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Gambit at 35: The movies of 1981 

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Atlantic City

Gambit film critic Rick Barton dubbed 1981 "a fine year" for Hollywood, saying, "There are perhaps a score of films that I'm genuinely enthusiastic about." Barton's list encompassed movies that were released in New Orleans in 1981 (though some were 1980 movies).

  Here were his Top 10 and Bottom 10 of 1981, with an unnumbered citation for the megaflop Heaven's Gate, which stood alone in its awfulness. Mommie Dearest has become a classic of sorts — but when was the last time you heard about Soggy Bottom, USA?

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10. Heartland

9. The Last Metro

8. Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears

7. Breaker Morant

6. Prince of the City

5. The French Lieutenant's Woman

4. Excalibur

3. Atlantic City

2. Body Heat

1. Reds

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10. Scanners

9. Buddy Buddy

8. Endless Love

7. S.O.B.

6. Cannonball Run

5. Goin' Ape

4. Soggy Bottom, USA

3. Looker

2. Mommie Dearest

1. Caveman

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  • Mommie Dearest

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