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Can't Stop the Music (1980)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Musical  |  20 June 1980 (USA)
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This is a Pseudo autobiography of disco's The Village People

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Simpson ...
Village People: Policeman
David Hodo ...
Village People: Construction Worker
Felipe Rose ...
Village People: Indian
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Village People: Cowboy
Glenn Hughes ...
Village People: Leatherman
Alex Briley ...
Village People: G.I.
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Samantha
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Ron White
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Jack Morell
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Steve Waits
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Sydne Channing
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Helen Morell
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Norma White
Altovise Davis ...
Alicia Edwards
Marilyn Sokol ...
Lulu Brecht
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In this pseudo audio biography of the Village People, Jack Morell (a thinly disguised caricature of the group's founder, Jacques Morali) is a struggling composer desperate to gain fame with his songs, but all he needs is a group to sing them. With the help of his roommate Samantha and a lawyer named Ron, Jack forms a group of six "macho men" from his Greenwich Village neighborhood, and the rest of the film details their rise to fame from New York City to a climatic concert in San Francisco. Written by matt-282

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The Musical Comedy Smash of the 80's! See more »

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Comedy | Musical

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20 June 1980 (USA)  »

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Discoland  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$2,000,000 (USA)
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Trivia

The working title was "Discoland: Where the Music Never Ends." See more »

Goofs

While the friends talk in the street, before the YMCA song, the Indian appears behind Samantha, then walks behind the cowboy. He appears again behind Samantha before they keep walking. See more »

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Lulu: Oh, the Indian is hot. I go for exotic types, especially when they're half-naked.
Samantha: Lulu!
Lulu: You tell him I'll make up for all the indignities they suffered in "Roots."
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Samantha
Music by Jacques Morali
Lyrics by Henri Belolo and Phil Hurtt
Performed by David London
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Surprisingly enjoyable musical comedy
15 December 2001 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Who would have guessed at the time that the Village People would have had a greater impact on American society than 25 years of punk rock? One viewing of Can't Stop the Music will remind you of the massive sea change in American attitudes toward homosexuality since 1980. Though no one had the nerve to say the 'g' or 'h' words in this film, the site of the People singing 'Liberation'--and the other more subtle hints laced throughout this film--must surely be considered revolutionary. While the straight characters in the film--Perrine, Jenner, and Guttenberg--are plastic and dull, the People themselves represented the diversity, energy, and excitement of the Village scene. The late Glenn Hughes is particularly impressive, showcasing vocal range ("Danny Boy"!) and comic timing ("Leathermen don't get nervous!"). First rate entertainment, even if the People don't perform In the Navy or Go West.


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