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Saturday Night Fever

Movie directed by John Badham

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  • Aug 3, 2010
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 I first saw this in 1978 & it was the first 'X' film I ever saw, & it's become my favourite down the years & something i'll never tire of watching.
                                                         
Most people forget or just don't realise that John Travolta was nominated for an Academy Award for this & frankly, he's never been better, & the rest of the cast are perfect in their roles. Filmed entirely on location, Brooklyn & Manhattan are co-stars in the movie as well, & the dialogue is great. From the moment you see Tony strutting in the opening sequence through to the friendly conclusion, there's never a boring moment, & the music fits the movie exceptionally, considering some of it, if not most, was'nt written for it. It was the first film (That I knew of..)  that promoted the soundtrack album & vica versa, & it flew out the shops & put disco on the map in London.
                                                            
When it came out in the U.K. no one had any idea that it was to propel & intruduce Disco music to a mainstream audience, & I for one discovered & started a love affair with American Soul, Funk & Jazz, & it lasts to this day because of it. If it was'nt for this film, I doubt I'd know the people I do today.

Other films worth seeing but nowhere near as serious as 'SNF' are 'Car Wash' 'Thank God It's Friday' & more up to date in a retro groove, 'Roll Bounce'. There's 3 bombs I could mention in 'The Stud' 'The Bitch' & one I've still yet to see from Britain called 'The Music Machine'  which are all pretty awful, but do have some decent music in, & are worth seeing just to realise how great 'SNF' is.

The poster asks 'Where Do You Go When The Record Is Over ?..'  - Well, just check out Norma Jean's 1978 killer Chic produced classic 'Saturday' & you'll get your answer. You've all had The Fever on a Saturday Night at some point.

For some of us, we still have it, & don't want to be cured. 

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August 06, 2010
Groovy indeed! Thanks for the bits of history you put in there! :)
 
August 04, 2010
groovy review. all I can say is: that is the walk!

 
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review by . February 13, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
***1/2 out of ****    The world can be a scary, cruel, relentlessly depressing place; but only if we want it to be. That is one thing that John Travolta's character in "Saturday Night Fever" - named Tony Manero - understands to the very core. The story of the film is this: Tony spends most of his hard-earned cash and time dancing his suave butt off at a local Brooklyn club called the 2001 Odyssey. He's been dubbed the king of the club, as he sure knows how to put on a good show …
review by . March 22, 2009
This is the ultimate gang movie taken to a new height, that being a dance club or discoteque as the clubs were called in the 70's and 80's. John Travolta was a young actor with a lot of energy, gives a performance of high caliber as as likable street tough (Tony Manero) who works in a paint store by day and goes with his buddies to the 2001 Oddessy club in Brooklyn at night where he transforms into the ultimate club dancer.     One night he meets Stephanie, an older woman who …
review by . January 27, 2005
posted in Movie Hype
This is the ultimate gang movie taken to a new height, that being a dance club or discoteque as the clubs were called in the 70's and 80's. John Travolta was a young actor with a lot of energy, gives a performance of high caliber as as likable street tough (Tony Manero) who works in a paint store by day and goes with his buddies to the 2001 Oddessy club in Brooklyn at night where he transforms into the ultimate club dancer.    One night he meets Stephanie, an older woman who …
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Saturday Night Feveris one of those movies that comes along and seems to change the cultural temperature in a flash. After the movie's release in 1977, disco ruled the dance floors, and a blow-dried member of a TV-sitcom ensemble became the hottest star in the U.S. For all that, the story is conventional: a 19-year-old Italian American from Brooklyn, Tony Manero (John Travolta), works in a humble paint store and lives with his family. After dark, he becomes the polyester-clad stallion of the local nightclub; Tony's brother, a priest, observes that when Tony hits the dance floor, the crowd parts like the Red Sea before Moses. Director John Badham captures the electric connection between music and dance, and also the desperation that lies beneath Tony's ambitions to break out of his limited world. The soundtrack, which spawned a massively successful album, is dominated by the disco classics of the Bee Gees, including "Staying Alive" (Travolta's theme during the strutting opening) and "Night Fever." The Oscar®-nominated Travolta, plucked from the cast ofWelcome Back, Kotter, for his first starring role, is incandescent and unbelievably confident, and his dancing is terrific. Oh, and the white suit rules.--Robert Horton
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