Orion continued to do well in 1982, expanding outwards a little with Orion Classics, a division dedicated to showing international films stateside as well as smaller independent productions. The division would stay fairly consistent until the company's financial troubles ended up drying out the division. I won't be covering those releases but I wanted to mention it here. They also bought out the struggling company Filmways and set up a TV distribution branch which had its first hit in Cagney and Lacey.
This is also where some of their problems as a company start to come into play. Orion was always sort of an odd duck when it came to their output. They tended towards more mature, adult projects (nothing wrong with that and they certainly kept Woody Allen busy for a good ten years) but whenever they ventured out into the more commercial realms of film, they either failed or were rather sheepish about any success they had to the point of not really bothering with setting up their own home video division until the late 80's (I think around 1987 or thereabouts). For the most part, their stuff ended up being released by either Warner, Thorn EMI, Embassy or Vestron. This led to other companies making more off their movies than they were getting and, as tends to be the case, things added up and they eventually got into financial trouble.
Now for 1982.
Carolco Files post so let's just say it's awesome and move along to 1983.
1983 was an okay year for the company with a few surprise hits films that got mostly acceptable to good reviews. The next year though, would be a little less than stellar.
Coming soon: Orion in 1984