THE '86 PIX MIX

The following list isn't meant as a definitive tabulation because many film projects are still in planning. But this is an ample sampling of what will grace our marquees this year.

Some of the details are subject to change. That includes cast, directors and producers, and even studio designations, because many films have been known to bounce from studio to studio.

Calendar asked publicists to provide details on some films, but information was sometimes difficult to come by, as if we had asked for the combination to the studio safe. For example, when we asked for the plot on "Ishtar," the high-priced Dustin Hoffman-Warren Beatty-Elaine May comedy, a spokesman for Columbia Pictures said, "We don't know." Calendar replied, "You mean you're spending millions and millions of dollars--and you don't know what it's for?" The spokesman replied, "Well, I know --but I can't tell."

Especially tentative are the release dates, because those often depend on when films are finally completed, edited and ready to roll (as opposed to when producers and directors say they'll be done), in addition to the mysterious ways in which studios try to outflank the competition. In fact, any similarity between the release date printed and the actual release date is, well, probably lucky.

In the case of Warner Bros., the studio declined to indicate even approximate release dates. One explanation from a Warners spokesman: "It makes some directors nervous if they see that their picture is pegged to come out in summer and they aren't even done with it."

While Southern California is the movie capital of the world, not all movies play here. Some are released in the smaller towns and the drive-in circuits. Some movies are released in test patterns, sometimes region by region . . . and sometimes never make it to the next region. . . .

JANUARY & FEBRUARY

"The Adventures of the American Rabbit"--That rabbit with the red, white and blue markings (and the roller skates) and other characters created by Stewart Moskowitz stars in this animated feature. (Atlantic)

"The Adventures of Mark Twain"--Fantasy-adventure written/directed by Will Vinton in his Claymation process. (Atlantic)

"The Best of Times"--Robin Williams longs for a second chance on the football field to make good his blunder, years earlier, when he dropped the winning pass. So he tricks the opposing team into a rematch--which means he's got to whip his squad of middle-age beer guzzlers into shape. With Kurt Russell. Directed by Roger Spottiswoode. (Universal)

"Bliss"--Best-picture/best-director winner from the Australian Film Institute. Black comedy on a successful ad executive who dies (for four minutes), is revived, then sets out on a quest to discover Truth. Directed by Ray Lawrence. (New World)

"The Boy in Blue"--Nicolas Cage is the bootlegger who became a champion rower (and Canadian hero) in the late 19th Century. With Christopher Plummer. Directed by Charles Jarrott. (20th Century Fox)

"Critters"--Campy thriller about the invasion of a small Oklahoma town by alien carnivores with razor-sharp teeth and porcupine quills and a pair of alien bounty hunters (from their galaxy) on their trail. Billy Green Bush, Dee Wallace, M. Emmett Walsh. (New Line Cinema)

"Cut and Run"--Two TV reporters journey to South America in search of a military colonel, long presumed dead, who may have planned the Guyana massacre. Lisa Blount, Willie Aames, Karen Black. (New World)

"The Delta Force"--Chuck Norris and Lee Marvin head an elite U.S. operations unit that goes into action when a planeload of passengers is taken hostage in a Middle Eastern country. Martin Balsam, Joey Bishop, Kim Delaney, Robert Forster, Lainie Kazan, Shelley Winters. Directed by Menahem Golan. (Cannon)

"Desert Hearts"--Helen Shaver is a New York City prof who goes to Reno for a divorce (it's 1959) and--much to her surprise--falls in love with another woman (Patricia Charbonneau). Audra Lindley. (Goldwyn Co.)

"The Dirt Bike Kid"--Not unlike Jack of "Jack and the Beanstalk," a boy (Peter Billingsly) disobeys his mom's instructions when he's sent to the store and buys a magical dirt bike. Adventures follow. (Concorde/Cinema Group)

"Down and Out in Beverly Hills"--Homeless bum Nick Nolte creates havoc for a wealthy Beverly Hills couple (Richard Dreyfuss and Bette Midler) after they save him from drowning in their swimming pool. Little Richard plays record producer Orvis Goodnight. Directed/co-scripted by Paul Mazursky. (Touchstone)

"Dream Lover"--Alan Pakula directs a psychological thriller in which Kristy McNichol is haunted by a recurring nightmare. (MGM/UA)

"The Eliminators"--Half-human android (named Mandroid), a beautiful scientist, a mercenary and a ninja exact revenge on a mad scientist. (Empire)

"First Love Series"--Five films (packaged to screen during a five-week period) produced by David Puttnam to showcase new British talent, are "Sharma and Beyond," "Winter Flight," "Those Glory Glory Days," "Arthur's Hallowed Ground" and "Forever Young." (Two additional films from the series, "Kipperbang" and "Experience Preferred But Not Essential," screened in 1985.) (Cinecom).

"Free Ride"--Kids at Monroe Prep have little time for study--what with coeds, cars, crooks and a plot involving a quarter of a million. Mamie Van Doren in her first movie in 16 years. (Galaxy International)

"F/X"--Real violence intertwines with screen violence when motion picture special-effects man Byran Brown is hired by the government to stage a fake assassination, only to discover he has been set up. Using his wits--and his special-effects skills--he devises a way to get even. Directed by Robert Mandel. (Orion)

"Girls School Screamers"--Seven co-eds spend a spooky weekend at a country estate. (Troma)

"The Goodbye People"--Herb Gardner directed and scripted the story of 73-year-old Max Silverman (Martin Balsam), who decides to reopen his beachfront Coney Island hot dog stand, which has been closed for 22 years. Judd Hirsch and Pamela Reed take part in his dream. (Castle Hill Prod.)

"Hamburger . . . The Motion Picture"--Students at Busterburger University learn the fine art (hold the pickle!) of owning and operating a Busterburger franchise. Produced by Ed Feldman and Charles Meeker. (Feldman/Meeker Distribution)

"Hands of Steel"--Futuristic action-adventure tale about an android (with hands that can penetrate steel) hired to kill the world's last environmentalist. (Things have gotten pretty murky on the planet.) (Almi Pictures)

"Hannah and Her Sisters"--Woody Allen family saga that reportedly explores (say the publicists) "such universal subjects as life, death, love, lust, adultery, childbirth, family relations, religion, art, comedy and music." Cast: Allen, Michael Caine, Mia Farrow, Carrie Fisher, Barbara Hershey, Dianne Wiest, Daniel Stern, Sam Waterston, Maureen O'Sullivan, Julie Kavner, Max Von Sydow. (Orion)

"Heathcliff the Movie"--The wise-cracking feline in his screen debut. With the voice of Mel Blanc. (Atlantic) Opens Friday.

"Hey There, It's Yogi Bear"--Animated feature starring Yogi "smarter than the average bear" and his Hanna-Barbera sidekicks. (Atlantic)

"Hollywood Vice Squad"--Three stories--involving prostitution, gambling and pornography--intertwine. Based on the real-life exploits of 28-year veteran of the L.A.P.D. With Carrie Fisher, Ronny Cox, Frank Gorshin, Ben Frank, Leon Isaacs Kennedy, Trish Van Devere, Joey Travolta. (Concorde/Cinema Group)

"House"--Horror veterans Stephen Miner and Sean Cunningham reteam as director/producer for the story of best-selling novelist William Katt, who moves into the house where his aunt died and his son disappeared. Kay Lenz, George Wendt, Richard Moll. (New World)

"Iron Eagle"--American teen-ager Jason Gedrick, with the help of retired Air Force colonel Lou Gossett Jr., commandeers an F-16 fighter to rescue his father from terrorists. Directed by Sidney J. Furie. (Tri-Star) Opens Friday.

"Kid Colter"--A sheltered Boston youngster, visiting his father in the Washington wilderness, is kidnaped by a band of mountain men. Country-Western singer Jim Stafford stars. (Movie Store) Opens Friday.

"La Cage Aux Folles 3"--Durable duo Michel Serrault and Ugo Tognazzi find their relationship thrown into confusion when Serrault is named to a rich relative's fortune--provided he marries and fathers a child within 18 months. Directed by Georges Lautner. (Tri-Star)

"Lady Jane"--Based on the true story of 16-year-old Lady Jane Grey, who became Queen of England for nine days in the 16th Century. Screen directorial debut of Trevor Nunn, who staged "Cats" and "Nicholas Nickleby." (Paramount Pictures)

"The Last Ride"--Young people out for a motorcycle ride inadvertently come upon a major drug smuggling operation. The bad guys take the kids captive, forcing them to work in the fields, harvesting their not-so-legal crops. (Almi)

"The Longshot"--Tim Conway, Harvey Korman, Jack Weston and Ted Wass are chums who risk everything on a big bet at the race track. Directed by Paul Bartel. Jonathan Winters, Stella Stevens, Anne Meara. (Orion)

"Lucas"--Friendships and first love of a gifted 14-year-old Corey Haim, who lives in a world of his own creation. Writer David Seltzer's first directing job. (Fox)

"Marathon Family"--Squabbling breaks out among a family of morticians when a son falls in love with the daughter of a competitor. Yugoslavia's Slobodan Sijan directs. (International Home Cinema, Inc.) Opens Friday.

"Maria Chapdelaine"--Carole Laure, in the Quebec wilderness of 1900, is courted by three suitors. Adapted from Louis Hemon's 1919 Canadian novel. Nick Mancuso and Pierre Curzi. (Movie Store)

"Mixed Blood"--Black comedy about a woman (Marilia Pera) who heads a gang on New York's Lower East side. Paul Morrissey directs. With Linda Kerridge. (Cinevista)

"The Mystery of Picasso"--Out of distribution for nearly 25 years, this 1955 documentary (declared a national treasure by the French government) by Henri-Georges Clouzot celebrates the artist. (Goldwyn)

"My Chauffeur"--Romantic comedy about a young woman (Deborah Foreman) who shakes up things as the first woman driver at a Brentwood limo service. Sam J. Jones, E. G. Marshall, Howard Hesseman, comedy team of Penn and Teller. (Crown)

"A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge"--Gruesome Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) returns to haunt the dreams of young people. Mark Patton, Kim Myers, Robert Rusler, Clu Gulager, Hope Lange. (New Line) Opens Friday.

"The Night Stalker"--Charles Napier (last seen giving Rambo a bad time) is a cop after a psychotic killer. (Almi)

"9 1/2 Weeks"--Romance and dangerous obsession between art dealer Kim Basinger and commodities broker Mickey Rourke. Adrian Lyne directs, his first since "Flashdance." (MGM/UA)

"Odd Jobs"--Five college buddies go into the moving business and encounter loan sharks and a group of local movers who resent the competition. (Tri-Star)

"Parting Glances"--Bill Sherwood directs what the distributor calls "a gay 'Secaucus Seven.' " (Cinecom)

"Power"--Sidney Lumet directs a story of the manipulation of the political process through market research and advertising. Richard Gere, Julie Christie, Gene Hackman, Kate Capshaw, Denzel Washington, E. G. Marshall, Beatrice Straight. (Fox)

"Pray for Death"--Martial arts star Sho Kosugi plays a Japanese businessman who moves his family to America to open a restaurant, only to become unwittingly involved with criminals. Finally, he seeks revenge--and breaks out his ninja costume. . . . (American Distribution)

"Pretty in Pink"--Teen-scene king John Hughes is exec producer/writer of this comedy/drama about the interactions of two groups of surburban high school students. Molly Ringwald is the girl from the wrong side of the tracks. Jon Cryer, Andrew McCarthy, Harry Dean Stanton, James Spader. (Paramount)

"Quicksilver"--Kevin Bacon is a young options-market trader whose reversal of fortune lands him in a strange new world--that of the urban bicycle messenger. Jamie Gertz and Paul Rodriguez. (Columbia)

"Rebel Love"--Jamie Rose (TV's "Lady Blue") is the feisty heroine of this Civil War-era romance. (Troma)

"Sotto . . . Sotto"--Director Lina Wertmuller's story of a happily married young woman who believes she is falling in love with her best female friend. Enrico Montessano, Veronica Lario, Massimo Wertmuller, Luisa de Santis. (Columbia Classics)

"Stripper"--Docu-drama about women who bump and grind for a living. Directed by Jerome Gary. (Fox)

"Terrorvision"--Horror/comedy about an intergalactic garbage monster that enters a nutty family's home via their satellite dish and through their television. With Mary Woronov, Gerrit Graham, Bert Remsen, Diane Franklin. (Empire)

"Three Men and a Cradle"--French comedy about three male friends whose carefree lives are disrupted by the unexpected arrival of an abandoned baby. (Goldwyn)

"The Toxic Avenger"--Nuclear waste transforms a 90-pound weakling into an avenging super hero. (Troma)

"Touch and Go"--Michael Keaton stars as a Chicago hockey star who falls for Maria Conchita Alonso, single mother of the kid who tried to mug him. (Tri-Star)

"Troll"--When the Potter family moves into the apartment building at Mockingbird Lane, they're unaware that Torok the Troll is making himself comfy in the laundry room. Michael Moriarty, Shelley Hack, Sonny Bono and mother-daughter June and Anne Lockhart. (Empire) Opens Friday.

"Turtle Diary"--Strangers Glenda Jackson and Ben Kingsley share a common obsession about turtles. Haunted by the plight of those that swim about in a cheerless zoo aquarium, they team to spring the turtles and release them in their natural ocean habitat. John Irvin directed. (Goldwyn)

"The Unheard Music"--Shot over five years, this documentary takes a look at the Los Angeles rock band X, the L.A. musical underground and other accouterments of American culture. (Skouras Pictures)

"Uphill All the Way"--Con men Roy Clark and Mel Tillis are forced to head for the Mexican border when they're mistaken for bank robbers. A posse and Mexican bandits make the going tough. With Glen Campbell, Burl Ives, Elaine Joyce, Trish Van Devere and (a cameo) Burt Reynolds. (New World)

"What Have I Done to Deserve This?"--Spanish-made comedy about the strange characters encountered by a family living in one of Madrid's (many) middle-class housing projects. Pedro Almodovar directs. (Cinevista)

"Where Are the Children?"--Suspense thriller about children in jeopardy. With Jill Clayburgh as the frantic mom and Frederic Forrest as the possible child murderer. (Columbia)

"Youngblood"--Farm boy Rob Lowe gets a fierce dose of the competitive world when he's drafted by a Canadian semi-pro hockey team. Patrick Swayze, Cindy Gibb, Ed Lauter. (MGM/UA)

SPRING

"Absolute Beginners"--Music by Elvis Costello, Keith Richards and Mick Jagger is the backdrop for a story of the "first" London teen-agers, circa 1958. Events center around a young photographer (Eddie O'Connell) who swears "by Elvis and all the saints" that his last teen-age year will be devoted to "kicks and fantasy." With David Bowie. (Orion)

"Allan Quartermain and the Lost City of Gold"--Explorer Allan Quartermain (Richard Chamberlain), late of "King Solomon's Mines," goes on the trail of a murderous villain into the heart of unchartered Africa. Sharon Stone, James Earl Jones, Cassandra ("Elvira") Peterson. (Cannon)

"Appointment With Fear"--Street-wise detective is after an asylum inmate responsible for a series of brutal murders. (Galaxy)

"April Fool's Day"--Another holiday killer. This one stalks the kids spending a weekend on a secluded island estate. Producer Frank Mancuso Jr. is stalking in the footsteps of dad Frank Sr., producer of the "Friday the 13th" series. (Paramount)

"At Close Range"--High school drop-out Sean Penn teams with outlaw father Christopher Walken. Their crime spree leads to a showdown between them. Based on real-life events that took place in the Pennsylvania countryside in the summer of 1978. With Mary Stuart Masterson and Christopher Penn. Directed by James Foley. (Orion)

"Aurora Encounter"--Three school children befriend the alien pilot of a UFO in 1897 Aurora, Tex. They try to convince townspeople of the alien's existence while saving him from a government agent. Jack Elam, Peter Brown, Spanky ("Our Gang") McFarland, singer Dottie West. (New World)

"Band of the Hand"--"Miami Vice's" Michael Mann produced this drama about hard-core delinquents who, following a life or death survival course in the Everglades, find themselves on the Miami mean streets. Paul Michael Glaser directed. (Tri-Star)

"Battle Shock"--After fighting for his life in Vietnam, a soldier returns home--where he must fight it out with the mob. (Troma)

"The Berlin Affair"--Erotic love triangle, set in Berlin, 1938, involving the daughter of a Japanese diplomat, her German lover and the lover's husband. Liliana Cavani directed. (Cannon)

"Bio-Hazard"--Fred Olen Ray directs a tale of an alien from another dimension who's a scout for a planned invasion. With Aldo Ray. (21st Century)

"Blue City"--Judd Nelson returns to his hometown and discovers a hotbed of murder and corruption. Ally Sheedy and David Caruso are old friends who help him unravel the mystery. Michelle Manning (former assistant to John Hughes) makes her directorial debut. Based on the novel by Ross Macdonald. (Paramount)

"Born American"--Mike Norris (son of Chuck) is one of three American youths hunting in Finland who sneak across the Russian border . . . and come to wish they hadn't. (Concorde/Cinema Group)

"The Boy Who Could Fly"--An autistic youngster named Eric sits on a second story ledge, hums like an airplane and believes he can fly. And, guess what? With Lucy Deakins, Fred Savage, Bonnie Bedelia, Fred Gwynne, Colleen Dewhurst, Louise Fletcher. Directed by Nick Castle. (Fox)

"Camorra"--Lina Wertmuller wrote/directed this drama in which the women of Naples launch a vendetta against the criminals who give drugs to their children. Angelina Molina and Harvey Keitel. (Cannon)

"Captive Hearts"--Virginia Madsen is a strong-willed Catholic girl caught up in a troubled love affair with a young man (Craig Sheffer) wrongly confined to a probation camp. With Kate Reid. (Paramount)

"Care Bears Movie II: A New Generation"--The loving fur-balls return in their second animated feature. (Columbia)

"Crossroads"--Ralph Macchio is a young guitarist on the trail of a fabled blues song and the bluesman reputed to know its whereabouts. His search takes him to the Mississippi Delta crossroads where musicians supposedly sell their souls for fame and fortune. Joe Seneca, Jami Gertz. Ry Cooder music. Directed by Walter Hill. (Columbia)

"Deadtime Stories"--Black comedy-horror trilogy of updated fables ("Goldilocks and the Three Bears," "Little Red Riding Hood" and "Tales of the Black Forest"). (Bedford Entertainment)

"The Doll"--Car trouble forces a vacationing family to take shelter in a strange English gothic mansion, where their hosts make seemingly innocent dolls. Directed by goremeister Stuart Gordon. (Empire)

"Echo Park"--Off-beat story of young people living on the fringe of show biz in Los Angeles, awaiting their big breaks. Susan Dey, Tom Hulce, Michael Bowen. (Atlantic)

"8 Million Ways to Die"--Mystery involving cop Jeff Bridges and call girl Rosanna Arquette. Based on the Lawrence Block books "8 Million Ways to Die" and "A Stab in the Dark," with screenplay by Oliver Stone. Directed by Hal Ashby. (Tri-Star)

"El Amor Brujo"--Carlos Saura co-wrote/directed this tale of love, pain, passion and flamenco dance. (Orion Classics)

"Fast Talking"--Comedy about the problems of Sydney's young people. Australia's Ken Cameron directs. (Cinecom)

"A Fine Mess"--Escapades of two friends--movie extra Ted Danson and fast-food employee Howie Mandel--and their encounters with the Mafia, a fixed horse race, $10,000 and an antique piano. Richard Mulligan, Stuart Margolin, Maria Conchita Alonso, Jennifer Edwards, Paul Sorvino. Blake Edwards directs. (Columbia)

"Ghost Warrior"--A Samurai warrior, trapped frozen in ice over centuries, is defrosted in contemporary Los Angeles. Starring Hiroshi Fujioka, "the Don Johnson of Japan" (says the distributor). (Empire)

"The Go-Bots Movie"--The Tonka Toys robots, which have the ability to transform into a range of vehicles, from motorcycles to jets, in their first feature. (Atlantic)

"Gung Ho"--Director Ron Howard's comedic culture-clash when a Japanese car manufacturer revitalizes a depressed Midwestern town by reopening an auto plant. Michael Keaton, George Wendt, Gedde Watanabe. (Paramount)

"Half Moon Street"--Bob Swain directed Sigourney Weaver and Michael Caine in a story of international politics and intrigue set in London. (Fox)

"Hell Riders"--A motorcycle gang terrorizes a small town--until Adam "Batman" West comes to the rescue. With Tina Louise. (21st Century)

"The Highlander"--Antagonists who don't age or die struggle for power in a saga that takes them from a remote 16th-Century Scotland to a battle in present-day Manhattan. Sean Connery, Christopher Lambert, Roxanne Hart, Clancy Brown. (Fox)

"The Hitcher"--Thriller in which young man C. Thomas Howell is stalked through Texas by vicious murderer Rutger Hauer. With Jennifer Jason Leigh. (Tri-Star)

"Hostage: Dallas"--A wealthy Texas industrialist takes on a crazed competitor who holds Texas ransom for $50 million. Edward Albert, Audrey Landers, Joe Don Baker. (American Distribution)

"Innocent Prey"--P. J. Soles is on the run from her husband after she sees him commit murder. With Martin Balsam. (New World)

"Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling"--Richard Pryor directed/stars in a tragicomic fantasy (said to be loosely autobiographical) about an entertainer who has a life-threatening crisis that causes him to reexamine his life. Carmen McRae, Debbie Allen, Scoey Mitchelll, Paula Kelly. (Columbia)

"Just Between Friends"--Suddenly widowed housewife Mary Tyler Moore learns that her husband had been having an affair with best friend Christine Lahti, who is now pregnant with his child. Scripted/directed by Allan Burns, co-creator/co-producer of the old "Mary Tyler Moore Show."(Orion)

"Killbots"--When teens gather at a shopping mall to party they get plenty of action--when robot security guards run amok--with deadly results. (Concorde/Cinema Group)

"The Kreeps"--Horror-comedy about the creepy after-effects of a strange gas that escapes from a metallic canister near a lovers' lane. (Tri-Star)

"Last Resort"--Comedy in which Charles Grodin and the wife and kids head for what they think will be a Club Med-type resort. They're wrong. (Concorde/Cinema Group)

"Link"--Psychological thriller with Terence Stamp as a scientist who does weird experiments on chimps. Directed by Richard Franklin. (Universal)

"Loose Connections"--Comedy about a liberated woman and a man escaping his past who travel together from England to Germany. (Orion Classics)

"The Manhattan Project"--There's trouble when a resourceful Christopher Collett rises to the challenge of his science teacher and sets out to manufacture his own nuclear bomb. Co-stars John Lithgow. Directed by Marshall Brickman. (Fox)

"The Men's Club"--Peter Medak directs a drama about men revealing their frustrations about women. Roy Scheider, Frank Langella, Harvey Keitel, Treat Williams, David Dukes, Richard Jordan, Craig Wasson, Sandahl Bergman, Stockard Channing, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ann Wedgeworth. (Atlantic)

"The Money Pit"--The love between Tom Hanks and Shelley Long is put to the test when they move into their dream house--which requires more than a little patience (and lots of refurbishing). With Maureen Stapleton. Steven Spielberg is exec producer. Richard Benjamin directs. (Universal)

"Monster in the Closet"--Comedy about a monster that terrorizes the folks in the San Francisco area. Claude Akins, Howard Duff, Henry Gibson, John Carradine, Jesse White, Paul Dooley, Stella Stevens. (Troma)

"Mountaintop Motel Massacre"--Travelers would be better off if they didn't stop at this rural country motel. (New World)

"Murphy's Law"--Framed and arrested for the murder of his wife, L.A. homicide bureau vet Charles Bronson breaks from his detention cell while hand-cuffed to a car thief. She becomes his ally in his unorthodox investigation. Kathleen Wilhoite, Carrie Snodgress, Robert F. Lyons. Directed by J. Lee Thompson. (Cannon)

"My Beautiful Laundrette"--Two London youths open a coin laundry, which they revamp in video and neon styles, and become lovers. (Orion Classics)

"Neon Maniacs"--San Francisco's in for trouble when a group of high school kids discover the lair of some weird creatures at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge. (Bedford)

"90 Days"--Giles Walker directs this National Film Board of Canada-produced comedy about the relationships of two men and two women over a 90-day period. (Cinecom)

"Nomads"--Supernatural thriller about a doctor who unravels the mysterious death of a seemingly possessed anthropologist by reliving his final days. Lesley-Anne Down, Pierce Brosnan, Adam Ant. (Atlantic)

"Offbeat"--Young librarian Judge Reinhold impersonates a New York cop, inadvertently becomes a hero and falls in love with police woman Meg Tilly. Mark Medoff scripted. (Touchstone)

"One Woman or Two"--French comedy about the 2-million-year-old fossilized remains of the first Frenchwoman, the man who discovered them, a beautiful ad executive and the director of a foundation that wants them. (Orion Classics)

"On the Edge"--Bruce Dern stars as a middle-age man who makes a comeback in amateur athletics after being banned from the 1964 Olympics for speaking his mind about the plight of amateur athletics in this country. Rob Nilsson directs. (Skouras)

"The Patriot"--A revenge-bent ex-Naval officer is caught up in a web of international smuggling and military intrigue. (Crown)

"Peggy Sue Got Married"--A bump on the head sends housewife Kathleen Turner back to the past, where she relives her days of courtship. Nicolas Cage, Barry Miller, Catherine Hicks. Directed by Francis Coppola. (Tri-Star)

"Pleasure Planet"--Outer space meets rock 'n' roll under the direction of Albert Puhn. (Empire)

"Psycho III"--The Bates Motel is back in business--with a new ice machine and the same old owner-manager. Anthony Perkins--a.k.a. Norman Bates--directed. With Diana Scarwid. (Universal)

"Rad"--A kind of "Rocky"--on wheels finds teen-ager Bill Allen entering the race at Hell Track, the world's most dangerous bicycle motocross event. The prize: $100,000 and a brand-new Corvette--and newfound self-esteem. Will he do it? Girlfriend Lori Loughlin thinks so. She knows he's "rad"--(teen slang for radical , awesome , cool , the best ). With Olympic gymnastics gold medalist Bart Connor. (Tri-Star)

"Restless Natives"--Two Scottish youths become national heroes when they give up their ho-hum jobs to become highway robbers on the roads of the magical Highlands of Scotland. (Orion Classics)

"A Room With a View"--Based on E.M. Forster's novel, a period comedy of manners on the coming of age of a young British girl (Helena Bonham-Carter) struggling against the oppression of her culture. From producer Ismael Merchant and director James Ivory. Maggie Smith, Denholm Elliott. (Cinecom)

"Sleeping Beauty"--Reissue of Disney's classic animated feature about good and evil as the sinister Maleficent casts a shadow over True Love (between Aurora and Prince Philip). (Disney)

"Star Crystal"--A routine expedition to Mars in the year 2035 turns up a curious-shaped rock that an astronaut pockets. He'll wish he hadn't: The rock encases a tiny creature that grows in size and intellect and murderous thought. (New World)

"Sweet Liberty"--An historian is plunged into a summer of madness when a film company comes to town to make a movie of his book. Alan Alda scripted/directed/starred. With Michael Caine, Michelle Pfeiffer, Bob Hoskins, Lillian Gish. (Universal)

"Top Gun"--Tom Cruise and Anthony Edwards star in this contemporary look at the young men in training for the Navy's most elite corps of jet fighter pilots. Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Tom Skerritt. Directed by Tony Scott. (Paramount)

"Vengeance Is Mine"--Trouble for a KGB agent when he tries to break away. (Concorde/Cinema Group)

"Violets Are Blue"--Photojournalist Sissy Spacek returns to her hometown after a 15-year absence and rekindles her affection for first love Kevin Kline, now married with a son. With Bonnie Bedelia. Directed by Jack Fisk. (Columbia)

"Wise Guys"--Brian De Palma directs Joe Piscopo and Danny De Vito, cast as lifelong friends who are at the bottom rung of the mob's corporate ladder. Harvey Keitel, Ray Sharkey, rassler Lou Albano. (MGM/UA)

"Zone Troopers"--Extraterrestrial soldier assists the allies battle the Nazis in this World War II-science fiction tale. (Empire)

SUMMER

"Aliens"--Sigourney Weaver returns as chief warrant officer Ripley, sole survivor of the starship Nostromo's encounter with the extraterrestrial of 1979's box-office smash, "Alien." This time, as written/directed by James Cameron, she returns to the site of the original terror and encounters more than one of the nasty title critters. Michael Biehn, Paul Reiser, Lance Henriksen. (Fox)

"American Anthem"--Olympic gymnastics gold-medalist Mitch Gaylord and Janet Jones are young people at career and personal crossroads, dealing with the competitive world of gymnastics and peer and parental conflicts. Albert Magnoli is director/writer/editor. With Michelle Phillips. (Columbia)

"Armed and Dangerous"--John Candy and Eugene Levy are security guards learning to exploit the tricks of their trade. (Columbia)

"Back to School"--When his son has a tough time fitting in at college, Rodney Dangerfield, a millionaire through his chain of Tall and Fat Stores, joins him as a fellow freshman--just to lend a helping hand. Sally Kellerman, Burt Young, Ned Beatty, M. Emmett Walsh, Keith Gordon. (Orion)

"Basil of Baker Street"--The Disney studio's 26th animated feature follows the exploits of a mouse version of Sherlock Holmes in Victorian England. With the voice of Vincent Price. (Disney)

"Big Trouble in Little China"--Director John Carpenter and Kurt Russell reteam for a mystical action-adventure-comedy-kung fu-monster-ghost story, about the imaginary world beneath Chinatown that's inhabited by ghosts. Kim Catrall, James Hong, Victor Wong, Kate Burton (daughter of Richard). Scripted by W.D. Richter. (Fox)

"The Butterfly Revolution"--Kids at a summer camp rebel against the camp boss (Chuck Connors) and take control--with "Lord of the Flies"-like results. Based on William Butler's popular youth novel. Directed by Bert Dragin, who co-scripted with Penelope Spheeris. (Distributor pending)

"Cherry 2000"--When his robot playmate has an internal meltdown, lonely guy David Andrews goes in search of the parts needed for repair. His journey into the lawless zone, circa 2017, forces him to team with a real woman, Melanie Griffith, which means he soon discovers that there's more to love than hot wiring. (Orion)

"Crawlspace"--Dr. Klaus Kinski practices his "medicine"--on young girls in a crawlspace of his apartment. When a young woman (Lori Balsam, daughter of Martin) wonders about the mysterious noises inside the walls, she's in big trouble. (Empire)

"Extremities"--Farrah Fawcett turns on her would-be rapist (James Russo) in a drama based on the off-Broadway play by William Mastrosimone. With Alfre Woodard and Diana Scarwid. (Atlantic)

"The Fantasist"--Timothy Bottoms is an American teacher in Ireland who, after being wrongly accused of a crime, sets out to discover whodunit. Directed by Robin Hardy. (Almi Pictures)

"The Fly"--David Cronenberg co-wrote/directed this remake of the 1958 Vincent Price horror classic about a scientist whose atoms are scrambled with those of a housefly during an experiment with matter transmission. Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz. (Fox)

"Ferris Bueller's Day Off"--Grand master of adult manipulation Matthew Broderick talks his girlfriend and best friend into skipping school, borrowing a Ferrari and taking off for a day of adventure. Written/directed by John Hughes. (Paramount)

"Flight of the Navigator"--A 12-year-old boy goes the Rip Van Winkle route--leaving home on an errand and returning eight years later, only to learn he hasn't aged a day. Directed by Randal Kleiser. (Buena Vista)

"The Girl in the Picture"--Three separate stories, filmed in Glasgow, examine the problems of the heart suffered by young people the world over. (Goldwyn)

"Harry and the Hendersons"--Steven Spielberg is exec producer of this comedy about a typical American family whose lives are turned around when they run into an unusual creature. Written/directed by William Dear. (Universal)

"Haunted Honeymoon"--Co-writer/director Gene Wilder is a radio star with a hit thriller series who decides to fight his fears by spending time at the family's haunted mansion, at the invitation of his Aunt Kate (Dom DeLuise in drag!). Gilda Radner and Jonathan Pryce. (Orion)

"Heartburn"--Mike Nichols-directed version of Nora Ephron's best-selling account of marriage and infidelity (widely gossiped as based on her real-life marriage and divorce to journalist Carl Bernstein). Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson, with Maureen Stapleton, Milos Forman, Jeff Daniels, Stockard Channing. (Paramount)

"Howard the Duck"--George Lucas is exec director of this live-action comedy based on the Marvel Comics duckie. With Lea Thompson, Jeffrey Jones, Tim Robbins. Directed by Willard Huyck. (Universal)

"Hunk"--A 90-pound weakling is turned into a sex symbol in this black comedy. (Crown)

"Hyper Sapiens"--The citizenry of Wyoming have a close encounter with two runaway extraterrestrial teens and their creature in this comedy-adventure directed by Peter Hunt. With Sydney Penny and Keenyn Wynn. (Distributor pending)

"Invaders From Mars"--Tobe Hooper directed a remake of the 1953 sci-fi favorite about an 11-year-old boy (Hunter Carson) who awakens one night to watch an alien spacecraft land in the hills behind his house. Over the next three days, the boy tries to convince the authority figures around him that something strange is going on. . . . With Karen Black, Laraine Newman, Timothy Bottoms, Louise Fletcher. (Cannon)

"Jake Speed"--Wayne Crawford writes books about a heroic fictional mercenary--and lives out his own adventures with aide Dennis Christopher. Among the bad guys they encounter: ruthless white-slave trader John Hurt. (New World)

"Jumpin' Jack Flash"--A bright young woman (Whoopi Goldberg) in a dull job finds excitement and romance when she comes upon a plea on a computer screen, sent by a CIA operative trapped in an Eastern Bloc country. Stephen Collins, John Wood, Roscoe Lee Browne, Annie Potts. Directed by Penny Marshall. (Fox)

"The Karate Kid, Part II"--Daniel (Ralph Macchio) and trainer Miyagi (Pat Morita) travel to Okinawa where Daniel faces new challenges and Miyagi deals with old memories. (Columbia)

"Labyrinth"--Directed by Muppet master Jim Henson and exec produced by George Lucas, this is an adventure-fantasy about a young girl's journey through a multi-walled maze to rescue her baby brother who has been kidnapped by David Bowie, ominous ruler of the Labyrinth. With only three human characters, the film will feature a menagerie of new creatures. (Tri-Star)

"Lady and the Tramp"--Reissue of Disney's 1955 animated feature about the madcap romance between a pedigreed cocker spaniel and a free-spirited mongrel from the wrong side of the tracks. (Disney)

"Legal Eagles"--Robert Redford, Debra Winger and Daryl Hannah get entangled in a romantic comedy set in the legal and art worlds of New York. Directed by Ivan Reitman. (Universal)

"Legend"--Ridley Scott directed this fantasy-adventure about hermit Tom Cruise who must do battle with evil Lord of Darkness (Tim Curry) to rescue Princess Mia Sara and free the universe from its curse of perpetual winter. With faeries, goblins, unicorns and some mortals. (Universal)

"Let's Get Harry"--When their best friend is kidnaped by terrorists in a South American country, a group of small-town factory workers take matters into their own hands. Michael Schoeffling, Glenn Frey, Gary Busey, Robert Duvall. Directed by Stuart Rosenberg. (Tri-Star)

"Maximum Overdrive"--The Earth passes through the tail of a comet, turning all machinery against man. Stephen King scripted/directed. Stars Emilio Estevez. (De Laurentiis Entertainment Group)

"My Little Pony"--The popular children's toys gallop through their own animated feature. (De Laurentiis Ent.)

"Never Too Young to Die"--With a little help from (rock star) Vanity, teen spy John Stamos squares off against bad guy Gene Simmons (playing a hermaphrodite). Lorenzo Semple, Jr. co-scripted. (Distributor pending)

"New York Ninja"--International karate champ John Liu is a TV technician who turns vengeful ninja, following the brutal murder of his wife. (21st Century)

"Nothing in Common"--The idyllic life of rising young star (Tom Hanks) of an advertising agency is pierced by the news that his parents (Jackie Gleason and Eva Marie Saint) are getting divorced after 34 years of marriage. Directed by Garry Marshall. (Tri-Star)

"One More Saturday Night"--Folks in a small town turn amorous and zany when Saturday ("date night") rolls around. With Al Franken and Tom Davis. (Columbia)

"Otello"--Giuseppe Verdi's opera is filmed by Franco Zeffirelli. Tenor Placido Domingo re-creates his favorite role for the production about intrigue and jealousy within the 15th-Century Venetian republic. (Cannon)

"Out of Bounds"--Anthony Michael Hall goes on the run for a murder he didn't do. Richard Tuggle directs. (Columbia)

"Pirates"--Walter Matthau is peg-legged rogue Captain Red, bent on snaring a treasure-laden Spanish galleon. Directed by Roman Polanski. (De Laurentiis Ent.)

"Poltergeist II: The Other Side"--After being terrorized in California, the Freeling family moves to Phoenix--only to discover their nightmares haven't ended. Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Heather O'Rourke, Oliver Robbins. (MGM/UA)

"Raw Deal"--Former FBI agent Arnold Schwarzenegger goes undercover on a case involving organized crime in Chicago. With Kathryn Harrold and Sam Wanamaker. Directed by John Irvin. (De Laurentiis Ent.)

"The Return of Billy Jack"--Billy Jack goes to the Big Apple--where there's no dearth of bad guys to be taught lessons. Tom Laughlin stars/directs. (Taylor-Laughlin Distribution)

"Rites of Summer"--A zealous outdoorsman takes boys into the wilderness on a survival mission. With Kevin Bacon and Sean Astin. (Columbia)

"Running Scared"--Tough Chicago cops Billy Crystal and Gregory Hines decide to take a vacation from crime-fighting. Trouble is, the criminals keep shooting. (MGM/UA)

"Ruthless People"--The "Airplane!" zanies--Jerry and David Zucker and Jim Abrahams--triply direct this comedy about eccentric heiress Bette Midler, who is taken hostage by likable kidnapers (including Judge Reinhold). Danny DeVito is Midler's loathsome businessman-husband--who's delighted that she's gone. (Touchstone)

"Sexual Perversity in Chicago"--Film of David Mamet's play about two people (Rob Lowe and Demi Moore) trying to build a love affair out of a one-night stand. (Tri-Star)

"Short Circuit"--John Badham-directed high-tech adventure comedy about a military weapon robot, named No. 5, who short-circuits (in a thunderstorm) and becomes "alive"--and turns peacenik. He's also chased by the government and the scientist (Steve Guttenberg) who created him. And he's befriended by Ally Sheedy. (Tri-Star)

"Spacecamp"--A summer at camp turns into an unexpected space shuttle voyage for a group of teen-age astronaut trainees. Kate Capshaw, Tate Donovan, Leaf Phoenix, Kelly Preston, Larry B. Scott, Tom Skerritt, Lea Thompson. (Fox)

"Starship Redwing"--Science fiction tale (set in the year 2084) about conflicts on a mining planet. (Concorde/Cinema Group)

"Stewardess School"--Spoof about the young men and women who try to make the skies friendly. Sandahl Bergman, Judy Landers, Vicki Frederick. (Columbia)

"Underworld"--The gothic meets the futuristic when mutant members of an underworld realm--who live below the streets of a metropolis--incur the wrath of a criminal underworld. Denholm Elliott and Miranda Richardson. (Empire)

"Vamp"--College buddies, in search of a stripper to perform at a fraternity party, get more than they bargain for when they venture into the After Dark Club. Seems some of the club's ladies have been around for hundreds of years. (New World)

"The Whoopee Boys"--A comedy of manners from the creators of "Revenge of the Nerds." Michael O'Keefe and Paul Rodriguez. Directed by John Byrum. (Paramount)

"Willy/Milly"--A 14-year-old tomboy, who thinks that boys have all the fun, fantasizes about being one. (Concorde/Cinema Group)

FALL

"American Tail"--Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment will team with animator Don Bluth for this animated tale of an immigrant mouse. (Warner Bros.)

"Blue Velvet"--A young man (Kyle MacLachlan) in a small American town stumbles on a mystery that leads him to discover forbidden sexual knowledge of himself. David Lynch scripted/directed. Isabella Rossellini, Laura Dern, Dennis Hopper. (De Laurentiis Ent.)

"Brighton Beach Memoirs"--Neil Simon adapted his hit play, about the joys and frustrations of family life in 1937 Brooklyn, as seen through the eyes of 15-year-old Jonathan Silverman, who's just beginning to discover the opposite sex. Blythe Danner, Bob Dishy, Judith Ivey. Directed by Gene Saks. (Universal)

"Children of a Lesser God"--Adaptation of Mark Medoff's play about a maverick teacher (William Hurt) who accepts a job at a school for the deaf where he falls in love with a deaf woman (Marlee Matlin). Piper Laurie and Philip Bosco. (Paramount)

"52 Pickup"--A wealthy Detroit businessman fights back against blackmail attempts involving the porno underworld. John Frankenheimer directs. From the novel by Elmore Leonard. (Cannon)

"Dream Demons"--Monsters invade from another dimension. (21st Century)

"Flowers in the Attic"--Horror vet Wes Craven adapted the V.C. Andrew best-seller about the disturbing relationship between children who have been hidden away in an attic by their mom. (New World)

"Happy New Year"--A con man and his partner try a heist at a Palm Beach jewelry store. Peter Falk, Charles Durning, Tom Courtenay, Wendy Hughes. Directed by John Avildsen. (Columbia)

"Home Is Where the Hart Is"--This one's been called a comedy tribute to the cartoon vision of Chuck Jones. With Valerie Bromfield, Stuart Margolin, Dave Thomas, Tommy Smothers and Amos and William Caulfield who, at 79, are billed as "the most elderly identical twins in show business." (Atlantic)

"Hoosiers"--Zealous high school cage coach Gene Hackman is bent on taking his team to the title. Barbara Hershey, Sheb Wooley, Dennis Hopper. (Orion)

"Lazaro"--A boy grows up with dolphins in the Brazilian jungles and is brought to the city to be exploited. Charles Durning and Conchata Ferrell. (MGM/UA)

"The Name of the Rose"--Sean Connery and F. Murray Abraham in a tale of death and intrigue set within the confines of a 14th Century monastery. Jean-Jacques Annaud directs. (Fox)

" 'night, Mother"--Based on the Pulitzer Prize play of the same title, the story examines the right to control one's life and probes the deep love between mother Anne Bancroft and daughter Sissy Spacek. (Universal)

"Nightcrawler"--Samuel Z. Arkoff is exec producer of this tale of a vengeful man and his motorcycle. (Distributor pending.)

"Quiet Cool"--Action-adventure involving the marijuana trade in Northern California. (New Line)

"Red Dragon"--Famed forensic pathologist William Peterson is called in by the FBI to track down a serial killer who murders entire families beneath the full moon's light (and who calls himself the Red Dragon). Scripted/directed by Michael Mann. Based on the novel by Thomas Harris. (MGM/UA)

"Robots Rule"--Futuristic Western about a robotic ranch hand whose relationship with a female human gets him in trouble with the authorities, leading to a showdown between man and machine. Scripted/directed by Rospo Pallenberg. (New World)

"Song of the South"--The fabled cartoon critters of Briar Patch country return in this reissue of Walt Disney's 1947 live action-animated fantasy. (Disney)

"Spellcaster"--Filmed in an authentic Roman castle, this one's about a group of people who've been summoned for a treasure hunt that results in some magical lessons--courtesy of a Merlin-like wizard. (Empire)

"The Steel Rose"--Based on a true story about a young woman whose involvement with drugs led to a harrowing three-year imprisonment in Mexican jails. Sam Arkoff is exec producer. (Distributor pending)

"Tai-Pan"--Based on James Clavell's epic about the founding of Hong Kong and the adventurers who forged its dynasties. The Dino De Laurentiis presentation is the first theatrical American film shot in mainland China. Bryan Brown, Kyra Sedgewick, Joan Chen. Directed by Daryl Duke. (Orion)

"Test Tube Teens From the Year 2000"--Futuristic comedy with a 1950s slant--in which a couple of dudes from the '80s are put into hibernation and reawaken in the year 2000, when teens have reverted to '50s-ish mannerisms (like "Oh gee!") and '50s-ish morals--which means the guys have their work cut out for them when they find themselves on a "female farm" where the gals pine about finding Mr. Right. Oh golly! (Empire)

"Tough Guys"--Comedy about once-notorious robbers Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster who are just released from 30-year prison sentences and face life in Los Angeles. Directed by Jeff Kanew. (Touchstone)

"Umbrella Woman"--Period romance in which Rachel Ward defies the era's taboos in a quest for self-knowledge and sexual fulfillment. With Bryan Brown and Sam Neill. Directed by Ken Cameron. (Atlantic)

CHRISTMAS

"The Aristocats"--Reissue of the 1970 animated feature (the last to personally involve Walt Disney) about Parisian felines who fall heir to a fortune. (Disney)

"Batteries Not Included"--The plot to this one's being kept under wraps, but it's said to involve flying saucers--a familiar stamping ground for exec producer Steven Spielberg. Matthew Robbins directs. (Universal)

"The Color of Money"--Martin Scorsese directs Paul Newman as Fast Eddie Felson, the pool hustler whom he made famous in the 1961 film "The Hustler." Tom Cruise portrays Eddie's protege. (Buena Vista)

"Crimes of the Heart"--Bruce Beresford directs Diane Keaton, Jessica Lange and Sissy Spacek in an adaptation of the Pulitzer-winning play by Beth Henley about three sisters who reunite after one is accused of murdering her husband. (De Laurentiis Ent.)

"Golden Child"--Private eye Eddie Murphy is hired to find a special child, born in India and destined to lead his people. He's kidnaped by terrorists and taken to L.A. Directed by Michael Ritchie. (Paramount)

"Ishtar"--Comedy produced by Warren Beatty, directed by Elaine May and starring Beatty, Dustin Hoffman and Isabelle Adjani. The parent studio's keeping mum about the plot--which, we learn, finds ladies man Hoffman teaching shy (!) Beatty how to get a girl. (Columbia)

"King Kong Lives!"--The beast, whom we presumed dead after toppling from the World Trade Center (silly us), apparently is alive and well. John Guillerman, who directed the 1976 remake, again directs. Cast not yet announced. (De Laurentiis Ent.)

"Outrageous Fortune"--Arthur Hiller directs this female buddy comedy about two mismatched women involved in adventure. To date, only one buddy (Shelley Long) has been cast. (Touchstone)

"Project X"--Young pilot Matthew Broderick trains a talking chimp named Virgil who is being commandeered for a top-secret defense project. Directed by Jonathan Kaplan. (Fox)

"Spiderman"--Bitten by a radioactive spider, a man attains newfound strength and the ability to sense criminal evil, becoming Spiderman--defender of law and order. Joseph Zito directs, based on Stan Lee's Marvel Comics character. (Cannon)

"Star Trek IV"--The Enterprise takes off again. Leonard Nimoy stars and directs who else but William Shatner, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Walter Koenig, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols. (Paramount)

NO ANNOUNCED RELEASE DATES

"Angels Behind Bars"--A woman sets out--and succeeds--in getting imprisoned. The better to investigate her sister's murder behind bars. With the genre's usual salacious trappings--including lesbianism and sleazy prison guards. (Distributor pending)

"Booby Trap"--Futuristic tale set in (what's left of) Southern California, circa 1998, about an 18-year-old who, accompanied by his girl and his robot named Winston, takes revenge on the gang that attacked him. (Distributor pending)

"Commando Squad"--When a pal is held hostage over a cocaine deal, a fighting femme goes to the rescue. (Trans World Entertainment)

"Dark of the Night"--A young woman buys a used Jaguar--not knowing it's haunted by the ghost of its previous owner. (Castle Hill Prods.)

"Ellie"--Shelley Winters and Sheila Kennedy (a Penthouse Pet of the Year) in a "naughty" comedy about the family farm. Music/lyrics by Charlie Pride. (Troma)

"Flanagan"--The title character is a taxi driver (Philip Bosco) who aspires to be a Shakespearean actor. With Geraldine Page as his mom. (United Film Distribution)

"Foreign Body"--Victor Banerjee ("Passage to India") goes comedy as a refugee from Calcutta who poses as a doctor in England. It's his bedside manner--that is, his interest in beautiful patients--that gets him in trouble. Ronald Neame directs. (Orion)

"Hell Camp"--Military actioner finds the maniacal commander of an Army camp turning the training program of a group of U.S. officers--including a young woman pilot --into a struggle for survival. Tom Skerritt, Lisa Eichhorn, Anthony Zerbe, Richard Roundtree. (Orion)

"Heroine"--Freedom and survival are the themes as a woman (Irina Brook) tries to break away from her domineering father (Oliver Reed). Paul Mayersberg writes and directs. (Distributor pending)

"The Imagemaker"--The media's manipulative abilities are explored when a former Presidential media adviser (Michael Nouri) claims to have evidence linking the President to organized crime. Jessica Harper, Farley Granger. (Castle Hill Prods.)

"The Immoral Minority Picture Show"--Pastiche of comedic sketches that will, says its producer, take potshots at every minority group imaginable. Cast: Georg Sanford Brown, Colleen Camp, Marilyn Chambers, Meadowlark Lemon, Ed Marinaro. (Distributor pending)

"Lionheart"--Knight Eric Stoltz regains his lost honor when he defends an army of orphans and circus performers against the evil Black Prince. Directed by Franklin Schaffner. (Orion)

"Love Kills"--Director Alex Cox explores the doomed relationship between Sex Pistol Sid Vicious and his American girlfriend Nancy Spungeon. (Vicious died of a drug overdose in New York in 1978; he had earlier been arrested for Spungeon's murder.) Gary Oldman, Chloe Webb. (Distributor pending)

"Love Songs"--Romance about marriage, infidelities, friendship and reconciliation. Stars Catherine Deneuve, Nick Mancuso, Christopher Lambert, Richard Anconina and the romantic ballads of Michel Legrand. (Spectrafilm)

"Miracles"--Recently divorced Tom Conti and Teri Garr find themselves together again--hostages of a Mexican bank robber. (Orion)

"Mona Lisa"--Ex-con Bob Hoskins isn't finding it easy in the outside world. Especially when the prostitute (Cathy Tyson) he serves as chauffeur for asks him to look for a missing friend. With a villainous Michael Caine. (Distributor pending)

"My American Cousin"--A 12-year-old Canadian girl (Margaret Langrick) thinks the summer of 1959 will be boring ("nothing ever happens," she writes in her diary)--until her hot shot, run-away older American cousin (John Wildman) arrives, in his mother's flaming red Cadillac convertible. Sandy Wilson directs the girls'-point-of-view coming of age tale. (Spectrafilm)

"Ordinary Heroes"--Contemporary remake of "Pride of the Marines" in which Vietnam vet Richard Dean Anderson adjusts to civilian life, with the support of Valerie Bertinelli. (Distributor pending)

"Play Dead"--Yvonne De Carlo is a vengeful woman who trains a dog to do deadly deeds. (Troma)

"Rage of Honor"--Martial arts master Sho Kosugi is an international agent on assignment in South American jungles. (Trans World Entertainment)

"Rebel"--Set in wartime Sydney, this musical romance finds American deserter Matt Dillon falling for Aussie lass Debbie Byrne. With Bryan Brown. (Vestron Pictures)

"Red-Headed Stranger"--William Wittliff directs Willie Nelson (who co-produces) as preacher man Julian Shay in a tale of love, loss, revenge and salvation set in Montana in the 1870s. Based on Nelson's 1975 concept album. Morgan Fairchild and Katharine Ross. (Distributor pending)

"The Retaliator"--Terrorist Sandahl Bergman is captured by the government and reprogrammed--but something goes haywire, and she's gunning for everyone. So the government sends Robert McGinty gunning for her. (Trans World Ent.)

"The Right Hand Man"--Australian-made gothic romance in which one man (Rupert Everett) turns to another (Hugo Weaving) to do what he cannot--perpetuate the family line. Catherine McClements completes the love triangle. (New World)

"Rock 'n' Roll Road Trip"--The adventures of a Boston band on the road. (Troma)

"The 17th Bride"--Wartime drama with Lisa Hartman as a young Jewish woman in Czechoslovakia who agrees to marry to escape a concentration camp. Israel's Nadar Levitan directs. (Distributor pending)

"Target: PLO"--Heroic mercenaries go into action when the American ambassador to Lebanon and his daughter are kidnaped by members of the PLO. (Trans World Film)

"The Three Amigos"--John Landis directs Steve Martin, Chevy Chase and Martin Short as three unwitting heroes, circa 1920, who must defend a small Mexican village from a band of cutthroats. (Orion)

"Trackers: 2180"--Michael Pare and Richard Farnsworth team for a prison break on a futuristic colonized desert planet. (Vestron)

"We Fly"--Onward and upward with the women of the Women's Air Service Pilot's (WASPs), organization which flew unarmed bombers and fighter planes across the country in 1942 and 1943. (Distributor pending)

"The Whistle Blower"--Michael Caine's investigation into the death of son Nigel Havers takes him into the world of British and Soviet spies. From John Hale's novel. Felicity Dean, John Gielgud. (Distributor pending)

"The Winds of Jarrah"--Australian love story, set in 1946, about a young governess and three men who need her--each in different ways. (Castle Hill)

"A Year of the Quiet Sun"--Polish-American-German co-production set in postwar Europe about an American solider (Scott Wilson) from a POW camp who falls in love with a Polish refugee (Maja Komorowska). Unable to speak a common language, the two relate to one another with gestures, facial expressions, laughter and a few isolated words. (Sandstar)

A number of the following films--for which cast, credits and release dates haven't all been announced, may also open this year. Distributors also are tentative. From Atlantic: "Black Glass"--Youth action adventure. "Blue Plaid Sneakers"--Fantasy comedy romance. "Heroes for Hire"--Superheroes adventure. "Wild Thing"--An urban Tarzan story. "Who Wrote the Book of Love"--Musical comedy romance set in Harlem against the backdrop of high school life. From Columbia: "The Chris Lucas Story"--Suspense drama with Tom Cruise going undercover on the New York police force to spy on the Mafia. He winds up falling in love with the granddaughter of a kingpin. "Roxanne"--Romantic comedy starring Steve Martin. De Laurentiis Ent. Group: "Trick or Treat"--Horrors for Halloween. "The Million Dollar Mystery"--"We're keeping the plot just that," said a spokesman. "The Bedroom Window"--A Hitchcockian thriller. From MGM/UA: "Bobo"--Comedy with Howie Mandel. "Shanghai Surprise"--Sean Penn and Madonna in a romantic mystery romp set in Shanghai. From New World: "Monster Night"--Ghouls rise from the grave to resurrect Satan. "Monopoly"--Comedy-adventure based on the venerable board game. "Creature"--Youngsters find and protect a mysterious young forest creature found in a magical woods. From Orion: "Making Mr. Right"--Susan Seidelman directs an ironic look at modern romance--in which the perfect man turns out to be an android. (Orion) "Robocop"--All about the future of law enforcement--as the body of a cop who lies near death is used to create a mechanical robot with a human memory. (Orion) From Tri-Star: An untitled Richard Gere project. From United Film Distribution: "Eyes"--Murder mystery starring Susan Sarandon. From Warner Bros: "Full Metal Jacket"--Stanley Kubrick-directed saga of young Marine recruits, from Boot Camp to their first battle in Vietnam.

And t-t-t-hat's all, folks.

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