We all know that many of the 1980's movies were famous for their montages with cheesy music going on in the background and random clips of the main characters doing things (cleaning up, playing games, etc.)

What was the first 1980's movie to do this?

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    Is this a trick question? A classic cheesy music montage example is from Rocky (1976).
    – mootinator
    Dec 7, 2011 at 22:50
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    Downvoted for a couple reasons. Why an 80s movie? Why not first montage ever? Also, what is an "official" montage? Dec 7, 2011 at 23:06
  • @SamTheBrand because that is what 80s movies were known for. Their montages.
    – Naftali
    Dec 8, 2011 at 13:51

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I think you'd be hard pressed to find any evidence of a cliche 80s montage earlier than the one from Rocky in 1976.

Obviously the idea of a montage wasn't new, nor even the idea of a training montage, but Rocky did combine those two elements with cheesy inspirational synth music, and that precise style was imitated in underdog action films ad nauseum through the 80s.

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    1976 should be made an honorary '80s year for this reason.
    – Shog9
    Dec 8, 2011 at 19:54
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    If you want an actual 80's example, you could always go with Rocky III, with Rocky and Apollo running on the beach... classic.
    – KSmarts
    Feb 25, 2015 at 22:30

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