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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Willard (as Christopher Penn)
Elizabeth Gorcey ...
Jim Youngs ...
Douglas Dirkson ...
Lynne Marta ...
Arthur Rosenberg ...
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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 »


Drama | Music | Romance


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Release Date:

17 February 1984 (USA)  »

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Foot-loose  »

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$8,200,000 (estimated)


$80,000,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Michael Cimino was originally hired as director. He was fired when he asked for a $250,000 advance for re-writing the entire screenplay prior to shooting. (The movie's total budget was only $7.5 million.) See more »


When Ren and Willard are driving away from the gas station (before they're pulled over by the police), you can see one of their heads in the rear view mirror. They're talking, but their lips never move. See more »


Willard: Hey, I came with this girl.
Fat Cowboy: Well it doesn't look like you're leaving with her.
Willard: Hey, I guess you didn't hear me the first time.
Rusty: Willard, no fights, you don't even know this guy.
Fat Cowboy: Why don't you just flake off, huh?
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Referenced in A House Undivided (2015) See more »


Dancing in the Sheets
Music by Bill Wolfer
Lyrics by Dean Pitchford
Performed by Shalamar
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Not the best dance movie of the 80s
10 January 2004 | by (Vernon, New Jersey) – See all my reviews

In comparing Flashdance and Footloose, I'd say that Flashdance is more entertaining and believable. Plus the dancing in Footloose is weak, and if dancing has been banned for so long, how can those kids know how to breakdance? 8/10 stars, only because it is a feel good movie.

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