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30 years later, which movie would you watch: Fandango or Falcon and the Snowman?

Two movies that rarely get name-checked as '80s flicks turn 30 this week: The Falcon and the Snowman and Fandango were both released on Jan. 25, 1985. Which would you rather watch on TV tonight? Let's take a look.

BEST CAST:
Falcon and the Snowman: Timothy Hutton, Sean Penn
Fandango: Kevin Costner. Judd Nelson, Sam Robards
The edge goes to: Falcon and the Snowman. Maybe it's not Penn's best movie in the '80s, but it was definitely the sign that greatness was on its way. And in a decade where Costner did no wrong, some consider this is best role.

BEST PLOT:
Falcon and the Snowman:
A true story, Falcon and the Snowman follows young employee at a defense contractor and his drug-pusher best friend who end up selling U.S. security secrets to the Soviets.
Fandango: Five college students in the early '70s go on a final road trip together as gradation, Vietnam and the future await.
The edge goes to: Fandango, while based on the director's life at Baylor University, still lacks the element of originality, and it's hard to fight a "true story." Falcon and the Snowman wins here.

BEST RECEPTION:
Falcon and the Snowman:
Gets a 6.8 rating on IMDB; Roger Ebert gave it four stars, saying "Here it is only January, and already we have one of the best movies of 1985."
Fandango: Gets a 6.6 rating on IMDB; 50% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. No review from Ebert. Quentin Tarantino reportedly said director Kevin Reynolds work was "one of the best directorial debuts in the history of cinema."
The edge goes to: Falcon also gets the box office win, but in all fairness Fandango was originally a student film made by Reynolds at USC. It's also a cult classic. We'll call this a tie.

BEST QUOTE
Falcon and the Snowman:
"How many guys do you know who's best friend is also their priest?"
Fandango: "Here's to us and the privileges of youth!"
The edge goes to: Fandango wins by a Texas mile.

BEST LEGACY:
Falcon and the Snowman:
Ebert's perfect, four-star rating is something to think about. Plus, the film gained greater infamy in 1986 when its broadcast on HBO was hacked by a rogue satellite broadcaster known as "Captain Midnight."
Fandango: When you have Steven Spielberg on for his funding and producing, that says something. Reynolds's later efforts include two Costner bombs - Robin Hood: Price of Thieves and Waterworld. Plus, google "Fandango" today and you get the movie ticket website listed first.
The edge goes to: Give it up for Captain Midnight and Falcon and the Snowman.

The winner? Just watch them both. As if you had anything better to do tonight.

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