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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
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…
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…
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.
Before he creeped out The Oscars and worshipped intergalactic overlords, John Travolta owned the dancefloor in this eargasmic disco drama. 10/10 to the amazing soundtrack and 7/10 to the engaging story between each spellbinding boogie session. After a long and energy-draining 11-hour shift, it sure made my saturday night!
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…
Future viewings will determine if the slight reservations I have with this are actually just reservations with the disco aesthetic itself. Either way, this is a pretty masterful, harrowing character study that somehow sneaked its way into the pop culture fabric in a way that few harrowing character studies do (this is like the disco Taxi Driver!). Good movie, wish I'd first watched it years ago.
It's easy to think that you don't really need to see the film, because you already faked the pose yourself so many times when some DJ put the Bee Gees on. That is however a mistake, because this is a movie with not just great dancing, but generally full of life and joy. Sure, the story might not be overly original, the acting sometimes a bit too enthusiastic, but the combination of music, hormones and religion will not be denied
There is not a film like Saturday Night Fever. Nope. None. No film I personally can think of that's remotely similar to it. Saturday Night Fever doesn't even have a genre.
Is it a drama?
What the fuck are you, Saturday Night Fever??? What is your genre? Needles to say I love this film. One of my favorite films of all time, easily. I like the fact that it's shot like how Mean Streets was shot. Beautiful. And that Bridge scene is brutal.
Soundtrack is probably the best soundtrack ever. Definitely top 5, at least.
Ya wanna know when's the best day to watch this movie?
Any day but Saturday. You should be at the club dancing on Saturday, you Heathen.
It made me wish I was the fourth Gibbs brother.
Always jarring to be reminded what a gritty, downbeat little movie this actually is, as well as how it anticipates the racism of the "Disco Sucks" movement (movement? for lack of a better term) right at the height of disco's popularity.
"You assholes almost broke my pussy fingers."
Last time I watched this I was a kid and saw it with my mom and my older sister. It was an awkward watch then and I'm still not quite sure why I was there to watch this with them. Maybe my mom thought it was a bit tamer like Grease, who knows...
I wanted to revisit this for a long time though because I remember surprisingly liking this one after disliking Grease as a kid. I remembered the cool disco music and that I was genuinely impressed with Travolta's dance moves.
You could say this was the first time I actually noticed the plot because I had no idea what this film…
An honest, silly yet extremely thought-compelling lil flick that kind of makes you thankful to have survived being 19.
It's so 70s!
I am not sure what offends me more: this film or those that hold it in high regard. This movie is nothing more than horrible people doing horrible things and I find nothing charming or fun about it. Saturday Night Fever gives you a generous helping of racism, rape, arrogance, callousness, and desperation wrapped up in the sheen of a great soundtrack and cool dance moves...and that only describes the "protagonist". This movie is disgusting.
(Original review outdated, re-evaluation required at later date)
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