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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bobby C.
Double J.
Bruce Ornstein ...
Martin Shakar ...
Frank Jr.
Dan Fusco (as Sam J. Coppola)
Nina Hansen ...
Lisa Peluso ...
Bert Michaels ...
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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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  »

Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)


$94,213,184 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Ray Liotta and David Caruso auditioned for the role of Joey. See more »


When Tony asks his boss for an advance on his pay as they are closing the paint store, it is dark outside. In the next shot, when he is running down the street to his house after work, it's still early afternoon. See more »


Stephanie: You know all about the bridge, don't you?
Tony Manero: I know everything about that bridge.
Tony Manero: Know what else? There's a guy buried in the cement
Stephanie: Really?
Tony Manero: Know how it happened? While they were working on it, pouring the cement, he slipped off on the upper part of the bridge and, you know, fell in... Dumb fuck.
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Boogie Shoes
Courtesy of TK Records and Sherlyn Publishing Company, Inc.
Written by Harry Wayne Casey and Richard Finch
Performed by KC & The Sunshine Band (as K.C. and the Sunshine Band®)
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You Should Be Dancing!
6 June 2002 | by (fairview, nj) – See all my reviews

Saturday NIGHT FEVER (1977) **** John Travolta, Karen Lynn Gorney, Joseph Cali, Barry Miller, Julie Bovasso, Val Bosoglio, Donna Pescow. Quintessential film about the Seventies' disco craze that made Travolta an American icon (Best Actor nominee) and superstar as Brooklynite Tony Manero, a free-wheelin' Italian kid who loves to dance but doesn't know what he wants from life despite his talent and some eye-opening advice from dance partner Gorney. Directed on location with gritty realism by John Badham this blockbuster features songs by the ultimate trio The Bee Gees.(My favorite: "How Deep Is Your Love?"). Look for Fran Drescher and Denny Dillon in the dance sequences. For the film vault: a snake-hipped, lupine Travolta cutting loose to "You Should Be Dancing."

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