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Xanadu (1980)

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Dimitra Arliss ...
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Katie Hanley ...
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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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disco | muse | artist | dance | 1980s | See more »

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


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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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During the "Dancin'" scene, as the three singers start walking down the stairs, one of the Zoot Suit dancers is on his knees playing with his hat directly in front of them. When the camera pulls back for the next shot he is to the right with the sailor between him and the singers. See more »

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Kira: A child and a fool in one/ So sure I could need no one/ My heart always on the run/ to nowhere/ Now as you're holding me/ My heart is reminding me/ That now I could never be/ without you/ But how can our love succeed/ A miracle is what we need/ And so I appeal to you/ To keep me suspended in time with you/ Don't let this moment die/ I get a feeling when I'm with you/ None of the rules apply/ But I know for certain/ Goodbye is a crime/ So love if you need me/ Suspend me in time/ Wasted the time ...
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You Made Me Love You
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Written by James V. Monaco and Joseph McCarthy
Performed by Olivia Newton-John
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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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