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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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In Xanadu a golden goddess did decree... Welcome to your own musical fantasy. See more »


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8 August 1980 (USA)  »

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XanadĂș  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$10,200,000 (USA)
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Trivia

According to the two-page booklet included with the DVD, the film was originally conceived as a low-budget roller-disco movie. The imminent release of Skatetown, U.S.A. (1979) and Roller Boogie (1979) prompted many changes, like blending 1940s and 1980s styles. See more »

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When Sonny arrives at work, he chats with the security guards as they open the gates for him, but their mouths are closed. See more »

Quotes

Female Heavenly Voice: [after Kira's "Suspended in Time"] Maybe just one moment, darling.
Male Heavenly Voice: Well, maybe just one moment. Or forever. I keep getting them mixed up, too.
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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 Will & Grace: Leo Unwrapped (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

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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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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