Popcorn and Trivia – Top 10 Movies of 1984

2014-06-27 06:30

Memorable lines from movies released way back when still bring a smile to our collective dials (“I’ll be back” and “Who ya gonna call?” for example). 1984 saw the release of some of the most iconic movies ever made. A whole bunch of these movies were the first of as many as eight sequels. We take a look at the top 10 movies from 1984, and share some trivia with you along the way.

Arnold Schwarzenegger told us in the first Terminator that he’ll be back. He wasn’t lying – the Terminator lived on in a TV series, a web series and four sequels (Terminator: Genesis is scheduled for release on 1 July 2015, and Arnold is in it).

So, “who ya gonna call?” Ghostbusters, of course! These guys were on speed dial with the release of two television series, Ghostbusters II – and even a Ghostbusters III – maybe.

Mister Miyagi instructed us in the finer art of detailing our cars in 1984. The catchphrase “wax on, wax off” improved both our martial arts and polishing skills. We were still polishing with the release of another four sequels, the last in which Jackie Chan showed us how it’s really done (martial arts, not polishing cars).

Freddy Krueger made sure we slept badly – or not at all. A Nightmare on Elm Street (“whatever you do… don’t fall asleep“) was followed by another eight nightmares in the form of sequels. What a recurring… uhm - nightmare.

We tried to remember not to feed our Gremlins after midnight. Or get them wet. A new batch of Gremlins returned in 1990, and rumour has it that yet another Gremlins might be on the way.

Brilliantly cast Eddie Murphy (as Axel Foley) in Beverly Hills Cop ensured the franchise took off in a big way, making room for another two sequels in the years to come. The brilliant theme song by Harold Faltermeyer still lives on, and even the younger generation will forever remember it as “The Crazy Frog“.

Let’s share some trivia with you while we count down the top 10 movies of 1984, in no particular order.

(The full article (including awesome photo’s, trailers, and TONS more trivia and extras) is available on Trivia SA’s website.)


Who you gonna call?

Busting has officially been making people feel good for 30 years. That’s 30 years of not being afraid of no ghosts, 30 years of inappropriate “crossing the streams” jokes at men’s urinals and 30 years of knowing exactly who we’re gonna call.

Trivia: The “marshmallow” goo was actually shaving cream. More than 190 litres (50 gallons) was dumped on Walter Peck (William Atherton), almost knocking him to the ground.

Eddie Murphy was to have originally played Winston but did Beverly Hills Cop instead.

The Terminator

I’ll be back

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s famous line in The Terminator “I’ll be back” was originally in the script as “I’ll come back”.

I’ll be back” was voted the best movie catchphrase of all time.

Mel Gibson turned down the role of the Terminator. O.J. Simpson was also considered for the role but the producers thought he was “too nice” to be taken seriously as a cold-blooded killer.

The Neverending Story

You can “ride” on Falcor the Luck Dragon‘s back on location at the Bavarian Film Studio in Munich, Germany.

The original Auryn for this film now hangs in an enclosed glass display in Steven Spielberg‘s office – next to Indy’s hat.

Most of the film was shot in Germany in the summer of 1983. It was Germany’s hottest summer in 25 years.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

For the bug chamber sequence, Kate Capshaw was covered with over 2,000 bugs.

Amrish Puri shaved his head for the role of Mola Ram, creating such an impression that he kept it shaved and became one of India’s most popular film villains.

The ‘chilled monkey brains’ served during the dinner scene at the Palace were made from custard and raspberry sauce.

A Nightmare on Elm Street

This was Johnny Depp‘s feature film debut. Johnny Depp accompanied his friend Jackie Earle Haley to auditions for the film. Instead of Haley being chosen for a role, it was Depp who was spotted by director Wes Craven, who asked him if he would like to read for a part. Depp got a part in the film (Glen Lantz), Haley didn’t, but Haley would go on to play Freddy in the remake 26 years later.

The words “Elm Street” are not spoken at all during the movie.

Freddy Krueger has less than 7 minutes of screen time.

The sparking glove effect seen throughout the movie was achieved by attaching the glove to a car battery. The famous scraping noise was created by scratching a steak knife on the underside of a metal chair.


Gremlins and Indiana Jones (both Spielberg films) were responsible for the creation of the PG-13 rating system. Both films, while rated PG, contained lots of violence, but not enough to warrant an R rating.

The Scottish alternative rock band Mogwai take their name from this film.

Mrs. Deagle, the richest lady in town, has named her cats after different kinds of currency (including Kopeck, Drachma and Dollar Bill).

The Karate Kid

The famous “crane kick” was never performed by Sensei Miyagi, but by Darryl Vidal – a stunt double.

The car that Mr Miyagi gave Daniel for his birthday, is a 1948 Ford Super DeLuxe Club convertible. This car was given to Ralph Macchio by the producer, and he still owns it.

Charlie Sheen turned down the role of Daniel LaRusso.

Johnny (William Zabka) had no martial arts experience prior to being cast in the film. However, he was an accomplished wrestler.

Beverly Hills Cop

During his tirade at the Beverly Palms Hotel, Axel pretends to be writing an article called “Michael Jackson: Sitting on Top of the World” for Rolling Stone magazine. In real life, Playboy ran an article called “Eddie Murphy: Sitting on Top of the World.

The films’ electronic instrumental is one of the most recognizable movie soundtracks of the 1980s. The instrumental, “Axel F” was recorded by Harold Faltermeyer and reached the number 3 position on the US Billboard 200 in 1985 as well as the top 10 in much of Europe.

Crazy Frog. Enough said.


Kevin Bacon based his hairstyle on rocker Sting‘s spiky hairdo as he was a big fan of The Police at the time.

John Travolta was offered the role of Ren McCormack, but turned it down.

In a 2013 interview with Howard Stern, Kevin Bacon admitted that he has actually tipped DJs at weddings NOT to play Footloose. He stated that people expect him to dance the song as he did in the movie. In truth, while he did do some of the dancing there was also a dancing double for him as well.

Police Academy

In addition to playing Jones, Michael Winslow also doubles as the voice for all public address announcements heard at the academy.

Harris’s trademark stick was not originally in the script. The prop was brought onto the set by an extra, who gave it to G.W. Bailey to keep.

Bruce Willis auditioned for the role of Mahoney.

The term “tackleberry” has become a standard in the private security industry to denote an officer who is inordinately fond of firearms and other high-tech equipment.

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The full article (including awesome photo’s, trailers, and TONS more trivia and extras) is available on Trivia SA’s website.

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