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Xanadu (1980)

The story of a girl who makes dreams come true.

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Simpson
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Helen
Katie Hanley ...
Sandra
Fred McCarren ...
Richie
Renn Woods ...
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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pantyhose | 1980s | 1940s | greek | muse | See All (51) »

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Where time stops and the magic never ends. See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

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8 August 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Xanadú  »

Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$10,200,000 (USA)
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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The word "Xanadu" is spoken 21 times in the last song. See more »

Goofs

At the art studio, when Kira sneaks up on Sonny painting, his paint smock changes from medium blue to light blue and back. 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

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Psych: The Tao of Gus (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

All Over the World
Performed by 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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