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Not only was 1977 a big year for movies but it was also a big year for actors making their film debuts and the deaths of a lot of  truly great talent. Here is a snap shot of the American film industry.

Making Their Film Debuts:

  • Dan Aykroyd – Love at First Sight
  • Roberto Benigni – Berlinguer, I Love You
  • Tom Berenger – The Sentinel
  • Beverly D’Angelo – The Sentinel
  • Judy Davis – High Rolling
  • Brian Dennehy – Looking for Mr. Goodbar
  • Bo Derek – Orca
  • Mel Gibson – I Never Promised You a Rose Garden
  • John Goodman – Jailbait Babysitter
  • Steve Guttenberg – Rollercoaster
  • Marilu Henner – Between the Lines
  • Tom Hulce – September 30, 1955
  • Helen Hunt – Rollercoaster
  • Michael Ironside – Outrageous!
  • Bruce McGill – Handle with Care
  • Kevin McNallyThe Spy Who Loved Me
  • Sam Neill – Sleeping Dogs
  • Pete Postlethwaite – The Duellists
  • Meryl Streep – Julia
  • Sigourney WeaverAnnie Hall
  • Robin Williams – Can I Do It… ‘Till I Need Glasses?


Top-grossing Films

 TitleStudioDom. gross
1.Star Wars

20th Century Fox/

Lucasfilm Ltd.

2.Smokey and the BanditUniversal Pictures$127M
3.Close Encounters of the Third KindColumbia Pictures$116M
4.Saturday Night FeverPara-mount Pictures$94M
5.The Goodbye GirlMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer / Warner Bros. / Rastar$82M
6.A Bridge Too FarUnited Artists$51M
7.The DeepColumbia Pictures$47M
8.The Spy Who Loved MeUnited Artists$47M
9.Oh, God!Warner Bros.$42M
10.Annie HallUnited Artists$38M


Academy Award Winners

Best Picture: Annie Hall – Rollins-Joffe, United Artists

Best Director: Woody AllenAnnie Hall

Best Actor: Richard DreyfussThe Goodbye Girl

Best Actress: Diane KeatonAnnie Hall

Best Supporting Actor: Jason Robards – Julia

Best Supporting Actress: Vanessa Redgrave – Julia


Among Those Who Died In 1977:

  Name Notable films
Jan3Tom Gries54Will Penny
    The Hawaiians
 6Niall MacGinnis63Martin Luther


of Troy

 12Henri-Georges Clouzot69The Wages of Fear
    Les Diaboliques
 14Peter   Finch60Network
    Sunday Bloody Sunday
 18Yvonne Printemps82Le Voyage en Amérique
    The Duel
 26Margaret Hayes60Blackboard Jungle
    Good Day for a Hanging
 31Daniel Mainwaring74Out of the Past
    Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Feb3Pauline Starke76The Viking
    What Men Want
 17Edward G. Boyle78The Apartment
    Gone with the Wind
 18Andy    Devine71Stagecoach
    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance