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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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17 February 1984 (USA)  »

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$8,200,000 (estimated)

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$80,000,000 (USA)
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Trivia

In the liner notes for the re-released "Footloose" soundtrack (1999), there's a brief introduction by Kenny Loggins which mentions that the script for the film was loosely based on actual events which transpired in the young life of his longtime friend, Footloose (1984) screenwriter Dean Pitchford. See more »

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When Ren is dancing in the factory and is swinging on the high bar-type pole, he is wearing gloves. During the rest of the sequence he is bare-handed. See more »

Quotes

Vi Moore: None of this is going to undue one stupid accident.
Reverend Shaw Moore: I'm responsible for the spiritual life of this community.
Vi Moore: Shaw, you can't be a father to everybody. You can't do that.
Reverend Shaw Moore: I thought that at least *you* believed in me.
Vi Moore: [whispering] I never stopped.
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Connections

Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.13 (2011) See more »

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The Girl Gets Around
Written by Sammy Hagar and Dean Pitchford
Performed by Sammy Hagar
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FYI-This was based on a real story
17 February 2004 | by (US) – See all my reviews

for those of you that have commented that this story is dumb. It was based on a real story. Check the net.

Having grown up in a small town in the bible belt this story is very believable. In fact, in some rural areas in the bible belt, many homes dont have running water! So, don't be so quick to say it isn't believable.

Good movie, good music, nothing else to say.


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