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.

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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:
08/05/2008
UPC:
0097361379647
Original Release:
1984
Rating:
PG
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:47:00

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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

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Footloose
1. Opening Credits
2. Welcome To Bomont
3. No Dancing Allowed
4. The Dare
5. Set Up
6. Over the Line
7. Dance Lessons
8. The Town Council
9. Change of Heart
10. Getting Ready
11. Senior Prom
12. Footloose
13. End Credits

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Footloose 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
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This movie is so exciting! It's a lot of fun to watch and you just wanna get up and dance with them!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excelent Movie doing it in a school play so excited
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie more than any other movie ever!!! it is sooo good and i loved it soooo much that i could watch it over and over again. i also have the soundtrack and it is really good!!! its the best!!!!p.s. Kevin Bacon is sooo hot!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What is there to say about Footloose except for...IT ROCKS! I just love this movie, me and my friends played the song 'Footloose' and we danced along to it trying to do as good of dance scenes as the actors in Footloose did, like it was possible! We completely failed. Anyways, I LOVE THIS MOVIE and DEFINITELY RECOMMEND IT!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I received this movie since I was adjusting to watching the movie Grease. This movie is more Hollywood along with Grease.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kevin Bacon stars as Ren a kid who lived in Chicago but moved to a town where no dancing was allowed He meets Willard Chris Peen and he meets Ariel the Reverns daughter He starts to like Ariel and the revern lets the kids have a school dance good part i like is when Ren teaches Willard how to dance This is a great movie espically if you are a Kevin Bacon fan
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Footloose is one of the greatest movies of this century! And has one of the greatest actors...Kevin Bacon
Guest More than 1 year ago
i thought it was the best movie other than Grease the music is good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
well i like the movie but i think it should have more of an adventure prespective. I think that people would like the movie if it had more of an adventure throughout the movie. I would of rather saw more action when the were trying to get the dance at the end...more conflics though there adventure
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved Footloose - it's an upbeat, spunky movie with some amazing dancing. Kevin Bacon is so hot - only now, he's 44 with two kids! Kind of depressing to know when watching Footloose :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's a relief to watch a movie with so much passion about dancing. If you are the type of person who loves to dance, then you would appreciate all the passion and energy of the movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very good film from both the story and acting points of view,there are also fantastic songs that add the right ''feel'' to the film.Kevin Bacon has one of his better films and the ''pre-3rd Rock'' John Lithgow is amazing as the stuffy high preacher of the town that needed to ''grow up alittle and get with reality''.The point to this film is well made and is very well played out,but seems very tame to the ''stuff'' that is listened to today.There are also people who think they are doing the RIGHT things,but have the WRONG reasons for doing them and this film points that out.With the Kenny Loggins title track and the rest of the soundtrack as nice additions,this is a really good movie and is worth every minute.A great film for any music fan and any film fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie. It is an excellent choice for a slumber party, or any other time. The music is great! Plus Kevin Bacon is really hot!