June 4-6, 1982: The opening weekend box office record is broken by Star Trek II: The Wrath of KHANNNN! But it’s an opening weekend of two ’82 powerhouse films as Tobe Hooper’s Poltergeist jumps in on the summer movie season. Sidney Poitier directs the real life meet cute of Gene Wilder and Gilda Radner in Hanky Panky.
We’ll also be discussing the box office report, notable news stories, the top 10 Nielsen rated tv programs for the week and the top 10 of Casey Kasem’s weekly top 40 from the week these films were released.
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RUNTIME: 89 minutes
The Summer of ’82 at 40 is a weekly retrospective journey through American pop culture during May, June, July and August of 1982. Brandon Peters and Forbes’ Scott Mendelson take a weekend by weekend look at the films released during the summer as well as the news stories, television and music that rounded out the public’s lives as they lined the pockets of the box office to see these movies.