The year is 1989 and I was born — making me 30 along with all these other movies. So yes, I wasn’t feeling old until I realized the movies I’ve watched throughout my life were actually released the same year I was born.
Synopsis: In the waning days of Prohibition, Sugar Ray (Richard Pryor) and his adopted son, Quick (Eddie Murphy), run a speakeasy called Club Sugar Ray. When gangster Bugsy Calhoune (Michael Lerner) learns that Sugar Ray’s place is pulling in more money than his own establishment, the Pitty Pat Club, he pays corrupt cop Phil Cantone (Danny Aiello) to close Club Sugar Ray down. Quick doesn’t exactly help the situation when he falls for Calhoune’s gun moll, Miss Dominique La Rue (Jasmine Guy).
Starring: Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, Della Reese, Redd Foxx, Jasmine Guy, and more.
Release Date: November 17, 1989
Lean on Me
Synopsis:In this fact-based film, a New Jersey superintendent, Dr. Frank Napier (Robert Guillaume), watches helplessly as East Side High becomes the lowest-ranked school in the state. With nowhere else to turn, Dr. Napier enlists maverick ex-teacher Joe Clark (Morgan Freeman) to take over as principal of the declining school. Unfortunately for Clark, before he can focus on improving the student body’s state exam scores, he has to somehow rid the school of its gang and narcotics problems.
Starring:Morgan Freeman, Jermaine Hopkins, John G. Avildsen, Karen Malina White, Lynne Thigpen, and more.
Release Date: March 3, 1989
Police Academy 6: City Under Siege
Synopsis: When a series of robberies take place in the city’s Wilson Heights neighbourhood, a group of bumbling cadets take to the streets to stop the three inept goons who have successfully orchestrated a metropolitan crime wave.
Starring: Michael Winslow, Bubba Smith, David Graf, Marion Ramsey, Leslie Easterbrook, Lance Kinsey, Bruce Maher, Kenneth Mars, Matt McCoy, G. W. Bailey, George Gaynes
Earth Girls Are Easy
Synopsis: In this musical comedy, Valerie (Geena Davis) is dealing with her philandering fiancé, Ted (Charles Rocket), when she finds that a trio of aliens (Jeff Goldblum, Jim Carrey, Damon Wayans) have crashed their spaceship into her swimming pool. Once the furry beings are shaved at her girlfriend’s salon, the women discover three handsome men underneath. After absorbing the native culture via television, the spacemen are ready to hit the dating scene in 1980s Los Angeles.
Starring: Damon Wayans, Geena Davis, Jim Carrey, Jeff Goldblum, Julie Brown, Michael McKean, Charles Rocket
Release Date: May 12, 1989
See No Evil, Hear No Evil
Synopsis: Wally Karue (Richard Pryor) is a blind man looking for a job. Dave Lyons (Gene Wilder) is a deaf man who runs a newsstand. When Dave hires Wally, he never imagines they’ll have to work together to survive. After a murder occurs at their newsstand, they figure out who the killer is with their collective senses — but the investigating detective (Alan North) pegs them as the main suspects. When the real killer (Joan Severance) returns to cover her tracks, the two must really cooperate to live.
Starring: Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder, Joan Severance, Kevin Spacey, Alan North, Anthony Zerbe
Release Date: May 12, 1989
Synopsis: After saving New York City from a ghost attack, the Ghostbusters — a team of spirit exterminators — is disbanded for demolishing parts of the city during the battle. But when Ghostbuster Peter Venkman (Bill Murray) learns that spirits have taken an interest in his son, the men launch a rogue ghost-chasing mission. The quest quickly goes awry, landing them in court. But when the ghosts turn on the judge, he issues an order allowing the Ghostbusters to get back to work.
Starring: Ernie Hudson, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Sigourney Weaver, Rick Moranis, Annie Potts, Peter MacNicol, Harris Yulin
Release Date: June 16, 1989
Do The Right Thing
Synopsis: Salvatore “Sal” Fragione (Danny Aiello) is the Italian owner of a pizzeria in Brooklyn. A neighborhood local, Buggin’ Out (Giancarlo Esposito), becomes upset when he sees that the pizzeria’s Wall of Fame exhibits only Italian actors. Buggin’ Out believes a pizzeria in a black neighborhood should showcase black actors, but Sal disagrees. The wall becomes a symbol of racism and hate to Buggin’ Out and to other people in the neighborhood, and tensions rise.
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson, Giancarlo Esposito, Spike Lee, Bill Nunn, John Turturro, John Savage
Release Date: July 21, 1989
Lethal Weapon 2
Synopsis: South African smugglers find themselves being hounded and harassed by Riggs and Murtaugh, two mismatched Los Angeles police officers. However, the South Africans are protected by diplomatic immunity, and so the two are assigned to witness-protection duty in an attempt by their captain to keep his job. It is only when this witness reveals to them that he has already dealt with the smugglers that the trouble really starts.
Starring: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Darlene Love Trish Murtaugh, Traci Wolfe (Rianne Murtaugh Butters), Traci Wolfe Rianne Murtaugh Butters
Release Date: July 7 1989
Synopsis: Sadistic prison warden Drumgoole (Donald Sutherland) is bent on taking his revenge against Frank Leone (Sylvester Stallone), the only prisoner to have escaped from his institution. He drags the inmate back to his maximum security hellhole and proceeds to have his guards torture him mercilessly. In addition to the warden, Frank tangles with fellow prisoner Chink Weber (Sonny Landham). When Frank learns that Drumgoole plans to kill his girlfriend on the outside, he plots his escape once more.
Starring: John Amos, Sylvester Stallone, Donald Sutherland, Darlanne Fluegel, Frank McRae, Sonny Landham
Release Date: August 4, 1989
Driving Miss Daisy
Synopsis: Daisy Werthan (Jessica Tandy), an elderly Jewish widow living in Atlanta, is determined to maintain her independence. However, when she crashes her car, her son, Boolie (Dan Aykroyd), arranges for her to have a chauffeur, an African-American driver named Hoke Colburn (Morgan Freeman). Daisy and Hoke… MORE
Starring: Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy, Dan Aykroyd, Patti LuPone, Esther Rolle, Jo Ann Havrilla, William Hall, Jr.
eRelease Date: December 13, 1989
Synopsis: Following the Battle of Antietam, Col. Robert Gould Shaw (Matthew Broderick) is offered command of the United States’ first all-African-American regiment, the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. With junior officer Cabot Forbes (Cary Elwes), Shaw puts together a strong and proud unit, including the escaped slave Trip (Denzel Washington) and the wise gravedigger John Rawlins (Morgan Freeman). At first limited to menial manual tasks, the regiment fights to be placed in the heat of battle.
Starring: Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes, Morgan Freeman, Cliff DeYoung, Andre Braugher, Jihmi Kennedy, Alan North
Release Date: August 10th