Xanadu (1980)

PG  |   |  Fantasy, Musical, Romance  |  8 August 1980 (USA)
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The story of a girl who makes dreams come true.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dimitra Arliss ...
Katie Hanley ...
Fred McCarren ...
Jo (as Ren Woods)
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


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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1980s | 1940s | greek | muse | disco | See All (50) »


A Fantasy, A Musical, A Place Where Dreams Come True. See more »


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Release Date:

8 August 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Xanadú  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)


$10,200,000 (USA)

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(London premiere Print)|



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sandahl Bergman:  As Muse No. #1. See more »


Near the end of "Dancin'", when the two 80's dancers meet the two 40's dancers, a white scrim is behind them. Several pairs of white sneakers and blue jean-clad legs are visible behind it, at the bottom. See more »


Sonny: I'd say it will probably be done... when it's done... but that's just an approximate guess.
Simpson: Five minutes, my office. If it's six, keep walking.
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Crazy Credits

"THE END" comes up on the screen, in big old fashioned letters, before the end credits. See more »


Referenced in Face Off: The Gatekeepers (2015) See more »


Whenever You're Away From Me
Performed by Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly
Words and Music by John Farrar
Whistling by Lou Halmy (uncredited)
Arranged by Richard Hewson (uncredited)
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Not "good", but can be a great deal of fun!
28 January 2006 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

I originally saw "Xanadu" when it was released in 1980. Gene Kelly was in it, so I had to see it. It didn't hurt that Michael Beck was in it as well. Wow - was I disappointed! I love musicals, especially Kelly's, and "Xanadu" really did not appeal to me - at all.

It really isn't a very good movie. It has almost no plot at all and no real antagonist. What little plot there is, I always felt was just lifted from "Down to Earth" (1947) with Rita Hayworth, and "Cover Girl" (1944) with Hayworth, and Gene Kelly (in which he also plays a character named Danny McGuire, which was a nice homage). The soundtrack is great though, and it is nice to see that Kelly can still dance.

Fast forward to 2006. I got a chance to see "Xanadu" again, on a big screen. Specifically, the wonderful Castro Theatre in San Francisco. The print was gorgeous, and the crowd, which filled the theatre almost to capacity, was incredible.

IT WAS SO MUCH FUN!!! The crowd really got into the movie and I just had a blast! What a great experience! The music is still great, and it was a really, really fun movie.

Anyway - "Xanadu" still isn't a "good" movie, but if you can see it under the right circumstances (ie., on a big screen with an audience) it is a great deal of fun.

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