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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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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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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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Jennifer Beals was literally half Michael Nouri's age when they made this film. She was 18, he was 36. See more »

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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 »

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[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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Referenced in Riding in Vans with Boys (2003) See more »

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The Nearness of You
By Ned Washington & Hoagy Carmichael
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She Can Have It All 'Cause She's Dancing For Her Life (?)
16 November 2016 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

OK. Let's face it, folks - If you actually took away Flashdance's "Giorgio Moroder"-driven soundtrack, as well as the impressive dance sequences where the uncredited Marine Jahan doubled for Jennifer Beals (who couldn't dance her way out of a wet, paper bag) - Then (Yes. Indeed) this dull-edged story about an 18-year-old welder-cum-dancer (Can you believe such a preposterous scenario as that?) would have been a major flop-eroo like no other.

Released in 1983 to great fanfare - Flashdance was produced on a relatively modest budget of just $7 million. Yet. In its first year, alone, it actually grossed over $200 million, worldwide, at the box-office.

And, speaking about anyone seriously thinking about taking up welding as a means of employment - Believe me - It's definitely one of those super-unhealthy trades where one is up close and inhaling all sorts of noxious fumes and gases, non-stop. Yep. Being a welder will fry your brain in not time flat.


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