Saturday Night Fever

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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 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 ...
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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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Special Features

Closed-Caption; Commentary By Director John Badham; Catching The Fever:; - A 30-Year Legacy; - Making Soundtrack History; - Platforms & Polyester; - Deejays & Discos; - Spotlight On Travolta; Back To Bay Bridge; Dance Like Travolta With John Cassese; Fever Challenge!; '70s Discopedia
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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: 1/1/2013
  • UPC: 883929303113
  • Original Release: 1977
  • Source: Paramount Catalog
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Color / Wide Screen / Mono
  • Sound: monaural, Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Français, Español
  • Time: 1:58:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 2,750

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
Monte Rock III 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
The Bee Gees Score Composer
Robin Gibb Score Composer
Barry Gibb Score Composer
Maurice Gibb Score Composer
Robert W. Glass Jr. Sound/Sound Designer
John Godfrey Set Decoration/Design
Max Herriquez Makeup
Les Lazarowitz Sound/Sound Designer
Kevin McCormick Executive Producer, 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. Chapter 1 [:13]
2. Chapter 2 [3:26]
3. Chapter 3 [2:57]
4. Chapter 4 [3:56]
5. Chapter 5 [1:45]
6. Chapter 6 [:39]
7. Chapter 7 [7:22]
8. Chapter 8 [:25]
9. Chapter 9 [2:29]
10. Chapter 10 [5:59]
11. Chapter 11 [1:00]
12. Chapter 12 [4:05]
13. Chapter 13 [4:18]
14. Chapter 14 [:32]
15. Chapter 15 [7:25]
16. Chapter 16 [5:14]
17. Chapter 17 [2:50]
18. Chapter 18 [3:35]
19. Chapter 19 [:12]
20. Chapter 20 [3:13]
21. Chapter 21 [6:50]
22. Chapter 22 [:36]
23. Chapter 23 [2:13]
24. Chapter 24 [1:14]
25. Chapter 25 [6:00]
26. Chapter 26 [2:37]
27. Chapter 27 [6:18]
28. Chapter 28 [2:58]
29. Chapter 29 [1:38]
30. Chapter 30 [:36]
31. Chapter 31 [7:02]
32. Chapter 32 [3:52]
33. Chapter 33 [1:53]
34. Chapter 34 [4:41]
35. Chapter 35 [1:48]
36. Chapter 36 [:18]
37. Chapter 37 [3:48]
38. Chapter 38 [2:24]
39. Chapter 39 [:15]
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great movie

    this is a great movie John Travolta is cute real cute in this movie a good 70's film a great classcic

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An era captured!

    This picture remains great because it captures not only the disco era, but thelives of Italian-heritage young peopleliving in Brooklyn, New York. John Travoltaexcells as lead character Tony we don'tbelieve he ever surpassed his performance inthis movie. Of course the music and dancingare often cited, but it's really a combination of everything. This particularproduct is the 30th anniversary edition.The DVD slipcase is transparent with Travolta's image printed on the transparencygiving the entire packaging a 3D look. Thephoto here on the Internet does not do itjustice. The extras include 2007 commentaryfrom those who were supporting charactersor were involved in the production process.Noticeably absent is John Travolta himselfwho is nowhere to be seen in making commentsor remarks about the film or the creation ofit. In any event, it is worth owning.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A great movie!

    John Travolta can dance..., this is the best disco movie ever made. Very talented and full of fun, Saturday Night Fever is one of my all time favorites! - Miles

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    DANCE/DISCO FEVER

    Talk about playing way over your head...this film is the pinnicle of that principal. The storyline is nothing: a bunch of late teens Brooklyn slugs who can't find their way past Flatbush Avenue who find solice on the dance floor. It's the brilliant personna of Travolta that catapults this one stage saga into something special even now, 25 years after it's debut. SNF can even take credit for influencing a segment of a generation. It would have been better to claim credit for the death of white polyester suits.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2000

    GREAT MUSIC MOVIE WITH A CLASSIC STAR

    This film makes great use of John Travolta in more ways than one.First the acting job is one that would lead him to the many future roles to come.Second it had a side of John that was away from the silly (but lovable)sweathog from ''Welcome Back Kotter''.Finally,it gave him the first of many chances to show off those dance moves -- and do them as only he can.A very well done performance.This even got him an oscar nomination for Best Actor.The other ''highlight'' of this movie has got to be the music,and the Bee Gees make a mark that was truly a high point in their history.Songs like ''Night Fever'' and ''Staying Alive'' helped to give the 3 Gibb brothers a place in music history.Overall a film that is really worth the time and effort

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