Flashdance
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Flashdance

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Director: Adrian Lyne

Cast: Adrian Lyne, Jennifer Beals, Michael Nouri, Lilia Skala

     
 

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Jennifer Beals stars as Alex Owens, a Pittsburgh steel-mill welder by day, and bar dancer by night. Harboring dreams of a career in ballet, she is given financial support in this endeavor by her boss Nick Hurley (Michael Nouri) and moral support by demanding but big-hearted instructor Hanna Long (Lilia Skala). The film's signature scene is, of course, Alex's… See more details below

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Jennifer Beals stars as Alex Owens, a Pittsburgh steel-mill welder by day, and bar dancer by night. Harboring dreams of a career in ballet, she is given financial support in this endeavor by her boss Nick Hurley (Michael Nouri) and moral support by demanding but big-hearted instructor Hanna Long (Lilia Skala). The film's signature scene is, of course, Alex's water-drenched dance audition, largely performed in long shot by her dance double Marine Jahan. Essentially an old-fashioned backstage yarn, Flashdance was given a contemporary spin by its pulsating, musical score featuring the Oscar-winning Best Song, "Flashdance...What a Feeling," (music by Giorgio Moroder, lyrics by Keith Forsey and Irene Cara).

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The sleeper hit Flashdance had surprising crossover appeal for a movie that featured strippers and X-rated footsie under the dinner table. In part because of its soundtrack, which became a pop sensation on the strength of Irene Cara's "What a Feeling" and Michael Sembello's "Maniac," the R-rated Flashdance was seen by an untold number of viewers under 17. The glimpses of nudity may have been partly to blame, but more than that, the transformation of Alex Owens from blue-collar welder to legitimate ballet hopeful was the stuff of dreams for teenage girls. Factor in the subplot about a friend trying to make it in ice skating, and this film seems tailor made to be teen wish fulfillment, except for all the time it spends in the nudie bars. Flashdance turned Jennifer Beals into an overnight sensation, her tough cookie with sex appeal image quickly assuming iconic status. Its nearly 95-million-dollar domestic take, steadily buoyed by word-of-mouth during a months-long theatrical engagement, was almost unheard of for an R-rated movie, ranking it the third highest grosser of 1983. The project also became the first hit in the notorious careers of screenwriter Joe Eszterhas and producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer. The kind of film that's so aggressively formulaic that it bowls over any objections, Flashdance has become fodder for numerous parodies and spawned countless imitators. For whatever reason, it struck a chord, and indeed produced quite a feeling.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/13/2013
UPC:
0883929332465
Original Release:
1983
Rating:
R
Source:
Paramount Catalog
Time:
1:34:00
Sales rank:
18,224

Special Features

The history of Flashdance; The look of Flashdance; Flashdance: music and songs; Flashdance: the choreography; Releasing the Flashdance phenomenon; Teaser trailer; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jennifer Beals Alex Owens
Michael Nouri Nick Hurley
Lilia Skala Hanna Long
Sunny Johnson Jeanie Szabo
Kyle Heffner Richie
Belinda Bauer Katie Hurley
Lee Ving Johnny C.
Ron Karabatsos Jake Mawby
Malcom Danare Cecil
Philip Bruns Frank Szabo
Micole Mercurio Rosemary Szabo
Marine Jahan Dancer for Jennifer Beals
Durga McBroom Heels
Lucy Lee Flippin Secretary
Don Brockett Pete
Cynthia Rhodes Tina Tech
Stacey Pickren Margo
Liz Sagal Sunny
Norman Scott Normski
Marc Lemberger Mr. Freeze
Robert Wuhl Mawby's Regular
Steve Price Mawby's Regular
Matt Landers Mawby's Regular
Frank Pesce Mawby's Regular
Larry John Meyers Welder #1
Debra Gordon Dancer at Repertory
Jim McCardle Ice Rink Official
Ernie Tate Ice-Rink Official
Bettina Birnbaum Stripper
Deirdre L. Cowden Stripper #2
Colin Hamilton Maitre D'
Tony de Santis Waiter
Wayne Frost Actor
Silvester Levay Conductor

Technical Credits
Adrian Lyne Director
Jerry Bruckheimer Producer
Joe Eszterhas Screenwriter
Peter Guber Executive Producer
Tom Hedley Original Story,Screenwriter
Jeffery Hornaday Choreography
Tom Jacobson Associate Producer
Michael Kaplan Costumes/Costume Designer
Silvester Levay Musical Arrangement
Marvin March Set Decoration/Design
Dennis Matkosky Songwriter
Giorgio Moroder Score Composer
Walt Mulconery Editor
Lynda Obst Associate Producer
Jon Peters Executive Producer
Phil Ramone Musical Direction/Supervision
Charles Rosen Production Designer
Michael Sembello Score Composer
Albert M. Shapiro Asst. Director
Don Simpson Producer
Bud Smith Editor
Jim Webb Sound/Sound Designer

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