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No "Wolverines!" but '80s movie marathon kicks off on Encore channel

Red Dawn T-shirtMemorial Day Weekend means movie marathons, and no marathon weekend is complete without an EIGHTIES MOVIE MARATHON ... the three sweetest words in the English language. (Or "Марафон кино после восьмидесяти" if you prefer the four sweetest words in the Russian language. Speaking of which, no Red Dawn? Avenge me, boys! Avenge me!)

The pay cable network Encore is this year's lucky winner, promising dozens of '80s movies around the clock, beginning Friday with Back to School. (Flunk me? Flunk him!)

You can find the complete listing of every '80s movie below (all times Eastern), but I've taken the liberty of giving you the can't-miss and can't-watch-again selections. (By the way, I'm a little surprised at the lack of action and sci-fi on the list. But generally speaking, I love the sections here.)

HIGHLIGHTS: Some Kind of Wonderful never gets enough airplay, so plan ahead for that one. Same goes for Three O'Clock High. (Buddy Revell!) Class has always been a personal face (and one of Rob Lowe's best roles). And though I'd rarely recommend the overplayed Karate Kid, all three flicks appear in a mini-marathon on Monday afternoon. And catch the John Hughes documentary Don't You Forget About Me at 4:30 a.m. on Saturday morning. (Tivo, baby!)

LOWLIGHTS: Stir Crazy doesn't feel like it belongs here. And Porky's II is impossible to watch. Bright Lights Big City seems like it should be a good movie, but 30 minutes in and you'll remember that it's not. Same goes for The Big Chill, Girls Just Want To Have Fun and the dreadful Jewel of the Nile.

Back To School (8 PM)
Revenge Of The Nerds (9:40 PM)
Porky's II (11:15 PM)

Less Than Zero (1 AM)
Bright Lights, Big City (2:40 AM)
Don't You Forget About Me (4:30 AM)
Girls Just Want To Have Fun (5:45 AM)
Steel Magnolias (7:15 AM)
Back To School (9:15 AM)
The Big Chill (11 AM)
Working Girl (12:50 PM)
St. Elmo's Fire (2:50 PM)
The Breakfast Club (4:40 PM)
Some Kind Of Wonderful (6:20 PM)
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (8 PM)
Uncle Buck (9:35 PM)
The Great Outdoors (11:15 PM)

About Last Night (12:50 AM)
Fright Night (2:45 AM)
Three O'clock High (4:35 AM)
Lucas (6:05 AM)
One Crazy Summer (7:45 AM)
The Great Outdoors (9:20 AM)
Nine To Five (11 AM)
The Jewel Of The Nile (12:50 PM)
The War Of The Roses (2:40 PM)
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (4:40 PM)
Brewster's Millions (6:15 PM)
Stir Crazy (8 PM)
Bustin' Loose (10 PM)
Purple Rain (11:35 PM )

Class (1:30 AM)
Ladyhawke (3:10 AM)
Stir Crazy (5:15 AM)
Parenthood (7:10 AM)
Three O'clock High (9:15 AM)
The Money Pit (10:50 AM)
Armed And Dangerous (12:30 PM)
The Karate Kid (2 PM)
The Karate Kid Part II (4:10 PM)
The Karate Kid III (6:05 PM)
Parenthood (8 PM)
Some Kind Of Wonderful (10:05 PM)
Cheech & Chong's Next Movie (11:40 PM)

[Last modified: Friday, May 27, 2011 10:09am]


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