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Flashdance -- A hit movie that became a cultural sensation, Flashdance delivers an electrifying mix of music, drama and dance that dazzles the senses as it touches the heart. Jennifer Beals stars as Alex Owens, a fiercely determined 18-year-old with one all-consuming dream: to study at the Pittsburgh Conservatory of Dance. Working during the day as a welder and at night as an exotic dancer. Alex bravely pursues her dream, undertaking an unforgettable journey that reveals the power of her convictions and teaches her the meaning of love. Directed by Adrian Lyne (Fatal Attraction, 9 1/2 Weeks) and featuring the Oscar winning song "Flashdance - What a Feeling," Flashdance is sparkling entertainment.


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Release Date:
15 April 1983 (USA) See more »
Every day, she works in a man's world. Every night, she dances through the universe that is her dream. See more »
A Pittsburgh woman with two jobs as a welder and an exotic dancer wants to get into ballet school. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jennifer Beals ... Alex Owens

Michael Nouri ... Nick Hurley

Lilia Skala ... Hanna Long

Sunny Johnson ... Jeanie Szabo

Kyle T. Heffner ... Richie

Lee Ving ... Johnny C.

Ron Karabatsos ... Jake Mawby

Belinda Bauer ... Katie Hurley

Malcolm Danare ... Cecil
Philip Bruns ... Frank Szabo (as Phil Bruns)

Micole Mercurio ... Rosemary Szabo

Lucy Lee Flippin ... Secretary
Don Brockett ... Pete

Cynthia Rhodes ... Tina Tech
Durga McBroom ... Heels
Stacey Pickren ... Margo
Liz Sagal ... Sunny
Norman Scott ... Normski
Mr. Freeze ... Mr. Freeze (as Marc Lemberger)
Frosty Freeze ... Frosty Freeze (as Wayne Frost)
Prince Ken Swift ... Prince Ken Swift (as Kenneth Gabbert)
Crazy Legs ... Crazy Legs (as Richard Colon)

Robert Wuhl ... Mawby's Regular
Steve Price ... Mawby's Regular

Matt Landers ... Mawby's Regular
Darren Roy ... Mawby's Regular

Frank Pesce ... Mawby's Regular
Larry John Meyers ... Welder #1
David DiManna ... Welder #2
Helen Dexter ... Dancer at Repertory #1
Mark Anthony Moschello ... Dancer at Repertory #2

Debra Gordon ... Dancer at Repertory #3
Erika Leslie ... Blonde Skater
Jim McCardle ... Ice Rink Official #1
Ernie Tate ... Ice Rink Official #2
Bettina Birnbaum ... Stripper #1
Deirdre L. Cowden ... Stripper #2
Colin Hamilton ... Maitre D'
Tony De Santis ... Waiter #2 (as Tony de Santis)
Marjean Dennis ... Woman at Restaurant
Bob Harks ... Priest
Ann Muffly ... Woman at Hanna Long's
Henry Crowell Jr. ... Racquetball Player (as Hank Crowell)
Frank Tomasello ... Harry
Jumbo Red ... Grunt
Evette De Marco ... Ballet Dancer
Richard Fritz ... Ballet Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mike Berro ... Dance Judge #5 (uncredited)
Monique Gabrielle ... Stripper (uncredited)
Joe Shelby ... Street Person (uncredited)

Directed by
Adrian Lyne 
Writing credits
Thomas Hedley Jr. (screenplay) (as Tom Hedley) and
Joe Eszterhas (screenplay)

Thomas Hedley Jr. (story) (as Tom Hedley)

Produced by
Jerry Bruckheimer .... producer
Peter Guber .... executive producer
Tom Jacobson .... associate producer
Lynda Obst .... associate producer (as Lynda Rosen Obst)
Jon Peters .... executive producer
Don Simpson .... producer
Original Music by
Giorgio Moroder 
Cinematography by
Donald Peterman (director of photography) (as Don Peterman)
Film Editing by
Walt Mulconery 
Bud S. Smith  (as Bud Smith)
Casting by
Gretchen Rennell 
Production Design by
Charles Rosen 
Set Decoration by
Marvin March 
Costume Design by
Michael Kaplan 
Makeup Department
Rick Sharp .... makeup artist
Robert L. Stevenson .... hair stylist
Production Management
Tom Jacobson .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marty P. Ewing .... second assistant director (as Marty Ewing)
Albert M. Shapiro .... first assistant director (as Albert Shapiro)
Art Department
Andrew P. Flores .... labor forman
Walt Hadfield .... construction coordinator (as Walton D. Hadfield)
Mark Wade .... property master
Camille Abbott .... production illustrator (uncredited)
Andrew Probert .... pre-production artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Don Digirolamo .... sound re-recording mixer
Louis L. Edemann .... sound effects editor
Robert Glass .... sound re-recording mixer
David W. Gray .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby (as David Gray)
Cecelia Hall .... sound effects editor
Sean Hanley .... looping editor
Robert Knudson .... sound re-recording mixer (as Buzz Knudson)
George Watters II .... sound effects editor
James E. Webb .... sound mixer (as Jim Webb)
Crew Chamberlain .... boom operator (uncredited)
Samuel C. Crutcher .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Dan O'Connell .... foley artist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Michael Lantieri .... special effects
Marvin Gardner .... special effects (uncredited)
Joe Dunne .... stunt coordinator
Louie Elias .... stunts
George Fisher .... stunts
Ted Grossman .... stunts
Victor Paul .... stunts
George Robotham .... stunts
John Robotham .... stunts
Conrad E. Palmisano .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Sharon Shapiro .... stunt double (uncredited)
Victoria Vanderkloot .... stunt double: Jennifer Beals (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
John J. Connor .... camera operator
Kal Manning .... gaffer (as Wright K. Manning)
Herb Ritts .... still photographer: photographs on the wall
John R. Shannon .... still photographer
Dickson P. Sorensen .... additional photographer
Calvin Sterry .... key grip
Albert Watson .... still photographer: photographs on the wall
Clay H. Wilson .... dolly grip (as Clay Wilson)
Richard Clark .... video playback supervisor (uncredited)
Lawrence Grauman .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Norman Lang .... electrician (uncredited)
Keith Peterman .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Scott Rathner .... second assistant camera: Pittsburgh (uncredited)
Casting Department
Donna M. Belajac .... location casting
Matt Casella .... casting assistant
Rita Clarke Holt .... location casting
Julie Selzer .... casting assistant
Franklyn Warren .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Paula Cain .... costume supervisor
Mark Peterson .... costumer: men
Bobbie Read .... costumer: women
Editorial Department
Richard Alderete .... associate editor
Robert Lederman .... associate editor (as Bob Lederman)
Mitchell Sinoway .... associate editor
M. Scott Smith .... associate editor (as Scott Smith)
Music Department
Adam Fields .... music supervisor
Jim Henrikson .... music editor
Sylvester Levay .... conductor (as Sylvestor Levay)
Sylvester Levay .... music arranger (as Sylvestor Levay)
Phil Ramone .... music supervisor
Russ Regan .... music consultant: PolyGram Records
Ken Topolsky .... music coordinator
Michael Boddicker .... musician (uncredited)
Sylvester Levay .... orchestrator (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Joel Marrow .... transportation coordinator
Dan Marrow .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Other crew
Joanie Blum .... script supervisor
Anne Coe .... assistant: Mr. Lyne
Mauri Syd Gayton .... assistant: Mr. Jacobson (as Mauri Syd Blumenfeld)
Dennis Grisco .... animal trainer
Enid Hertz .... assistant: Mr. Simpson
Jeffrey Hornaday .... choreographer
David Robertson .... assistant: Mr. Bruckheimer
Casey Silver .... assistant: Mr. Lyne
Karen Standard .... assistant: Mr. Bruckheimer
John R. Woodward .... location manager
Mary Lou Devlin .... production secretary (uncredited)
David Israel .... location manager (uncredited)
Marine Jahan .... dance double: Jennifer Beals (uncredited)
Charles Newirth .... location manager (uncredited)
Michele Casale .... the producers wish to thank
Crew believed to be complete

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95 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints)
Argentina:ATP (1998 re-release) (93 min. cut) | Argentina:13 (1998 re-release) (94 min. cut) | Argentina:16 (with restriction) | Australia:M | Brazil:10 | Canada:R (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Chile:18 | Finland:K-12 | Iceland:L | Netherlands:6 | Norway:12 | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:18 | Sweden:11 | UK:15 | USA:R | West Germany:12

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Al Pacino turned down the part of Nick Hurley, because it would compromise with his "gangster" image.See more »
Continuity: When Alex is dancing in the red suit and white face makeup, she just has the red suit on. When we see her again moments later, she has blue leggings on underneath the skirt, which weren't there before.See more »
Nick:What was he before he was a dog?See more »
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42 out of 71 people found the following review useful.
Lively Popular Entertainment, 14 January 2004
Author: James Hitchcock from Tunbridge Wells, England

In recent years there have been a number of British films based on the theme of working-class people who find fulfilment through their cultural activities; examples being Educating Rita (the first and most distinguished), Brassed Off, The Full Monty and Billy Elliott. Such films are frequently described as `quintessentially British' or `something that we can do and Hollywood can't', whereas the truth is that twenty years ago Hollywood was indeed making very similar films, mostly centred upon dancing, such as Saturday Night Fever, Dirty Dancing or Flashdance. Whereas these American films may not have had the covert (or, in the case of Brassed Off, highly overt) political message of their British counterparts, they nevertheless concentrated on differences in social class far more than Hollywood movies usually do.

The heroine of Flashdance, Alex, is a young woman who works as a welder and whose main joy in life is dancing. She moonlights as a dancer in a local nightclub, but her great ambition in life is to become a ballet dancer. The film tells the story of how she achieves that ambition, as well as the story of her romance with a wealthy middle-class divorcee, set against frequent dance sequences as Alex and her ice-skating friend Jeanie go through their paces. The climax comes with a scene in which she auditions for a place at a prestigious ballet academy and treats the judging committee to a bravura display of breakdancing. (Would a ballet school really be prepared to offer a place to a candidate whose dance skills owe more to the disco than to Swan Lake and who seems completely ignorant of balletic idiom?)

The film has its weak points. Although the plot is not as non-existent as some reviewers have felt, it nevertheless tends to take second place to the showpiece dance numbers; at times, it felt as if I were watching an extended series of pop videos. Potentially interesting themes are ignored; for example, Alex is a practising Catholic, but this seems to be a plot device to enable scenes set in the confessional to be used as soliloquies in which she can air her emotional problems. No attempt is made to explore the possible conflict between the demands of her religion and her sexually provocative dancing or her love for a divorcee.

The acting is undistinguished; Jennifer Beals makes an attractive and personable heroine, but it is clear why, despite the success of this film, she did not go on to become a major star. Her acting is too weak to enable her to carry a film; certainly I felt that she would be out of her depth in one that depends more upon plot and less upon song and dance. The other characters are little more than ciphers, with the exception of Hanna, the old lady who acts as Alex's mentor. I could certainly have done without the tasteless ethnic jokes told by Alex's comedian friend.

Yet, despite its faults, I enjoyed this film. Its redeeming feature is the zest and energy of its dance sequences, set to some well-chosen music such as Laura Branigan's Gloria or Irene Cara's title song. It may not be deep or significant, but it is an enjoyable, well-made piece of popular entertainment. 6/10.

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