Annal: 1982 Hugo Award for Dramatic Presentation, Long Form

Results of the Hugo Award in the year 1982.

Film:Raiders of the Lost Ark

Raiders of the Lost Ark: 1st in Indiana Jones series

Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg and George Lucas’s 1981 resurrection of the Saturday-matinee adventure genre was deservedly popular, and kicked off a successful trilogy. Set in 1936, this first feature introduces Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones, an archaeologist and adventurer whose quests for rare antiquities frequently find him running from one menace or another. Raiders finds Dr. Jones in the middle of a Nazi plot to use the mysterious powers of the Ark of the Covenant to win the war. Karen Allen plays the love interest with an old-fashioned “man’s woman” appeal (she…

Film:Dragonslayer

Dragonslayer

Matthew Robbins

Despite its box-office failure in 1981, Dragonslayer was gradually recognized as one of the finest fantasies to emerge from the post-Star Wars boom in special effects. It’s still one of the best adventures of its kind, featuring one of the most fearsome fire-breathing serpents in movie history. Ominously named Vermithrax Pejorative, this ill-tempered monster terrorizes the peasantry of sixth-century England, feeding on maidens sacrificed by a duplicitous king until a sorcerer’s apprentice named Galen (Peter MacNicol, long before Ally McBeal)…

Film:Excalibur (1981)

Excalibur

John Boorman

This lush retelling of the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table is a dark and engrossing tale. Director John Boorman (Deliverance) masterfully handles the tale of the mythical sword Excalibur, and its passing from the wizard Merlin to the future king of England. Arthur pulls the famed sword from a stone and is destined to be crowned king. As the king embarks on a passionate love affair with Guenevere, an illegitimate son, and Merlin’s designs on power, threaten Arthur’s reign. The film is visually stunning and unflinching in its scenes…

Film:Outland

Outland

Peter Hyams

Outland is another in a long line of Westerns retooled for science fiction. Writer-director Peter Hyams (Capricorn One, 2010, Timecop) restages High Noon in outer space, with Sean Connery as O’Neil, the marshal for a settlement on one of Jupiter’s moons. While investigating the deaths of some miners, O’Neil discovers that mine boss Peter Boyle has been giving his workers an amphetamine-like work-enhancing drug that keeps them productive for months—until they finally snap and go berserk. When Boyle sends killer henchmen to…

Film:Time Bandits

Time Bandits

Terry Gilliam

From a script cowritten with his fellow Monty Python veteran Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam pulled out all the stops on his prodigious imagination for this comedy-fantasy from 1981. Film critic Pauline Kael was right when she wrote, “This may be one of those rare pictures that suffers from a surfeit of good ideas,” because there’s not enough plot to keep pace with the sheer inventiveness of Gilliam’s filmmaking. That hasn’t stopped Time Bandits from becoming a classic, of sorts, attracting a cult following as a semi-reunion of the Python gang…

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