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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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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 »
User Reviews:
What A Feeling? Where Is The Bathroom? See more (125 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)
Ella Demler ... Little Dancing Girl (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)
Certification:
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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Kim Basinger, Lorraine Bracco, Bo Derek, Daryl Hannah, Heather Locklear and Tatum O'Neal were considered for the role of Alex Owens.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Alex gets home from getting her friend out of the strip club her and nick get into a fight and when she starts slapping his face she hits the window blind causing it to roll up but in the next scene it is down again.See more »
Quotes:
Frank Szabo:You girls eat like pigs.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Pittsburgh (2006)See more »
Soundtrack:
Prélude à l'Après-midi d'un FauneSee more »

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37 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
What A Feeling? Where Is The Bathroom?, 27 June 2015
Author: garthbarnes-83945 from United States

Spoilers Ahead:

Sometimes, it just helps to review the narrative, it really clarifies things. Go out into the world and find: a welder by day, dreams of being a ballet dancer, has a dinosaur as a mentor, lives in a warehouse that must rent for $10,000 per month, dances at the local bar that appears to have a multimillion dollar lighting and sound system? Does this sound real to you? I wish I could explain the plot to you; it does not have one. Basically, Beals and the ugliest dog on earth, hang out either at the dance bar or the warehouse. She does set the template for Baby in DIRTY DANCING by watching out for the world's worst ice skater and exotic dancer. This was later ripped off in the aforementioned stink bomb. The movie has one good song, WHAT A FEELING, that they play twice for a reason. The indigenous score is so awful: Bette Davis' Eyes, Maniac, that they ripped off Gloria by Laura Brannigan to make the soundtrack not stink quite so bad. Oh, I forgot hamburger boy, the world's worst stand up comic. Take it from me, unless it is FATAL ATTRACTION, if it says directed by Adrian Lynne, put the movie back. Do not believe me watch: 9 1/2 Weeks, Jacob's Ladder: his movies suck.

Show of hands, who thought the movie ends with her failing and jumping off a bridge? Please, we all know how it will end even the death of Jurassic woman. The acting is awful; only Triassic woman can even act and she is rarely on screen. Beals and Nouri may be attractive people but their reading of their lines is painful. The movie is slow, boring and badly acted. The music is dreadful. We know the ending before it happens. The climax is awful. If you are going to use a body double for Beals try not to pick someone five inches taller with a more muscular body and lighter skin tone. They have her throw her hair over her face; hey, I could hardly tell. Why does she fly through the air? Did she have the chili? Did the earth stop rotating? Is she from Krypton? Young people, in my theater people were laughing at this scene; it is not moving, it is hilarious. The movie is one of the worst pieces of poop you will ever sit through, don't, get up and turn it off. ABYSMAL MOVIE

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