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  • Weekend at Bernie's

    12 41.38%
  • Children of a Lesser God

    3 10.34%
  • Blow Out

    6 20.69%
  • Big Trouble in Little China

    19 65.52%
  • Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

    10 34.48%
  • Wall Street

    16 55.17%
  • Top Secret!

    6 20.69%
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    20 68.97%
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    Default The Great Movie Tournament - 1980s: Round 1 - Group 24 of 32

    During the first round of The Great Movie Tournament, please vote for up to six films you would like to move onto the next round. The top six films will be moving on. Keep in mind that the percentage of the vote a given film receives will determine its standing going forward.

    The poll will run for seven days. Discussion is greatly encouraged!

    The nominees are (please let me know if any video doesn't play for you):


    Weekend at Bernie's (1989)
    Directed by Ted Kotcheff

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    Children of a Lesser God (1986)
    Directed by Randa Haines

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    Blow Out (1981)
    Directed by Brian De Palma

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    Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
    Directed by John Carpenter

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    Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)
    Directed by Frank Oz

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    Wall Street (1987)
    Directed by Oliver Stone

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    Top Secret! (1984)
    Directed by David and Jerry Zucker and Jim Abrahams

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    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
    Directed by Steven Spielberg

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    Honest question to the six people who voted for Weekend at Bernie's...what's the funny part of that movie?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mattrick View Post
    Honest question to the six people who voted for Weekend at Bernie's...what's the funny part of that movie?
    The part where they put sunglasses on a dead guy and drag him around the entire film.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mattrick View Post
    Honest question to the six people who voted for Weekend at Bernie's...what's the funny part of that movie?
    Top Secret! is 10x as funny, but with only half the votes. Go figure.

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    Dirty rotten scoundrels is in 4th... WTF

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    And of course Children of a Lesser God is in last place

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mattrick View Post
    Honest question to the six people who voted for Weekend at Bernie's...what's the funny part of that movie?
    When they staple his toupee to his head. Just watched is again less than a year ago.
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    Weekend At Bernie's - making public sunglass-clad relaxation of the elderly amusing to the rest of us since 1989.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mae View Post
    And of course Children of a Lesser God is in last place
    Gotta wonder if anyone is interested in being challenged on an emotional level anymore. 12 votes for Bernie's? Really?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DoctorZaius View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by mae View Post
    And of course Children of a Lesser God is in last place
    Gotta wonder if anyone is interested in being challenged on an emotional level anymore. 12 votes for Bernie's? Really?
    I'm challenged on an emotional level all the time. It is possible to like a movie like Weekend at Bernie's and something more thought-provoking. My taste is all over the map. When I was 9, it was all about shit like Weekend at Bernie's. I warned people this was going to happen before the tournament started. No need to trash people who liked something a little more light back in the day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Still Servant View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by DoctorZaius View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by mae View Post
    And of course Children of a Lesser God is in last place
    Gotta wonder if anyone is interested in being challenged on an emotional level anymore. 12 votes for Bernie's? Really?
    I'm challenged on an emotional level all the time. It is possible to like a movie like Weekend at Bernie's and something more thought-provoking. My taste is all over the map. When I was 9, it was all about shit like Weekend at Bernie's. I warned people this was going to happen before the tournament started. No need to trash people who liked something a little more light back in the day.
    To add to this, you need to consider that we were all younger in the 80's. This was my teens, so my votes are coming from the teen in me. There were a few movies I wasn't going to vote for, but then I remembered how much I enjoyed it during the year of its release. Also, styles, fads, humor, technology change with the decades, so what was cool in the 80's may seem lame in the 2020's, but I'm going to vote like its 1990. (and not apologize for it).
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    Quote Originally Posted by amd013 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Still Servant View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by mae View Post
    And of course Children of a Lesser God is in last place
    Gotta wonder if anyone is interested in being challenged on an emotional level anymore. 12 votes for Bernie's? Really?
    I'm challenged on an emotional level all the time. It is possible to like a movie like Weekend at Bernie's and something more thought-provoking. My taste is all over the map. When I was 9, it was all about shit like Weekend at Bernie's. I warned people this was going to happen before the tournament started. No need to trash people who liked something a little more light back in the day.
    To add to this, you need to consider that we were all younger in the 80's. This was my teens, so my votes are coming from the teen in me. There were a few movies I wasn't going to vote for, but then I remembered how much I enjoyed it during the year of its release. Also, styles, fads, humor, technology change with the decades, so what was cool in the 80's may seem lame in the 2020's, but I'm going to vote like its 1990. (and not apologize for it).
    No reason to apologize, just like I won't apologize for my comment. I think that your age observation is right on the money. I was 16 at the beginning of the decade and was 25 when Bernies came out, and comedies like Heathers were more to my liking. When I vote I vote with today in mind and not what my mindset was like back in the 80s itself. I vote for the films that I see as holding some longevity, the ones that have aged the best.
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    I understand that too, but some films hold strong nostalgic value, and therefore are still deserving of my vote. Bernie's is one of those films. I saw it with a bunch of friends last summer at the drive-in and we had a blast. I thought it held up, but that's mainly because we had that connection to the film from our childhood.

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    Blow Out and Top Secret are tied for sixth.

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    I don't think I've actually seen Top Secret but I watched the trailed and literally LOL'd. So I voted for it. That's absolutely the type of movie that I would watch and love. It's obviously along the lines of Airplane or Naked Gun.

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    The poll has closed. The following five titles are moving on to the next round:
    1. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (68.97%)
    2. Big Trouble in Little China (65.52%)
    3. Wall Street (55.17%)
    4. Weekend at Bernie's (41.38%)
    5. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (34.48%)

    The following two titles will face off in a tiebreaker for the last spot:
    1. Blow Out (20.69%)
    2. Top Secret! (20.69%)

    And the following title has been eliminated:
    1. Children of a Lesser God (10.34%)

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