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) »


A Fantasy, A Musical, A Place Where Dreams Come True. 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?


Danny McGuire jokes "they used to have wrestling here." In real life, the Pan Pacific Auditorium used to stage wrestling matches. See more »


While building Xanadu, at the end of the week, Danny pours champagne into Sonny's glass, then goes to pour into his. When the camera angle switches mid- sentence, Danny is filling Sonny's glass again. See more »


Sonny: Hey wait a minute... I don't even know your name...
Kira: [Echoing] Kira...
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Crazy Credits

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


Referenced in Getting Into the Action (2006) See more »


Performed by Olivia Newton-John
Words and Music by John Farrar
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I have a confession to make. I think this movie rules.
28 July 2001 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

I'm sorry. I'm so sorry. But, you know what, that's my opinion and I don't think I should have to feel ashamed of it so there!

On to the review.

No true connoisseur of cheesy movies can die happy withought feasting their eyes on the Miracle That is "Xanadu". There are so many things wrong with this movie I don't know where to begin, but somehow they all fit together in a final form that is remarkably endearing. It's best to watch it withought the vaguest idea of what it's about, but I will say this:

This is exactly what "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" would have looked like if Willy quit the candy business and decided to turn the factory into a disco.

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