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Cast

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Simpson
Dimitra Arliss ...
Helen
Katie Hanley ...
Sandra
Fred McCarren ...
Richie
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Jo (as Ren Woods)
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Muse 1
Lynn Latham ...
Muse 2
Melinda Phelps ...
Muse 3
Cherise Bates ...
Muse 4 (as Cherise Bate)
Juliette Marshall ...
Muse 5
Marilyn Tokuda ...
Muse 6
Yvette Van Voorhees ...
Muse 7
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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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8 August 1980 (USA)  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$10,200,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Matt Lattanzi:  The then unknown actor and partner of Olivia Newton-John (1980-1995) as the young Danny McGuire and one of the Xanadu Dancers. See more »

Goofs

In the final dance sequence in the Xanadu Club, the second muse to appear in "I'm Alive" has wavy hair just above her shoulders. In the last shot, her hair is straight and almost down to her waist. See more »

Quotes

Danny McGuire: Kid can you imagine it?
Sonny: Imagine what?
Danny McGuire: A bandstand. Right over there in that corner. And a big band, like in the 40's
Sonny: Nah, nah, nah. Bandstands went out with running boards. Over there. A great rock 'n' roll band. This is the 80's!
Danny McGuire: Real smooth dancers... wild trombone... the band decked out in tuxedos.
Sonny: Six guys wearing electric orange... synthesizer... heavy precussion... electric guitar.
Danny McGuire: Lots of glamour. Everybody dressed in elegance and style.
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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 NCIS: Housekeeping (2012) See more »

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Xanadu
Performed by Olivia Newton-John and Electric Light Orchestra
Words and Music by Jeff Lynne
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"If you build it, SHE will come"
23 September 2004 | by (Ventura, Ca) – See all my reviews

First of all, I really need to ask, WHAT ON EARTH WAS SO BAD ABOUT THIS MOVIE?!?!? This was quite simply the Moulin Rouge! of the 80's. The acting may have been a little cheezy, but it wasn't all that great in Moulin Rouge! either. People need to understand that this is a MUSICAL and musicals aren't necessarily known for their great acting performances. They are noted for their brilliant choreography, songs, and stage settings, which I felt both "Moulin Rouge!" and "Xanadu" contained. Moreover, the story in "Xanadu" wasn't all that incoherent and reminded me a lot of "Field of Dreams" when Kevin Costner is inspired by a voice from an invisible muse to build a baseball field. So, while some of the criticism of this film is justified, I feel much of it is not and it took way more of a beating than it should have. One has to remember that there have been many films made which were raked over the coals by critics, yet the films became enjoyed by many later on.


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