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Xanadu (1980)

The story of a girl who makes dreams come true.

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Helen
Katie Hanley ...
Sandra
Fred McCarren ...
Richie
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Jo (as Ren Woods)
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Juliette Marshall ...
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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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Where time stops and the magic never ends. See more »


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8 August 1980 (USA)  »

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Xanadú  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,471,595 (USA) (10 August 1980)

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$22,762,571 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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According to Olivia Newton-John, the script was written during filming. See more »

Goofs

When Sonny chases after ONJ shouting "I don't have a very good reason.." he passes through shadows (to the right of the screen, his left) and light which don't land on him (you can see them through him). See more »

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Male Heavenly Voice: We don't use those old-fashioned names any more. Still, it's me you want to speak to.
Sonny: I've come to get Kira.
Male Heavenly Voice: She's not leaving - it's impossible!
Male Heavenly VoiceSonny: [together] That's what you think!
Sonny: How did you know I was going to say that?
Male Heavenly Voice: Put it this way - I'm a good guesser!
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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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Featured in Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The 1970s (2002) See more »

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The Fall
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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