Annal: 1984 Hugo Award for Dramatic Presentation, Long Form

Results of the Hugo Award in the year 1984.

Film:Star Wars: Episode 6: Return of the Jedi

Star Wars: Episode 6: Return of the Jedi

George Lucas

Luke must save Han Solo (Harrison Ford) from the clutches of the monstrous Jabba the Hut, and bring down the newly reconstructed—and even more powerful—Death Star. With Han Solo imprisoned, Luke accompanies his faithful droids R2D2 and C3PO in a rescue bid, with Princess Leia and Chewbacca also lending a hand. After they valiantly disentangle their friends from Jabba’s clutches, Luke returns to his Jedi Knight training with Jedi master Yoda.

Meanwhile, the Rebel Troops amass in an attempt to see off the impending threat from Darth Vader and his new Death Star, with the operation being lead by Han Solo. But Luke must face Vader himself if he is to become a true Jedi Knight, and as he enters into a spirited battle with his light sabre-wielding enemy, some surprising revelations await the young warrior.

Film:Brainstorm

Brainstorm

Douglas Trumbull

Brainstorm is a fascinating but frustrating film, simply because it dabbles in greatness but fails to develop the fullest implications of its provocative ideas. It’s a visually dazzling film with outstanding special effects; directed by veteran effects creator Douglas Trumbull, of 2001 fame; but too caught up in marvels of hardware and software at the expense of its characters, who remain interesting but dramatically two-dimensional. The story involves the development of a headset recorder that can replay one person’s experiences—even their…

Film:The Right Stuff

The Right Stuff

Philip Kaufman

Philip Kaufman’s intimate epic about the Mercury astronauts (based on Tom Wolfe’s book) was one of the most ambitious and spectacularly exciting movies of the 1980s. It surprised almost everybody by not becoming a smash hit. By all rights, the film should have been every bit the success that Apollo 13 would later become; The Right Stuff is not only just as thrilling, but it is also a bigger and better movie. Combining history (both established and revisionist), grand mythmaking (and myth puncturing), adventure, melodrama, behind-the-scenes…

Film:Something Wicked This Way Comes

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Jack Clayton

One of Ray Bradbury’s most popular and intriguing novels of good and evil comes to life in this spine-tingling motion picture. On a grim and gusty October day, two young boys encounter a distressed man who foretells of danger blowing their way. Soon after, the town is visited by a seductive stanger named Mr. Dark and his Pandemonium Carnival. Terrifying things begin to happen when the adventurous boys stumble onto the carnival’s deadly and destructive secret! Beware: Something Wicked This Way Comes…and frightening surprises follow!

Film:War Games

War Games

John Badham

Cute but silly, this 1983 cautionary fantasy stars Matthew Broderick as a teenage computer genius who hacks into the Pentagon’s defense system and sets World War III into motion. All the fun is in the film’s set-up, as Broderick befriends Ally Sheedy and starts the international crisis by pretending while online to be the Soviet Union. After that, it’s not hard to predict what’s going to happen: government agents swoop in, but the story ends up in the “hands” of machines talking to one another. Thus we’re stuck with flashing lights, etc. John Badham…

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