The Carolina Theatre presents the 9th annual Escapism Film Festival

The Carolina Theatre Presents the 9th Annual Escapism Film Festival October 17 - 27, 2012

16 Films including the Back to the Future Trilogy at the eleven-day fest

Durham, N.C. – “Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.” If this quote sounds familiar, you’ll feel right at home at the Carolina Theatre at the 9th Annual Escapism Film Festival. Get ready for thrills, excitement and adventure as the festival expands to eleven days Monday, September 17 through Thursday, September 27, 2012 in downtown Durham.  10-Passes are $65 in advance and $70 at the door. Single tickets are $8 and $6 for children 12.  Purchase 10-Passes and tickets at the box office located at 309 W. Morgan Street or call 919-560-3030. Box office hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

It's time to relive your favorite childhood memories with 16 unforgettable films. The Escapism Film Festival brings your favorite movies from the past back to the big screen where they belong. From Masters of the Universe and Ghostbusters to Steven Spielberg's E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial (in a rare 35mm print of the original 1982 theatrical cut) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, see your favorite actors and super heroes in action. This year’s films feature a cast of legendary performers including, Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Kurt Russell, Drew Barrymore, Dee Wallace, Kirk Douglas, Bill Murray, Frank Langella, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Sean Connery, David Bowie, Arnold Schwarzenegger and many more.

FILM SYNOPSES

Robert Zemeckis’ BACK TO THE FUTURE
(US, PG, 1985, 116 min, 35mm)
From Academy Award-winning filmmakers Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis comes this groundbreaking adventure that sparked one of the most successful trilogies ever!  When teenager Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is blasted to 1955 in a DeLorean time machine created by the eccentric Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd), he finds himself mixed up in a time-shattering chain reaction that could vaporize his future…and leave him trapped in the past!

Robert Zemeckis’ BACK TO THE FUTURE II
(US, PG, 1989, 108 min, HD)
Getting back was only the beginning as the most spectacular time-travel adventure ever continues! Picking up precisely where they left off, Marty and Doc (Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd) launch themselves to the year 2015 to fine-tune the future and inadvertently disrupt the space time continuum.  Now, their only chance to fix the present is by going back to 1955 all over again before it is too late.

Robert Zemeckis’ BACK TO THE FUTURE III
(US, PG, 1990, 118 min, HD)
The third and final entry in the popular time-traveling trilogy finds Marty (Michael J. Fox) heading to the Old West to help his pal Doc (Christopher Lloyd).  But while Doc falls head-over-heels for a sweet schoolmarm (Mary Steenburgen), it's Marty's feud with notorious gunslinger and outlaw Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen (Thomas F. Wilson) that may prevent them from ever returning to the present.
 
John Carpenter's BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA
(US, PG-13, 1986, 100 min, HD)
Kurt Russell is Jack Burton, a tough-talking, wisecracking truck driver whose life takes a sudden tailspin when his best friend's fiancée is kidnapped.  Speeding to the rescue, Jack finds himself deep beneath San Francisco's Chinatown, in a creature-filled world ruled by Lo Pan, a 2000-year-old magician who presides over an empire of spirits.  Dodging demons and facing baffling terrors, Jack battles his way through Lo Pan's domain in a full-throttled ride to rescue the girl.
 
DRAGONSLAYER
(US, PG, 1981, 109 min, 35mm)
Back in the days of magic, a horrifying fire-breathing dragon terrorized the sixth-century British countryside.  The only hope for the beleaguered citizens is an aging sorcerer (Sir Ralph Richardson) and his young apprentice, Galen (Peter MacNicol).  Their mission is complicated by resistance from the King but their greatest challenge comes when they come face-to-face with the dreaded monster.  Is their magic enough to save them?      
 
Steven Spielberg’s E.T.: THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIA
Rare 1982 Theatrical Cut
(US, PG, 1982, 115 min, 35mm)
Steven Spielberg's 1982 masterpiece about a stranded alien and his loving relationship with a 10 year-old boy named Eliot.  Henry Thomas gives a strong, emotional performance as E.T.'s young friend, Robert MacNaughton and Drew Barrymore make a solid impression as his siblings, and Dee Wallace is lively as the kids' mother.  Experience all the mystery and fun of their unforgettable adventure in the beloved movie that captivated audiences around the world.
 
Walt Disney's THE FINAL COUNTDOWN
(US, PG, 1980, 103 min, HD)
When a freak storm engulfs the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, U.S.S. Nimitz, an impossible event is triggered:  The Nimitz is hurled back in time to December 6, 1941, mere hours before the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.  Do they allow the Japanese to complete their mission or launch a massive counter-strike that will forever change the course of history?  Starring Kirk Douglas, Katharine Ross, Martin Sheen and James Farentino.
 
Ivan Reitman's GHOSTBUSTERS
(US, PG, 1984, 105 min, 35mm)
Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis star in this supernatural classic that will have you howling!  Making the leap from scientists to paranormal investigators, the trio decides to rid Manhattan of its supernatural pests.  When the bewitching Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver) discovers her refrigerator has become a portal into the spiritual dimension, the Ghostbusters come face to face with an ancient evil force with plans to raise hell in Manhattan!  

Richard Donner’s THE GOONIES
(US, PG, 1985, 114 min, HD)
Follow the Goonies as a mysterious treasure map sends them on a quest into a spectacular underground realm of twisting passages, outrageous booby-traps and a long-lost pirate ship full of golden doubloons! The Goonies race to stay one step ahead of a family of bumbling bad guys... and a mild-mannered monster with a face only a mother could love.
 
Russell Mulcahy’s HIGHLANDER: Director's Cut
(US, R, 1986, 116 min, HD)
There can be only one. Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery star in the epic tale that launched one of the most beloved action-adventure series in film and TV history. After Scottish clansman Connor MacLeod discovers his true identity as a member of a legion of immortals, he embarks on a legendary journey spanning continents and centuries, eventually landing in modern-day New York City.
 
Steven Spielberg's INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE
(US, PG, 1989, 127 min, HD)
The third installment in the widely beloved Spielberg/Lucas saga!  Indiana Jones is drawn into adventure by a proposition to find the Holy Grail.  Indy's father, Dr. Henry Jones (Sean Connery) recently disappeared during his efforts.  Soon, the Jones family finds itself in a series of tough situations in locales ranging from Venice to the most treacherous spots in the Middle East. 
 
Jim Henson’s LABYRINTH
(US, PG, 1986, 101 min, 35mm)
Relive the magic!  Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) has to babysit her brother and contend with parents who don't understand her.  As punishment for her petulance, goblins take the baby away.  Now, Sarah realizes her responsibility to rescue him and must negotiate the Labyrinth to reach the City of the Goblins and the castle of their king (David Bowie). Like executive producer George Lucas's other fantasies, Labyrinth mixes adventure with lessons about growing up.

MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE
(US, PG, 1987, 106 min, 35mm)
Only the universe could hold an adventure this big!  Planet Eternia is under threat from the evil Skeletor (Frank Langella), who wants to take over the planet.  A group of freedom fighters led by the heroic He-Man (Dolph Lundgren) are accidentally transported to Earth by a mysterious cosmic key which holds the power to make Skeletor all-powerful.  Once on Earth, He-Man joins forces with two teenagers (including Courtney Cox) as they attempt to find the key and return home!

James Cameron’s TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY
Rare 1991 Theatrical Cut
(US, R, 1991, 135 min, 35mm)
Arnold Schwarzenegger is back in a big way in this pulse-pounding sequel.  This time he's a reprogrammed T-800 who not only defends Sarah Connor's (Linda Hamilton) young son John (Edward Furlong) from a highly advanced Terminator (Robert Patrick) with the ability to change its shape, but must also fight to prevent a cataclysmic event that will destroy human civilization.
 
Nicholas Meyer's TIME AFTER TIME
(US, PG, 1979, 112 min, HD)
London 1893 is home to a killer with a macabre nickname…and also to a visionary genius who would write The Time Machine.  But what is H.G. Wells’ invention wasn’t fiction?  And what if Jack the Ripper escaped capture---fleeing his own time to take refuge in 1979 San Francisco---with Wells himself in pursuit?  The Ripper finds our violent age to his liking while Wells dislikes the brave new world of fast food and television, far from the utopia he envisioned.  
 
Robert Zemeckis' WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT?
(US, PG, 1987, 104 min, 35mm)
It's 1947 Hollywood, and Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins), a down-on-his-luck detective, is hired to find proof that the owner of Toontown is playing hanky-panky with femme fatale Jessica Rabbit, wife of cartoon superstar Roger Rabbit. When Acme is found murdered all fingers point to Roger who begs the Toon-hating Valiant to find the real evildoer!  Starring the greatest cartoon stars in history: Bugs Bunny, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Woody Woodpecker, and more!

The 9th Annual Escapism Film Festival takes place Monday, October 17 through Thursday, October 27, 2012 at the Carolina Theatre in Durham. 10-Passes are $65 in advance and $70 at the door. Single tickets are $8 and $6 for children 12 and under. The box office is located at 309 West Morgan Street in downtown Durham and is open 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Purchase passes and tickets at the box office or call at 919-560-3030. Tickets can also be purchased one-half hour prior to the first screening of the day and throughout the festival. The complete film schedule is available at carolinatheatre.org.

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