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Saturday Night Fever (1977)

R  |   |  Drama, Music, Romance  |  16 December 1977 (USA)
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A Brooklyn teenager feels his only chance to succeed is as the king of the disco floor. His carefree youth and weekend dancing help him to forget the reality of his bleak life.



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Bobby C.
Joseph Cali ...
Double J.
Bruce Ornstein ...
Julie Bovasso ...
Martin Shakar ...
Frank Jr.
Dan Fusco (as Sam J. Coppola)
Nina Hansen ...
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Paint Store Customer (as Robert Costanza)


Nineteen-year-old Brooklyn native Tony Manero lives for Saturday nights at the local disco, where he's king of the club, thanks to his stylish moves on the dance floor. But outside of the club, things don't look so rosy. At home, Tony fights constantly with his father and has to compete with his family's starry-eyed view of his older brother, a priest. Nor can he find satisfaction at his dead-end job at a small paint store. However, things begin to change when he spies Stephanie Mangano in the disco and starts training with her for the club's dance competition. Stephanie dreams of the world beyond Brooklyn, and her plans to move to Manhattan just over the bridge soon change Tony's life forever. Written by alfiehitchie

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Drama | Music | Romance

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Rated R for strong language, sexuality/nudity and some drug content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 December 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Saturday Night  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)


$94,213,184 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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After being shortened from "Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night" (the title of the New York Magazine article that inspired it), the working title of the film was "Saturday Night". When The Bee Gees added a song to the soundtrack called "Night Fever", the word "Fever" was added to the film title. This is the second time a John Travolta project had the title altered due to a song (see trivia for Welcome Back, Kotter (1975)). See more »


On the first disco night, there is a shot of a bar, which we see a dancing women, bartender, three men sitting at the bar, and another man at the bar wearing a tan suit, he is reflected in the mirror behind the dancing lady. These same people are shown in the same place on the second disco night, both nights when we see them the song "If I Can't Have You" is being played. See more »


Tony Manero: [walks into clothing store after seeing silk shirt in window] You do lay-away?
Haberdashery Salesman: As long as it doesn't turn into a ten-year mortgage.
Tony Manero: [hands salesman some cash and prepares to leave] I want that shirt in the window.
Haberdashery Salesman: Wait, let me get you a receipt.
Tony Manero: [still walking out] I trust you.
Haberdashery Salesman: No... DON'T trust me!
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Referenced in Day of the Tentacle (1993) See more »


Open Sesame
Courtesy of Delite Records and Delightful Music Inc.
Written by Ronald Bell and Kool & The Gang
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Living Vicariously Through the Weekends.
23 June 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An uneducated Brooklyn teen (John Travolta, in an Oscar-nominated role) lives in a dream world over the weekends as the king of a disco dance floor. Disillusioned, quietly upset with where his life is, Travolta finds solace by dancing in public to Bee Gee's music and finds love with his newest dance partner (Karen Lynn Gorney). The duo practice for an upcoming contest that could mean total success at last for Travolta and the opportunity to get discovered doing what he really loves. Travolta and his friends seem destined to go down a path of destruction though as a soap opera develops for all the key people found within. "Saturday Night Fever" is a total over-achiever as it could have fallen to exploitation tactics of the 1970s, but becomes one of those iconic films that still stands the test of time. Travolta is a revelation in arguably his greatest role. The other players are adequate and the screenplay is deceptively smarter than it appears on the surface. The movie also works as a time capsule to a part of contemporary American history where discos and bell-bottoms were all the rage. Still one of the finer films of the time period. 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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