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Can't Stop the Music -- Jack Morell 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 Greenwich Village.


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Bronte Woodard (written by) and
Allan Carr (written by)
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Release Date:
20 June 1980 (USA) See more »
The Musical Comedy Smash of the 80's! See more »
This is a Pseudo autobiography of disco's The Village People Full summary » | Full synopsis »
2 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Ray Simpson ... Village People: Policeman
David Hodo ... Village People: Construction Worker
Felipe Rose ... Village People: Indian

Randy Jones ... Village People: Cowboy
Glenn Hughes ... Village People: Leatherman
Alex Briley ... Village People: G.I.

Valerie Perrine ... Samantha

Bruce Jenner ... Ron White

Steve Guttenberg ... Jack Morell

Paul Sand ... Steve Waits

Tammy Grimes ... Sydne Channing

June Havoc ... Helen Morell

Barbara Rush ... Norma White
Altovise Davis ... Alicia Edwards
Marilyn Sokol ... Lulu Brecht
Russell Nype ... Richard Montgomery

Jack Weston ... Benny Murray

Leigh Taylor-Young ... Claudia Walters

Dick Patterson ... Record Store Manager
Bobo Lewis ... Breadwoman
Paula Trueman ... Stick-up Lady
Portia Nelson ... Law Office Receptionist
Selma Archerd ... Mrs. Williams
Murial Slatkin ... Mrs. Slatkin
Aaron Colt ... TV Reporter (as Aaron Gold)
Vera Brown ... Ritchie Family
Jacqui Smith Lee ... Ritchie Family (as Jacqui Smith-Lee)
Dodie Draher ... Ritchie Family
Greg Zadikov ... Singing Vendor
Danone Camden ... Stewardess In Record Store
Rasa Alileen ... Mime
Gabriel Barre ... Mime
Don Blanton ... Relief DJ (as Donald Blanton)
Roger LeClaire ... Disco Photographer

Cindy Roberts ... Jean Harlow
Maggie Brendler ... Marilyn Monroe
Bradley Bliss ... Betty Grable
Bill Bartman ... Wino
Victor Davis ... Buster Sirwinski
William L. Arndt ... Construction Commercial Director
Jerry Layne ... Ventriloquist
Terry Dunn ... James the Flame
Maria Roosakos ... Steve Waits' Secretary (as Maria Rodsakos)
Mike Coolik ... Milk Commercial Director (as Mike Kulik)
Richard Bruce Friedman ... Recording Technician
Bill Anagnos ... Moped Rider
Debbie Ash ... Dancer (as Deborah Louise Ash)
Seamus Brennan ... Dancer
Wade Collings ... Dancer
Jane Eve ... Dancer (as Jane Margaret Colthworphe)
Edyie Fleming ... Dancer
Roy Hamlyn Gayle ... Dancer
Virginia Francis Hartley ... Dancer
Alison Jane Hierlihy ... Dancer
Richard King ... Dancer
Kim Elizabeth Leeson ... Dancer
Perri Lister ... Dancer
Sara Miles ... Dancer
Gene Montoya ... Dancer
Floyd Anthony Pearce ... Dancer
Blane Savage ... Dancer
Peter Tramm ... Dancer
Robert Warners ... Dancer
Christine Ann Wickman ... Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jimmy Baron ... Press Photographer (uncredited)
Brad Bogart ... Disco Dancer / YMCA Man (uncredited)
Michael David Eilert ... Dancer (uncredited)
Gordon Haight ... Singing Sword Juggler (uncredited)
Lisette Kremer ... Groupie Skater (uncredited)
Lance Krystopher ... Dancer (uncredited)
Blackie Lawless ... Metal guy with leash at audition (uncredited)
Steve Malis ... Dancer (uncredited)
James Marcel ... Auditioning Sword Juggler (uncredited)

Daniel Selby ... Young Disco Dancer (uncredited)

Directed by
Nancy Walker 
Writing credits
Bronte Woodard (written by) (as Bronté Woodard) and
Allan Carr (written by)

Produced by
Henri Belolo .... producer
Allan Carr .... producer
Neil A. Machlis .... associate producer
Jacques Morali .... producer
Original Music by
Jacques Morali 
Cinematography by
Bill Butler (director of photography)
Film Editing by
John F. Burnett 
Casting by
Howard Feuer 
Jeremy Ritzer 
Art Direction by
Linda Conaway-Parsloe (asst art director)
Harold Michelson 
Set Decoration by
Victoria Hugo 
Marvin March 
Justin Scoppa Jr. 
Costume Design by
Theoni V. Aldredge (segments: Milk Shake and Galleria)
Jane Greenwood 
Makeup Department
Romaine Greene .... hair stylist
James Lee McCoy .... makeup artist (as Jim McCoy)
Carol Mercatoris .... hair stylist
Daniel C. Striepeke .... makeup artist (as Dan Striepeke)
Production Management
Raymond Hartwick .... unit production manager: New York (as Ray Hartwick)
Neil A. Machlis .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William S. Beasley .... assistant director (as Bill Beasley)
Charles Braverman .... second unit director
Paul Moen .... second assistant director
Candace Suerstedt .... second assistant director: New York
Jim Van Wyck .... trainee assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Leslie Bloom .... property master (as Les Bloom)
Nick F. Caprarelli .... lead man (as Nick Caparelli)
Kenneth Crawford .... assistant property master (as Ken Crawford)
Stephen Hendrickson .... special visual consultant (as Steve Hendrickson)
Richard McKenzie .... set designer
Pat O'Connor .... property master
Eric Orbom .... set designer (as Eric Orbum)
Eric Orbom .... set designer (as Eric Orburn)
Justin Scoppa Jr. .... set decorator: New York
Maurice Zuberano .... production illustrator
Julian Zutz .... construction coordinator
William Ladd Skinner .... set designer (uncredited)
John Villarino .... propmaker foremen (uncredited)
Mike Villarino .... propmaker (uncredited)
Sound Department
Bill Dager .... playback operator
Carlos Delarios .... sound re-recording mixer (as Carlos F. deLarios)
Jay M. Harding .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael J. Kohut .... sound re-recording mixer
Aaron Rochin .... sound re-recording mixer
Barry Thomas .... sound mixer
John S. Walden .... sound effects editor
John Whitney .... dialogue editor (as John Haffen)
Ken Dufva .... foley artist (uncredited)
Duncan McEwan .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Michael Sullivan .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Ron Hays .... visual effects electrician
Bill Anagnos .... moped stuntman
Arthur J. Edwards .... stunt double: Stick-up Lady
Gregg Sawaya .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Mike Washlake .... stunts: gymnast and diver (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Garrett Brown .... Steadicam operator
Colin J. Campbell .... gaffer (as Colin Campbell)
James R. Connell .... camera operator (as Jim Connell)
R. Michael De Chellis .... electrician
Jules Fisher .... lighting: finale
Michael Genne .... camera assistant (as Mike Genne)
George Hill .... key grip
Richard C. Kratina .... photographer: New York (as Dick Kratina)
Elliott Marks .... still photographer
James McGrath .... key grip
Louis Niemeyer .... first assistant camera
Ray Quinlan .... gaffer (as Raymond Quinlan)
Warren Rothenberger .... camera operator: New York
Chris Strong .... electrician
John Tedesco .... lighting: finale
Casting Department
Sylvia Fay .... extras casting
Chris Trainor .... extras casting: dancers
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Paula Cain .... costumer: women
Michael Kaplan .... costumer: men
George L. Little .... costumer: men (as George Little)
Editorial Department
Robert Lederman .... apprentice editor (as Bob Lederman)
Mario Leone .... second assistant editor
Ann Martin .... apprentice editor
David A. Simmons .... assistant editor (as David Alan Simmons)
Music Department
June Edgerton .... music editor
Juergen Koppers .... musical engineering consultant
Jacques Morali .... music producer
Jacques Morali .... music scoring
Horace Ott .... conductor
Horace Ott .... music arranger
Arlene Phillips .... musical staging
Joe Tuley .... music editor
Transportation Department
Howard A. Small .... transportation (as Howard Small)
Alan Kaminsky .... transportation (uncredited)
Other crew
Bill Bartman .... dialogue coach
Irene Berkman .... production office coordinator
Grace Blake .... production secretary
Joseph Daley .... assistant to the Village People
Waldo Fernandez .... coordination consultant
Wayne Fitzgerald .... titles
Mauri Syd Gayton .... assistant to producer (as Mauri Blumenfeld)
Lewis Gould .... location manager
Tom Jacobson .... location manager
Gary Kalkin .... unit publicist
Sheila Kent .... assistant to producer
Roger LeClaire .... consultant: YMCA
Daniel Levans .... assistant choreographer (as Dan Levans)
Carole Mallory .... disco ensemble
Eric McFarland .... assistant to producer
Charles Newirth .... production assistant
Arlene Phillips .... choreographer
Heather Seymour .... assistant choreographer
Cynnie Troup .... script supervisor
Richard Tyler .... disco ensemble
Steve Warner .... auditor
Richard Weiner .... assistant to the Village People
Bill Sheehan .... first aid nurse (uncredited)
Greg Gorman .... special thanks
Jeff Mont .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Allan Carr's Can't Stop the Music" - International (English title) (complete title)
"Discoland" - USA (short title)
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124 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby (35 mm prints) | 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Finland:K-12 | Iceland:L | Netherlands:AL (1980) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1987) | USA:PG | West Germany:12
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

David Hodo was injured while filming "I Love You to Death". Hodo missed his footing on the scaffolding and fell to the studio floor. His helmet fell off during the fall, and he received twelve stitches to his head. Reportedly, he returned to the set for work the next day.See more »
Continuity: In Sam's apartment, Jack's bottle of Dr. Pepper turns into a can in the next room.See more »
Samantha:Are you really serious about singing?
David the Construction Worker:Fanantical. Fame, fortune, platinum records... it's every boy's dream.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in When Disco Ruled the World (2005) (TV)See more »
MilkshakeSee more »


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17 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Someone please stop the music..., 26 June 2005
Author: Todorojo-1 from United States

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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