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Footloose (1984)

PG  |   |  Drama, Music, Romance  |  17 February 1984 (USA)
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A city teenager moves to a small town where rock music and dancing have been banned, and his rebellious spirit shakes up the populace.

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Classic tale of teenage rebellion and repression features a delightful combination of dance choreography and realistic and touching performances. When teenager Ren McCormack and his family move from big-city Chicago to a small Midwestern town, he's in for a real case of culture shock. Though he tries hard to fit in, the streetwise Ren can't quite believe he's living in a place where rock music and dancing are illegal. However, there is one small pleasure: Ariel Moore, a troubled but lovely blonde with a jealous boyfriend. And a Bible-thumping minister, who is responsible for keeping the town dance-free. Ren and his classmates want to do away with this ordinance, especially since the senior prom is around the corner, but only Ren has the courage to initiate a battle to abolish the outmoded ban and revitalize the spirit of the repressed townspeople. Fast-paced drama is filled with such now-famous hit songs as the title track and "Let's Hear It for the Boy". Written by Anonymous

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He's a big-city kid in a small town. They said he'd never win. He knew he had to. See more »

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$8,200,000 (estimated)

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$80,000,000 (USA)
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Wes: Seems that a bunch of kids was raising some hell over at Burlington Cranton's property a few days back. Tore up the fields, turned over a tractor and everything. Today someone suggested to me there's been some trouble up at the high school. I think it was drugs. You don't happen to know anything about that, do you.
Ren: [Quietly] No.
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Amy: He said no.
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When you are the only boy among three girls you get dragged to films like this.
17 December 2010 | by See all my reviews

I spent the night with two of my cousins when I was young. Along with me was my sister so I got dragged to "Footloose" and suffice to say I was bored out of my mind! This is just not a film for a nine year old kid and not really for me now either. It is just not a movie that is going to crack my fave films of all time for obvious reasons. The main one being I like to see movies as an escape and when escaping with this film I get to go into a small town where dances and such are not allowed. What fun! Especially considering I live in Alabama in a small town I just have no urge to revisit places like this on the big or small screen. The film does star Kevin Bacon though, and he is not the typical lead in a film such as this so he adds something to the film as does John Lithgow. Though not enough as the rest of the cast is typical of a mindless flick such as this. The premise is bland, the film is bland, that song by Kenny Loggins was kind of catchy though. Still, this is not a favorite genre of mine so this film is not going to be something I would care to see again.


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