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Saturday Night Fever is one of those movies that comes along and seems to change the cultural temperature in a flash. After the movie's release in 1977, disco ruled the dance floors, and a blow-dried member of a TV-sitcom ensemble became the hottest star in the U.S. For all that, the story is conventional: a 19-year-old Italian American from Brooklyn, Tony Manero (John Travolta), works in a humble paint store and lives with his family. After dark, he becomes the polyester-clad stallion of the local nightclub; Tony's brother, a priest, observes that when Tony hits the dance floor, the crowd parts like the Red Sea before Moses. Director John Badham captures the electric connection between music and dance, and also the desperation that lies beneath Tony's ambitions to break out of his limited world. The soundtrack, which spawned a massively successful album, is dominated by the disco classics of the Bee Gees, including "Staying Alive" (Travolta's theme during the strutting opening) and "Night Fever." The Oscar®-nominated Travolta, plucked from the cast of Welcome Back, Kotter, for his first starring role, is incandescent and unbelievably confident, and his dancing is terrific. Oh, and the white suit rules. --Robert Horton

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

John TravoltaTony Manero
Karen Lynn GorneyStephanie
Paul PapeDouble J.
Donna PescowAnnette
Sam CoppolaDan Fusco
Denny DillonDoreen
Fran DrescherConnie
Val BisoglioFrank Sr.

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: John Badham
  • Producer: Paramount
  • Length: 118 minutes
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaDec 16, 1977
    JapanJul 15, 1978
    AustraliaApr 13, 1978
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe18
    AustraliaMA
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaAug 19, 2003
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