1971 in film


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The year 1971 in film involved some significant events.

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Events

  • February 8 - Bob Dylan's hour long documentary film, Eat the Document, premieres at New York's Academy of Music. The film includes footage from Dylan's 1966 UK tour.
  • The first permanent IMAX projection system is installed at Ontario Place's "Cinesphere" in Toronto.
  • April 23 - The film Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song becomes the highest-grossing independent film of 1971.

Top grossing films (U.S.)

Rank Title Studio Actors Gross
1. Fiddler on the Roof United Artists Topol $38,261,000
2. The French Connection 20th Century Fox Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider $32,500,000
3. Summer of '42 Warner Bros. Jennifer O'Neill, Gary Grimes $26,315,000
4. Diamonds Are Forever United Artists Sean Connery, Jill St. John $20,500,000
5. Dirty Harry Warner Bros. Clint Eastwood, Andy Robinson $19,727,000
6. Carnal Knowledge Embassy Jack Nicholson, Ann-Margret, Candice Bergen, Art Garfunkel $18,000,000
7. A Clockwork Orange Warner Bros. Malcolm McDowell $17,000,000
8. Klute Warner Bros. Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland $14,075,000
9. The Last Picture Show Columbia Timothy Bottoms, Cybill Shepherd, Jeff Bridges $13,100,000
10. Bedknobs and Broomsticks* Walt Disney Angela Lansbury $11,426,000

(*) After Theatrical re-issue(s)

Awards

Category/Organization 29th Golden Globe Awards
February 6, 1972
26th BAFTA Awards
February 26, 1973
44th Academy Awards
April 10, 1972
Drama Musical or Comedy
Best Film The French Connection Fiddler on the Roof Cabaret The French Connection
Best Director William Friedkin
The French Connection
Bob Fosse
Cabaret
William Friedkin
The French Connection
Best Actor Gene Hackman
The French Connection
Chaim Topol
Fiddler on the Roof
Gene Hackman
The French Connection
Gene Hackman
The French Connection
Best Actress Jane Fonda
Klute
Twiggy
The Boy Friend
Liza Minnelli
Cabaret
Jane Fonda
Klute
Best Supporting Actor Ben Johnson
The Last Picture Show
Ben Johnson
The Last Picture Show
Ben Johnson
The Last Picture Show
Best Supporting Actress Cloris Leachman
The Last Picture Show
Cloris Leachman
The Last Picture Show
Cloris Leachman
The Last Picture Show
Best Screenplay, Original The Hospital
Paddy Chayefsky
The Hospital
Paddy Chayefsky
The Hospital
Paddy Chayefsky
Best Screenplay, Adapted The Last Picture Show
Peter Bogdanovich and Larry McMurtry
The French Connection
Ernest Tidyman
Best Score Shaft
Isaac Hayes
The Godfather
Nino Rota
Shaft
Isaac Hayes

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

The Go-Between, directed by Joseph Losey, United Kingdom

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (Il Giardino dei Finzi-Contini), directed by Vittorio De Sica, Italy / W. Germany

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