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The Best Movies of 1986
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Movie: Ferris Bueller's Day Off ( 1986 )
A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite what the Principal thinks of that.
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Movie: Top Gun ( 1986 )
As students at the United States Navy's elite fighter weapons school compete to be best in the class, one daring young pilot learns a few things from a civilian instructor that are not taught in the classroom.
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Movie: Aliens ( 1986 )
Decades after surviving the Nostromo incident, Ellen Ripley is sent out to re-establish contact with a terraforming colony but finds herself battling the Alien Queen and her offspring.
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Movie: Stand by Me ( 1986 )
After the death of one of his friends, a writer recounts a childhood journey with his friends to find the body of a missing boy.
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Movie: Crocodile Dundee ( 1986 )
An American reporter goes to the Australian outback to meet an eccentric crocodile poacher and invites him to New York City.
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Movie: Platoon ( 1987 )
Chris Taylor, a neophyte recruit in Vietnam, finds himself caught in a battle of wills between two sergeants, one good and the other evil. A shrewd examination of the brutality of war and the duality of man in conflict.
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Movie: April Fool's Day ( 1986 )
Nine college students staying at a friend's remote island mansion begin to fall victim to an unseen murderer over the April Fool's Day weekend.
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Movie: Blue Velvet ( 1986 )
The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of psychopathic criminals who have kidnapped her child.
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Movie: Back to School ( 1986 )
To help his discouraged son get through college, a funloving and obnoxious rich businessman decides to enter the school as a student himself.
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Movie: Highlander ( 1986 )
An immortal Scottish swordsman must confront the last of his immortal opponent, a murderously brutal barbarian who lusts for the fabled "Prize".
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Movie: Pretty in Pink ( 1986 )
A poor girl must choose between the affections of dating her childhood sweetheart or a rich but sensitive playboy.
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Movie: Labyrinth ( 1986 )
Sixteen-year-old Sarah is given thirteen hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother Toby when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King Jareth.
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Movie: Flight of the Navigator ( 1986 )
In 1978, a boy travels 8 years into the future and has an adventure with an intelligent, wisecracking alien ship.
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Movie: Big Trouble in Little China ( 1986 )
A rough-and-tumble trucker helps rescue his friend's fiance from an ancient sorcerer in a supernatural battle beneath Chinatown.
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Movie: The Fly ( 1986 )
A brilliant but eccentric scientist begins to transform into a giant man/fly hybrid after one of his experiments goes horribly wrong.
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Movie: Manhunter ( 1986 )
Former F.B.I. profiler Will Graham (William Petersen) returns to service to pursue a deranged serial killer named "the Tooth Fairy" (Tom Noonan) by the media.
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Movie: 9½ Weeks ( 1986 )
A woman gets involved in an impersonal affair with a man. She barely knows about his life, only about the sex games they play, so the relationship begins to get complicated.
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Movie: Little Shop of Horrors ( 1986 )
A nerdy florist finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant who demands to be fed.
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Movie: The Money Pit ( 1986 )
A young couple struggles to repair a hopelessly dilapidated house.
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Movie: Howard the Duck ( 1986 )
A sarcastic humanoid duck is pulled from his homeworld to Earth where he must stop a hellish alien invasion with the help of a nerdy scientist and a cute struggling female rock singer who fancies him.
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Movie: Lucas ( 1986 )
A socially inept fourteen year old experiences heartbreak for the first time when his two best friends -- Cappie, an older-brother figure, and Maggie, the new girl with whom he is in love -- fall for each other.
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Movie: From Beyond ( 1986 )
A group of scientists have developed the Resonator, a machine which allows whoever is within range to see beyond normal perceptible reality. But when the experiment succeeds, they are immediately attacked by terrible life forms.
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Movie: Down by Law ( 1986 )
Two innocent people are arrested. An interesting third person, with broken English, joins them in their cell. On his idea, they decide to escape from the prison. Their journey is the rest of the movie.
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Movie: Short Circuit ( 1986 )
Number 5 of a group of experimental robots in a lab is electrocuted, suddenly becomes intelligent, and escapes.
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Movie: Peggy Sue Got Married ( 1986 )
Peggy Sue faints at a high school reunion. When she wakes up, she finds herself in her own past, just before she finished school.
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Movie: The Karate Kid Part II ( 1986 )
Daniel accompanies his mentor, Mr. Miyagi, to Miyagi's childhood home in Okinawa. Miyagi visits his dying father and confronts his old rival, while Daniel falls in love and inadvertently makes a new rival of his own.
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Movie: The Name of the Rose ( 1986 )
An intellectually nonconformist friar investigates a series of mysterious deaths in an isolated abbey.
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Movie: The Color of Money ( 1986 )
Pool hustler Fast Eddie Felson finds the young, promising pool player Vincent in a local bar and he sees in him a younger version of himself. To try and make it as in the old days, Eddie offers to teach Vincent how to be a hustler. After some hesitations Vincent accepts and Eddie takes him and Vincent's girlfriend Carmen on a tour through the country to work the pool halls. However, Vincent's tendency to show off his talent and by doing so warning off the players and losing money, soon leads to a confrontation with Eddie.
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Movie: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home ( 1986 )
To save Earth from an alien probe, Admiral James T. Kirk and his fugitive crew go back in time to San Francisco in 1986 to retrieve the only beings who can communicate with it: humpback whales.
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Movie: Raw Deal ( 1986 )
A former FBI agent turned small-town sheriff agrees to help the FBI chief infiltrate the Chicago mafia when the FBI chief's son is killed by them.
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Movie: One Crazy Summer ( 1986 )
An aspiring teenage cartoonist and his friends come to the aid of a singer trying to save her family property from developers.
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Movie: ¡Three Amigos! ( 1986 )
Three actors accept an invitation to a Mexican village to perform their onscreen bandit fighter roles, unaware that it is the real thing.
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Movie: Hoosiers ( 1987 )
A coach with a checkered past and a local drunk train a small town high school basketball team to become a top contender for the championship.
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Movie: Cobra ( 1986 )
A tough-on-crime street cop must protect the only surviving witness to a strange murderous cult with far-reaching plans.
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Movie: Rad ( 1986 )
The story of one young man, Cru Jones, who has the intensity and desire to win a BMX race called Helltrack.
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Movie: The Mission ( 1986 )
Jeremy Irons plays a Spanish Jesuit who goes into the South American wilderness to build a mission in the hope of converting the Indians of the region. Robert De Niro plays a slave hunter who is converted and joins the Jesuit in his mission. When Spain sells the colony to Portugal, they are forced to defend all they have built against the Portuguese aggressors.
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Movie: The Wraith ( 1986 )
In a small town in Arizona, a mysterious man/spirit descends from the sky and manifests in a sports car and targets a local violent road-racing gang of motor heads, headed by a ruthless bully who'll do anything to get what he wants.
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Movie: The Great Mouse Detective ( 1986 )
Basil, the rodent Sherlock Holmes, investigates the kidnapping of a toy-maker and uncovers its link to his arch-enemy, Professor Ratigan.
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Movie: Police Academy 3: Back in Training ( 1986 )
The alumni of Commandant Lassard's Police Academy (1984) return to the school to train new recruits and prevent its closure.
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Movie: The Delta Force ( 1986 )
After a plane is hijacked by terrorists, The Delta Force is sent in to resolve the crisis.
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Movie: Running Scared ( 1986 )
Two street-wise Chicago cops have to shake off some rust after returning from a Key West vacation to pursue a drug dealer who nearly killed them in the past.
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Movie: The Golden Child ( 1986 )
Eddie Murphy plays a detective with a speciality of finding lost children. He is told he is the 'Chosen one' who will find and protect the Golden Child, a Bhuddist mystic who was kidnapped by an evil sorcerer. Murphy disbelieves the mysticism but finds more and more evidence of demon worship as he investigates.
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Movie: Chopping Mall ( 1987 )
A group of young shopping mall employees stay behind for a late night party in one of the stores. When the mall goes on lock-down before they can get out, the robot security system malfunctions, and goes on a killing spree.
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Movie: Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives ( 1986 )
Tommy Jarvis exhumes Jason Voorhees to cremate his corpse, but inadvertently brings him back to life instead. The newly revived killer seeks revenge, and Tommy may be the only one who can stop him.
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Movie: Maximum Overdrive ( 1986 )
A group of people try to survive when machines start to come alive and become homicidal.
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Movie: The Hitcher ( 1986 )
A young man who escapes the clutches of a murderous hitch-hiker is subsequently stalked by the hitcher and framed for his crimes.
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Movie: Critters ( 1986 )
A group of small, furry aliens makes lunch out of the locals in a farming town.
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Movie: Heartburn ( 1986 )
An autobiographical look at the break-up of Screenwriter Nora Ephron's marriage to Carl "All the President's Men" Bernstein that was also a best-selling novel. The Ephron character, Rachel Samstat (Meryl Streep), is a food writer at a New York City magazine who meets Washington, D.C. columnist Mark Forman (Jack Nicholson) at a wedding and ends up falling in love with him despite her reservations about marriage. They buy a house, have a daughter, and Rachel thinks they are living happily ever after until she discovers that Mark is having an affair while she is waddling around with a second pregnancy.
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Movie: Sid and Nancy ( 1986 )
The relationship between Sid Vicious, bassist for British punk group Sex Pistols, and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen is portrayed.
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Movie: Heartbreak Ridge ( 1986 )
1983. Thomas Highway (Clint Eastwood) is a well-decorated career military man in the United States Marine Corps, he who has seen action in Korea and Vietnam. His current rank is Gunnery Sergeant. His experiences have led him to become an opinionated, no nonsense man, who is prone to bursts of violence, especially when he's drunk, if the situation does not suit him, regardless of the specifics or people involved. Because of these actions, he has spent his fair share of overnighters behind bars. Close to retirement, one of his last assignments, one he requested, is back at his old unit at Cherry Point, North Carolina, from where he was transferred for insubordination and conduct unbecoming. He is to train a reconnaissance platoon. His superior officer, the much younger and combat inexperienced Major Malcolm Powers (Everett McGill), sees Highway as a relic of an old-styled military. Highway's commanding officer, Lieutenant Ring (Boyd Gaines), the platoon leader, is also a younger man who has no combat experience, but is academically inclined and happy-go-lucky. Highway finds that his team is a rag-tag bunch of slackers, who includes wannabe rock musician Corporal Stitch Jones (Mario Van Peebles), with whom Highway had an inauspicious earlier meeting. The men in the platoon, who truly believe Highway is crazy, hate him, and don't understand why they have to follow his harsh training regimen when the United States is not currently at war. The Major, who is all about efficiency regardless of combat readiness, has the same views of Highway. He is clear that he sees Highway's platoon solely as a training mechanism for his own elite squad trained by Highway's nemesis, Staff Sergeant Webster (Moses Gunn). Things for Highway and his platoon change when the United States enters into war in Grenada. Through it all, Highway tries to reconnect with his bar waitress ex-wife Aggie (Marsha Mason), he even clandestinely reading women's magazines to understand her better. Two primary obstacles stand in his way: Roy Jennings (Bo Svenson), Aggie's boss and current suitor who hates Marines, and Aggie's own remembrance of how dysfunctional their marriage was.
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Movie: River's Edge ( 1987 )
A high school slacker commits a shocking act and proceeds to let his friends in on the secret. However, the friends' reaction is almost as ambiguous and perplexing as the crime itself.
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Movie: Hannah and Her Sisters ( 1986 )
Between two Thanksgivings two years apart, Hannah's husband falls in love with her sister Lee, while her hypochondriac ex-husband rekindles his relationship with her sister Holly.
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Movie: Youngblood ( 1986 )
A 17 year old farm boy is offered an ice hockey tryout. His brother drives him to Canada. He has fast legs, slow fists, but is chosen. Will he learn to use his fists and play ice hockey the Canuck way? Will he get the coach's cute daughter?
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Movie: An American Tail ( 1986 )
While emigrating to the United States, a young Russian mouse gets separated from his family and must relocate them while trying to survive in a new country.
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Movie: SpaceCamp ( 1986 )
American kids go to a space camp during the summer holidays. They learn how to operate the Space Shuttle. A team consisting of a guy who just entered to meet girls, a wanna be astronaut and an instructor who wanted to go on a mission instead of teaching can sit in the Shuttle while testing the engines. Then they're launched by mistake ...
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Movie: Ruthless People ( 1986 )
A couple, cheated by a vile businessman, kidnap his wife in retaliation, without knowing that their enemy is delighted they did.
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Movie: The Mosquito Coast ( 1986 )
An inventor spurns his city life to move his family into the jungles of Central America to make a utopia.
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Movie: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 ( 1986 )
A radio host is victimized by the cannibal family as a former Texas Marshall hunts them.
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Movie: At Close Range ( 1986 )
In 1978 Pennsylvania, an absentee father is reacquainted with his estranged teenage sons who become intrigued with his romanticized life of crime.
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Movie: Crossroads ( 1986 )
Ralph Macchio is Lightning Boy. A kid who can make a slide guitar sing. Blind Dog is an old pro who knows it. Together, they're headed to a place where deals are made. And legends are born.
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Movie: The Clan of the Cave Bear ( 1986 )
A young Cro-Magnon woman is raised by Neanderthals.
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Movie: Slaughter High ( 1986 )
Eight people are invited to their old high school for their ten-year reunion where a fellow former student, disfigured from a prank gone wrong, is out to seek revenge.
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Movie: Troll ( 1986 )
A wicked troll king in search of a mystical ring that will transform him to human form invades a San Francisco apartment complex where a powerful witch lives.
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Movie: About Last Night... ( 1986 )
A man and woman meet and try to have a romantic affair, despite their personal problems and the interference of their disapproving friends.
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Movie: Salvador ( 1986 )
An American photojournalist gets caught in a political struggle at El Salvador in 1980.
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Movie: Soul Man ( 1986 )
To achieve his dream of attending Harvard, a pampered teen poses as a young black man to receive a full scholarship.
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Movie: The Best of Times ( 1986 )
A small-town loser determines to have one more shot at the big time by winning a football game.
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Movie: Iron Eagle ( 1986 )
A young pilot plans a rescue mission when his father, an Air Force Colonel, is shot down over enemy territory and captured.
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Movie: She's Gotta Have It ( 1986 )
Story of a woman and her three lovers.
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Movie: Poltergeist II: The Other Side ( 1986 )
The Freeling family have a new house, but their troubles with supernatural forces don't seem to be over.
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Movie: The Transformers: The Movie ( 1986 )
The Autobots must stop a colossal planet consuming robot who goes after the Autobot Matrix of Leadership. At the same time, they must defend themselves against an all-out attack from the Decepticons.
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Movie: Night of the Creeps ( 1986 )
Alien brain parasites, entering humans through the mouth, turn their host into a killing zombie. Some teenagers start to fight against them.
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Movie: The Big Easy ( 1987 )
A corrupt lieutenant in the homicide division is threatened by the righteous DA while trying to solve a string of mysterious murders.
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Movie: Legal Eagles ( 1986 )
A New York district attorney works and flirts with his adversary and her kooky artist client, who is on trial for a murder she didn't commit.
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Movie: Firewalker ( 1986 )
A pair of adventurers try to track down an ancient Aztec/Mayan/Egyptian/Apache hoard of gold.
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Movie: Armour of God ( 1986 )
Asian Hawk (Jackie Chan) and his bumbling sidekick are sent on a quest through Europe to find a mysterious treasure held by a shadowy organization of monks.
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Movie: Invaders from Mars ( 1986 )
A boy tries to stop aliens who have taken over his town and are attempting to brainwash its inhabitants.
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Movie: Solarbabies ( 1986 )
In a post-apocalyptic future ruled by the military, a group of renegade teenage orphans find a legendary orb, Bohdai, that can supposedly bring the rain back to dried up Earth.
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Movie: Pirates ( 1986 )
The adventures of pirate Captain Red and his first mate Frog.
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Movie: Something Wild ( 1986 )
A free-spirited woman "kidnaps" a yuppie for a weekend of adventure. But the fun quickly takes a dangerous turn when her ex-convict husband shows up.
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Movie: Stagecoach ( 1986 )
In 1880, a motley group of passengers takes the stagecoach from Tonto, Arizona to Lordsburg, New Mexico via dangerous Apache territory.
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Movie: Children of a Lesser God ( 1986 )
A new speech teacher at a school for the deaf falls in love with the janitor, a deaf woman speechless by choice.
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Movie: Murphy's Law ( 1986 )
An action-packed thriller starring Charles Bronson as Jack Murphy, a cop who is running to stay alive long enough to even the score with his wife's killer.
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Movie: Deadly Friend ( 1986 )
After his friend is killed by her abusive father, the new kid in town attempts to save her by implanting a robotic microchip into her brain.
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TV Show: Shaka Zulu ( 1986 )
This 10-part 10 hour docu-drama depicts the life of Zulu warrior Shaka, an early 19th century soldier and King who through brilliant but ruthless tactics, united the smaller neighboring kingdoms in his Southeast African region, into a single Zulu nation. Interweaving historic fact with cultural practices, rituals, and mythologies, Shaka is revealed to be one of the greatest modern military figures on the African continent
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Movie: Wildcats ( 1986 )
A rookie high school football coach has a harder time than she expected trying to whip her tough inner city team into shape.
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Movie: Jumpin' Jack Flash ( 1986 )
An American computer wiz who works at a New York bank is suddenly thrust into the world of international espionage after she inadvertently receives a coded message from a British spy.
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Movie: Psycho III ( 1986 )
Norman Bates falls in love with a fallen nun who stays at the Bates Motel alongside a drifter and a curious reporter. Meanwhile, "mother" is still watching.
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Movie: Thrashin' ( 1986 )
Two skateboarding gangs battle each other for supremacy, and a member of one gang falls in love with the sister of his rival.
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Movie: TerrorVision ( 1986 )
A family's new satellite TV system starts receiving signals from another planet, and soon it becomes the passageway to an alien world.
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Movie: Down and Out in Beverly Hills ( 1986 )
A rich but troubled family find their lives altered by the arrival of a vagrant who tries to drown himself in their swimming pool.
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Movie: Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold ( 1986 )
Allan Quatermain once again teams up with Jesse Huston where the discovery of a mysterious old gold piece sends Quatermain looking for his long-lost brother, missing in the wilds of Africa after seeking a lost white race.
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Movie: Armed and Dangerous ( 1986 )
Frank Dooley (John Candy) , a cop wrongly sacked for corruption, teams up with a useless defense lawyer named Norman Kane (Eugene Levy) in their new careers - as security guards. When the two are made fall guys for a robbery at a location they are guarding, the pair begin to investigate corruption within the company and their union. They soon make enemies of everyone, but can the unlikely duo save the day ?
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Movie: Mona Lisa ( 1986 )
A man recently released from prison manages to get a job driving a call girl from customer to customer.
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Movie: Lady Jane ( 1986 )
The death of King Henry VIII throws his kingdom into chaos because of succession disputes. His weak son King Edward VI is on his deathbed. Anxious to keep England true to the Reformation, a scheming minister John Dudley marries off his son, Guilford, to Lady Jane Grey, whom he places on the throne after Edward dies. At first hostile to each other, Guilford and Jane fall in love. But they cannot withstand the course of power which will lead to their ultimate downfall.
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Movie: The Adventures of Milo and Otis ( 1986 )
The adventures of a young cat and a dog as they find themselves accidentally separated and each swept into a hazardous trek.
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Movie: When the Wind Blows ( 1986 )
A naive elderly British rural couple survive the initial onslaught of a nuclear war.
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Movie: Club Paradise ( 1986 )
Injured while risking his life to save an angry German shepard, Chicago Firefighter Jack Moniker retires and moves to a small carribean island named St. Nicholas. There, he is befriended by the owner of a run-down resort, Ernest Reed. Greedy developers are schemeing to wrest Reed's coveted beach front property from him for non-payment of taxes. Jack comes to Ernest's rescue, and together they renovate and reopen the resort catering to affluent Americans. The film follows the zany exploits of the proprietors, guests and various colorful island denizans, as they break in the new "Club Paradise".
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Movie: F/X ( 1986 )
A movie special effects man is hired to fake a real-life mob killing for a witness protection plan, but finds his own life in danger.
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Movie: Blue City ( 1986 )
A drifter returns to his Florida hometown only to discover that his father, the local mayor, was mysteriously murdered during his absence. Vowing to find the killer and avenge his father's death, he starts his own investigation.