Can't Stop the Music (1980) Poster


The lead role was originally offered to Olivia Newton-John, who turned it down to do Xanadu (1980).
The first draft of the script was written by Bruce Vilanch.
Promotion in the US included Magic Night (1980), a nationally syndicated one-hour TV special directed by Nancy Walker. It featured Cher roller-skating, Hugh M. Hefner in pajamas, and The Village People performing "Ready for the '80s!", a song cut from the film.
Half of the film's $20 million (US) budget was spent on a lavish world-wide publicity campaign that included spectacular openings across the United States and Europe.
The film "won" the very first Razzie® award for Worst Picture. It was nominated for every category of the inaugural Golden Raspberry Awards except Worst Supporting Actor.
This film, playing on a 99-cent double bill with Xanadu (1980), inspired John Wilson to create the Golden Raspberry (Razzie®) Awards in 1980.
Jack Moralo was loosely based on Jacques Morali, composer, songwriter, one of this movie's producers, and creator of The Village People. This movie is Morali's only movie producing credit.
Glenn Hughes was working as a real-life tollbooth operator when The Village People invited him to join the group.
This film is listed among the 100 Most Enjoyably Bad Movies Ever Made in John Wilson's book "The Official Razzie® Movie Guide."
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.
The script's first draft was reportedly finished four weeks after the Village People attended a dinner party with producer Allan Carr.
The YMCA dance sequence was filmed at the Glendale YMCA in California.
Choreographer Arlene Phillips was seven months pregnant at the start of production. Her baby girl, born during production, was named Allana Roxana, after Allan Carr.
With a budget of around $20 million (US), the film was considered one of the most expensive musicals ever made upon release.
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).
Because Allan Carr' had such a positive experience opening Grease (1978) in Australia, sneak previews of this film were released in the US and Australia.
Producer Allan Carr once boasted that Steve Guttenberg and Bruce Jenner would be "the Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford of the '80s". Carr also said Guttenberg would be the "John Travolta of the '80s".
The Milkshake song-and-dance sequence took two weeks of rehearsal, five days to film, and 57 camera positions.
Despite the film's PG rating, there are flashes of male full-frontal nudity in the "YMCA' shower scenes, and Valerie Perrine' is briefly topless in the hot-tub shots. Some cuts of the film remove those scenes.
Nancy Walker's only theatrical feature film. Publicity for the theatrical release stated that Walker was the first woman to direct a multi-million dollar musical, and had been signed to a three-picture contract.
The name of the record company in the movie was Marrakesh Records.
The choreography was inspired by Busby Berkeley's dance musicals.
Famous New York locations and settings featured in the film included Washington Square, Wall Street, Greenwich Village, 42nd Street, and Times Square.
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.
The film does not include two of The Village People's three biggest hit songs, "Macho Man" and "In The Navy".
The Grand Finale musical sequence featured over 2,000 people.
Victor Willis was the original lead singer of The Village People. He left the group to pursue a solo career before shooting started.
After the movie's theatrical release, Village People member David Hodo said "When I first read the script, I threw it across the room. I though it was a piece of crap. It read like one of those stupid old Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney pictures. We didn't believe in the movie, but no one would listen to us! You can only go on for so long being a joke."
Bruce Jenner's feature film debut. His only film role since then has been a cameo in A Man Called Sarge (1990), though he has worked extensively in television.
Producer Allan Carr once described this picture as "pure entertainment in the great MGM musical tradition". It was shot on two sound stages at the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Culver City Studios in Los Angeles, where a number of classic MGM Musicals had been filmed.
The grand finale was filmed at the four-tiered balcony courtyard atrium of The Galleria, a hip San Francisco Bay-area design district venue.
Bruce Jenner runs, swims, lifts wrights, and does gymnastics during the YMCA dance sequence.
Publicity during theatrical release called it "The Movie Musical Event of the '80s".
The working title was "Discoland: Where the Music Never Ends."
The Village People consist of six members, each representing an identifiable character: a Native American, a construction worker, a police officer, a cowboy, a leather-clad biker, and a soldier. Member David Hodo has said that "Back in the '70s, the characters were chosen to depict stereotypical gay fantasies of the time". The 'Village' of the group's title refers to Greenwich Village.
The famous Disco Demolition Night demonstration occurred July 12th, 1979, less than 2 weeks before principal photography started.
Valerie Perrine had previously had worked as a Las Vegas showgirl.
Allan Carr had a disco at his Hollywood home.
One of three disco musicals released in 1980. The others were Xanadu (1980) and The Apple (1980).
The picture was nominated for Worst Picture at the Hastings Bad Cinema Society's 3rd Stinkers Bad Movie Awards in 1980.
Chita Rivera and Pat Ast were initially announced to costar in this film via a 1979 press report.
Bruce Jenner ultimately chose to appear in this film instead of a role that had been written for him in "Airplane!". That role ended up being re-written for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
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