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[=TriStar=] Pictures is a division of Sony and a sister company of Creator/ColumbiaPictures. Founded in 1982 as Nova Pictures by a joint venture of Columbia, Creator/{{CBS}} and {{Creator/HBO}}, the company's name changed to Tri-Star Pictures and began distributing films in 1984 (their first release was ''Where The Boys Are '84'', a pickup from ITC). Over the next three years Columbia would buy CBS and HBO's shares of the company and finally in 1987, Columbia had taken over the whole company. Throughout its first 15 years, [=TriStar=] served as an equal to Columbia by producing similar product while also distributing the films of CarolcoPictures (an arrangement that lasted until 1994, when they switched to MetroGoldwynMayer, who distributed most of the studio's final films).

Early on, (with a few exceptions), TriStar's films were released on Home Video by either RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video (now Sony Pictures Home Entertainment), CBS/FOX/Key Video (now 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment), or Thorn-EMI/HBO/Cannon Video (now HBO Video). In 1988, following Columbia's buyout of TriStar, Home Video distribution of films produced by the studio moved exclusively to RCA/Columbia. The Carolco films were released on the International Video Entertainment and Live Home Video labels (now Lion's Gate Entertainment), often with TriStar's logo cut. ''Cliffhanger'' is the only Carolco film in which the rights were retained by the original distributor.

After the flop of ''Film/{{Godzilla 1998}}'', Sony decided to downscale [=TriStar=] and put more emphasis on its then-new B-movie division, Creator/ScreenGems. [=TriStar=] continued to exist as a division for titles acquired from different companies and the occasional DirectToVideo product, but still managed to get a successful film every once in a while (such as ''Film/{{District 9}}'' and ''Film/{{Looper}}'').

In 2013, the [=TriStar=] brand started a resurgence. Tom Rothman, a former Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox chairman, joined forces with other Sony executives to form [=TriStar=] Productions. [=TriStar=] Productions is intended to supplement the output of Columbia, Screen Gems, and other labels, producing up to four films a year. In addition to continuing with acquiring other companies' work, [=TriStar=] Pictures will distribute these in-house productions. In addition, the company will return to full production of TV series [[note]][=TriStar=] had previously produced TV series, from 1987, just before HBO left, to 1999[[/note]] under Sony Pictures Television.

Also known for its Pegasus mascot and their fanfare, the first version of which was composed by UsefulNotes/AcademyAward winner Dave Grusin (it was recomposed when the current logo debuted in 1993).
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!Films Released by Tri Star include:
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* ''[[Film/EightyEightMinutes 88 Minutes]]''
* ''Film/AboutLastNight''
* ''Film/AirAmerica''
* ''Film/AlamoBay''
* ''Film/AmazingGraceAndChuck''
* ''Film/AngelHeart''
* ''Film/AnotherYou''
* ''Film/AptPupil''
* ''Film/AsGoodAsItGets''
* ''Film/{{Avalon}}''
* ''Film/BabyGeniuses''
* ''Film/BandOfTheHand''
* ''Film/BasicInstinct''
* ''Film/BAT21''
* ''Film/TheBear''
* ''Film/BeverlyHillsNinja''
* ''Film/TheBigHit''
* ''Film/BillyLynnsLongHalftimeWalk''
* ''Film/{{Bingo}}''
* ''Film/{{Birdy}}''
* ''Film/BlindDate''
* ''Film/BlindFury''
* ''Film/TheBlob1988''
* ''Film/{{Breakin}}''
** ''Film/Breakin2ElectricBoogaloo''
* ''Film/{{Bugsy}}''
* ''Film/TheCall''
* ''Film/{{Candyman}}''
* ''Film/ChancesAre''
* ''Film/{{Chaplin}}''
* ''Film/CityOfJoy''
* ''Film/{{Cliffhanger}}''
* ''Film/{{Colombiana}}''
* ''Film/CopsAndRobbersons''
* ''Film/DesperateMeasures''
* ''Film/DevilInABlueDress''
* ''Film/{{District 9}}''
* ''Film/DonnieBrasco''
* ''Film/TheDoors''
* ''Film/{{Elysium}}''
* ''Film/EvilDead2013''
* ''Film/TheEvilThatMenDo''
* ''Film/ExtremePrejudice''
* ''Film/FamilyBusiness''
* ''Film/TheFan''
* ''Film/{{Faster}}'' - international distribution
* ''Film/TheFisherKing''
* ''Film/ForKeeps''
* ''[[Film/TheFreshman1990 The Freshman]]''
* ''Film/FrightNightPart2''
* ''Film/GardensOfStone''
* ''Film/{{Glory}}''
* ''Film/{{Godzilla 1998}}''
* the Japanese ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' films from the 1990s up to ''Film/{{Godzilla 2000}}''
* ''Film/GuardingTess''
* ''Film/{{Hideaway}}''
* ''Film/HighSchoolHigh''
* ''Film/HighSpirits''
* ''Film/TheHitcher''
* ''Film/{{Hook}}''
* ''Film/HudsonHawk''
* ''Film/HusbandsAndWives''
* ''Film/{{Hush}}''
* ''Film/IKnowWhoKilledMe''
* ''Film/ILoveYouToDeath''
* ''Film/IfLucyFell''
* ''Film/IronEagle'' and ''Iron Eagle II''
* ''Film/{{Ironweed}}''
* ''Film/ItCouldHappenToYou''
* ''Film/JacobsLadder''
* ''Film/{{Jawbreaker}}''
* ''Film/JerryMaguire''
* ''Film/JohnnyHandsome''
* ''Film/JohnnyMnemonic''
* ''Film/{{Jumanji}}''
* ''Film/JuryDuty''
* ''Film/LAStory''
* ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}''
* ''Film/TheLastDragon''
* ''Film/TheLegendOfBillieJean''
* ''Film/LegendsOfTheFall''
* ''[[Film/LikeFatherLikeSon1987 Like Father, Like Son]]''
* ''Film/LookWhosTalking'' and its sequels
* ''Film/{{Looper}}''
* ''Film/LooseCannons''
* ''Film/{{Loverboy}}''
* ''Film/{{Madeline}}''
* ''Film/ManhattanMurderMystery''
* ''Film/MaryReilly''
* ''Film/MaryShelleysFrankenstein''
* ''Film/TheMaskOfZorro''
* ''Film/{{Matilda}}''
* ''Film/TheMedallion''
* ''Film/TheMirrorHasTwoFaces''
* ''Film/MixedNuts''
* ''Film/TheMonsterSquad''
* ''Film/MountainsOfTheMoon''
* ''Film/MrJones''
* ''Film/MrsWinterbourne''
* ''Film/TheMuppetsTakeManhattan''
* ''Film/MusicBox''
* ''Film/MyBestFriendsWedding''
* ''Film/{{Nadine}}''
* ''Film/TheNatural''
* ''Film/NeverTalkToStrangers''
* ''Film/NightOfTheCreeps''
* ''Film/NoMercy''
* ''Film/NothingInCommon''
* ''Film/OnlyYou''
* ''Film/PeggySueGotMarried''
* ''Film/ThePest''
* ''Film/{{Philadelphia}}''
* ''Film/PlacesInTheHeart''
* ''Film/{{Pompeii}}''
* ''Film/{{Premonition}}''
* ''Film/PrincessCaraboo''
* ''Film/ThePrincipal''
* ''Film/PrivateResort''
* ''Film/TheQuickAndTheDead''
* ''Film/RaceTheSun''
* ''Film/RealGenius''
* ''Film/RedHeat''
* ''Film/{{Rudy}}''
* ''Film/{{Runaway}}''
* ''Film/TheRunningMan''
* ''Film/RunningWithScissors''
* ''Film/SantaClausTheMovie''
* ''Film/SeeNoEvilHearNoEvil''
* ''Film/SevenYearsInTibet''
* ''Film/TheSeventhSign''
* ''Film/ShortCircuit'' and ''ShortCircuit2''
* ''Film/SideOut''
* ''Film/SilentHill''
* ''Film/SleeplessInSeattle''
* ''Film/{{Sniper}}''
* ''Film/SoIMarriedAnAxeMurderer''
* ''Film/{{Sparkle}}'' (2012 remake)
* ''Film/StarshipTroopers'' - co-production with Creator/TouchstonePictures
* ''Film/SteelMagnolias''
* ''Film/{{Stepmom}}'' - co-production with ColumbiaPictures
* ''Film/{{Sunset}}''
* ''Film/{{Supergirl}}''
* ''Film/{{Suspect}}''
* ''Film/SwitchingChannels''
* ''Film/ThreeNinjas'' - all three sequels
* ''Film/{{Threesome}}''
* ''Film/{{Thunderheart}}''
* ''Film/ToySoldiers''
* ''Film/TruthOrConsequencesNM''
* ''Film/UTurn''
* ''Film/UniversalSoldier'' and ''Film/UniversalSoldierTheReturn''
* ''Film/UrbanLegend''
* ''Film/{{Volunteers}}''
* ''Film/WagonsEast''
* ''Film/WeekendAtBernies2''
* ''Film/WhosHarryCrumb''
* Distribution of many Creator/CarolcoPictures films:
** ''Film/RamboFirstBloodPartII''
** ''Film/RamboIII''
** ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay''
** ''Film/TotalRecall1990''.
* Distribution of some Creator/FilmDistrict titles:
** ''Film/{{Insidious}}''
** ''Film/DontBeAfraidOfTheDark''
** ''Film/{{Drive}}''
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