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The History of American Cinema: 1992

















Basic Instinct (1992)





5/1 -

British director Mike Leigh's Life Is Sweet is named best film of the year by the National Society of Film Critics. [ADD]





10/1 -

Lawrence Kasdan 's Grand Canyon goes on general release.   The film documents the intertwining lives of six characters in Los Angeles.    Danny Glover, Kevin Kline, Steve Martin, Mary McDonnell, Mary-Louise Parker and Alfre Woodard star. [ADD]





14/2 -

Penelope Spheerisís comedy Wayneís World, based on a Saturday Night Live sketch by Mike Myers and Dana Carvey, is released. [ADD] 





28/2 -

Arne Glimcherís The Mambo Kings, an adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, by Oscar Hijuelos, is released by Warner Bros.   Armand Assante, Antonio Banderas and Cathy Moriarty star. [ADD]





4/3 -

Animator Art Babbitt, whose career at Terrytoons and Disney spanned sixty years, dies in Los Angeles at the age of 84.   He was best known for developing the character of Goofy, but also worked on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), Pinocchio (1940) and Dumbo (1941). [ADD]





20/3 -

Dutch director Paul Verhoevenís high-profile erotic thriller Basic Instinct is released.   Michael Douglas plays a jaded police detective who becomes involved with a wealthy and beautiful suspect (Sharon Stone) in a murder investigation.   The film becomes infamous thanks to Stoneís alleged exhibitionism during an interrogation scene. [ADD]





30/3 -

Silence of the Lambs wins the Best Film award Ė along with four other awards Ė at the 64th Annual Academy Awards ceremony.   Veteran actor Jack Palance performs one-armed push-ups on stage while accepting his award for best supporting actor in City Slickers. [MORE]





7/4 -

A 50th anniversary edition of Michael Curtizís Casablanca (1942) is shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.   Ted Turner and Jane Fonda are among the celebrities attending. [ADD]





10/4 -

Director Robert Altman spectacularly resurrects his career with The Player, a biting satire of the Hollywood film industry.   Tim Robbins stars as the top movie executive attempting to discover who is blackmailing him.   A host of A-listers make cameo appearances. [ADD]





30/4 -

Francis Ford Coppola announces plans to make a new version of Pinocchio combining live action and animation. [ADD]





19/6 -

Batman Returns, Tim Burtonís $50+ million sequel to 1989ís Batman, is released.   Michael Keaton reprises the role of the Dark Knight.   He is joined this time by Danny De Vito as the Penguin and Michelle Pfeiffer as Cat Woman. [ADD]





2/7 -

Universal changes the title of Walter Hillís Looters and postpones its release in the wake of riots in Los Angeles. [ADD]





10/7 -

Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren lock horns in Universal Soldier. [ADD]





31/7 -

Robert Zemeckisís Death Becomes Her is released.   Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn star as a novelist and actress who each drink a rejuvenating potion given to them by Isabella Rossellini with unexpected consequences.   Bruce Willis also stars. [ADD]





31/7 -

The film poster artist Robert Peak dies of a brain haemorrhage in Arizona. [ADD]





2/8 -

Ephraim Katz, sole author of The Encyclopaedia of Film, which was first published in 1979, dies in New York. [ADD]





7/8 -

Unforgiven, which star and director Clint Eastwood claims will be his last western, is released.   Eastwood stars as a reformed killer lured back into bounty hunting by former partner Morgan Freeman.   The cast also includes Jaimz Woolvett, Richard Harris and Gene Hackman as a vicious sheriff. [ADD]





28/8 -

Court hearings resume in Manhattan into the bitter custody battle between Woody Allen and his estranged lover Mia Farrow.   Allen claims Farrow attempted to blackmail him into relinquishing his claim by alleging he had sexually molested two of their three children. [ADD]





16/9 -

The release of Woody Allenís latest film, Husbands and Wives is brought forward to cash in on the intense media coverage of the bitter legal custody battle being waged by Allen and his ex-lover, actress Mia Farrow.   Allen and Farrow star as a married couple, supported by Sidney Pollack and Judy Davis [ADD]





25/9 -

Michael Mannís adaptation of James Fennimore Cooperís 1826 novel The Last of the Mohicans is released.   Daniel Day-Lewis stars as Hawkeye, protector of British woman Cora (Madeleine Stowe).   Russell Means, Eric Schweig and Wes Studi also star. [ADD]





5/10 -

Legal action brought by George Halliday against Spike Lee for his use of Rodney King footage in his film Malcom X is settled out of court. [ADD]





8/10 -

Quentin Tarantinoís spectacularly hip and violent debut, Reservoir Dogs, is released.   The film, which describes the aftermath of a bungled robbery, stars Harvey Keitel, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen and Chris Penn. [ADD]





9/10 -

Ridley Scottís tale of 15th Century explorer Christopher Columbus, 1492: Conquest of Paradise, is released to lukewarm reviews.   Gťrard Depardieu plays Columbus, with Sigourney Weaver as Queen Isabella. [ADD]





9/10 -

Robert Redfordís A River Runs Through It is released.   a meditation on life and fishing amongst the family of an early 20th Century ministerís family, it stars Brad Pitt, Craig Sheffer and Tom Skerritt. [ADD]





6/11 -

A delegation from the Writers Guild of America visits refugee camps in Somalia, Kenya, Croatia and Bosnia at the invitation of the UN in the hope that it will inspire scripts exposing the deplorable conditions. [ADD]





11/11 -

Disneyís animated feature Aladdin is released.   The film took three years to make, employed almost 600 artists and used over a million drawings.   It is remembered for Robin Williamsí manic and largely improvised voice-performance as the genie. [ADD]





13/11 -

Gary Oldman stars in the title role of Francis Ford Coppolaís Bram Stokerís Dracula.   Anthony Hopkins plays his nemesis, Van Helsing while Keanu Reeves is Jonathan Harker. [ADD]





18/11 -

Malcolm X, Spike Leeís ambitious biopic of the black civil rights leader is released.   Denzel Washington stars in the title role. [ADD]





9/12 -

Jack Nicholson, Tom Cruise and Demi Moore star in Rob Reinerís military courtroom drama A Few Good Men, the first film to simultaneously premiere in the States and 50 other countries. [ADD]





25/12 -

Richard Attenboroughís Chaplin is released exactly fifteen years after the comedianís death in 1977.   Robert Downey Jr plays the enduring comic legend, while Geraldine Chaplin plays her own grandmother. [ADD]






Ė Congress renews the National Film Preservation Act for a further four years. [ADD]






Ė Julie Dash becomes the first African-American woman to win commercial exhibition in the US with her film, Daughters of the Dust. [ADD]


Other Key American Films of 1992



Bob Roberts (Tim Robbins) [ADD]






The Bodyguard (Mick Jackson) [ADD]






Gas, Food, Lodging (Allison Anders) [ADD]






Glengarry Glen Ross (James Foley) [ADD]






The Living End (Gregg Araki) [ADD]






Shadows and Fog (Woody Allen) [ADD]






Sister Act (Emile Ardolino) [ADD]






Sneakers (Phil Alden Robinson) [ADD]






Swoon (Tom Kalin) [ADD]


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