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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 »
4 wins & 11 nominations See more »
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Can't Stop: 21 Years Later, Still Disco Cinema's All-time Champion! See more (74 total) »


  (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

Caitlyn Jenner ... Ron White (as Bruce Jenner)

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
Sarah M. Miles ... Dancer (as Sara Miles)
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)
Randy Feelgood ... Dancer (uncredited)
Michael Flaherty ... Swimmer (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)
Angelo Rossitto ... Fruit seller (uncredited)

Daniel Selby ... Young Disco Dancer (uncredited)

James Wilder ... Auditioning Sword Juggler (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 .... re-recording mixer (as Carlos F. deLarios)
Jay M. Harding .... re-recording mixer
Michael J. Kohut .... re-recording mixer
Aaron Rochin .... 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)
Location Management
Lewis Gould .... location manager
Tom Jacobson .... location manager
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)
Gary Kalkin .... unit publicist
Sheila Kent .... assistant to producer
Roger LeClaire .... consultant: YMCA
Daniel Levins .... assistant choreographer (as Dan Levans)
Carole Mallory .... disco ensemble
Eric McFarland .... assistant to producer
Charles Newirth .... production assistant
Arlene Phillips .... choreographer
Stan Rodarte .... voice over
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 (nf) (cut)
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Did You Know?

Allan Carr claimed this picture was the "first disco musical", despite the existence of Saturday Night Fever (1977), Roller Boogie (1979), and Thank God It's Friday (1978).See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Samantha:I didn't invent it. I'm just in it.
Jack Morell:I didn't invent it. I'm just in it.
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I'm a Singing JugglerSee more »


Did Bruce Jenner really turn down the role of Superman to appear in Can't Stop the Music?
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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Can't Stop: 21 Years Later, Still Disco Cinema's All-time Champion!, 27 July 2001
Author: pirate1_power from New York City

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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