The 1980s were a golden age for action movies, with the genre proving popular at
the box-office as never before. Across the world, stars such as Sylvester
Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis were becoming household names
as a result of their appearances in some of the best-known films of the decade.
But what were the stories which lay behind the making of these movies? Why were
the eighties to bear witness to so many truly iconic action features? And who
were the people who brought these legends of action cinema to life?
In Dying Harder: Action Movies of the 1980s, Colin M. Barron considers some