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Can't Stop the Music (1980)

 -  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:
Alex Briley ...
Alex the G.I.
David Hodo ...
David the Construction Worker
Glenn Hughes ...
Glenn the Leatherman
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Randy the Cowboy
Felipe Rose ...
Felipe the Indian
Ray Simpson ...
Ray the Police Officer
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Samantha Simpson
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Ron White
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Jack Morell
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Steve Waits
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Sydney 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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Storyline

In this pseudo audio biography of the Village People, Jack Morell (a thinly disguised character 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 Movie Musical Event 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)

Gross:

$2,000,000 (USA)
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Trivia

In later years, some members of the Village People said they disliked the way the film distorted the formation of the group and toned down the influence of the gay male subculture. However, the film was not meant to be a biography of the group. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the "You Can't Stop the Music" song finale, the Village People are shown from the front. The cop is on the far left, next to the cowboy. In the very next shot, as they're being shown from the back, the cop is between the Indian and the Biker. See more »

Quotes

Samantha: Merde!
Lulu: What?
Samantha: I dropped my contact lens in the lasagna!
[checking her eyes]
Samantha: Was it mustard or relish? It was mustard. Lulu, be a darling, stick your finger in there and see if you can find it.
Lulu: Be original, leave it in. Call it lasagna crunch!
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Featured in Magic Night (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Magic Night
Music by Jacques Morali
Lyrics by Henri Belolo and Victor Willis
Performed by The Village People
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Someone please stop the music...
26 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Boy, where to start? My memory might fail me, but how about Steve Gutenberg rollerskating down the streets of New York, dancing to his transistor radio and wearing his corduroy OP short shorts and an Izod shirt with the collar flipped up? The mirroring camera "tricks" are sophomoric and silly, and the entire sequence sets the tone for the implausible film that follows. I wouldn't be surprised if that scene took months to film as Gutenberg was probably beaten up a multitude of times and they needed to splice together bits and pieces of footage. It isn't exactly Rocky running through the warehouse district of Philly, is it? No... No it's not. How about the brilliant decision to cast Bruce Jenner, fresh off the crowd-pleasing performance on a box of Wheaties? The best moments of the film are of the Village People following closely behind Jenner in his bare midriff t-shirts with cozy little smiles on their faces. Not even Jenner's classic method acting style was enough to help the rest of the cast rise to the ankle-level material here. I seem to recall a scene where they decide on a name for the band... "Hey... We're all from the Village, so why not The Village... PEOPLE?" Then the Village Person dressed as the Indian chief showed his approval by employing the classic Indian war call; hooting while popping his hand over his mouth. I nearly fell out of my chair.

And what about the fellow who comes to the band "try-outs" with the flaming batons? I think there was a message in there somewhere...

This film is hysterical for a million different reasons and therefore, a complete failure. Surely a must-see in order to provide acute awareness of the bad taste high-water mark.


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