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Can't Stop the Music (1980)

This is a pseudo autobiography of disco's The Village People.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Simpson ...
Village People: Policeman
Village People: Construction Worker
Village People: Indian
Village People: Cowboy
Glenn Hughes ...
Village People: Leatherman
Alex Briley ...
Village People: G.I.
Ron White (as Bruce Jenner)
Jack Morell
Steve Waits
Sydne Channing
Helen Morell
Norma White
Altovise Davis ...
Alicia Edwards
Marilyn Sokol ...
Lulu Brecht


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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20 June 1980 (USA)  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)


$2,000,000 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Jack Morell was loosely based on Jacques Morali, composer, songwriter, one of this movie's producers, and creator of The Village People. This movie is Morali's only movie producing credit. See more »


When Sam walks down the street, she takes several large bites of her ice cream cone. Not only does the ice cream regenerate, it changes flavor several times. See more »


Samantha: Hey Felipe, how are you feeling?
Felipe: C... C minus.
Samantha: What's the matter?
Felipe: I had to leave my feathers to be oiled. They gave me this one to wear, and it doesn't even fit right.
Samantha: You think you've got problems? Jack needs some voices on his demo tape for tonight and I need some professional singers who will work for what I can afford to pay.
Felipe: Professional and for free? That you ain't gonna find.
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Featured in Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 6 (1999) See more »


Music by Jacques Morali
Lyrics by Henri Belolo and Phil Hurtt
Performed by The Ritchie Family
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Can't Stop: 21 Years Later, Still Disco Cinema's All-time Champion!
27 July 2001 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

How many times have they examined, reconfigured and grumbled at Allan Carr's Can't Stop the Music? I have often wondered this because let's face it, if indeed this is one of the best bad movies ever made, then, let me go on record as saying that of the three classic disco movies of the early 80s --- the other two being Xanadu and Thank God It's Friday --- this one, directed by the Bounty lady herself, Nancy Walker --- holds up against the ravages of time because of its basic premise: it is nothing less than the story, as presented through songs and film fantasy, of the origins of the Village People. Particularly, the prime mover of the saga (indeed, its true hero) is Jack Morell, played by Steve Gutenberg. This one-time record store cashier is in love with beautiful, retired fashion model Samantha Simmons, played by Valerie Perrine. Eventually, Sam gets her heart stolen by attorney Ron White, played by Bruce Jenner. It is the odyssey of Jack, Sam and Ron to bring together six men from the diverse subcultures comprising Lower Manhattan's Greenwich Village to form an unusual singing group called the Village People. Before long, their adventure culminates in the Vilage People's first-ever live concert performance, in San Francisco. How is it, I wonder, that after 21 years we still think of this particular film as the ultimate nail in the coffin of Disco? Frankly, I would like to see this film done proper widescreen justice on AMC. And as some of you, my two most favorite moments in the film are here: the re-mixed "YMCA" and the always awesome "Milkshake." Milkshake is especially tattooed in my brain because it was the last major original song written and produced by the Village People's founding threesome: Jacques Morali, Henri Belolo and Victor Willis. Jacques having long since died of AIDS, and Allan Carr himself having succumbed to prostate cancer, we will never know how much of the magic of Can't Stop is, and yet is not, the accepted truth. One thing's for sure: Can't Stop the Music is the last great effort by six awesome guys to make disco the safest music on the Planet. Well, that's my salute to Can't Stop the Music. And now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go do the Shake (do the Shake), do the Shaaaaaaake (do the Shake), do the Milkshake, the Milkshake (do the Shake)!

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