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Has any movie star ever had the run of John Travolta from 1977-1980?

Posted on 2/3/24 at 5:54 pm
Posted by KwoodTiger
Member since Aug 2011
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Posted on 2/3/24 at 5:54 pm
Saturday Night Fever - 1977
Grease - 1978
Urban Cowboy - 1980

Seriously. Can’t think of another that compares in a 4-year span.
Posted by prplhze2000
Parts Unknown
Member since Jan 2007
51294 posts
Posted on 2/3/24 at 6:00 pm to
Charlton HEston.

Ben Hur Ten Commandments
Posted by Locoguan0
Baton Rouge, LA
Member since Nov 2017
4148 posts
Posted on 2/3/24 at 6:04 pm to
Russel Crowe
1995 The Quick and the Dead
1997 LA Confidential
1999 Mystery, Alaska
2000 Gladiator
2001 A Beautiful Mind
2003 Master and Commander
2005 Cinderella Man
2007 3:10 to Yuma, American Gangster

That is a run.
Posted by TGHub
Baton Rouge
Member since Mar 2008
2250 posts
Posted on 2/3/24 at 6:05 pm to
Harrison Ford 1980-83

Empire Strikes Back-80
Raiders of the Lost Ark-81
Blade Runner-82
Return of the Jedi-83
Posted by Kafka
I am the moral conscience of TD
Member since Jul 2007
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Posted on 2/3/24 at 6:12 pm to
Three movies is your idea of a run?

And of course you didn't include his flop Moment by Moment.
Posted by H-Town Tiger
Member since Nov 2003
59039 posts
Posted on 2/3/24 at 6:13 pm to
John Cazale was in 5 movie all were nominated for best picture.
The Godfather
Dog Day Afternoon
The Godfather II
The Conversation

Between 1972-75 blows Travolta away
Posted by Kafka
I am the moral conscience of TD
Member since Jul 2007
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Posted on 2/3/24 at 6:16 pm to
quote:

Can’t think of another that compares in a 4-year span.
Hombre

Cool Hand Luke

Butch Cassidy
Posted by TideSaint
Hill Country
Member since Sep 2008
75804 posts
Posted on 2/3/24 at 6:17 pm to
Tom Hanks 1992-1995:

A League of Their Own
Sleepless in Seattle
Philadelphia
Forest Gump
Apollo 13
Toy Story
Posted by ned nederlander
Member since Dec 2012
4180 posts
Posted on 2/3/24 at 6:19 pm to
Really is. All of those movies are great, and the performances are varied.

I definitely did not appreciate Russell Crowe enough during his prime. Probably because I didn’t realize it would end so abruptly
Posted by RonLaFlamme
Baton Rouge
Member since Nov 2016
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Posted on 2/3/24 at 6:22 pm to
That’s too small a time frame and number to call a run.

I immediately thought of 5 other actors and there’s likely another 5 with a better 3 year resume.

A run would be:
Tom Cruise - started running in 1981 and hasn’t really stopped

Russell Crowe has been mentioned
Harrison Ford has been mentioned
Matthew McConaughey
Leonardo DiCaprio
Brad Pitt
Bruce Willis
Posted by coolpapaboze
Parts Unknown
Member since Dec 2006
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Posted on 2/3/24 at 6:24 pm to
No, and most of the responses making comparisons with other actors are missing the point. The impressive thing about Travolta's run isn't that those films were box office successes. Each one of those movies was, in addition to a success at the box office, an absolute cultural phenomenon with impacts that lasted for years. No one else has done that in my lifetime.
Posted by Pikes Peak Tiger
Colorado Springs
Member since Jun 2023
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Posted on 2/3/24 at 6:26 pm to
I have to imagine Tom Hanks had a run that good or better
Posted by RonLaFlamme
Baton Rouge
Member since Nov 2016
1671 posts
Posted on 2/3/24 at 6:30 pm to
You don’t think Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark were cultural phenomenons?

I’d put those far above the Travolta trio you mentioned.
Posted by JJ27
Member since Sep 2004
60219 posts
Posted on 2/3/24 at 6:39 pm to
quote:

Seriously. Can’t think of another that compares in a 4-year span


How about the guy that was in all of the Lord of the Rings as well as Agent Smith in the Matrix?
Posted by KwoodTiger
Member since Aug 2011
915 posts
Posted on 2/3/24 at 6:59 pm to
quote:

No, and most of the responses making comparisons with other actors are missing the point.

Agree.

Based on the responses thus far, the answer does seem to be no.

Just random sample…Charlton Heston with 2, not 3, in 4 years…Fredo wasn’t a lead in either Godfather mentioned…Harrison Ford wasn’t a lead in either Star Wars movie mentioned…Tom Hanks comes close but are we really counting him reading as Woody.

And some even questioning the definition of what constitutes a run and whether 4 years is in fact a run?!

Keep them coming because I still have not seen/heard someone leading 3 cultural phenomenons in 4 years.
Posted by coolpapaboze
Parts Unknown
Member since Dec 2006
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Posted on 2/3/24 at 7:17 pm to
quote:

You don’t think Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark were cultural phenomenons?

I think that's a fair point. But Ford was a member of an ensemble cast in Star Wars. Travolta was the lead in all three of his. I'd also say that Raiders of the Lost Ark, while a great movie, wasn't a cultural phenomenon like Star Wars, Saturday Night Fever, Urban Cowboy, and to a lesser extent Grease were.

ETA: unless you were alive at the time, it's hard to understand the disco craze and the country music craze that followed SNF and UC respectively. Both of those movies impacted the way people dressed, the music they listened to, the cars (trucks) they drove etc. It was fricking insane.
This post was edited on 2/3/24 at 7:23 pm
Posted by A12 Oxcart
On the float out in the Belt
Member since Dec 2022
281 posts
Posted on 2/3/24 at 7:18 pm to
quote:

John Cazale was in 5 movie all were nominated for best picture.
The Godfather
Dog Day Afternoon
The Godfather II
The Conversation
The Deer Hunter
Posted by AlaTiger
America
Member since Aug 2006
21117 posts
Posted on 2/3/24 at 7:23 pm to
quote:

Harrison Ford wasn’t a lead in either Star Wars movie mentioned


What????
Posted by Wulfgar
Member since Jan 2013
1190 posts
Posted on 2/3/24 at 7:33 pm to
Eddie Murphy
48 Hours-1982
Delirious-1983
Trading Places-1983
Beverly Hills Cop-1984

This post was edited on 2/3/24 at 7:34 pm
Posted by molsusports
Member since Jul 2004
36097 posts
Posted on 2/3/24 at 7:33 pm to
Hanks, Crowe, and Ford already mentioned

How about Carrey?

1994
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
The Mask
Dumb and Dumber
1995
Batman Forever
1996
The Cable Guy
1997
Liar Liar
1998
The Truman Show
Simon Birch
1999
Man on the Moon
2000
Me, Myself & Irene
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
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