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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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The music is on his side. See more »

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17 February 1984 (USA)  »

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$8,200,000 (estimated)

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$80,000,000 (USA)
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Dianne Wiest, who plays Ariel's mother, Vi, is only 9 years older than Lori Singer (Ariel). See more »

Goofs

When the brick is thrown into Ren's home, it is tossed through the front ground-floor window. In the next scene, the brick is found by the family in the girls bedroom, which appears to be on the second floor. Directly following this, Ren is seen sitting in the living room by the front door. This should be the room that the brick ended up in, considering its position - but it isn't. See more »

Quotes

Ethel: You gonna wear that tie?
Ren: Yeah.
Ethel: I think you might want to dress down for now.
Ren: Why? I like the tie.
Ethel: September, when you go to college, you can dress like David Bowie. Come on, let's go.
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Footloose
Written by Kenny Loggins and Dean Pitchford
Performed by Kenny Loggins
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Harmless fun and lots of memories
14 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

'Footloose' is harmless fun that brings on a wave of nostalgia any time I see it on cable. I remember seeing this movie at the local multiplex when it was new, loving the music, and loving the rebellion in the film even more. What fourteen year old "under the thumb of oppressive authority (translation: be home by 11pm, young man!)" wouldn't love that stuff.

I remember that this was the soundtrack everyone had to have that year. And who didn't have "Almost Paradise" played at the school dance that year?

I remember reading articles in newspapers about the success of this movie. Some said it was a return to making musicals in Hollywood, perhaps overstating and/or misunderstanding the movie's appeal.

Of course, watching it now as an adult I can see that it isn't very realisitc, especially when one realizes that most of the issues in this movie would have been easily solved with one well-publicized lawsuit from the ACLU. But hey, I've always maintained that movies are built for entertainment purposes, which gives them the right to suspend reality for an hour or two!


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