MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Up 526 this week

Flashdance (1983)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance, Music  |  15 April 1983 (USA)
6.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.1/10 from 30,297 users   Metascore: 35/100
Reviews: 119 user | 49 critic | 9 from Metacritic.com

A Pittsburgh woman with two jobs as a welder and an exotic dancer wants to get into ballet school.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay) (as Tom Hedley) , (screenplay), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 28 Mar 2011
 
a list of 26 titles
created 13 Apr 2011
 
a list of 26 titles
created 23 Jun 2012
 
a list of 24 titles
created 31 Oct 2012
 
a list of 28 titles
created 08 Apr 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Flashdance" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Flashdance (1983)

Flashdance (1983) on IMDb 6.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Flashdance.

User Polls

Won 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Footloose (1984)
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A city teenager moves to a small town where rock music and dancing have been banned, and his rebellious spirit shakes up the populace.

Director: Herbert Ross
Stars: Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, John Lithgow
Dirty Dancing (1987)
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Spending the summer in a holiday camp with her family, Frances "Baby" Houseman falls in love with the camp's dance instructor Johnny Castle.

Director: Emile Ardolino
Stars: Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A Brooklyn teenager feels his only chance to succeed is as the king of the disco floor. His carefree youth and weekend dancing help him to forget the reality of his bleak life.

Director: John Badham
Stars: John Travolta, Karen Lynn Gorney, Barry Miller
Fame (1980)
Drama | Music | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A chronicle of the lives of several teenagers who attend a New York high school for students gifted in the performing arts.

Director: Alan Parker
Stars: Eddie Barth, Irene Cara, Lee Curreri
Grease (1978)
Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. But when they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?

Director: Randal Kleiser
Stars: John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing
Ghost (1990)
Drama | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

After being killed during a botched mugging, a man's love for his partner enables him to remain on earth as a ghost.

Director: Jerry Zucker
Stars: Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A married man's one night stand comes back to haunt him when that lover begins to stalk him and his family.

Director: Adrian Lyne
Stars: Michael Douglas, Glenn Close, Anne Archer
Romance | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

In November 1958, the American teenager Katey Miller moves with her parents and her younger sister to Havana. Her father is an executive of Ford expatriated to Cuba, and Katey is an ... See full summary »

Director: Guy Ferland
Stars: Diego Luna, Romola Garai, Sela Ward
Pretty Woman (1990)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A man in a legal but hurtful business needs an escort for some social events, and hires a beautiful prostitute he meets... only to fall in love.

Director: Garry Marshall
Stars: Richard Gere, Julia Roberts, Jason Alexander
Staying Alive (1983)
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

It's five years later and Tony Manero's Saturday Night Fever is still burning. Now he's strutting toward his biggest challenge yet - succeeding as a dancer on the Broadway stage.

Director: Sylvester Stallone
Stars: John Travolta, Cynthia Rhodes, Finola Hughes
Footloose (2011)
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

City teenager Ren MacCormack moves to a small town where rock music and dancing have been banned, and his rebellious spirit shakes up the populace.

Director: Craig Brewer
Stars: Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
Ron Karabatsos ...
...
...
Philip Bruns ...
Frank Szabo (as Phil Bruns)
...
...
Secretary
Don Brockett ...
...
Durga McBroom ...
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Every day, she works in a man's world. Every night, she dances through the universe that is her dream. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Music

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

15 April 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Electrodanza  »

Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$94,900,000 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Alex Owens, played by Jennifer Beals, is said to be 18-years-old during the movie. Michael Nouri, who portrayed Nick Hurley, was 37-years-old when the film premiered. See more »

Goofs

In the climactic dance, Alex is played by several noticeably different people. See more »

Quotes

Pete: Number 174. 631503.
Nick: Pete, I don't want her zip code.
Pete: It's her Social Security number, asshole. She works for you.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in 30 Rock: Ludachristmas (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Imagination
Performed by Laura Branigan
Courtesy of Atlantic Records
Music by Michael Boddicker, Jerry Hey and Phil Ramone
Lyrics by Michael Sembello
Produced by Phil Ramone
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A surprisingly charming film!
17 October 2002 | by (San Francisco, CA) – See all my reviews

So here's this movie "Flashdance" which has been staring me in the face for years, both in pop culture for over half of my life and on the video rental store shelves, and yet I've never gotten around to checking it out until now.

I was fifteen when this movie was first out and popular. I heard the soundtrack, of course, and loved it to pieces... but I had never been able to watch the movie because it was rated R.

I had grown up having it be, in an odd sort of way, both a part of my life and at the same time *not* a part of my life. I was familiar with its music, images, and even its basic plot outline, but had never seen the movie.

And as an adult, I felt extremely dubious about checking it out. Over the years, I had heard that people either loved it to pieces or hated it. I've heard critics both call it uplifting and fun while others called it nothing more than a string of glittering little music videos strung together on an extremely thin strand of plot (a creation device for a LOT of MTV-era movies such as "Top Gun", "Footloose" and "Purple Rain").

To add to my confusion about whether or not I should give it a try, I had had the same experience with "Saturday Night Fever": I grew up loving the soundtrack to pieces but having never seen the movie... and when I finally did I felt utter disappointment at first, discovering the film to be far darker than expected. Oh sure, I later liked "Fever" okay (actually, I should use the term "appreciated") but still preferred the gorgeous soundtrack to the actual film that was the basis for its existance.

Would I have the same experience with "Flashdance"?

Tonight, I finally decided to, as one character in the film puts it, "hold my breath and take the plunge".

As it turns out, I found it to be a surprisingly charming, entertaining and uplifting film. I was fearing it to be something raunchy, but at it turns out it has a very special, starry-eyed sweet innocence that is difficult to define.

The performance of the equally starry-eyed and innocent Jennifer Beals helps, of course. She brings a wide-eyed sparkle and hopefulness to her role, plus a determination to keep her life on the right track precisely as she feels it ought to go without any major morality screwups, and this adds a wonderful flavour of hope and childlike wonder to her character Alex that just simply grows on you.

Now, it IS true that there are a few flaws here and there, and a couple of editing flaws as well. Plus, the other characters aren't really as developed as hers (but they are developed just enough to demonstrate to her personally the various dos and don'ts regarding attitudes to have while pursuing a dream, voices for her to observe and learn from representing both directions). But none of that matters because the film has a charm all its own. Looking at it today, I can easily see why so many out there loved it: its a beautiful and very encouraging little film. It has a heroine whom anybody could relate with and like; it has wonderful music in it; it has a delicate and lighthearted touch to it which, language and a couple of scenes aside (such as the film's most heartbreaking scene in which Alex saves a desperate friend from throwing life away in a strip joint (a sequence which only lasts about two minutes long--but it's sad and disturbing, not "Oooh, let's put this in to grab male members of the audience!"--which is most likely the only ingredient to earn the film its R rating)), is nevertheless still so pure and true that it could have come straight out of a '70s-made Walt Disney Productions movie (!!!); it's touching and moving... and, of course, it has dance sequences which are fun to watch.

In other words, it was a comforting and uplifting movie released during a time when people, youngsters with career goals in particular, needed one. And if anything, folks still need movies like that out today. It's a happy little film with a happy ending which isn't overdone or unconvincing, and precisely the sort of flick which should be perscribed to those suffering severe depression. Heaven knows that I myself certainly felt encouraged about my own career and life in particular after watching it!

It might not be for everybody, but if the above description I've written voices the sort of movie you personally enjoy then do yourself a big favour and give it a try. Chances are that if you are as naturally starry-eyed and hopeful as Alex is--and believe me, *I* certainly am--then you will easily relate to this delightful little fable.


64 of 74 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Did Jennifer Beals do any of the dancing? kedem524
Flashdance controversy Southern_Chic_345
18??? gwynnethjean
the musical... kaye123
Be patient with me... yiggle
Real Dancer: halgreenhouse-1
Discuss Flashdance (1983) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?