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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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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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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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The Music, The Film, A Place Where Dreams Come True. [UK] See more »


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8 August 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Xanadú  »

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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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Because Xanadu is an earthbound fantasy, many of the elaborate matting effects had to be successfully worked into naturalistic settings and street scenes. For example, one muse exits as a live-action tapered streak from within the metal superstructure of a large building. Robert Greenwald said Xanadu's effects were much harder than his his most impressive effects in space. See more »

Goofs

After Sonny and Danny meet outside the record store, they go to Danny's house--but as they enter house, Danny is now wearing a suit instead of casual attire in previous scene. See more »

Quotes

Danny McGuire: [after Sonny drives off of the edge of the pier] You're a real Errol Flynn, kid... what else do you do?
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Crazy Credits

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

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All Over the World
Performed by Electric Light Orchestra
Words and Music by Jeff Lynne
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27 July 2001 | by (Wyoming) – See all my reviews

Although some might call this "Xanadon't" it has redeeming qualities. The music is the most redeeming. I've always liked ELO and their music carries this film.

Several movies of this type were made about the same time: "Roller Boogie", "Skatetown U.S.A.", etc. If you liked any of these you'll most likely like Xanadu.

This is one of those films you just have to watch and decide for yourself. As you can see just by what's been written here, opinions vary tremendously. And all are valid.

I gave this movie a 6 of 10 because I liked the music and sets.

Just try it. You may like it.


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