Can't Stop the Music

Overview

Glitz producer Allan Carr tries to cash in on the late-'70s disco boom with Can't Stop the Music -- a film of such Brobdingnagian banality that it almost in itself stopped the disco movement cold. Comedienne Nancy Walker directed this musical chronicle, purporting to relate the legend of the formation of the disco group The Village People. Valerie Perrine is Samantha Simpson, a helpful ex-model who attempts to get her roommate, Jack Morrell's Steve Guttenberg, songwriting career off the ground by assembling a ...
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Overview

Glitz producer Allan Carr tries to cash in on the late-'70s disco boom with Can't Stop the Music -- a film of such Brobdingnagian banality that it almost in itself stopped the disco movement cold. Comedienne Nancy Walker directed this musical chronicle, purporting to relate the legend of the formation of the disco group The Village People. Valerie Perrine is Samantha Simpson, a helpful ex-model who attempts to get her roommate, Jack Morrell's Steve Guttenberg, songwriting career off the ground by assembling a motley group of her Greenwich Village friends The Village People together to cut a demo tape of Jack's ditties. All Samantha has to do is charm the square lawyer Ron White Bruce Jenner in order to get him to listen to The Village People's scintillating disco strains.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A film that managed to be dated even before it was released, Can't Stop the Music is one of those movies that is so unbelievable that it's entertaining -- in small doses. Created (too late) to cash in on the late 1970's disco craze, Music is directed with no sense of style, tension, pacing or musicality by Nancy Walker. There IS a unique look to the film -- and audiences can be thankful that it is the only look of its kind. Although the cast tries hard, nobody is able to overcome the limitations of the material. Steve Guttenberg gives a truly inept performance, one that seems to embarrass him from the first moments, when we see him attempting to roller skate down the city streets while at the same time groovin' to the music -- and doing neither one convincingly. Even worse is Bruce Jenner, whose outsized, bug-eyed reactions quickly become wearying. Village People fans will like the songs, and the staging of most numbers cannot fail to make an impression. ("Highlights" include "YMCA's" speedo-clad Busby Berkeley take-offs and "Macho Man's" flaming baton sequence.) A true mess of a movie, Music is still so much a one-of-a-kind experience that it should be seen -- once.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/1998
  • UPC: 017153582536
  • Original Release: 1980
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  • Source: Republic Pictures
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Valerie Perrine Samantha Simpson
Ray Simpson Policeman
Steve Guttenberg Jack Morell
David Hodo Construction Worker
June Havoc Helen Morell
Felipe Rose Indian
Randy Jones Cowboy
Barbara Rush Norma White
Glenn R. Hughes Leatherman
Leigh Taylor-Young Claudia Walters
Bruce Jenner Ron White
Alex Briley GI
Paul Sand Steve Waits
Tammy Grimes Sydney Channing
Altovise Davis Alicia Edwards
Marilyn Sokol Lulu Brecht
Russell Nype Richard Montgomery
Jack Weston Benny Murray
Dick Patterson Record Store Manager
Bobo Lewis Bread Woman
Paula Trueman Stickup Lady
Portia Nelson Law Office Receptionist
The Village People
Technical Credits
Nancy Walker Director
Theoni V. Aldredge Costumes/Costume Designer
William S. Beasley Asst. Director
Henri Belolo Songwriter, Producer
John F. Burnett Editor
Bill Butler Cinematographer
Allan Carr Producer, Screenwriter
Jane Greenwood Costumes/Costume Designer
Stephen Hendrickson Production Designer
Neil Machlis Producer
Marvin March Set Decoration/Design
Richard McKenzie Set Decoration/Design
Harold Michelson Art Director
Jacques Morali Score Composer, Songwriter, Producer
Eric Orbom Set Decoration/Design
Horace Ott Musical Arrangement
Arlene Phillips Choreography
Michael Sullivan Special Effects
Bronte Woodard Screenwriter
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