Acting for America: Movie Stars of the 1980s

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Robert T. Eberwein
Rutgers University Press, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 295 pages
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A captivating cast of 1980s power and talent--John Candy, Tom Cruise, Robert DeNiro, Clint Eastwood, Sally Field, Harrison Ford, Michael J. Fox, Mel Gibson, Goldie Hawn, Jessica Lange, Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sissy Spacek, Sylvester Stallone, Meryl Streep, Sigourney Weaver, Bruce Willis, and the "Brat Pack"--stars in the drama of this decade. Acting for America focuses on the way these film icons have engaged in and defined some major issues of cultural and social concern to America during the 1980s.

Scholars employing a variety of useful approaches explore how these movie stars' films speak to an increased audience awareness of advances in feminism, new ideas about masculinity, and the complex political atmosphere in the Age of Reagan. The essays demonstrate the range of these stars' contributions to such conversations in a variety of films, including blockbusters and major genres.
  

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Contents

Stardom in the 1980s
1
Robert De Niro
19
Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger
36
Jessica Lange and Sissy Spacek
57
Mel Gibson and Tom Cruise
77
Michael J Fox and the Brat Pack
99
Eddie Murphy
120
Sigourney Weaver
139
Sally Field and Goldie Hawn
180
Meryl Streep
201
Clint Eastwood and Bruce Willis
223
Steve Martin and John Candy
243
In the Wings
263
Works Cited
271
Contributors
279
Index
281

Harrison Ford
160

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About the author (2010)

ROBERT EBERWEIN is distinguished professor of English emeritus at Oakland University. He is the author of Armed Forces: Masculinity and Sexuality in the American War Film; The War Film; Sex ED: Film, Video, and the Framework of Desire (all Rutgers University Press), and The Hollywood War Film.

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