Sundance TV Paves the Way for Hap and Leonard with ’80s Marathon!


To properly set the stage for its new series, Hap and Leonard (above) – which is set in the late ’80s – SundanceTV Has scheduled SundanceTV Celebrates The 80’s, featuring seven of the most iconic movies of that decade: Say Anything, Hairspray, Wall Street, Stripes, Sixteen Candles, National Lampoon’s Vacation”and The Goonies.

SundanceTV Celebrates The 80’s will begin at 8am/7C on Saturday, February 6th. Follow the jump for times and descriptions.

Hap and Leonard premieres on Wednesday, March 2nd ((109C).


Marathon to Feature 1980s Classics Including “Say Anything,” “Hairspray,” “Wall Street,” “Stripes,” “Sixteen Candles,” “National Lampoon’s Vacation” and “The Goonies”

“Hap and Leonard,” Set in East Texas in the late 80’s and Starring James Purefoy, Michael K. Williams and Christina Hendricks, Launches Wednesday, March 2nd at 10pm ET/PT

Prior to the March launch of its new original series “Hap and Leonard,” SundanceTV puts viewers in an `80s frame of mind with an all-day marathon featuring quintessential films from the decade on Saturday, February 6th beginning at 8:00a.m. ET/PT.  The totally tubular marathon includes fan favorites “Say Anything,” “Hairspray,” “Wall Street,” “Stripes,” “Sixteen Candles,” “National Lampoon’s Vacation” and “The Goonies.”

“Hap and Leonard,” featuring James Purefoy (“Rome,” “The Following”), Michael Kenneth Williams (“The Wire,” “Boardwalk Empire”) and Christina Hendricks (“Mad Men”), will premiere Wednesday, March 2nd at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Set in the late 1980s, “Hap and Leonard” is a darkly comic swamp noir story of two best friends, one femme fatale, a crew of washed-up revolutionaries, a pair of murderous psycho-killers, some lost loot and the fuzz.  Based on the novels by Joe Lansdale, the six-hour series event follows Hap Collins (Purefoy), an East Texas white boy with a weakness for Southern women, and Leonard Pine (Williams), a gay, black Vietnam vet with a hot temper. When Hap’s seductive ex-wife Trudy (Hendricks) resurfaces with a deal they can’t refuse, a simple get-rich-quick scheme snowballs into bloody mayhem. Chock full of eccentric characters, “Hap and Leonard” provides a country twist on the classic mystery thriller.

Below, please find the programming schedule for “SundanceTV Celebrates The 80’s” marathon:

Saturday, February 6th:

“Say Anything” (1989) at 8:00 a.m. ET/PT

High school senior Lloyd Dobler wants nothing more than to go out with beautiful and intelligent Diane Court. Lloyd attempts to win her heart over the objections of her over-protective father before Diane leaves for a scholarship in England.

“Hairspray” (1988) at 10:15 a.m. ET/PT

‘Pleasantly Plump’ teenager Tracy Turnblad achieves her dream of becoming a regular on the Corny Collins Dance Show. Now a teen hero, she starts using her fame to speak out for the causes she believes in, most of all integration. In doing so, she earns the wrath of the show’s former star, Amber Von Tussle, as well as Amber’s manipulative, pro-segregation parents. The rivalry comes to a head as Amber and Tracy vie for the title of Miss Auto Show 1963.

“Wall Street” (1987) at 12:15 p.m. ET/PT

Bud Fox is a Wall Street stockbroker in early 1980’s New York with a strong desire to get to the top. Working for his firm during the day, he spends his spare time working an on angle with the high-powered, extremely successful (but ruthless and greedy) broker Gordon Gekko. Fox finally meets with Gekko, who takes the youth under his wing and explains his philosophy that “Greed is Good”. Taking the advice and working closely with Gekko, Fox soon finds himself swept into a world of “yuppies”, shady business deals, the “good life”, fast money, and fast women; something which is at odds with his family including his estranged father and the blue-collared way Fox was brought up.

“Stripes” (1981) at 3:15 p.m. ET/PT

Thanks to a run of bad luck and go-nowhere jobs, John convinces Russell to join the army so they can get in shape, likening it to a health spa. Once in boot camp, wiseguy John tangles with his by-the-book Sgt. and becomes the unofficial leader for his platoon, made up mostly of other misfits and assorted losers. After somehow making it through graduation, they are given a special assignment but, thanks to John’s romantic interest in a pretty MPO, the other men wind up behind the Iron Curtain until John, Russell, their dates and Sgt. Hulka make a daring rescue attempt in explosive style.

“Sixteen Candles” (1984) at 5:45 p.m. ET/PT

Samantha’s life is going downhill fast. The sixteen-year-old has a crush on the most popular boy in school, and the geekiest boy in school has a crush on her. Her sister’s getting married, and with all the excitement the rest of her family forgets her birthday! Add all this to a pair of horrendously embarrassing grandparents, a foreign exchange student named Long Duk Dong, and we have the makings of a hilarious journey into young womanhood.

“National Lampoon’s Vacation” (1983) at 7:45 p.m. ET/PT

The Griswold family are on a quest. A quest to a Walley World theme park for a family vacation, but things aren’t going to go exactly as planned, especially when Clark Griswold is losing all thought towards a mysterious blonde in a red Ferrari.

“The Goonies” (1985) at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT

Mikey Walsh and Brandon Walsh are brothers whose family is preparing to move because developers want to build a golf course in the place of their neighborhood — unless enough money is raised to stop the construction of the golf course, and that’s quite doubtful. But when Mikey stumbles upon a treasure map of the famed “One-Eyed” Willy’s hidden fortune, Mikey, Brandon, and their friends Lawrence “Chunk” Cohen, Clark “Mouth” Devereaux, Andrea “Andy” Carmichael, Stefanie “Stef” Steinbrenner, and Richard “Data” Wang, calling themselves The Goonies, set out on a quest to find the treasure in hopes of saving their neighborhood. The treasure is in a cavern, but the entrance to the cavern is under the house of evil thief Mama Fratelli and her sons Jake Fratelli, Francis Fratelli, and the severely disfigured Lotney “Sloth” Fratelli. Sloth befriends the Goonies and decides to help them.

“Stripes” (1981) at 12:15 a.m. ET/PT

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“Wall Street” (1987) at 2:45 a.m. ET/PT

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