Thursday, February 14, 2013

5 fantastically romantic 80s movies

Anna D’s post on awesome 80s movies inspired some of us (who were alive in the 80s, yes, we’re old) to come up with our fav 80s movies with more than a touch of fantasy and romance… in honour of Valentine's Day.
Please note, not all of the romance is the traditional boy-meets-girl-happy-ever-after… Some of the movies are just swoon-worthy… Think dark and / or dashing heroes, quests to fulfill, lives to save, baddies to defeat.

Putting these in order created some discussion… it was around 2 and 3. 5, 4 and 1 were locked in place early on.

The dark crystal (1982)
Ok, special effects have moved on since this was released in 1982 (NOT 1994, as our catalogue says… sheesh!)
There’s not a lot of romance going on, but there is a lot of fantasy. And a quest. And lives to save. And some seriously serious baddies to defeat.
Narrator: The Skeksis, with their hard and twisted bodies, their harsh and twisted wills. For a thousand years they have ruled. Yet now, there are only ten: a dying race, ruled by a dying Emperor, imprisoned within themselves in a dying land.
4. Willow (1986)

Warwick Davis – you’ll probably know him as Professor Filius Flitwick from the Harry Potter movies – stars as Willow Ufgood, a dwarf who becomes a reluctant hero and protector of a baby girl. Bring on the sword-wielding hero, evil queen, and the evil queen’s not-so-evil daughter… Cherlindrea: Elora Danan must survive. She must fulfill her destiny and bring about the downfall of Queen Bavmorda. Her powers are growing like an evil plague. Unless she is stopped, Bavmorda will control the lives of your village, your children, everyone. All creatures of good heart need your help, Willow. The choice is yours.

3. The princess bride (1987)
Pretty swoon-worthy and very, very, romantic. There are so many quotes that have become part of our conversation from this movie. ‘As you wish’. ‘My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die’.

The Impressive Clergyman: ‘Mawage. Mawage is wot bwings us togeder tooday. Mawage, that bwessed awangment, that dweam wifin a dweam...’

2. Labyrinth (1986)

Again, the catalogue LIES on the release date! Anyway… Long story short. Girl’s brother kidnapped by Goblin King. Girl sent on quest to rescue brother. Goblin King is swoon-worthy gorgeous (it was his clothes – trousers especially – and the ballroom scene that tipped this over to the number 2 position for a couple of us). Our romantic souls hope that some day, when Sarah grows up, Jareth will find her again.
Jareth: Everything! Everything that you wanted I have done. You asked that the child be taken. I took him. You cowered before me, I was frightening. I have reordered time. I have turned the world upside down, and I have done it all for you! I am exhausted from living up to your expectations. Isn't that generous?

1. Ladyhawke (1985)

Oh the heartbreak! Gallant hero. Beautiful heroine. Evil curse keeping them apart. Funny and appealing offsider. What more could you want?
Phillipe (Mouse): I told the truth, Lord. How can I learn any moral lessons when you keep confusing me this way?
~ Annie, Em & Sue W (Central)


  1. Yes, oh my, Ladyhawke. What a movie. The scene where she drops her jesses into the evil Bishop's hand...AWESOMESAUCE.

  2. personally, I would have left the baby, he seems quite happy in the land of goblins and think how disappointing her love life would have been after returning, teen boys leave a lot to be desires after being wooed by David Bowie!!


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