1973 in film


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The year 1973 in film involved some significant events.

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Events

  • The Marx Brothers' Zeppo Marx divorces his second wife, Barbara Blakely. Blakely would later marry actor/singer Frank Sinatra.
  • Martial arts legend Bruce Lee dies before Enter the Dragon was released.
  • The Exorcist reawakens the horror film genre and becomes one of the most popular and controversial films ever released.

Top grossing films (U.S.)

Rank Title Studio Actors Gross
1. The Exorcist Warner Bros. Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Lee J. Cobb, Jason Miller, and Linda Blair $89,000,000
2. The Sting Universal Paul Newman, Robert Redford and Robert Shaw $78,212,000
3. American Graffiti Universal Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat and Harrison Ford $55,128,000
4. Enter the Dragon Warner Bros. Bruce Lee $25,000,000
5. Papillon Allied Artists Steve McQueen, Dustin Hoffman $22,500,000
6. The Way We Were Columbia Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford $22,457,000
7. Magnum Force Warner Bros. Clint Eastwood, Hal Holbrook $20,100,000
8. Robin Hood* Walt Disney Roger Miller, Phil Harris, Andy Devine $18,000,000
9. Last Tango in Paris United Artists Marlon Brando, Maria Schneider $16,711,000
10. Paper Moon Paramount Ryan O'Neal, Madeleine Kahn, Tatum O'Neal $16,559,000
11. Live and Let Die United Artists Roger Moore, Jane Seymour $15,925,000

(*) After theatrical re-issue(s)

Awards

Academy Awards:

Best Picture: The Sting - Bill/Phillips-Hill, Zanuck/Brown, Universal
Best Director : George Roy Hill - The Sting
Best Actor: Jack Lemmon - Save the Tiger
Best Actress: Glenda Jackson - A Touch of Class
Best Supporting Actor : John Houseman - The Paper Chase
Best Supporting Actress : Tatum O'Neal - Paper Moon
Best Foreign Language Film: Day for Night (La Nuit américaine), directed by François Truffaut, France

Golden Globe Awards:

Drama:
Best Picture: The Exorcist
Best Actor: Al Pacino - Serpico
Best Actress: Marsha Mason - Cinderella Liberty
Musical or comedy:
Best Picture: American Graffiti
Best Actor: George Segal - A Touch of Class
Best Actress: Glenda Jackson - A Touch of Class
Other
Best Director: William Friedkin - The Exorcist
Best Foreign Language Film: The Pedestrian (Der Fußgänger), W. Germany

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

The Hireling, directed by Alan Bridges, United Kingdom
Scarecrow, directed by Jerry Schatzberg, United States

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

Ashani Sanket (Distant Thunder), directed by Satyajit Ray, India

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