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Director:
Writers:
Thomas Hedley Jr. (screenplay) and
Joe Eszterhas (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
15 April 1983 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Every day, she works in a man's world. Every night, she dances through the universe that is her dream. See more »
Plot:
A Pittsburgh woman with two jobs as a welder and an exotic dancer wants to get into ballet school. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 10 wins & 14 nominations See more »
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A surprisingly charming film! See more (118 total) »

Cast

  (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)
 
Stunts
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)
 
Thanks
Michele Casale .... the producers wish to thank
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
95 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Andie MacDowell was considered for the role of Alex Owens.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Alex Owens:You like phone booths? You probably just like doing it in a bed, right?See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
He's a DreamSee more »

FAQ

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62 out of 72 people found the following review useful.
A surprisingly charming film!, 17 October 2002
Author: Craig Carrington from San Francisco, CA

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.

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