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Flashdance (1983)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance, Music  |  15 April 1983 (USA)
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A Pittsburgh woman with two jobs as a welder and an exotic dancer wants to get into ballet school.



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Alex Owens is a female dynamo: steel worker by day, exotic dancer by night. Her dream is to get into a real dance company, though, and with encouragement from her boss/boyfriend, she may get her chance. The city of Pittsburgh co-stars. What a feeling! Written by Stewart M. Clamen <clamen@cs.cmu.edu>

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Something happens when she hears the music...it's her freedom. It's her fire. It's her life. See more »


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Release Date:

15 April 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Electrodanza  »

Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)


$94,900,000 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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David Cronenberg was offered the chance to direct but turned it down. See more »


In the opening scene when Alex stops to pet the kitten while on her bicycle going to work, she has a construction helmet on the back of her bicycle. A few seconds later, as she descends down the hill, the helmet is not there. See more »


Johnny C.: See you later Izod.
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Performed by Donna Summer
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Music and Lyrics by Pete Bellotte and Sylvester Levay
Produced by Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte
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16 June 2004 | by (Birmingham, England) – See all my reviews

As other users have said this film is very dated, but not necessarily bad. It was looked upon as a bit of fluff that was very successful in the box office. So now, it would come across as nostalgic (in the same vein as Dirty Dancing). But the thing I do like about it, is just that. Adrian Lyne perfectly captured the time, a post disco era when Break-dancing and Synth Pop were all the rage - Who could forget the FANTASTIC theme song, sung by Irene Cara (Fame) and composed by Synth Pop genius Giorgio Moroder (I feel love - Donna Summer among many others). So what if Jennifer Beals wasn't a great actress? So what if it wasn't her dancing? (Think one of them was a break dancer from "The Rock Steady Crew" - see? All about the era!) she was a good looking girl, and this was a harmless bit of fun at the time.

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