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Released: October 17, 1980

Rating: 4.667 (average of 9 ratings)

Genre: album rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Tunnel of Love
  2. Romeo and Juliet
  3. Skateaway
  4. Expresso Love
  5. Hand in Hand
  6. Solid Rock
  7. Les Boys


sales in U.S. only 1 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated 600,000
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 6 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 19
peak on U.K. album chart 4

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Skateaway (12/20/80) #58 US, #37 UK, #31 AR
  • Romeo and Juliet (1/17/81) #8 UK
  • Expresso Love (3/21/81) #39 AR
  • Solid Rock (4/4/81) #56 AR
  • Tunnel of Love (10/10/81) #54 UK


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.

Making Movies
Dire Straits
“Without second guitarist David Knopfler, Dire Straits began to move away from its roots rock origins into a jazzier variation of country-rock and singer/songwriter folk-rock. Naturally, this means that Mark Knopfler’s ambitions as a songwriter are growing, as the storytelling pretensions of Making Movies indicate. Fortunately, his skills are increasing, as the lovely Romeo and Juliet, Tunnel of Love, and Skateaway indicate” (Erlewine).

Making Movies is helped by a new wave-tinged pop production, which actually helps Knopfler’s jazzy inclinations take hold. The record runs out of steam toward the end, closing with the borderline offensive Les Boys, but the remainder of Making Movies ranks among the band’s finest work” (Erlewine).

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Last updated April 6, 2008.