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) »


The Music, The Film, A Place Where Dreams Come True. [UK] 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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The set of the Xanadu club cost $1,000,000 to build. See more »


In "The Fall" musical sequence, Sonny roller skates alone along a beach-side boardwalk. In the opening shot, heat waves shimmer up from the ground, and passersby are dressed in bathing suits and other warm-weather clothing. In subsequent shots the sky is grey and the people in the background are wearing heavy winter coats. See more »


Kira: In Xanadu, did Kubla Khan a stately pleasure dome decree...
Danny McGuire: "Where Alph, the sacred river, ran through caverns measureless to man, down to a sunless sea." Yes, Xanadu.
Kira: I'm Kira.
Danny McGuire: Yes, Kira. But...
Kira: But?
Danny McGuire: Don't I know you?
Kira: I don't think so.
Danny McGuire: Are you sure? Because...
Kira: Because?
Danny McGuire: Never mind.
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Crazy Credits

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


Featured in David Walliams' Awfully Good: Awfully Good Movies (2011) See more »


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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