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Olivia Newton-John ... Kira

Gene Kelly ... Danny McGuire

Michael Beck ... Sonny Malone

James Sloyan ... Simpson
Dimitra Arliss ... Helen
Katie Hanley ... Sandra
Fred McCarren ... Richie

Renn Woods ... Jo (as Ren Woods)

Sandahl Bergman ... 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
Teri Beckerman ... Muse 8
Marty Davis ... Male Guard
Bebe Drake ... Female Guard (as Bebe Drake-Massey)
Mickey McMeel ... The Accountant

Aharon Ipalé ... The Photographer
Lise Lang ... Popcorn Girl / Xanadu Dancer
Melvin Jones ... Big Al

Matt Lattanzi ... Young Danny McGuire / Xanadu Dancer
Ira Newborn ... 40's Band Leader
Cynthia Leake ... 40's Singer #2 (as Cindy Leake)
Patty Keene ... 40's Singer #3
Fee Waybill ... 80's Rock Singer (as John 'Fee' Waybill)
Stephen Pearlman ... Foreman
Church Ortiz ... Worker #1
Randy T. Williams ... Worker #2
David Tress ... Nick
Madison Arnold ... Vargas

Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Male Heavenly Voice (voice)
Coral Browne ... Female Heavenly Voice (voice)
Marla V. Langston ... Dizzy Heights
Clyde J. Barrett ... Xanadu Dancer
Cheryl Baxter ... Xanadu Dancer
Hilary Beane ... Xanadu Dancer
Annie Behringer ... Xanadu Dancer
Judith Bernett ... Xanadu Dancer
Teda Bracci ... Xanadu Dancer
Ellen Cadwallader ... Xanadu Dancer
Stelio Calagias ... Xanadu Dancer
Lonny Carbajal ... Xanadu Dancer (as Lonny Carabajal)
Hillary Carlip ... Xanadu Dancer
Lynda Chase ... Xanadu Dancer
Contessa Cohn ... Xanadu Dancer
Derrick Cross ... Xanadu Dancer
Gary Dion ... Xanadu Dancer
Marisol García ... Xanadu Dancer
Miranda Garrison ... Xanadu Dancer
Sandy Gray ... Xanadu Dancer
Jei Guerrero ... Xanadu Dancer
Cheryl Hangland ... Xanadu Dancer
Yolanda Hernandez ... Xanadu Dancer
Susan Inouye ... Xanadu Dancer
Veda Jackson ... Xanadu Dancer
Michael James ... Xanadu Dancer
Deborah Jenssen ... Xanadu Dancer
Leroy Jones ... Xanadu Dancer
Fred Kirby ... Xanadu Dancer
Brenda Lee ... Xanadu Dancer
Dale Leeche ... Xanadu Dancer
Victoria Mansi ... Xanadu Dancer
Yvette Matthews ... Xanadu Dancer
Tykin Mikals ... Xanadu Dancer
Glenn Nash ... Xanadu Dancer
Christine Nazareth ... Xanadu Dancer
Tim O'Brien ... Xanadu Dancer
Jeff Osser ... Xanadu Dancer
Shelley Pang ... Xanadu Dancer
Sally Pansing ... Xanadu Dancer
Arlette Patterson ... Xanadu Dancer
Alan Peterson ... Xanadu Dancer
Lena Pousette ... Xanadu Dancer
Vic Prim ... Xanadu Dancer
Melody Santangello ... Xanadu Dancer (as Melody Santangelo)
Tony Selznick ... Xanadu Dancer (as Tony Selesnick)
Kathy Singleton ... Xanadu Dancer
Cindy Spooner ... Xanadu Dancer
Michael Springer ... Xanadu Dancer
Re Styles ... Xanadu Dancer
Jim Thompson ... Xanadu Dancer
Francisco Torres ... Xanadu Dancer
Bobby Walker ... Xanadu Dancer

Michael O. Watkins ... Xanadu Dancer (as Michael Watkins)
Adria Wilson ... Xanadu Dancer
Darcel Wynne ... Xanadu Dancer
Noreen Xavier ... Xanadu Dancer
Mark Ziebell ... Xanadu Dancer
Mum Brothers ... Xanadu Dancers (as The Mumm Brothers)
Chain Reaction ... Xanadu Dancers (as Chain Reaction Dancers)
Tom Sachelle ... Xanadu Dancer
Paul Sachelle ... Xanadu Dancer
Kyle Hanford ... Xanadu Dancer
Michael Donley ... Xanadu Dancer
Robert Winters ... Xanadu Dancer
Rick Anderson ... Member of The Tubes
Michael Cotten ... Member of The Tubes
Prairie Prince ... Member of The Tubes
Bill Spooner ... Member of The Tubes
Roger Steen ... Member of The Tubes
Vince Welnick ... Member of The Tubes
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Joe Mantegna ... (scenes deleted)

Cliff Richard ... Sonny Malone (voice)
Judith Burnett ... Raven (uncredited)
Alex Cole ... Xanadu Dancer (uncredited)
Debbie Fresh ... Xanadu Dancer (uncredited)
Jack Lindine ... (uncredited)

Adolfo Quinones ... Xanadu Dancer (uncredited)

Patrick Reynolds ... Xanadu Dancer (uncredited)
Dean Rubin ... Featured Dancer (uncredited)
Cynthia Windham ... Dancer (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Greenwald 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Richard Christian Danus 
Marc Reid Rubel 

Produced by
Brendan Cahill .... co-producer
Lawrence Gordon .... producer
Lee Kramer .... executive producer
Terence Nelson .... associate producer (as Terry Nelson)
Joel Silver .... co-producer
Original Music by
Barry De Vorzon  (as Barry DeVorzon)
Cinematography by
Victor J. Kemper 
Film Editing by
Dennis Virkler 
Casting by
Phyllis Huffman  (as Phyllis Grennan Huffman)
Production Design by
John W. Corso 
Set Decoration by
Marc E. Meyer Jr. 
Costume Design by
Bobbie Mannix 
Makeup Department
Harry Blake .... makeup artist
Candida Conery .... hair stylist (as Candy Conery)
Koelle .... additional makeup
Martin Samuel .... hair stylist
Rick Sharp .... makeup artist
Craig Smith .... makeup artist
Production Management
Terence Nelson .... unit production manager (as Terry Neslon)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Patrick Cosgrove .... dga trainee
Dan Kolsrud .... first assistant director
Lisa Marmon .... second assistant director
Venita Ozols-Graham .... second assistant director (as Venita Ozols)
Art Department
James Allen .... assistant art director (as James F. Allen)
Michael Casey .... assistant property master
Jaroslav Gebr .... painter: special production paintings (as Jerry Gebr)
William Gowdy .... leadman
Mark Konkel .... painter (as Mark Conkel)
Sherman Labby .... production illustrator
Peter Lamppu .... construction foreman
Joseph P. Lucky .... set designer (as Joe Lucky)
Louis M. Mann .... set designer (as Lou Mann)
John Marshall .... assistant art director
Joseph C. Nemec III .... set designer (as Joe Nemec)
Bob Nohles .... construction foreman (as Robert Nohles)
George Osaki .... special graphic consultant
Vic Petrotta Jr. .... property master (as Victor Petrotta)
Steve Purdy .... painter
H. John Ramos .... assistant property master
Bert Rotter .... stand-by painter
Jack Shea .... painter
Mark Sparks .... propmaker
Laurie Stevens .... painter: special production paintings
John Tyrrell .... painter (as John Tyrell)
Edward Verga .... painter
Glenn Forbes .... set dresser (uncredited)
Peg McClellan .... illustrator (uncredited)
Marilyn Vance .... artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Michael Boddicker .... special synthesized effects
Milton C. Burrow .... supervising sound editor
Scott Burrow .... assistant sound editor
Gary Cunningham .... sound mixer (additional photography)
Walter A. Gest .... post-production sound recordist (as Walter Gest)
Robert Gravenor .... production mixer
Robert Jackson .... boom operator (additional photography)
Roxanne Jones .... assistant sound editor
David J. Kimball .... sound post-production mixer (as David Kimball)
Rick Kline .... sound post-production mixer
William L. Manger .... sound editor (as William Manger)
Donald O. Mitchell .... sound post-production mixer
Bill Nicholson .... sound post-production mixer
Robert A. Reich .... sound editor
Gary Ritchie .... post-production sound recordist
Jerry Rosenthal .... sound editor
Jack Woods .... loop dialogue editor
Doc Goldstein .... sound mix engineer (uncredited)
Thomas Meloeny .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Donald C. Rogers .... technical director of sound (uncredited)
Douglas J. Schulman .... playback operator (uncredited)
Douglas J. Schulman .... utility sound (uncredited)
Mark Server .... boom operator (uncredited)
Jerry Trent .... choreo and dance foley (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Burt Dalton .... special effects
Andy Evans .... special effects (as Andy C. Evans)
Gary D. Bierend .... special effects crew (uncredited)
Wayne Rose .... special effects (uncredited)
Bruno Van Zeebroeck .... special effects crew (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Randall Balsmeyer .... animation designer: special visual effects unit (as Randy Balsmeyer)
Paul Chervin .... optical printer operator: special visual effects unit
Louis Goold .... layout artist: special visual effects unit
Richard Greenberg .... special visual effects producer/designer
Robert M. Greenberg .... special visual effects producer (as Robert Greenberg)
Frederick Greene .... optical printer operator: special visual effects unit
Joel Hynek .... optical photography supervisor: special visual effects unit
Jeffrey Kleiser .... layout artist: special visual effects unit
Dorse A. Lanpher .... special effects: animation sequence unit (as Dorse Lanpher)
John Lindahl .... animation camera: special visual effects unit
Liz Maihock .... assistant animator: special visual effects unit
Sandra Payne .... assistant animator: special visual effects unit
Janos Pilenyi .... layout artist: special visual effects unit (as Janos O. Pilenyi)
Larry Plastrik .... additional optical supervisor: special visual effects unit
Larry Plastrik .... effects editor
Mark Plastrik .... animation camera: special visual effects unit
Bill Roberts .... optical printer operator: special visual effects unit
Louie Schwartzberg .... time lapse photography (as Lou Schwartzberg)
Ruth Smerek .... visual effects editorial supervision
Kenneth Stytzer .... animation design supervisor: special visual effects unit
James Szalapski .... model photography: special visual effects unit (as Jim Szalapski)
Brian Williams .... model maker: special visual effects unit
Richard Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Larry Barbier .... still photographer
Garrett Brown .... Steadicam operator
Joly Erickson .... electrician
Earl Gilbert .... gaffer (as Earl R. Gilbert)
Donald Glenn .... grip (as Don Glenn)
Gary Goldman .... camera planning: animation sequence unit
Rhio Haessig .... best boy electrician
Joe Jiuliano .... animation camera: animation sequence unit
Stephen Johnstone .... electrician (as Steven Johnstone)
William Kenney .... dolly grip (as Bill Kenney)
Glade Knight .... electrician
Patrick Marshall .... rigging gaffer (as Pat Marshall)
Michael Orefice .... electrician
Jeff Purpus .... grip
James M. Pursell .... special camera operator
Bill Roe .... camera assistant (as William Roe)
Gaylin P. Schultz .... key grip (as Gaylin Schultz)
Bernie Schwartz .... best boy grip
Robert C. Thomas .... camera operator (as Bob Thomas)
Chuck Warren .... animation camera: animation sequence unit (as Charles Warren)
Ron Woodside .... electrician
Frank Detone Jr. .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Alan R. Disler .... camera assistant (uncredited)
Adam Glick .... set lighting technician (uncredited)
Joe Kelly .... grip (uncredited)
David Morton .... electrician (uncredited)
Michael J. Schwartz .... electrician (uncredited)
Emmanuel Vouniozos .... on-set technician (uncredited)
Richard Walden .... additional assistant camera (uncredited)
Animation Department
Don Bluth .... animator: animation sequence unit
Jim Coleman .... background artist: animation sequence unit
Lorna Cook .... assistant animator: animation sequence unit (as Lorna Pomeroy)
Fred Craig .... production associate: animation sequence unit
Milton Gray .... assistant animator: animation sequence unit
Heidi Guedel .... assistant animator: animation sequence unit
Bruce Heller .... assistant animator: animation sequence unit
Emily Jiuliano .... assistant animator: animation sequence unit
Skip Jones .... assistant animator: animation sequence unit
Dan Kuenster .... assistant animator: animation sequence unit
Diann Landau .... assistant animator: animation sequence unit
Linda Miller .... assistant animator: animation sequence unit
Steven Muller .... assistant animator: animation sequence unit (as Steve Muller)
Carmen Oliver .... color coordinator: animation sequence unit
Vera Pacheco .... assistant animator: animation sequence unit (as Vera Law)
Dave Spafford .... assistant animator: animation sequence unit
Olga Tarin-Craig .... production associate: animation sequence unit (as Olga Craig)
Casting Department
Gregg Smith .... dance casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Barbara Black-Sterne .... costume sketch artist
Deborah Curtis .... costumer (as Debbie Curtis)
Michael Fitzpatrick .... costumer
Shanan Harrell .... costumer
Mark Peterson .... costume supervisor
Marilyn Vance .... assistant costume designer
Chuck Velasco .... costumer
Pamela Wise .... costume supervisor (as Pam Wise)
Gregory B. Peña .... daily set costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Nathan Cohen .... assistant color timer
Lisa Day .... assistant film editor
Fletcher Harlan .... negative cutter
Joseph L. Hedgecock .... negative cutter
Tina Hirsch .... co-editor
Bob McRoy .... assistant color timer
Richard Ritchie .... color consultant (as Dick Ritchie)
Larry Rovetti .... supervising color consultant (as Larry J. Rovetti)
Robert Yamamoto .... apprentice film editor (as Rob Yamamoto)
Dennis Michelson .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Allison Caine .... vocal effects advisor
Doreen A. Dixon .... assistant music editor
George Doering .... musician
Richard Hazard .... orchestrator: Barry DeVorzon (as Dick Hazard)
Richard Hewson .... big band and string arrangements: John Farrar
David J. Holman .... music engineer: John Farrar (as David Holman)
Stephen A. Hope .... music editor
Kenneth Karman .... music editor
Reinhold Mack .... music engineer: Jeff Lynne (as Mack)
Fred Prior .... music editor
Michael Tronick .... music editor
Dennis S. Sands .... music scoring mixer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Steve Hellerstein .... transportation captain
Chris Haynes .... driver (uncredited)
Frank Khoury .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Ann Ashcraft .... production assistant
Bill Butler .... technical assistance in skating sequences
Paul Cajero .... production assistant
Russell Clark .... assistant choreographer
Gilda Collins .... assistant to producer
Roger Davies .... assistant to executive producer
Kathy DeArmond .... assistant: Carol Shapiro Janson
Darcy Fleming .... special skating consultant
Mike Fleming .... special skating consultant
Richard Greenberg .... producer/designer: main title
Betty A. Griffin .... script supervisor (as Betty Abbott Griffin)
Brendan Higgs .... assistant: Jeff Lynne
Gus Hill .... caterer
Carol Shapiro Janson .... publicity coordinator
Judy Lynn .... technical assistance in skating sequences
Joan Marcus .... special promotion consultant
Jody Merl .... assistant: Robert Greenwald
Kenny Ortega .... choreographer
Chris Platel .... assistant to executive producer
Cliff Richard .... singing double: Michael Beck
Alex Romero .... dance effects supervisor
Dana Sharpe .... assistant: Olivia Newton-John
Greg Smith .... assistant choreographer
Elaine K. Thompson .... assistant to co-producer
Robert Thompson .... assistant choreographer (as Bob Thompson)
Jerry Trent .... choreographer
Jeff Winn .... craft service

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Additional Details

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96 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (London premiere Print) | Dolby

Did You Know?

The movie was heavily promoted in the months leading up to its release. In May 1980, Cliff Richard and Gene Kelley appeared on the TV special Olivia Newton-John: Hollywood Nights (1980) (TV). In August, Newton-John, Richard and The Tubes appeared on "The Midnight Special" (1972). The same week, "Making Xanadu," a 30 minute making-of TV special, aired in syndication, and there were also tie-in radio specials on Newton-John and E.L.O.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: The keyboard player in the "Dancin'" segment.See more »
Danny McGuire:You know, I used to be in the music business, but now I'm what you might call retired. It's a refined name for bum.See more »
All Over the WorldSee more »


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37 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
Forehead-Slapping, Surreally Hilarious Hodgepodge Makes for a Unique Viewing Experience, 30 January 2006
Author: Ed Uyeshima from San Francisco, CA, USA

I was amazed to discover that the director of this legendary fiasco is the same Robert Greenwald who would go on to make several shrewdly observed documentaries nearly a quarter century later - "Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism", "Uncovered: The War on Iraq", "Unconstitutional: The War on Our Civil Liberties". What surprises me even more is how in its sheer, misguided exuberance one can just giggle at the studio mindset that came up with the hilariously awful concept and resulting production. On one hand, "Xanadu" is like passing by a car can't help but stare. On the other, you have to celebrate the fact that it is indeed unique and that we will never see a musical fantasy extravaganza as bizarrely conceived again...hopefully.

A mishmash of surreal, forehead-slapping elements that never really congeal, the 1980 movie's fanciful storyline centers on Sonny Malone, a struggling LA commercial artist tired of recreating album covers on canvas for a record company. He is visited by Kira, one of nine muses from ancient Greece, who come to life from a Venice Beach wall mural (set amusingly to ELO's "I'm Alive"). She inspires Sonny to partner with Danny McGuire, a wealthy eccentric whom she may have inspired when he was a big band clarinetist with his own supper club in New York 35 years earlier. Together, they decide to take the dilapidated, art-deco Pan Pacific Auditorium and turn it into a roller disco club called Xanadu. If that doesn't sound preposterous enough, the cardboard dialogue, overdone Vegas-style sets and cheesy special effects compound the absurdities exponentially.

At her virginally pretty peak, the florescent-lighted Olivia Newton-John plays Kira in the same wide-eyed manner she displayed as Sandy in "Grease". That she is able to sing, dance and skate with some ease is a pleasant albeit limited surprise. Looking like the lost Bee Gee, a wooden Michael Beck is a blank slate as Sonny, delivering lines as if playing a romantic lead amounts to an alien encounter. As Danny, the 68-year old Gene Kelly is simultaneously celebrated and humiliated as his character is ridiculously drawn in very broad strokes. He provides the film's one unequivocally lovely moment as he shows his still-fluid movements dancing with a uniformed Newton-John on the evocative big-band number, "Whenever You're Away From Me". Between her smooth singing and Kelly's soft-shoe dexterity, it's quite magical. Unfortunately, later on, Kelly goes through a series of color-challenged pimp outfits in the silly costume number set to ELO's toe-tapping "All Over the World".

But Kelly is not the only victim here as silly moments abound - a hilariously overdone 1945-meets-1980 musical fantasy extravaganza, "Dancin'", featuring 80's rock band, the Tubes, and outlandish, Solid Gold-type choreography; and there are a couple of gooey pas de deux numbers between Newton-John and Beck - one amid rising palm trees and other props set to "Suddenly" and the other set to ELO's "Don't Walk Away" with the pair wackily transformed into fish and lovebirds in a Don Bluth cartoon sequence. The most spectacularly inane moments are saved for last - the tacky final production number with a split-screen Kelly skating and Newton-John singing the title tune as she goes through a gamut of irrelevant musical genres and variety revue costumes.

The pacing of this movie feels very off and the editing choppy, as the 93-minute movie alternately skitters and drags along coming to a dead halt with Newton-John's overlong number in Tron-like heaven on "Suspended in Time". By the time the movie mercifully ends, one feels the same way an audience member felt watching "Springtime for Hitler" in "The Producers" - utter disbelief yet an unexplainable giddiness about how ludicrously it was all presented. I have to admit some of the music is damnably catchy, for example, "Magic". By the way, I saw this movie not on DVD but on the big screen in a pristine print at the fully packed Castro Theater in San Francisco as part of a roller-disco midnight madness program, and the crowd went wild at every absurdity. I have no doubt that this is the optimal way to see this movie.

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