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  • Actors: Karl Malden, F. Murray Abraham, Anne Bancroft, Kathy Bates, Ellen Burstyn
  • Directors: Jeff Margolis
  • Writers: Hal Kanter, Stephen Pouliot
  • Producers: Jeff Margolis, Howard G. Malley, Maria S. Schlatter
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • VHS Release Date: December 7, 1992
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6302288975
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #278,329 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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To answer the first and most important question: no, this compilation of Oscar broadcasts from the 1970s through the '90s does not feature the infamous duet of "Proud Mary" between Rob Lowe and Snow White. This being an officially sanctioned documentary look from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, anything extremely embarrassing has been conveniently excised. Minor and cute gaffes, sure; political statements, no problem (thanks, Vanessa Redgrave); famous no-shows, upfront and center (George C. Scott and Marlon Brando); fashion statements, let's take a long look (Cher, step right up!). But, if you're a fan of the Oscar show, you might wonder: where's the camp? The cheesiness? The fun? Granted, a look at production numbers goes from the sublime (Isaac Hayes doing the "Theme from Shaft," Aretha Franklin belting "Nobody Does It Better") to the ridiculous (Debby Boone and a host of deaf children performing "You Light Up My Life," Sheena Easton in an excruciating production of "For Your Eyes Only"), but this is a pretty serious look at Hollywood's most famous awards ceremony. Highlights include Bette Midler's trashing of the Best Song nominees of 1980, Billy Crystal's early (and funny) opening monologues, a fashion montage featuring Oscar poster girls Anjelica Huston and Jane Fonda (check out Fonda's innumerable hair transformations), and Louise Fletcher's touching acceptance speech for Best Actress in 1975. However, like the awards show itself, this documentary runs a little long on self-congratulation and a little short on humor. Someday someone will put together Oscar's Campiest Moments, but for now you'll have to make do with this official, straight-faced look at the awards. --Mark Englehart

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sean Orlosky on October 9, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
From Liza Minnelli's show-stopping production number, "Oscar", to Charlie Chaplin's emotional thank you for his 1971 Honorary Oscar, "Oscar's Greatest Moments" is indeed a compilation of some of 1970-1990's Oscar shows' greatest moments. The show, affectionately and candidly hosted by former Academy president Karl Malden, looks at everything: Best Pictures, Best Actors, Best Actresses...and we get to have some fun, too. We see some of Oscar's infamous fashion statements, from the memorable (hi, Cher) to the... odd (when Carrie Fisher and Martin Short walked onstage- wearing the same dress). And we see some of those unforseen "technical difficulties"...when David Niven was in the process of introducing "a very important contributer to world entertainment" (Elizabeth Taylor) in 1973, a mustachioed streaker ran across the stage. Liz: "That's a pretty hard act to follow."
And we have speeches galore: from the extremely gracious: Louise Fletcher, Diane Keaton, F. Murray Abraham, Barbara Stanwyck, Whoopi Goldberg, to the infamous... Remember Vanessa Redgrave's attack on "Zionist hoodlums"? (Paddy Chayefsky later made a particularly rude stab at Redgrave's speech.) And who could forget dear, sweet Sally Field's "YOU LIKE ME!" speech.
We have our moments of humor, too, from Oscar's greatest hosts: Johhny Carson, Bob Hope, Chevy Chase, and Paul Hogan. Our humor also comes from other sources: Bette Midler cracking about 1980's "Best Song" nominations, and Miss Piggy lambasting Johnny Carson: "It's because I'm a pig I did not get the nomination for Best Actress!".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin O. Simmons on March 22, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This video is a well put together montage of memorable moments from twenty years of Oscar telecasts. The video was produced by the Academy and hosted by then Academy president Karl Malden, who introduces each section of the video. The compilation of outtakes include musical productions, Best actor and actress presentations, embarrasing moments (recepients political statements, snubbing of the Oscar's, etc.), segments of acceptance speeches and outtakes by presenters and hosts.
Included on this video are outtakes of John Wayne's emotional appearance in 1978, just before his death, as well as Charlie Chaplin's early 70's appearance. Also are outtakes from hosts Johnny Carson, Chevy Chase and Billy Crystal. One of the best outtakes is a speech by "Crocodile Dundee's" Paul Hogan near the beginning of the tape. Another good outtake is the streaker incident from the 1973 show and David Niven's response.
The only downside to this video is the fact that it is limited to the shows from 1971-1991 (the year the video was produced). The Oscars' began televised broadcasts in 1953. It would be great to see outtakes from these earlier programs, as well as outtakes from shows since 1991. Hopefully the Academy will see fit to make a compilation encompassing all of Oscar's televised history and release it on video, or even better, on DVD.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Thayer on October 16, 2005
Format: VHS Tape
The video compiled some of the most memorable and infamous moments of the most popular award show in the world from 1971 up to 1991. I don't know the significance of the year span that they chose to include in this video, but it would've been interesting to see the earlier clips of the show.

I like the Goldie Hawn-Kurt Russell clip when they presented an award in 1988. They poke fun at themselves as they acknowledge the fact that their relationship ranges from lovers, colleagues, and companions but never married. When Kurt Russell brought that up Goldie Hawn pretended to mistaken it for some sort of "proposal". The audience went nuts. That was really a funny moment and showed again the effectiveness of Hawn as a comedienne. There was also a great Elizabeth Taylor moment as she feigned to be uncomfortable following the infamous naked man who out of nowhere ran through the stage.

The video showed some notable speeches. I like Shirley Maclaine's speech when she won for Terms of Endearment. She said that she always wondered how winning the Oscar would feel like, and she thanked the voters for finally cutting the suspense. Another great moment was when Dustin Hoffman upon winning the award for Kramer Vs. Kramer in his speech said why he was very critical of the Academy Awards. Vanessa Redgrave was booed for her politically charged speech. Louise Fletcher brought the house into tears (okay not really) as she thanked her parents through sign language. Another great moment was when Meryl Streep won for Sophie's Choice, her speech written in a piece of paper could be seen in the ground, she picked it up and was embarrassed by it. That was really hilarious. Those were some of the memorable speeches included in the video.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "pick33" on July 13, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This compilation of Oscar's greatest moments presents all aspects of our nation's most prestigious awards show, from 1971 to 1991. Some of the moments are extremely comical as well as controversial. Chevy Chase, Billy Crystal, and Johnny Carson contribute many humorous clips from their days as leader of the ceremony. Paul Hogan appears as well, delivering the film's funniest speech, directed on ways participants can make the award show more exciting for TV viewers. Clint Eastwood also has a humorous moment when he filled in for a missing Charlton Heston. Although the documentary contains many comical clips, the musical preformances bog down its overall appeal. Never the less, this documentary of America's most watched award show is a decent provider of the show's historical laughs, speeches, glamour, and musical numbers. Don't worry, it's shorter and more entertaining than the annual four hour event.
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