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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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The music is on his side. See more »

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Drama | Music | Romance

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17 February 1984 (USA)  »

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$8,200,000 (estimated)

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$8,556,935 (USA) (19 February 1984)

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$80,035,402 (USA)
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Tom Cruise and Rob Lowe were both slated to play the lead. The casting directors were impressed with Cruise because of the famous underwear dance sequence in Risky Business (1983), but he was unavailable for the part because he was filming All the Right Moves (1983). Lowe auditioned three times and had dancing ability and the "neutral teen" look that Director Herbert Ross wanted, but he pulled his knee, and the injury prevented him from taking the part. After watching Diner (1982), Ross had to convince the producers to go with Kevin Bacon. See more »

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When Ariel is going from the car to truck, the stereo in the back window of the truck disappears and reappears between shots. See more »

Quotes

Willard: Woody over here don't know a dance from a dipstick.
Woody: And you do? You do, huh? Which way is left? Willard, which way is your left?
[Willard looks perplexed]
Woody: He don't know his left foot from his right foot.
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Referenced in Casualty: Forsaking All Others: Part Two (2015) See more »

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Footloose
Written by Kenny Loggins and Dean Pitchford
Performed by Kenny Loggins
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fantastic my sons loves it
20 January 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

my 20 month old son loves footloose he first watched when he was 6 months old and now watches it 2-3 times a day its fantastic and dances every time its on and follows the steps that they perform he knows footloose is about to start as soon as the paramount picture comes up on the screen. i recently had to buy another copy of this movie as he had worn the first one out he also has a copy in his granddads van so he watch it whilst out.if there was ever a remake of this film I'm sure my son would love it just as much a the original one. i think it amazing that a film from the 80's can please a 20 month old baby it amazed me and my family and i hope he will continue to like it a long time yet


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