Saturday Night Fever

Saturday Night Fever

4.8 7
Director: John Badham

Cast: John Badham, John Travolta, Karen Gorney, Barry Miller

     
 

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John Travolta graduated from minor celebrity to superstar with Saturday Night Fever. Travolta plays Tony Manero, a Brooklyn paint-store clerk who'd give anything to break out of his dead-end existence. In life, Tony is a peasant; on the disco dance floor, he's a king. As the soundtrack plays one Bee Gees hit after another (including "Stayin' Alive"), we watchSee more details below

Overview

John Travolta graduated from minor celebrity to superstar with Saturday Night Fever. Travolta plays Tony Manero, a Brooklyn paint-store clerk who'd give anything to break out of his dead-end existence. In life, Tony is a peasant; on the disco dance floor, he's a king. As the soundtrack plays one Bee Gees hit after another (including "Stayin' Alive"), we watch white-suited Tony strut his stuff amidst flashing lights and sweaty, undulating bodies. Tony's class aspirations are mirrored in his relationship with his dance partner, Stephanie (Karen Lynn Gorney), a secretary eager to move into the glamorous world of Manhattan. Saturday Night Fever's huge success grew meteorically thanks to the towering popularity of its soundtrack; during the first half of 1978, when the movie's disco songs saturated the singles charts up to four at a time, it was no longer clear whether the hit movie was feeding the hit songs or the hit songs were feeding the hit movie. This crossover between music and movies set the pace for many movies to come, as it also marked the rise and fall of 1970s disco culture. Two versions of this film exist: the original R-rated version and a PG version, edited down to more "family-friendly" fare and fed to the public with the tagline, "Because we want everyone to see John Travolta's performance."

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Kryssa Schemmerling
The film that launched a young John Travolta into mega-stardom has become such an emblem of the 1970s disco era that it's sometimes easy to forget why the movie became a hit in the first place. In fact, if you can get beyond the polyester suits and high-pitched keening of the Bee Gees, Saturday Night Fever holds up remarkably well as a gritty urban tale of lower-class striving. This is due in large part to Travolta's great, affecting performance as Tony Manero, a young Italian American from the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn who feels stifled by both his blue-collar roots and his dead-end job. He seeks his release by dancing at the neighborhood disco, and the local fame he achieves fuels his dreams of getting out of Brooklyn and making something of himself. This is still director John Badham's finest work, as he captures the camaraderie between Tony and his thuggish friends and the texture of their Brooklyn hangouts with an authenticity reminiscent of such '70s classics as Mean Streets. And even if you think disco sucks, there is no denying the excitement and energy the famous soundtrack lends to the film, particularly the pulsating dance scenes. Fever isn't a real musical, yet not since the heyday of such "backstage" song-and-dance extravaganzas as 42nd Street has a movie conveyed so powerfully the romance and promise of Manhattan. For Tony, the City shimmers like a distant and magical Oz. In that sense, Saturday Night Fever is true in spirit to the best American musicals.
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
From the moment John Travolta strutted down a Brooklyn street to "Stayin' Alive" at the beginning of Saturday Night Fever (1977), music movies and pop culture were irrevocably changed. Unlike subsequent music blockbusters like Grease (1978) and Footloose (1984), Fever's depiction of one youth's escape at the local disco and tentative dreams for a better life in Manhattan astutely balanced galvanizing dance numbers with a gritty sense of contemporary economic malaise. Dance numbers, the Bee Gees soundtrack, and Travolta's white-suited presence, however, were the marketing hooks. With the release of Bee Gees singles timed to sell the movie and the movie becoming an ad for the soundtrack, Fever set the standard for marketing synergy several years before MTV, as the soundtrack became one of the best-selling albums of all-time and the film grossed over 100 million dollars. The once-underground disco movement turned into a late-'70s mainstream pop phenomenon; and TV idol Travolta, bolstered by an Oscar nomination for Best Actor, became a movie superstar and cultural emblem of the 1970s. While Travolta's career, like disco, suffered in the 1980s, his status was restored in the 1990s -- aided, no doubt, by '90s nostalgia for the '70s.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/27/2011
UPC:
0032429100382
Original Release:
1977
Rating:
R
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:58:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Travolta Tony Manero
Karen Gorney Stephanie
Barry Miller Bobby C.
Joseph Cali Joey
Paul Pape Double J.
Bruce Ornstein Gus
Donna Pescow Annette
Val Bisoglio Frank, Sr.
Julie Bovasso Flo
Nina Hansen Grandmother
Lisa Peluso Linda
Sam Coppola Fusco
Denny Dillon Doreen
Bert Michaels Pete
Donald Gantry Jay Langhart
William Andrews Detective
Stanley de Santis Actor
Monte Rock Deejay
Martin Shakar Frank, Jr.
Robert Costanzo Paint Store Customer
Robert Weil Becker
Shelly Batt Girl in Disco
Fran Drescher Connie
Murray Moston Haberdashery Salesman
Ann Travolta Pizza Girl
Helen Travolta Woman in Paint Store
Ellen March Bartender

Technical Credits
John Badham Director
Charles Bailey Production Designer
Ralf Bode Cinematographer
Patrizia Von Brandenstein Costumes/Costume Designer
James Gambina Consultant/advisor
Bee Gees Score Composer
Robin Gibb Score Composer
Barry Gibb Score Composer
Maurice Gibb Score Composer
Robert W. Glass Sound/Sound Designer
John Godfrey Set Decoration/Design
Max Herriquez Makeup
Les Lazarowitz Sound/Sound Designer
Kevin McCormick Executive Producer
Jennifer Nichols Costumes/Costume Designer
David Rawlins Editor
John Reitz Sound/Sound Designer
Barry Robin Score Composer
David Shire Score Composer
Jo-Jo Smith Consultant/advisor
Robert Stigwood Producer
Norman Wexler Screenwriter
John K. Wilkinson Sound/Sound Designer
Lester Wilson Choreography

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Saturday Night Fever
1. Tony's Walk [:13]
2. Watch The Hair [3:26]
3. The Faces [2:57]
4. 2001 Odyssey [3:56]
5. Another Married Sister [1:45]
6. Al Pacino [:39]
7. Rehearsal Studio [7:22]
8. Black Sheep [:25]
9. Stephanie [2:29]
10. Change Partners [5:59]
11. Don't Call Me Father [1:00]
12. King Of The Floor [4:05]
13. Can You Dig It? [4:18]
14. Moving Out [:32]
15. Across The River [7:25]
16. Barracuda Club [5:14]
17. Dance Contest [2:50]
18. The Back Seat [3:35]
19. The Bridge [:12]
20. All Night Train [3:13]
21. Like Friends [6:50]

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