Footloose

Footloose

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Director: Herbert Ross

Cast: Herbert Ross, Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, John Lithgow

     
 

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In this lively adolescent-oriented musical, a city kid attempts to adapt to life in an ultra-conservative backwater Midwestern town. Once there, he ends up leading the repressed teenagers into a rebellion against the town fathers, who have outlawed rock & roll and dancing.See more details below

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In this lively adolescent-oriented musical, a city kid attempts to adapt to life in an ultra-conservative backwater Midwestern town. Once there, he ends up leading the repressed teenagers into a rebellion against the town fathers, who have outlawed rock & roll and dancing.

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In addition to boasting one of the most popular movie soundtracks of all time, Footloose made a star of Kevin Bacon, the rebel with a cause at the center of this infectious celebration of dance that became a cultural phenomenon. Footloose is also one of the earliest movies to be clearly inspired by MTV, with its episodic narrative structure and songs staged as miniature emotional operas. When Bacon's bad boy pours out his angst through dance and aggressive gymnastics in a closed factory, swigging from a beer while blowing out plumes of smoke, all to the tune of "Holding out for a Hero" by Bonnie Tyler, his mythic posturing is made in music video heaven. But there's a lot more than teenage disobedience in Footloose. It's also a sensitive portrait of Midwestern values, which don't clash nearly so much as Bacon's dance proponents or John Lithgow's worried churchgoers think they do. Lithgow's performance is especially complicated and heartfelt; the reluctant villain because he stands between the teens and their desire to cut loose, he really only wants to save them from themselves, having personally experienced tragedy caused by recklessness. Dianne Wiest balances her husband's conscience with her daughter's desire to embrace youth, making for another stand-out performance. Genuinely rousing, if perhaps willfully naïve and formulaic, Footloose is most winning during its dance sequences, the specialty of director/choreographer Herbert Ross. The movie held such lingering appeal in the popular consciousness that it inspired a successful Broadway musical -- almost 15 years after its theatrical release.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/25/1996
UPC:
0097360158939
Original Release:
1984
Rating:
PG
Source:
Paramount

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kevin Bacon Ren McCormack
Lori Singer Ariel Moore
John Lithgow Rev. Shaw Moore
Dianne Wiest Vi Moore
Chris Penn Willard
Sarah Jessica Parker Rusty
John Laughlin Woody
Jim Youngs Chuck
Lee McCain Ethel McCormack
Elizabeth Gorcey Wendy Jo
Douglas Dirkson Burlington
Robert Allen Actor
Jane Feinberg Actor
Mike Fenton Actor
Donna Garrett Actor
Norman Howell Actor
Clair E. Leucart Actor
Daniel K. Moore Actor
Lane Parrish Actor
John-Clay Scott Actor
Monica Silva Actor
Margery Simkin Actor
Peter Tramm Stunt Dancer
Russ McGinn Herb
David Valenza Team Member
Lynne Marta Lulu
Arthur Rosenberg Wes
Timothy Scott Andy Beamis
Alan Haufrect Roger Dunbar
Linda MacEwen Eleanor Dunbar
Michael Telmont Travis
Leo Geter Rich
H.E.D. Redford Widdoes
Jay Bernard Harvey
Meghan Broadhead Sarah
Mimi Broadhead Amy
Gene Pack Bernie
Marcia Yvette Reider Virginia
John Perryman Fat Cowboy
Oscar Rowland Mr. Walsh
John Bishop Elvis
Brian Wimmer Uncredited

Technical Credits
Herbert Ross Director
Wayne Beauchamp Special Effects
Miles Goodman Score Composer
Gloria Gresham Costumes/Costume Designer
Paul Hirsch Editor
Ron Hobbs Production Designer
Max Kleven Stunts
Marci Liroff Casting
Kenny Loggins Score Composer
Daniel Melnick Executive Producer
Al Overton Sound/Sound Designer
Dean Pitchford Score Composer,Screenwriter
Lewis Rachmil Producer
Tom Snow Score Composer
L. Andrew Stone Asst. Director
Mary Olivia Swanson Set Decoration/Design
Lynne Taylor-Corbett Choreography
Ric Waite Cinematographer
Craig Zadan Producer

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