Acting for America: Movie Stars of the 1980s by Robert Eberwein, Aaron Baker, Rebecca Bell-Metereau,

By Robert Eberwein, Aaron Baker, Rebecca Bell-Metereau, Professor William Brown, Michael DeAngelis, Krin Gabbard, Professor Chris Holmlund, Professor Adam Knee, Professor Christina Lane, Professor Linda Mizejewski, James Morrison, Jerry Mosher

A beautiful forged of Nineteen Eighties strength and talent--John sweet, Tom Cruise, Robert DeNiro, Clint Eastwood, Sally box, 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 within the drama of this decade. Acting for America makes a speciality of the way in which those movie icons have engaged in and outlined a few significant problems with cultural and social trouble to the USA throughout the 1980s.

Scholars utilising quite a few precious methods discover how those motion picture stars' movies converse to an elevated viewers information of advances in feminism, new principles approximately masculinity, and the complicated political surroundings within the Age of Reagan. The essays exhibit the variety of those stars' contributions to such conversations in numerous motion pictures, together with blockbusters and significant genres.

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Men feeling like cogs in the corporate machine,” who find “conspicuous consumption . . hardly a compensation” (176). Kimmel attributes the large amount of “men’s liberation” literature published in the 1970s to the 28 AARON BAKER Colorful clothing in Falling in Love. Copyright Paramount Pictures, 1984. presence in American society of “many men . . living lives of quiet desperation—working in boring and unfulfilling jobs, trapped in unhappy marriages with little or no relationship with their children” (185).

Writing in 1985, Robert Ray named this male character who is central to so many Hollywood movies the “outlaw hero,” who disregards the laws of the larger society in favor of his own “private notions of right and wrong” (59). Several of De Niro’s 1980s roles built on the delusional vigilantism of his Travis Bickle character in Taxi Driver to show the potential danger of such self-righteous violence. As a counterweight to these antisocial characters, De Niro also sought to diversify his roles somewhat, playing more patient, cooperative men in True Confessions (1981), Falling in Love (1984), and Jacknife (1989) as an alternative to the destructiveness of the outlaw hero’s narcissistic and violent selfassertion.

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