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Saturday Night Fever
Nineteen-year-old Tony Manero lives for Saturday nights at the local disco, where he's king of the dance floor. But outside of the club, things don't look so rosy. At home, he fights constantly with his father and has to compete with his family's starry-eyed view of his older brother, a priest. Then, he meets Stephanie at the disco and they agree to dance together in a competition. Stephanie resists Tony's attempts to romance her, as she aspires to greater things; she is moving across the river to Manhattan. Gradually, Tony also becomes disillusioned with the life he is leading and he and Stephanie decide to help one another to start afresh
Capturing both an iconic cultural moment and youth's swagger and repugnance, John Badham's "Saturday Night Fever" is a sweat-beaded, polyester-clad drama about the search for identity. While today the film may be most recognizable for its in-the-moment depiction of New York's disco scene, the film can go toe-to-toe with most memorable film dealing with youth culture. The film has its flaws, but it is an infectious and energetically crafted confection.
Taking place in a moment when disco beats ruled the airwaves, the drama follows John Travolta's Tony Manero, a 19-year-old Brooklynite with few designs on a future other than one that includes dancing the night away. The film is less plot-driven than it is a pop-accessible character study of a…
There are movies that manage to capture the times they are portraying perfectly. Saturday Night Fever is so seventies you can almost smell the Hai Karate and Brut oozing from the pores of John Travolta's Tony Manero, the undisputed king of disco dancing in his native Brooklyn. That however is where the fairy-tales of the local kid from the neighborhood branching out as a star end. This isn't Glee, there are no happy endings here among the flick-knives and the tortured Catholic upbringing of our Italian/American brothers. Travolta and his brooding good looks and snake-like hips do catch the eye on the dance-floor, but this is about so much more than just that. Yes there are some incredible dance sequences…
Never realized before how essentially plotless this is—ostensibly, it's building to the big dance contest, but nobody really seems to care all that much who wins (as reflected in the outcome), and the Tony-Stephanie duet was always destined to be anticlimactic after "You Should Be Dancing." I wrote a Scenic Routes column on the latter scene a while back, and those thoughts ably reflect my feelings about the movie as a whole, in terms of both its electrifying formal aspects (Badham's navigation of the 2001 Odyssey is virtuosic; what happened to that guy?) and the way it integrates darker material with the escapism. Also surprisingly deft with subtext—you'd have to be fairly dense not to grasp the metaphorical significance when Tony rattles off multiple statistics about the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, but it still works beautifully as a character moment, doesn't clonk you on the head with Meaning. Nicely done.
it's a little troublesome that there doesn't seem to be any honor here in a working-class life, presented as an almost entirely hopeless dead end, something to be escaped at all costs. but if the men in this community feel like they've got limited options, the movie goes out of its way to alert you to the trap women (and minorities) are facing. the guys shirk responsibility with alarming regularity: leaving the priesthood, quitting a job or being unemployed, you can get out of that stuff as long as you don't get "tied down" by an unplanned pregnancy. but for the women "either you're a nice girl, or you're a cunt". pretty quietly crushing, especially a late, momentary contrast between disco nightclub lights and those on a squad car.
John Travolta lives in Clearwater like me so if I ever see him around I'm gonna ask him what the fuck this shit was
Review In A Nutshell:
Saturday Night Fever follows the story of a young man from Brooklyn, Tony Manero, who has a passion for dancing and frequently hangs out with his friends. He then signs himself up in a dancing competition hosted in his favorite club, 2001 Odyssey, with a talented woman who loves dancing as much as he does.
A few years ago, when I was around 15-16 years old, I was into the trends that were found during the time, and one of those included dancing. Most of my life during that time was preoccupied by these trends as I truly wanted to be perfect at it, and show my "skills" off with any chance I get. Though I…
A great coming of age drama with an awesome soundtrack. You can understand why this film caught fire, as it's a totally universal film with themes that never go out of date. A definite must see for everyone.
This movie is an explosion of 1970's disco culture. The music (by The Bee Gees) only elevates the film to masterpiece status. Although it does suffer from an ill-written script, the film is visually & thematically pleasing. I highly recommend this film.
A true classic. John Travolta makes a racist thug into a likeable character, and was sadly overlooked at the academy awards in 1978. The academy also snubbed several other 'low budget' films during this era, although these films did pave the way for lesser movies that came out in their wake. The soundtrack is absolutely incredible and you can understand why it managed to become the biggest selling in history with 46 million copies - a record that still stands today. Should be seen by all age groups, like American Graffiti. It's impact will last forever, through every fad and fashion it passes, as it's a timeless story that everyone should watch and appreciate.
A few weeks ago (while listening to a movie podcast) I'd heard John Travolta's turn in this and in Grease mentioned as perfectly encapsulating a very specific cinematic thing, so I decided to give it a try. Also, I was pretty sick and in bed. And if that last part hadn't been true when I started, it would have been when I finished. Gosh.
Did. Not. LIKE.
Now, the music and the setting were exceedingly unlikely to be my cup of tea, sick or no. So the deck was stacked against it, to a great extent. But it felt like little more than an angsty, cynical, "dead-ends all 'round" story of young twenty-somethings showing that they had no focus or…
The best movie ever made about growing up.
Great movie, one of the bets coming of age films of all time. It's still as relevant now as it ever was
I could tell early on that I wasn't going to like this movie, but I was getting all ready to write a joke review about John Travolta's chest hair or something stupid but then there was the racially charge violence and the gang rape of a drunk woman who the movie then proceeded to victim-blame and I can't, guys, I really just can't.
How has society not realized this thing is garbage and turned against it yet???
I will never give a film this morally repugnant anything higher.
Right out the gate, my mood shifted from negated to enthusiastically dancing around my living room while J. Travolta struts down the street in his elevator shoes. This movie features our favorite dancer embodying the culmination between grit and gaudy. It is a fun movie, not a perfect one. I can see how it has gone down in the books as a bit of a classic.
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