Saturday Night Fever

Saturday Night Fever

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

Saturday Night Fever

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."

Product Details

Release Date: 05/05/2009
UPC: 0097361233246
Original Release: 1977
Rating: R
Source: Paramount
Time: 1:58:00

Special Features

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 Ridge; Dance Like Travolta with John Cassese; Fever Challenge!; '70s Discopedia; Deleted Scenes

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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Saturday Night Fever 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is a great movie John Travolta is cute real cute in this movie a good 70's film a great classcic
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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