Annal: 1989 Edgar Allan Poe Award® for Best Motion Picture

Results of the Edgar Allan Poe Award® in the year 1989.

Film:The Thin Blue Line

The Thin Blue Line

Errol Morris

This landmark award-winning documentary, which revolutionized the form and helped acquit an innocent man of murder, came about almost by accident. Errol Morris had already directed such offbeat documentaries as Gates of Heaven (concerning pet cemeteries; a favorite of Roger Ebert’s) and Vernon, Florida, which touchingly portrays the small town’s eccentric inhabitants. He’d intended to travel to Texas to make a film about the criminal-psychiatry expert James Grigson, or “Dr. Death” as he came to be known for his frequent testimony against defendants,…

Film:Die Hard

Die Hard

John McTiernan

Bruce Willi stars as New York City Detective John McClane, newly arrived in Los Angeles to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged wife (Bonnie Bedelia). But as Mclane waits for his wife’s office party to break up, terrorist take control of the building. While the terrorist leader, Hans gruber (Alexander Godunov) round up hostages, McClane slips away unnoticed. Armed with only a service revolver and his cunning, McClane launches his own one-man war. A crackling thriller from beginning to end, Die Hard explodes with heart-stopping suspense.

Film:A Fish Called Wanda

A Fish Called Wanda

Charles Crichton

Kevin Kline took home an Oscar for his performance as a self-absorbed lothario who prepares for lovemaking by drinking in his own “manly” musk, but it would be hard to single him out as the best thing about the film. The fact is, the entire cast of this hilarious comedy is perfect: John Cleese as the conservative barrister defending a member of sexy Jamie Lee Curtis’s gang, Ms. Curtis as the conniving crook out to grab the haul for herself, and Michael Palin as the stuttering, animal-loving hit man whose attempts to murder a little old lady only decrease the size…

Film:Masquerade (1988)

Masquerade

Bob Swaim

Film:Things Change

Things Change

David Mamet

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