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Saturday Night Fever (1977)

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.
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Joey
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Double J.
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Annette
Bruce Ornstein ...
Gus
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Flo
Martin Shakar ...
Frank Jr.
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Dan Fusco (as Sam J. Coppola)
Nina Hansen ...
Grandmother
Lisa Peluso ...
Linda
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Doreen
Bert Michaels ...
Pete
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Paint Store Customer (as Robert Costanza)
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Storyline

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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It is now rated PG because we want everyone to see John Travolta's performance... Because we want everyone to hear the #1 group in the country, the Bee Gees... Because we want everyone to catch Saturday Night Fever. See more »

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

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16 December 1977 (USA)  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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$94,213,184 (USA)
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Trivia

Filming was almost interrupted when a local mafia group tried to extort protection from the crew. In fact, the nightclub where the film was shot was hit with a small firebomb. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Tony Manero: She can dance, you know that? She's got the wrong partner of course, but she can dance.
Joey: So then why don't you ask her?
Tony Manero: Fuck you.
Joey: Which position?
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Connections

Spoofed in Grand Theft Auto 3 (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

A Fifth of Beethoven
Courtesy of Private Stock Records, Ltd. and RFT Music Publishing Corp.
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven and Walter Murphy
Performed by Walter Murphy
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I Don't See Anyone Givin You A Raise Down At Unemployment
5 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am 31 so I was 3 when this movie came out. The first time I saw Saturday Night Fever was the "Edited For Television" version probably when I was 6 or 7 years old. At that point, it was about the music, the dance scenes and the clothes.

It wouldn't be until years later that I understood what a great story this is. It's a coming of age movie. It's a modern day tragedy. It's a love story.

The first thing that people think about when they hear Saturday Night Fever is disco and bell bottoms, but the story is timeless. Travolta plays Tony Manero, a loser in a nowhere job who only feels alive when he is on the dance floor at the local disco. There he is adored by his friends, by women and by strangers. There he is king. Everywhere else he is nobody. Even at home.

Tony becomes infatuated with a woman named Stephanie. On the surface Stephanie appears to be much better off than Tony. For the most part Stephanie is a big talker, but Tony is bothered by her observations.

"Let me guess. You work all week long at some dead end job and then you go and blow it at all at 2001 (the disco) on the weekends. You're a cliché. You're no one, going nowhere." As much as Tony is upset by her words he can't argue with them. Soon Tony becomes frustrated with his "station in life" and tells Stephanie he wants out (of Brooklyn).

What makes Saturday Night Fever work so much for me is Tony is very typical of a lot of males who would rather have a good time and party now than build something toward the future. Bars are full of guys like Tony. Guys who are super stars in their local drinking establishments, but have no life outside of the night life.

And of course there's the superb dance scenes that most people remember Saturday Night Fever for. The soundtrack is also one of the best out there.

For whatever reason, Saturday Night Fever also has my favorite closing shot of all time. It's really nothing special, but I get choked up every time I see it.

Saturday Night Fever is also a snapshot of a period in recent American history. The movie took place in 1977. The country was a mess after the Vitenam war ended and before Reagan stormed Washington and once again instilled a sense of pride in Americans. There was no longer a war to protest, but the average American didn't have much faith in our country. I think Saturday Night Fever does an excellent job of capturing what was probably a common attitude among young adults during the late 70's. Live for the moment because the future is pretty bleak.


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