10 Great 1984 Movies That Don't Get Enough Credit

By Gabe Toro and Sean O'Connell 2014-06-26 10:54:39discussion comments
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Bachelor Party
Bachelor Party
Back Then… In 1984, Hollywood didn’t yet know what it had in Tom Hanks. The gifted physical comedian with too much energy for his longer-than-normal frame was becoming a household name by charming American audiences on television’s Bosom Buddies. He even made memorable cameos on the equally popular Family Ties, but was testing the waters of movie-stardom in 1984. Pun intended, he made a huge splash with both Splash and the raunchy, rowdy Bachelor Party. Comedies of this era were thin excuses for gratuitous T&A, and Party is no different, but Bachelor Party connected with a large audience in the Summer of 1984, and outgrossed "classic" films like The Terminator, Conan the Destroyer and A Nightmare on Elm Street.

Now… Every major movie star has to start somewhere, and Bachelor Party is best remembered as the launch pad for Tom Hanks’ incredible movie career. Hanks, without question, is better than his overall movie, and it is crystal clear revisiting Bachelor Party that Hanks is the effervescent, manically charming piece that will survive and thrive in a post-Bachelor Party world. But back in 1984, having a bona-fide star in Hanks helped Bachelor Party stand out from the pack of cheesier, cheaper sex-gag comedies like Hot Dog! The Movie, Where the Boys Are or Hadbodies. Tawny Kitaen, Adrian Zmed and a donkey steal scenes during Bachelor Party, but we honor this Dude Fest for fully introducing audiences to Tom Hanks… still one of the industry’s brightest stars.
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