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The Music, The Film, A Place Where Dreams Come True. [UK] See more »
The story of a girl who makes dreams come true. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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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
Cindy Leake ... 40's Singer #2
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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96 min
Color (Technicolor)
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4-Track Stereo (London premiere Print) | Dolby

Did You Know?

The original budget was $4 million, but costs rose to $13 million. Universal head Ned Tanen fired Joel Silver, who immediately went to work for his friend and mentor Lawrence Gordon, who was also a producer on the film, and put Joel Silver back on the project.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: The keyboard player in the "Dancin'" segment.See more »
Sonny:I've come to take you out of here.
Kira:It can't be done. No one's ever taken anyone out of here. Not in the whole history of... the whole history!
Sonny:I'll make them let you go. Zeus! Zeus, you hear me?
Kira:Oh, God.
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21 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
I hope you like your musicals extra-cheesy, 26 April 2005
Author: mentalcritic from Southern Hemisphere

Xanadu, which has received some scathing one-sentence reviews, flopped in a big way at the box office, and even helped inspire the creation of the Razzies, is underrated. Not as underrated as that statement would normally imply, but enough. The reason why it is underrated is similar to the reason why it stinks. Xanadu consists of two parts, each of which can be divided into two parts depending on how successful each scene making up those two parts are.

The first part is all dialogue, in which Michael Beck, Gene Kelly, Olivia Newton-John, or combinations thereof, spend a lot of screen time talking about the importance of following one's dreams. The success of this part of the film depends largely on how tightly integrated it is with the musical part. When the male leads discuss music in particular, it starts to fall flat as the artistic sentiment of a bygone era tries unsuccessfully to gel with the lowest-common-denominator mentality of what was then the present. The music sequences that fit in with this rule tend to suffer a lot, too. The attempt to blend a 1940s jazz band with Electric Light Orchestra, who were never really that representative of any culture, even those of the 1980s, is especially embarrassing. It dates the whole film beyond return.

On the other hand, when the musical and dialogue sequences are not connected to one another, they work so well. Michael Beck's dialogues with the supporting cast about how his dreams of artistic freedom failed are brilliantly executed. The dialogue between Beck and Kelly in which the latter basically tells the former that quitting now will leave him with a lifetime of regret is pure gold. The conversation in which Beck's and Newton-John's characters argue with the voices of the gods, performed by Wilfrid Hyde-White and Coral Browne, works wonderfully in spite of the ludicrous costume on Beck. But the real gem in this flick is the climactic rollerdisco scene. I don't know how long it took them to coordinate and stage this myriad of sequences, but the result was worth every bit of effort.

Unfortunately, the film is not without its problems. Many sequences are either boring or outright ludicrous. The animated part in particular fails to fit in with the rest of the film. Major rewrites began close to production as the producers tried to distinguish the production from other rollerskating-themed films of the time. According to Olivia Newton-John, the film was literally being written as it was shot, and nowhere does this show more than in the final musical sequences of the aforementioned rollerdisco scene. It was as if the makers decided to put in as many shots of Olivia singing and dancing in as many costumes as they could. Perhaps the problem was in the editing, as the aforementioned on-the-spot writing would have caused a problem with knowing exactly when to call it over. Truth be told, it does stretch a little past its welcome, if only by a few minutes. But then, show me a film that is not guilty of the same offense, and I will show you a masterpiece.

Truth be told, this film is nowhere near as bad as the IMDb rating would have you believe. It is not all that good, either, but it gets a little bit more right than wrong. Compared to excruciatingly bad musicals that take themselves far too seriously, such as the recent Chicago adaptation, this is pure gold. Hence, in spite of a lot of problems, I rated Xanadu a seven out of ten. It is a real guilty pleasure of a film, and really needed more time in pre-production, but it is entertaining for more than half of its running time, which is more than I can say for a lot of other films. Especially of this genre.

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