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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

Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: When Alex and her friend are walking home and they encounter street dancers, there is a police car driving slowly in the background. When another dancer steps in the circle, the police car is farther back and again driving slowly towards them.See more »
Johnny C.:See you later Izod.See more »
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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Flashdunce, 17 October 2002
Author: jimu63 from San Marcos, CA

I just watched "Flashdance" for the first time since it came out and my opinion has not mellowed over time. I dubbed it "Flashdunce" then and it remains "Flashdunce" now, a film so lame, inconsequential and annoyingly dumb that it actually made the comparably silly "Footloose" look like "Singing in the Rain" by comparison. Actually, I'm being too hard on "Footloose," since it actually had a plot, some interesting characters, and a point-of-view (to say nothing of a POINT), as opposed to the pointless and silly "Flashdance."

But then why should I be surprised? "Flashdance" was co-written by notorious flop-meister Joe Eszterhaus, who followed this up with the intelligent "Jagged Edge," then dropped such neutron bombs as "Basic Instinct," "Showgirls," and "An Allen Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn" on an unsuspecting public. At least "Flashdance"'s seemingly untalented director Adrian Lyne went on to redeem himself with the "Play Misty for Me" rip-off "Fatal Attraction," to say nothing of "Lolita" and the superior Richard Gere-Diane Lane starrer "Unfaithful." Here he directs the nonexistent story as a serious of brain-numbing music videos, in which the lead actress (Jennifer Beals, who followed this up with an incredibly forgettable film career) is replaced by an obvious double in the dance sequences and then the audience treated like a bunch of idiots when the filmmakers denied a double was used and refused to give her credit for her obvious hard work. I have long contended that the incredible success of films like "Flashdance," which were written in crayon and cynically slapped together without a thought as to whether the plot makes sense or not, have led to the increasingly abysmal state of Hollywood films which are terribly written and forcefed to a braindead audience of Pavlovian dogs who are trained to drool and devour garbage like this.

Okay the plot: Beals is Alex, who dreams of a career as a serious dancer. She's only 18, yet she works as a welder by day and an exotic dancer by night. And by exotic dancer, I mean one that doesn't remove her clothes and gets no more dirty than dousing herself with water and shaking her fully-dressed booty at the audience. She ends up romancing her wealthy boss, helping out her loser collection of friends whenever she can, and visiting a little-old-lady friend who acts as a defacto grandmother to her. Can you see where this is going? Will Alex get an audition to the prestigious Pittsburgh Conservatory of Dance? Will she fall in love with the boss? Will he help her get an audition? Will she get mad at her meddling boyfriend/boss, even though she meddles in everyone else's life? Will she see him with his sister and jealously break up with him without even asking who he's with? Will "Grandma" die? Will she pass her audition? Do we care?

Incidentally, not once does the film answer the most obvious question: just what the hell is a flashdance anyway? And why did audiences care so much about so little? Even at 94 minutes the film seems padded. As for nightmare double features, imagine this: this film was eventually paired with another megabomb from 1983, the Sylvester Stallone-directed "Saturday Night Fever" sequel "Staying Alive," which was rightfully considered the worst film of 1983 ("Flashdance" being runner-up). Pity poor Cynthia Rhodes, the beautiful and talented ingenue who is best known for co-starring in the infinitely better "Dirty Dancing." She appeared in both "Flashdance" and "Staying Alive." Now, that's what I call a bad year. (no stars)

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