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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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15 April 1983 (USA)  »

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Electrodanza  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)

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$94,900,000 (USA)
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There is a cutting-room-floor scene between Alex and Hanna, which finds Alex admitting that she was too insecure - not too busy, as she claimed earlier - to apply for membership in Pittsburgh's Repertory Dance Company. Hanna then tells Alex that "Everybody runs sometimes...Eventually, you'll understand that - and then you'll stop running." This scene can be found in certain TV edits of the movie. See more »

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During the first dance number ("He's a Dream"), there is a three-second cutaway to the audience, and when we return to Alex, the pull chain for the water-dump has appeared from nowhere. Later in the dance, another shot from a similar angle shows that it has disappeared again. We know that Mawby's Bar didn't go to the unlikely trouble of elevating the chain out of sight except for the time when it was needed, because if they had, the sudden movement would set it swinging, and we don't see that. See more »

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Alex Owens: Did you know that the smallest penis ever measured was 1.1 inches?
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The Nearness of You
By Ned Washington & Hoagy Carmichael
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Bad but really fun
15 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Okay - the dancing is done by someone else, the script has a bunch of flaws (dialogue being almost the worst), and the basic premise is absurd - an 18-yo dreaming of starting a career in ballet? (In ballet, you're just about approaching the peak of your career at 18.)

However, the movie has some heart-grabbing moments, the score is wonderful, the girls are pretty, and the moral of the story (keep on trying until you win) is as true as it ever was. This is probably the worst movie you'll ever have a wonderful time watching.

As a past professional dancer, I probably watch this movie about once a year. It's an essential part of any dancer's library, regardless of its flaws.


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