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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:
2 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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(25 articles)
Can't Stop The Glitter. Or the Best Shots.
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The duality of 1970's Village People's popularity collides See more (71 total) »

Cast

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Alex Briley ... Alex the G.I.
David Hodo ... David the Construction Worker
Glenn Hughes ... Glenn the Leatherman

Randy Jones ... Randy the Cowboy
Felipe Rose ... Felipe the Indian
Ray Simpson ... Ray the Police Officer

Valerie Perrine ... Samantha Simpson

Bruce Jenner ... Ron White

Steve Guttenberg ... Jack Morell

Paul Sand ... Steve Waits

Tammy Grimes ... Sydney 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 ... Mr. Schultz, Record Store Manager
Bobo Lewis ... Bread Woman
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
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 Maniquin
Maggie Brendler ... Marilyn Monroe Maniquin
Bradley Bliss ... Betty Grable Maniquin
Bill Bartman ... Wino
Victor Davis ... Buster Sirwinski, Auditioning Bodybuilder
William L. Arndt ... Construction Commercial Director
Jerry Layne ... Ventriloquist
Terry Dunn ... James the Flame
Maria Rodsakos ... Steve Waits' Secretary

Mike Coolik ... Milk Commercial Director (as Mike Kulik)
Richard Bruce Friedman ... Recording Technician
Bill Anagnos ... Moped Rider
Debbie Ash ... Dancer (as Deborah Louise Ash)
Semus Brennan ... Dancer
Wade Collings ... Dancer
Jane Colthorpe ... 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:
The Village People
Jimmy Baron ... Press Photographer (uncredited)
Brad Bogart ... Disco Dancer / YMCA Man (uncredited)
Gordon Haight ... Singing Sword Juggler (uncredited)
Lisette Kremer ... Groupie Skater (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)
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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 (as Neil Machlis)
Jacques Morali .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jacques Morali 
 
Cinematography by
Bill Butler 
 
Film Editing by
John F. Burnett 
 
Casting by
Howard Feuer 
Jeremy Ritzer 
 
Art Direction by
Harold Michelson 
 
Set Decoration by
Victoria Hugo 
Marvin March 
Justin Scoppa Jr. 
 
Costume Design by
Theoni V. Aldredge 
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 .... first 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
 
Art Department
Matty Azzarone .... assistant property master
Leslie Bloom .... property master (as Les Bloom)
Nick F. Caprarelli .... lead man
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 Orburn .... set designer
Justin Scoppa Jr. .... set decorator: New York
John Villarino .... propmaker foremen
Maurice Zuberano .... production illustrator
Julian Zutz .... construction
William Ladd Skinner .... set designer (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 (as Billy Anagnos)
Arthur J. Edwards .... stunt double: Stick-up Lady
Gregg Sawaya .... stunt coordinator
Mike Washlake .... stunts: gymnast and diver
 
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
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
 
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
Horace Ott .... conductor
Horace Ott .... music arranger
Joe Tuley .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Alan Kaminsky .... transportation
Howard A. Small .... transportation (as Howard Small)
 
Other crew
Bill Bartman .... dialogue coach
Irene Berkman .... production office coordinator
Grace Blake .... production secretary
Wayne Fitzgerald .... titles
Mauri Syd Gayton .... assistant to producer (as Mauri Syd Blumenfeld)
Mauri Syd Gayton .... assistant: Allan Carr
Lewis Gould .... location manager
Tom Jacobson .... location manager
Gary Kalkin .... publicist
Sheila Kent .... assistant to producer
Roger LeClaire .... consultant: YMCA
Daniel Levans .... assistant choreographer (as Dan Levans)
Eric McFarland .... assistant to producer
Charles Newirth .... production assistant
Arlene Phillips .... choreographer
Heather Seymour .... assistant choreographer
Bill Sheehan .... first aid nurse
Cynnie Troup .... script supervisor
Steve Warner .... auditor
 
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
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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
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
In later years, some members of the Village People said they disliked the way the film distorted the formation of the group and toned down the influence of the gay male subculture. However, the film was not meant to be a biography of the group.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In Sam's apartment, Jack's bottle of Dr. Pepper turns into a can in the next room.See more »
Quotes:
Leatherman:I'm from the Bronx. My name's Glenn Hughes.
Samantha:What do you do, Glenn?
Leatherman:I'm a toll collector at the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel.
Norma White:Do all toll collectors look like that?
Leatherman:Just the hot ones.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Year of the Tick (2004)See more »
Soundtrack:
Give Me a BreakSee more »

FAQ

Did Bruce Jenner really turn down the role of Superman to appear in Can't Stop the Music?
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25 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
The duality of 1970's Village People's popularity collides, 30 December 2001

The Village people started as a band who was for the Gay community. Then, something else happened. Teenagers started to like them, but on a totally different level of the disco music and costume theatrics.

When it came time to make a movie, which audience do you try to satisfy?

Well, I guess Alan Carr thought you could satisfy them both.

The result is one of the most incredibly bizarre, unintentionally funny musicals ever made. One that tried to balance Family friendly and Gay friendly to help VP's duel followings to come and enjoy.

But even my naive, young self who saw this movie when it first came out could sense that... something was amiss in the village :)

I mean, the YMCA sequence has quick, almost subliminal cuts of a bunch of guys in the shower, one slapping a towel on the others butt (swear to God!) in between loving, slow motion shots of buff oiled athletic guys and an all male sychronized swimming team scene.

Hmmm....

That was a bit sledgehammer, even for me back then.

Then, I watched it more recently and found a gay movie that was in denial

You have a movie that never says the "G" word but has an incredibly effeminate man with TIGHT gold shorts come in and Juggle "Flaming" fire batons.

The Indian,Felipe Rose, has that nice, smooth look and wears cut off jeans and a headress and when he prances around, makes noise like a wind chime tinkling.

The Leather man, Glenn Hughes (rest in peace)sounds pretty effeminate.

The Construction worker, David Hodo, has a musical number where he tries to escape from a bunch of adoring women...

Then there is Lulu, who seems to be female... mostly, but she reminds me of a drag queen.

Which begs a question? How come almost all the Homo imagery here is for males. How come the lesbians get left out?

And how come a lot of this movie is "looped". Even a lot of stage shot stuff seems to have been redubbed in post production. It made me think I was watching a forign movie sometimes.

Ahhh well, you'll have a lot of fun with this. You'll be in disbelief that the thinly disguised homoerotic undertones went over the heads of the powers that be. Perhaps they were too busy watching Valerie Perrine "stick out".

Bad movie fans will be in their glory too. It's not everyday that a big budget movie like this is so hilariously and ineptly executed.

And hang on to your hats boys and girls, that great video company Anchor Bay has bought the rights to this movie and it will be on DVD in April 2002. Hopefully it will be a special edition, with a widescreen transfer and 5.1 remix and I'll be one of the first to get it.

I still like the Village People and love this campy, bizarre, collosal misfire of a movie.

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