Endless Summer: The Birth of the Blockbuster

Endless Summer: The Birth of the Blockbuster

Endless Summer: The Birth of the Blockbuster

Endless Summer: The Birth of the Blockbuster

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As Labour Day looms, come revisit the high-concept hits — from Jaws and Raiders of the Lost Ark to Alien, Back to the Future and Top Gun — that made summer the season of the blockbuster.

Films in Endless Summer: The Birth of the Blockbuster

    • Jaws
    • Steven Spielberg
    • A small-town sheriff hires an oceanographer and a rather piratical local fisherman to hunt down a killer shark, in Steven Spielberg's gut-wrenching adventure-horror classic.

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    • Alien
    • Ridley Scott
    • A space freighter unwittingly takes on a most unwelcome passenger — a gut-busting alien parasite that quickly grows into an enormous, sharp-toothed, acid-bleeding beast — in Ridley Scott's immensely influential sci-fi horror film.

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    • Back to the Future
    • Robert Zemeckis
    • Michael J. Fox is blasted back to the 1950s in this time-travelling comedy smash.

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    • Raiders of the Lost Ark
    • Steven Spielberg
    • Daredevil archaeologist-adventurer Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) races to keep the fabled Ark of the Covenant out of the hands of the Nazis, in Steven Spielberg's super-charged updating of the cliffhanging movie serials of the 1930s and 1940s.

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    • The Goonies
    • Richard Donner
    • A group of pre-teen friends set out to find a lost pirate treasure hidden beneath their small Oregon town, in this kiddie spin on Indiana Jones from producer Steven Spielberg.

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    • Top Gun
    • Tony Scott
    • Hotshot Navy fighter pilot Tom Cruise has a need for speed (and for homoerotic beach volleyball) in this prototypical summer blockbuster.

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    • Aliens
    • James Cameron
    • Terminator director James Cameron forgoes horror for heavy artillery in this relentless, guns-blazing sequel to Alien.

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    • E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
    • Steven Spielberg
    • Steven Spielberg's beloved sci-fi fantasy became a pop-culture phenomenon and one of the most successful films of all time.

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    • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
    • Nicholas Meyer
    • Combining high-toned literary allusions with thrilling old-school action sequences, the second cinematic outing for the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise transcends the Star Trek universe while still hitting those Trekkie sweet spots with the force of a photon torpedo.

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    • Die Hard
    • John McTiernan
    • A tough NYC cop (Bruce Willis) undertakes a one-man guerrilla war against a team of heavily-armed Euro-thieves, in this trend-setting action-movie classic.

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    • The Thing
    • John Carpenter
    • Released in the summer of E.T. to resoundingly poor box-office and critical reception, John Carpenter's big-budget remake of Howard Hawks' 1950s sci-fi classic has since been reclaimed as a modern masterpiece of the genre.

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