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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…
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…
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.
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.
I watched this so that I could watch Staying Alive, and I'm watching Staying Alive so that I can listen to the new episode of How Did This Get Made (a tremendously funny movie podcast) where they cover it. I'm sure Staying Alive will be just the worst. But hey, this was pretty good.
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.
Very interesting. None of the characters are very likeable and yet it feels all the more honest for it. All of these people are losing and things probably aren't going to be alright. It's like an ungritty sibling to Mean Streets.
Try to stop yourself from dancing along to this electrically charged roller coaster ride of a movie that's a blast from start to finish. Significant for many reasons, chief among them being John Travolta's excellent performance, the film manages to capture the energy and angst of being young and unsure of oneself in a world where everyone is just following a preset path.
John Travolta just wants to dance, and who the hell are we to stop him?
And how about that damb soundtrack partially composed directly for the film. Instant classic.
The sheer exuberance of this film is just intoxicating, which is pretty much the point, i.e. the power and pull escapism, chasing that elusive high. Central dance sequences (esp. "You Should Be Dancing") are as great as advertised, and everything on the dance floor is uniformly excellent; yes, that includes even the final, anti-climactic dance competition performance, which I submit is supposed to feel anti-climactic, given the thematic subtext (and also the fact that we have already seen the performance in a different context, edited in a way that makes it far more euphoric than the second time around). It's telling that the veritable high point comes about midway through the film. Guess one could chide the film for…
I suppose the best thing I can say about Saturday Night Fever is that it transcends it's dated-but-iconic qualities to deliver a solid, if unexceptional film. I didn't buy all of the developments in the characters, but it's strong points include the well-handled tonal shifts, from the vibrant dance clubs to the harsh everyday life for Tony Manero, and a very good lead performance from John Travolta.
However, the film's absolute highlight is, and always will be, the Bee Gees soundtrack. I could listen to "How Deep Is Your Love" and "More Than A Woman" on repeat for hours.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Whoa. Not quite the breezy feel-good disco movie I was expecting, given the prominence of misogyny, rape, suicide, abortion, gang fights, and drug use.... although the few dance scenes are as iconic as expected.
Other than those scenes, an incredibly difficult movie to watch.
Following the competition, Tony's disappointment and refusal of the trophy, knowing that the Puerto Rican couple out-danced him and Stephanie, is a perfect image for/example of what it is like to be driven to be the best- not driven by the desire to have others think of you as the best, but to actually be the best.
4 out of 5 (B+)
Sex, drugs and dancing? Why did I like this movie in the 70's?
Saturday Night Fever is remembered largely for its polyester wardrobe and Bee-Gees filled score. Indeed, there are few soundtracks more catchy, and humanity will probably hold on to the image of Travolta in a white suit, finger pointed toward the ceiling, well into the aftermath of World War 3. This makes it easy to forget that Saturday Night Fever is largely about a young men who are incapable of having healthy relationships with women.
After a few establishing helicopter shots of the Verazanno-Narrows bridge, Saturday Night Fever transitions to an indelible image of raw youthful sexuality: John Travolta's Tony Manero, young and almost comically handsome, strutting down the street, looking at women and storefronts. It's a movie star opening for…
This came out the year before I graduated high school. I can still remember all the girls playing the s%#t out of the album. However, I never actually sat down and watched the whole film because I didn’t “Like” disco. So after reading a bunch of reviews on how good this film is I decided to finally give it a go, start to finish. Well, it really is that good. Far from just a John Travolta dancing vehicle, this is a very compelling story of growing up. All of us can look back, and remember terrible decisions we made when young. I can relate in some way to all of their experiences, good and bad. Of course my dancing was much, much worse. :)
So if you haven’t watched this classic, I highly recommend you do very soon.
Oh, and the music?.... It's Awesome!
My, how I've changed. :)
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