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Footloose (1984)

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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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$8,200,000 (estimated)

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$80,000,000 (USA)
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In the DVD commentary, Kevin Bacon revealed that the co-ed extras in the locker room scene were paid $20 apiece to appear nude. See more »

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In one scene with Rev. Moore, the nursery/preschool in the foreground shows two children's toys still sitting atop "apple boxes," likely from a previous scene where the toys were raised to film height. See more »

Quotes

Reverend Shaw Moore: [to Ariel] Your mother didn't think you had any money with you.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Crawling Hand (1989) See more »

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Holding Out for a Hero
Written by Jim Steinman and Dean Pitchford
Performed by Bonnie Tyler
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Hot....white hot...
31 May 1999 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

There is no doubt about it, this film is pure cheese.

You absolutely must see this film if only for the unbelievable scene in which Kevin Bacon "works out some emotions" in the warehouse. The soundtrack is fierce! Let's hear it for the boy??? This film is what the 80s were all about.


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