Today in Movie History: December 24

Just two films of note opened on Christmas Eve, for obvious reasons. Walt Disney’s The Aristocats hit theaters in 1970, just in time to catch families on holiday break, while — in a world about as far away from Disney as the dark side of the moon — Oliver Stone’s Platoon opened to thunderous accolades on the way to a huge stack of Oscars. (And with all due respect to the marvelous Michael Caine, we felt that Willem Dafoe should have walked off with one of them that night. He didn’t spend it making Jaws the Revenge, after all…)

Best wishes for a safe and happy Christmas!



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