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Director:
Writers:
Nik Cohn (story)
Norman Wexler (screenplay)
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Release Date:
16 December 1977 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Where do you go when the record is over... See more »
Plot:
A Brooklyn youth feels his only chance to get somewhere is as the king of the disco floor. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 7 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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I Don't See Anyone Givin You A Raise Down At Unemployment See more (196 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Travolta ... Tony Manero

Karen Lynn Gorney ... Stephanie
Barry Miller ... Bobby C.
Joseph Cali ... Joey

Paul Pape ... Double J.

Donna Pescow ... Annette
Bruce Ornstein ... Gus
Julie Bovasso ... Flo
Martin Shakar ... Frank Jr.

Sam Coppola ... Dan Fusco (as Sam J. Coppola)
Nina Hansen ... Grandmother
Lisa Peluso ... Linda

Denny Dillon ... Doreen
Bert Michaels ... Pete

Robert Costanzo ... Paint Store Customer (as Robert Costanza)
Robert Weil ... Becker
Shelly Batt ... Girl in Disco

Fran Drescher ... Connie
Donald Gantry ... Jay Langhart
Murray Moston ... Haberdashery Salesman

William Andrews ... Detective

Ann Travolta ... Pizza Girl
Helen Travolta ... Lady in Paint Store
Ellen March ... Bartender
Monti Rock III ... The Deejay

Val Bisoglio ... Frank Sr.
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roy Cheverie ... The Wrong Partner (uncredited)
Adrienne King ... Dancer (uncredited)
Chere Mauldin ... Dancer (uncredited)
M.J. Quinn ... Dancer (uncredited)

Alberto Vazquez ... Gang Member (uncredited)
Frank Verroca ... Dancer (uncredited)
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Directed by
John Badham 
 
Writing credits
Nik Cohn (story)

Norman Wexler (screenplay)

Produced by
Milt Felsen .... associate producer
Kevin McCormick .... executive producer
Robert Stigwood .... producer
 
Original Music by
Barry Gibb 
Maurice Gibb 
Robin Gibb 
 
Cinematography by
Ralf D. Bode (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
David Rawlins 
 
Casting by
Shirley Rich 
 
Production Design by
Charles Bailey 
 
Set Decoration by
George DeTitta Sr.  (as George Detitta)
 
Costume Design by
Patrizia von Brandenstein  (as Patrizia Von Brandenstein)
 
Makeup Department
Max Henriquez .... makeup artist (as Henriquez)
Joe Tubens .... hair designer
 
Production Management
John Nicolella .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joseph Ray .... second assistant director
Allan Wertheim .... assistant director
 
Art Department
James Mazzola .... property master
William Canfield .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Michael Colgan .... sound editor
Robert W. Glass Jr. .... sound re-recording mixer
Les Lazarowitz .... sound mixer
John T. Reitz .... sound re-recording mixer
John Wilkinson .... sound re-recording mixer (as John K. Wilkinson)
 
Stunts
Paul Nuckles .... stunt coordinator
Lightning Bear .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Holly Bower .... still photographer
James Finnerty .... key grip
Tom Priestley Jr. .... camera operator
William Ward .... gaffer (as Bill Ward)
Gary Muller .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Robert Paone .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jennifer Nichols .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Angelo Corrao .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Jean-Marc Vasseur .... assistant film editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
John Caper Jr. .... music editor
David Shire .... composer: additional music
David Shire .... music adaptor
Lester Wilson .... stager: musical numbers
Dan Wallin .... score mixer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Arlene Albertson .... production office coordinator
Lorraine Fields .... assistant choreographer
Jimmy Gambina .... technical consultant (as James Gambina)
Gary Kalkin .... unit publicist
Lloyd Kaufman .... location executive
Carl Lotito .... assistant: Mr. Stigwood
Joy McMillan .... assistant: Mr. Stigwood
Colleen Murphy .... assistant: Mr. Badham
Jo-Jo Smith .... dance consultant
Ron Stigwood .... assistant: Mr. Stigwood (as Ronald Stigwood)
Renata Stoia .... script supervisor
Lester Wilson .... choreographer
Deney Terrio .... dance instructor (uncredited)
 
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MPAA:
Rated R for strong language, sexuality/nudity and some drug content
Runtime:
118 min | USA:113 min (PG version)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:R | Australia:MA (re-rating) | Brazil:12 | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) (edited US version) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Canada:R (original rating) | Canada:14A (re-rating) | Chile:18 | Finland:K-16 | France:-12 | Iceland:L | Italy:VM14 | Malaysia:(Banned) | Netherlands:AL | Netherlands:16 (orginal rating) | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:18 | Norway:16 (cut) | Peru:18 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 (original rating) | Sweden:11 (re-rating) (1978) | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (video rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (cut) | UK:A (re-rating) (1979) (cut) | USA:R | USA:PG (edited version) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The white polyester suit worn by John Travolta sold at auction for $145,000 and purchased by movie critic Gene Siskel. Siskel often said that this was his favorite film and that he had watched it 17 times.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
Joey:You had coffee with Joe Namath?
Stephanie:Yeah! He asked me what it was like to be 21, and I told him I didn't know, 'cause I was just twenty.
Joey:Then what?
Stephanie:That's all.
Tony Manero:[with his mouth full] Ain't that enough?
Joey:Hey, don't you never chew, Tony? Don't you never chew?
Tony Manero:[annoyed] Hey, when my mother dies, I'll give you the job, all right?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Trust Issues (2010)See more »
Soundtrack:
Night On Disco MountainSee more »

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What are the differences between the PG Version and the Uncensored R-Rated Version?
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51 out of 55 people found the following review useful.
I Don't See Anyone Givin You A Raise Down At Unemployment, 5 January 2006
Author: Bandit1974 from United States

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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