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Flashdance (1983)

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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Take your passion... And make it happen! See more »

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Drama | Music | Romance

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15 April 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Electrodanza  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)

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$94,900,000 (USA)
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This movie has been widely acknowledged as the first film ever to become a smash hit largely due to MTV. When it opened in the spring of 1983, it had a decent but modest $6 million+ weekend, but the soundtrack immediately became a best-seller in the U.S. The film's music producers and credited artists like Irene Cara then worked very quickly to film videos for songs such as "What a Feeling" and "Maniac" to get them on MTV. The huge draw of MTV with younger viewers led to the film sustaining its audience well beyond what was then expected for films that were released outside of the summer or winter holiday periods, were rated R, or didn't have major stars involved. And the cycle of songs-videos continued for several months, resulting in "Flashdance" having a wide-for-1983 release slate until that September and becoming a massive hit with over $90 million box office receipts. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
Nick: l'll tell you what. l'll give you the Cowboys and three.
Pete: Three and a half.
Nick: Take three, be happy.
Pete: Three and a half. l'm ecstatic.
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Soundtracks

I'll Be Here Where the Heart Is
Performed by Kim Carnes
Courtesy of EMI America Records
Music and Lyrics by Kim Carnes, Duane Hitchings and Craig Krampf
Produced by Keith Olsen
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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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