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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
Kevin Bacon was offered the leading role for the Stephen King movie Christine (1983), at the same time that he was asked to do a screen test for Footloose (1984). The producers had to convince Bacon that turning down a sure role in "Christine" for a part he might not even get in "Footloose" was the wiser choice. The producers told him that if he got the part for "Footloose", the role would make him a star. 30 seconds into the screen test, Bacon was offered the part. See more »
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 »
How come you don't like me?
What makes you think that I don't like you?
You never talk to me at school. You never *look* at me!
Yeah, well maybe that's because if I did, your boyfriend would remove my lungs with a spoon.
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"Footloose" is one of the great dance movies of the 1980's. The plot is a little thin at points but nevertheless, the atmosphere of the film makes it good. The dancing is great and the soundtrack is still fun to listen to even today. Kevin Bacon is perfectly cast as is Lori Singer. John Lithgow further shows his versatility as an actor showing that he can play comic and dramatic roles. I love this film and I recommend it to anyone who is a fan of "Flashdance" or "Dirty Dancing".
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