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3 Classic Movies You Didn’t Realise Were '80s Books

Brendan English
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I think we can all agree that there's nothing better than sitting down with a great book and a cuppa.

Here are 3 Classic movies you didn’t realise were 80’s books.

Most would say '80s teens were raised on Stephen King books, and Stand By Me is no exception. Stand By Me is a coming of age story set in 1959, about four friends searching for a dead body. The film is based on Stephen King’s The Body, one of four short novels published in Different Seasons in 1982. While most people seem surprised to discover the origins of the movie it sounds like Stephen King to me: the main character is a writer, it’s a great story, and there’s a dead body... A classic Stephen King book.

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Here's one that might just surprise you, Die Hard - the movie. Terrorists, a skyscraper, and John McClane, a New York Police officer with a bad attitude trying to save his wife and the rest of the guests at a Christmas work Party gone very wrong. This absolute classic film is a staple in any dads top 10 movies. The movie did so well in fact that they thought to make another 4 movies... probably not the best idea! The book, Nothing Lasts Forever features terrorists, a skyscraper, and Joe Leland (a retired NYPD detective) trying to save his daughter and the rest of the guests at a Christmas Party gone very wrong. This absolute classic was released in 1980 in New Zealand before being made into the high action film in 1988 and rolled out every Christmas on TV3.


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The silver screen introduced us to Mrs Doubtfire in 1993. Starring Robin Williams and Sally Field. After divorcing, The mother decides to hire a housekeeper to care for her three children. Her ex-husband Daniel, an unemployed actor, disguises himself as a woman and gets the job. It is without a doubt a classic movie, sure to not only bring a smile but also the nostalgia. Mrs Doubtfire was very closely based on the book Alias Madame Doubtfire by Anne Fine, published in 1987.

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