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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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Director:
Writers:
Bronte Woodard (written by) and
Allan Carr (written by)
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Release Date:
20 June 1980 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The Musical Comedy Smash of the 80's! See more »
Plot:
This is a pseudo autobiography of disco's The Village People. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
4 wins & 11 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
So horrible that it's GREAT See more (74 total) »

Cast

  (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
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)
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 .... 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
 
Stunts
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 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)
 
Thanks
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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Runtime:
124 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby (35 mm prints) | 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)
Certification:
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:
Company:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Chita Rivera and Pat Ast were initially announced to costar in this film via a 1979 press report.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Samantha is eating the ice-cream it keep changing colors and shape.See more »
Quotes:
Ron White:Mother!
Samantha:Mother?
Felipe:THAT's your mother?
Samantha:God, she looks better than i do.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Year of the Tick (2004)See more »
Soundtrack:
I'm a Singing JugglerSee more »

FAQ

Did Bruce Jenner really turn down the role of Superman to appear in Can't Stop the Music?
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26 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
So horrible that it's GREAT, 18 April 2006
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

This movie is amazing!! Rarely in the history of mankind have we seen a movie so incredibly awful that it becomes a "must-see film". And, interestingly enough, this film is one of four from 1979-1980 that I have reviewed that all fall into this same category. To what do we owe this honor? Well, 1979-1980, for those of you who are blessed to be too young to remember it, was time of the last gasp of disco AND the short-lived roller-disco craze. And, all four horrible movies I strongly recommend are so bad, so stupid, so over-the-top bad that they are truly must-see films for bad movie fans. So here is my list of the unholy 4--XANADU, ROLLER BOOGIE, THE APPLE and CAN'T STOP THE MUSIC. All four are chock full of disco as well as crappy dialog and minimal production values. My vote for most awful of these is the sci-fi, disco, religious epic THE APPLE, but any of the four is strongly recommended for a good laugh!

Now, for the specifics on CAN'T STOP THE MUSIC--which, when you watch it you may want to re-name "CAN'T STOP THE RETCHING". Back in 1980, the least well-kept secret in America was the fact that the Village People were gay. Believe it or not, many Americans who loved their music lived in complete denial that these were six gay men from Greenwich Village. Well, all doubt and ambiguity is erased in this film! While a few times in the movie, the ultra-horny character, Lulu, makes very clumsy passes at these guys, the long, over-the-top and strongly homo-erotic music videos within the movie make it obvious these men were quite gay--and this is especially true of their rendition of YMCA--which looks sort of like a gay version of Heaven. In fact, the campiness of the movie is sort of like a combination of Liberace with gay disco--with the most flamboyant and silly sets and costumes you'll see outside of a gay pride march. BUT, despite the singing being so incredibly overdone and campy, it actually works in some cases as you'll probably find yourself tapping your feet and getting into the songs--or at least some of them. They are BAD, yes, but still kinda fun at the same time. The final song, CAN'T STOP THE MUSIC, initially is very catchy as well, but goes on and on and on and on until you are nearly ready to go berserk!

So, if the music is strange but not THAT bad, why did I give the movie a 2? Well, that's because when they are not singing, the members of The Village People have very little to say and absolutely no charisma because they are not actors. So, they fill in this gap by having real actors(?) do almost all the dialog. And, for the most part, they assembled the absolute worst actors Hollywood had to offer!! So, the main problem with the movie rests not on the Village People but on everything else about the movie!! To help illustrate HOW bad the acting is, one of the big "stars" for the movie is a very young and obnoxious Steve Guttenburg! He is assisted by the pleasantly built but incredibly bland Valerie Perrine and the ultra-wooden Bruce Jenner!!! This movie, in fact, single-handedly ruined Jenner's bid to become a serious actor, as he had all the personality and chemistry of Mr. Potatohead.

Now, so far this movie offers us one music video after another (many with very gay visuals that will make a few uncomfortable but most just laugh), horrible acting and dialog, a dopey story and wretched direction by Nancy Walker (yes, the Bounty commercial woman). And, when you put them all together you have a movie that is even worse than a sum of all its parts--so bad, that you'll most likely laugh yourself silly and have great time making fun of the ineptness of the film. Call some friends and make this the party film you all won't soon forget!

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