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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…
I liked the bit with the dancing.
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.
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…
Awesome. Bee Gees!!!
Saturday Night Fever is one of those films that I wish I had been alive upon release. I can't imagine what it would have been like to see that in a cinema for the first time. It's a classic, rich in themes and morals, that all build up and contribute to a fine piece of cinema.
Possibly one of Travolta's best performances. Still makes me sad to see how badly his career has disappeared, especially after watching the likes of that.
The dance scenes are unbelievable, and so iconic. The choreography and cinematography are sublime. Top that with arguably the greatest movie soundtrack of all time, and a cult masterpiece is left over.
All fans of film should have at least seen Saturday Night Fever.
I'm as surprised as anyone about how much I enjoyed this film. Excellent performances, compelling characters, and tight thematics. It's a great film. Half star off for the ending being a little pat (I mean, I read it as a "happy ending" but I'm a bit mystified as to how it's happy), but four and a half on for not being nearly as cheesy a film as I was expecting leading up to that scene.
The music and dance sequences are totally brilliant. This film catches life in the slums of Brooklyn perfectly and John Travolta triumphs in his debut role.
Finally got around to seeing this on a lazy Sunday afternoon. The music and dancing don't do much for me, but the film develops its setting and the characters within quite well. Travolta does give a memorable performance, but something felt off with me. The film does just enough to warrant a viewing, but it likely won't stay in the memory for more than a couple of days.
Ideal lazy Sunday afternoon viewing.
I liked the bit with the dancing.
After you've seen Flashdance or Footloose, this looks like a masterpiece. Unlike those, it feels like the non-music parts of the film were intended to be a real movie.
Plus that soundtrack just fucking kills it.
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