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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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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)

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$2,000,000 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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This film is listed among the 100 Most Enjoyably Bad Movies Ever Made in John Wilson's book "The Official Razzie® Movie Guide." See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Helen Morell: Corporate thinking sucks.
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Referenced in Keeping Up with the Kardashians: Khloé Wants to Act (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Y.M.C.A.
Music by Jacques Morali
Lyrics by Henri Belolo and Victor Willis
Performed by The Village People
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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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