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Xanadu (1980)

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Dimitra Arliss ...
Helen
Katie Hanley ...
Sandra
Fred McCarren ...
Richie
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Jo (as Ren Woods)
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Lynn Latham ...
Muse 2
Melinda Phelps ...
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Cherise Bates ...
Muse 4 (as Cherise Bate)
Juliette Marshall ...
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Marilyn Tokuda ...
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Yvette Van Voorhees ...
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Storyline

The Greek muses incarnate themselves on Earth to inspire men to achieve. One of them, incarnated as a girl named Kira, encounters an artist named Sonny Malone. With the help of Danny McGuire, a man Kira had inspired forty years earlier, Sonny builds a huge disco roller rink. Written by Randy Goldberg <goldberg@nymc.edu>

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disco | muse | artist | dance | 1980s | See more »

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Where time stops and the magic never ends. See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 August 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Xanadu  »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$10,200,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Andy Gibb was originally cast to play Sonny. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie, the muses in the painting on the mural are detailed and fully rendered. Later, when Sonny is about to jump into the mural, the muses in the painting are sketchy and lack detail. See more »

Quotes

Danny McGuire: Malone and McGuire, sounds like a Vaudeville act.
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Crazy Credits

Opens with the 1930s-era Universal logo, with an airplane circling a globe; then it becomes a 50s-era passenger plane, then the Concorde, then the fourth time around as it becomes a spaceship. Instrumentals of "Whenever You're Away From Me" and "Xanadu" play under this, with musical styles matching the period of each aircraft. See more »

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Referenced in The Orkly Kid (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Alive
Performed by Electric Light Orchestra
Words and Music by Jeff Lynne
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What is there to hate about this movie, anyway?
12 September 2004 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

The first time I saw this movie, I was entranced. At the time, buying a copy of the movie was not an option, but I would have bought a copy if I could have. I spent many happy hours roller skating to the pulsing beats of the soundtrack. Later, I learned that the "critics" had panned it, and I was shocked. Well, what do THEY know, anyway? As ONJ said, in the movie, '…use your imagination.'

What is there to hate about this movie, anyway? ;) The movie contains: people following their dreams, roller skating (and roller dancing), love, the beauty of the California coast, talented artists (painters, musicians, actors, singers, dancers, etc.), a wide variety of cultural experiences, a sound track that is the ultimate in great music, energetic dancing in many different forms, vivid colors, interesting special effects, good-looking people, an upbeat and positive message, and a general appreciation for all forms of art. There's even something for the intellectual in the crowd - the mythical city of Xanadu, discussed in many cultures, was always a place of sparkling jewels, art and beauty. I admit that the acting could have been better. For that, I lowered the rating from a 10 to an 8. But, come on - it wasn't THAT bad.

To me, Xanadu is a piece of art to be appreciated. This is quite a fitting tribute to muses, when you think about it. Now that I own a copy, I will let the beauty of the art surround me whenever I enter the world of Xanadu.


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