Disney, Stallone, Coppola, Pele and… Lions! Remember the MAJOR FAILURES of cinema that complete 40 Years in 2021

The movie world is not just about hits. And as hard as it is for movie fans like us to believe, that production we simply adore may well have been a resounding failure in its debut era. This does not mean, of course, that years later it cannot resurface as a cult work, regain its status and become an extremely prestigious work. This is what we call historical correction. It may well happen with films ahead of their time, which the generation of the time simply did not know how to appreciate for their value.

The esteem for certain works nowadays, however, does not, unfortunately, change its history. Films are made to reach their audience the moment they are released. And as timeless as they are and stay for the times, no director likes to see his production solemnly ignored in its debut. And for studios and producers, who spend veritable fortunes to make them, the fact that they sink at the box office is the scale that will tell whether a movie will receive the glories of the movie gods or whether it will become a damned work. It’s unpredictable and beyond the control of any other elements like good reviews, the quality of the movie itself and even a massive multi-million dollar marketing campaign. None of this, after all, is a guarantee of success for a film.

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With that in mind, we’ll continue our column of the great failures of the seventh art, with the films that solemnly failed and turn 40 in 2021. Check it out below (as well as other previous editions of this column) and don’t forget to comment.

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Today, an extremely cult film, especially for sports and football fans, it is hard to believe that a film that brings together legends of their different arts as Sylvester Stallone, Michael Caine and our king Skin may have failed in its rookie season. The big draw here is the presence of the most WTF trio in cinema history, which instantly arouses anyone’s curiosity. Directed by the equally legendary John Huston, the story is basically a version of Low blow (2005), with Adam Sandler, older – for the younger ones to get the message. Change only the football game of guards against prisoners in a penitentiary, for prisoners in a concentration camp during World War II, playing traditional football (with their feet) against the Nazis. Stallone was not yet the star he would become, and he had only made two films of Rocky at this point, getting ready for the third, and the first Rambo. Escape to Victory was distributed by Paramount, cost $10 million and recovered $10.8 million – only managing to pay for itself.

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Who knows the Disney Today’s people can’t imagine that Mickey Mouse’s all-powerful studio went through “hard times” during the 1980s, collecting flop after flop. 40 years ago, he premiered an ambitious fantasy adventure by the studio, which he used to ride the wave of the trend at the time, that is, medieval films about knights, dragons and sorcerers. With the original title of Dragonslayer – something like “Dragon Slayer”, the production may have suffered from not having a big name in front of the cast driving the film. Who stars is Peter MacNicol. This is because a large part of the US$18 million budget must have been invested in the special effects of the work. And, in a way, it worked, as for many, including the renowned author George R.R. Martin (Game of Thrones), the creature in this movie, called Vermithrax Pejorative, is the best dragon ever created on screen. Despite this, the feature, created in partnership with Paramount, earned only US$14 million at the box office.

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We continue through the studio that owns the Marvel and of Star Wars, today synonymous with success that dominates the market. 40 years ago, the situation was quite different. That’s because the two big bets of the Disney for that year they failed monumentally. Above we mentioned the medieval fantasy adventure, but Disney also didn’t get along with a comic book superhero proposal. Who would say. The one Condorman of the title was born from a book, written by Robert Scheckley, titled “The Game of X”. The best way to define the movie is as a mix between Indiana Jones e 007. In other words, an uncompromised matinee adventure with elements of spy movies. In the story, a writer and cartoonist finds himself involved in a plot worthy of James Bond, with the right to Soviet agents, the CIA and beautiful women in danger. In this way, he decides to become his own invention of the pages, the character Bird Man. he’s kind of Batman, with all the Batman trinkets, including a turbo car, and wings to fly. Condorman it became cult and deserved to come back, but at the time it lost nearly $10 million to the studio, costing something around $14 million.

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I already said here on CinePOP about this, which is one of, if not “the” production, more clueless in the history of cinema. Director, producer and screenwriter obsession project Noel Marshall, who managed to convince his then wife, the star Tippi Hedren (The birds), and his family to embark on this journey with him. It turns out that Marshall and Hedren were spokespersons for animal rights, linked to environmental issues and wildlife protection. Anyone familiar with the Netflix document series, The Tiger Mafia, you can already understand a little bit about what you’re talking about Roar. The film’s message, however, can be confusing, as it shows a family of animal protectors being attacked by them, in a kind of The birds with big cats. The curse behind the film involves attacks of the most varied and troubling injuries from the crew and cast, including Hedren’s teenage daughter, Melanie Griffith. But according to the slogan: “no animals were harmed during filming, only humans”. With a budget of $17 million from the pockets of “beauty freaks” Marshall and Hedren themselves, Roar it didn’t even see a $1 million return, making it one of the biggest failures not just of the 1980s, but of movie history.

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Who said we wouldn’t have a famous horror movie on the list? The 1980s, especially 1981, was marked as the most fruitful time for slasher movies – teen horror movies about masked maniacs killing with sharp weapons. the success of Halloween (1978) opened doors and Friday 13 (1980) made all Hollywood producers who wanted to cash in on this wave. Thus, the time saw the emergence of some true icons of the subgenre, Freddy and Jason who say so. But just as some films managed to generate infinite sequels from their original, thus symbolizing their absolute success, others, no matter how beloved and cult they have become, stopped at their first copy. And if you’ve been wondering all your life why that beloved movie of yours didn’t have a sequel, know that the reason is only one: its box office failure.

The thing is that the whole proposition of films of this type for producers is that they are cheap to make and profitable. If it is the other way around, there is no reason to be. So if on the one hand Friday 13, Halloween e The nightmare time they had “thousand” sequels, and Macabre Valentine’s Day, as much as it left a hell of a hook for the sequel, it didn’t come out of film one, the reason was simply money. The Canadian slasher who takes Valentine’s Day as his date has become known as the “proletarian” horror (since the characters are workers in a coal mine). While the genre’s blockbusters passed the $20 million mark at the box office, this movie “only” hit $5 million. But having cost just over $1 million, it’s far from a resounding failure; generating a remake in 2009.

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Finishing the list of great failures, we have a production of the renowned Francis Ford Coppola. The filmmaker has become disillusioned with the Hollywood system and in recent years has focused on his passion for wine – the artist owns his own winery – and from time to time creates a very independent film, which ends up seen by half a dozen dripping cats . The value of Coppola will never go out, having been responsible for some of the best films in cinema history, such as the trilogy The Godfather, Apocalypse Now e the conversation. But let’s face it, the truth is, unlike directors like Steven Spielberg e Martin Scorsese, Coppola did not know how to stay on the crest of the wave over the decades, taking a “broth” due to the resounding failures of some of his films.

Coppola is more in the vein of Brian De Palma, another one that was unfortunately rejected by Hollywood due to the poor performance of its most recent projects. For Coppola, this hasn’t just happened in recent times, and 40 years ago he was already staggering, giving astronomical losses when launching vanity projects. is the case with this The Heart Bottom, a dramatic novel created in the style of Broadway musicals. Released by Columbia (Sony), this was initially a small $2 million production, which ballooned to $26 million – grossing less than $1 million at the box office and becoming one of the biggest fiascos in movie history. Coppola himself stated that the films he made in the 1980s and 1990s were to pay off debts earned after the failure of this ambitious production.

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