May 28-30, 1982: A stacked week that sees possibly our biggest release yet as Sylvester Stallone drops Rocky III upon us featuring Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” that would climb the charts later in the summer. William Shatner and Lee Grant try not to be killed by slasher Michael Ironside in Visiting Hours. Raul Julia and Desi Arnez play father and son in The Escape Artist. And John Russo cashes in some Night of the Living Dead clout with Midnight, featuring special effects by Tom Savini.
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: 75 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.