssey : Me :: The Matrix :: Somebody born 2 years ago


  3. Ben Varkentine says:

    God help us, there was a Casablanca TV show at one point…

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