Movie Essentials: 1992



A lot happened in 1992.  U.S. voters were introduced to Texas billionaire and presidential hopeful Ross Perot (plus Dana Carvey's inspired impression of him).  Bill Clinton ultimately won.  Euro Disney opened in France.  The largest shopping mall, Minnesota's Mall of America, was constructed.  Mike Tyson was convicted of raping Miss Black Rhode Island (Desiree Washington).  Prince Charles and Princess Diana separated.  The first Nicotene patch was introduced.  Sinead O'Connor ripped up a photo of Pope John Paull II on SNL.  Nick Jonas and Miley Cyrus were born (feel old yet?).   

The big songs that year were Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" from The Bodyguard, Boyz II Men's "End of the Road" (a staple at all my grade school dances), and Mr. Big's "To Be With You."  On TV, Johnny Carson retired and Jay Leno debuted as new host of The Tonight Show.  The Cartoon Network was launched.  The first Real World premiered on MTV.  Also premiering that year?  Melrose Place, Mad About You, and The Larry Sanders Show.

I saw a lot of movies in the theater in '92.  Let's give a shout-out to these quality also-rans: The Bodyguard, Aladdin, Sneakers, Lethal Weapon 3, Sister Act, Batman Returns, Under Siege, White Men Can't Jump, Alien 3, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Crying Game, The Cutting Edge, Death Becomes Her, The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, Honeymoon in Vegas, Newsies, Last of the MohicansMuppet Christmas Carol, Patriot Games, School Ties, Singles, A River Runs Through It, Housesitter, Candyman, Far & Away, and, of course, Ladybugs!  And here are your Essentials: 


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  • 1992 was a solid year for movies. Not that it's top 10 worthy, but Gladiator starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. is definitely a movie that I've seen at least 25 times. I also have very fond memories of standing up in the theater and cheering with my two younger brothers at the end of The Mighty Duck - not because it was over, but because the Ducks were victorious. Nice list, John. Keep it up.

  • Wow, I didn't realize 1992 was such a great movie year. Wayne's World is one my favorite movies of all time. I do think that the Mighty Ducks deserves to be up there. Quack, quack, quack, Mr. Ducksworth!

  • Yay! I'm glad I'm not the only one with a Mighty Ducks obsession. Anyone else love The Cutting Edge and Sister Act, too?

  • Jared loves The Cutting Edge. (And all sequels)

  • In reply to MCampobasso:

    This does not surprise me, and we totes need to have a Cutting Edge marathon!!! SQUEEOMG!!1!

  • In reply to MCampobasso:

    First, 1992 was a spectacular year for movies. I have a number that should make the list, but I am not sure that they are better than ties with ones already in the list. I would drop "A League of Their Own" and probably "Basic Instinct." And I would replace them with "Singles" and "El Mariachi." That still leaves me without room for "Sneakers," "Love Potion No. 9" or "Bad Lieutenant." If we're talking "essentials," for me (who moved to Seattle for a while after college and really got into the whole grunge thing) I don't think I can leave "Singles" off. If you've never seen it "Love Potion No. 9" is a second-rate comedy worth your time -- may be Sandra Bullock's best work. Warning: it is cheesy as hell. There's my two cents.

  • In reply to DSBecker:

    Man, there's a lot of Mighty Ducks love out there. Emilio!!!!!

    I love Singles and Sneakers. If there were two more slots on the list, those would be there.

    Jules - I didn't realize Sister Act was held in such high esteem by you.

  • In reply to Hammer:

    I'm an enigma wrapped in a riddle wrapped in a mystery.

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