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Perfect -- A reporter (John Travolta) looks for the inside story on the fitness craze of the '80s only to findtrue love (Jamie Lee Curtis).

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Director:
Writers:
Aaron Latham (story)
Aaron Latham (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
7 June 1985 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
John Travolta and Jamie Lee Curtis work up a sweat together! See more »
Plot:
A female aerobics instructor meets a male reporter doing a story on health clubs, but it isn't love at first sight. | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
"Rolling Stone" gathers no gross.... See more (34 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Ramey Ellis ... City News Receptionist

Alma Beltran ... Grieving Woman
Perla Walter ... Grieving Woman
Gina Morelli ... Grieving Woman

John Travolta ... Adam
John Napierala ... City News Editor

Stefan Gierasch ... Charlie

Jann Wenner ... Mark Roth

Anne De Salvo ... Frankie
Philippe Delgrange ... Maitre d' in New York
Tom Schiller ... Carly Simon's Friend
Paul Kent ... Judge

Murphy Dunne ... Peckerman

Kenneth Welsh ... Joe McKenzie

Michael Laskin ... Government Prosecutor
Robert Stark ... Government Prosecutor
Laurie Burton ... Mrs. McKenzie

Ann Travolta ... Mary
Nanette Pattee-Francini ... Nanette
Robin Samuel ... Robin
Robert Parr ... Robert

Rosalind Allen ... Sterling (as Rosalind Ingledew)

Chelsea Field ... Randy
Dan Lewk ... Steve

Laraine Newman ... Linda

Marilu Henner ... Sally
Mathew Reed ... Roger
Kenny Griswold ... Kenny

Jamie Lee Curtis ... Jessie
Andrea Adams ... Sports Connection Member
Kurek Ashley ... Sports Connection Member
Paul Barresi ... Sports Connection Member
Leslie Suzan ... Sports Connection Member (as Leslie Borkin)

Candy Ann Brown ... Sports Connection Member
Brent Carlton ... Sports Connection Member
Eileen Finney ... Sports Connection Member

Cristian Letelier ... Sports Connection Member
Donna M. Perkins ... Sports Connection Member (as Donna Perkins)
Jill Schachne ... Sports Connection Member
Roger Menache ... Matt
Charlene Jones ... Shotsy

John Wesley ... Eddie
Mario Marin ... Waiter
Lee Nicholl ... Jeff
Stacy Bayne ... Billy
Tracy Bayne ... Bobby

David Paymer ... Managing Editor

Julie Fulton ... Martha
Ken Sylk ... Tod
Jim Vanko ... F.B.I. Agent

Murphy Cross ... Dita
Laura Owens ... Receptionist
Beth Herzhaft ... Researcher
Anson Downes ... Sub-Editor
Renee Tetro ... Staff Member
Ronnie Claire Edwards ... Melody
Joan Edwards ... Melody's Friend
Sam Travolta ... Hotel Desk Clerk
Clarke Wilson ... Chippendales M.C.
Kim Connell ... Sally's Friend
Kim Isaacson ... Linda's Friend
Wendy Shawn ... Party-Goer
Dan Peterson ... Roger's Friend
Douglas Campbell ... Party Pro (as Doug Campbell)
Gregory Hormel ... Party Guest
Daniel Dayan ... Maitre d'
Annick Romain ... French Operator
Steve Solberg ... Assistant Art Director (as Steven Solberg)
Susan Burritt ... Art Department Girl
John Michael Kelly ... Guy at Desk
Bruce Savin ... Front Desk
Jean Lubin ... Stewardess
Kai Maxwell ... Herself
Kevin Boyle ... Himself

Frank Cavestani ... TV Reporter #1
Brian Maguire ... TV Reporter #2
Elaine Perkins ... TV Reporter #3
Maralene Cramer ... Court Reporter
Bob Henry ... Jury Foreman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Susie Coelho ... Party Guest (Cooking dish with other guests) (uncredited)

Lauren Hutton ... Herself - Guest at Mark Roth's Ice Cream Party (uncredited)
Debra Satell ... TV Reporter (uncredited)

Carly Simon ... Herself (uncredited)

Directed by
James Bridges 
 
Writing credits
Aaron Latham (story "Looking for Mr. Goodbody - Health Clubs: The New Singles Bars")

Aaron Latham (screenplay) &
James Bridges (screenplay)

Produced by
James Bridges .... producer
Joan Edwards .... associate producer
Kim Kurumada .... executive producer
Jack Larson .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Ralph Burns 
 
Cinematography by
Gordon Willis 
 
Film Editing by
Jeff Gourson 
 
Casting by
Howard Feuer 
Jeremy Ritzer 
 
Production Design by
Michael D. Haller  (as Michael Haller)
 
Art Direction by
Lynda Paradise 
 
Set Decoration by
Thomas L. Roysden  (as Tom Roysden)
 
Costume Design by
Michael Kaplan 
 
Makeup Department
Del Acevedo .... makeup artist
Rico Cardinale .... hair stylist
Lynda Gurasich .... hair stylist
Brad Wilder .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Kim Kurumada .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Matt Earl Beesley .... additional assistant director
Marty P. Ewing .... second assistant director (as Marty Ewing)
Margaret Nelson .... additional assistant director
Albert M. Shapiro .... first assistant director (as Albert Shapiro)
 
Art Department
Gary Clark .... paint foreman
Giovanni Ferrara .... stand-by painter
Gary Fettis .... leadman
Bill Iiams .... construction foreman
Roger Irvin .... construction coordinator
Jerry Moss .... property master
Ken Peterson .... assistant property master
 
Sound Department
Robert Bradshaw .... sound editor
Robert Crosby .... boom operator (as Robert Crosby Jr.)
Jill Demby .... adr editor
Gordon Ecker .... supervising sound editor
Walter A. Gest .... sound re-recordist
John Leveque .... sound editor
Robert J. Litt .... sound re-recording mixer
Andrew London .... supervising adr editor
Michael Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer
David M. Ronne .... production sound mixer (as David Ronne)
Jeffrey L. Sandler .... sound editor
Robert Scarborough .... cable person (as Rob Scarborough)
David E. Stone .... sound editor (as David Stone)
Elliot Tyson .... sound re-recording mixer
Karen G. Wilson .... sound editor (as Karen Wilson)
Richard E. Yawn .... assistant sound editor (as Richard Yawn)
Richard Brassaw .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Reid Paul Martin .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Greg Orloff .... foley mixer (uncredited)
John Roesch .... foley artist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Stan Parks .... special effects
 
Stunts
Rick Avery .... stunts
Cheré Bryson .... stunts (as Chere Bryson)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bruce Birmelin .... still photographer
Ray De La Motte .... camera operator (as Ray de la Motte)
Carl R. Gibson Jr. .... second grip (as Carl Gibson)
George Holmes .... chief lighting technician
Larry Keys .... best boy
To Lee .... second assistant camera
Aaron Pazanti .... first assistant camera
Bob Rose .... key grip (as Bobby Rose)
Tim Ryan .... dolly grip
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
James P. Cullen .... wardrobe (as Jim Cullen)
April Ferry .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Barry Dresner .... apprentice editor
Kimberly Ray .... assistant editor (as Kim Ray)
Golda Savage .... apprentice editor
 
Music Department
Kathleen Bennett .... assistant music editor (as Kathy Bennett)
Jim Henrikson .... music editor
Elliot Lurie .... associate music supervisor
Becky Mancuso-Winding .... musical director (as Becky Mancuso)
Wallace Potts .... music advisor
Nicolas Pasquale Valle .... music coordinator
Chris Boardman .... orchestrator (uncredited)
George Doering .... musician (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Charles Enzen .... transportation captain
Joel Marrow .... transportation coordinator
Joseph Sullivan .... driver
 
Other crew
Natalie Brown .... assistant choreographer
Kim Connell .... choreographer: aerobics routines
Clive Davis .... creative consultant: Arista
James Dillon .... assistant to producer
Ron Eisenman .... first aid
Jan Garner .... production accountant
Karen Hale Wookey .... script supervisor (as Karen Wookey)
Robert Hatfield .... projectionist
Jerry Jackson .... choreographer
Deborah D. Lee .... first aid (as Deborah Lee)
Roy Lott .... creative consultant: Arista
Penny McCarthy .... production coordinator
John Moy .... craft service
Charles Newirth .... location manager (as Charles J. Newirth)
Wallace Potts .... story researcher
Spencer Quinn .... location manager
Artist W. Robinson .... location assistant (as Artist Robinson)
Jay Sedrish .... assistant production accountant
Douglas E. Stoll .... location manager (as Douglas Evan Stoll)
Ramey E. Ward .... production coordinator (as Ramey Ward)
 
Thanks
Kathryn Bigelow .... thanks
Christie Brinkley .... thanks
Susie Coelho .... thanks
Dagny Corcoran .... thanks
Jonathan Filley .... thanks
Joanne Held .... thanks
Lauren Hutton .... thanks
Michael Ives .... thanks
Mick Jagger .... thanks
Mitchell Lichtenstein .... thanks
Mary MacDonald .... thanks
Lori Openden .... thanks
Nanette Pattee-Francini .... thanks
Michael Peyser .... thanks
Carly Simon .... thanks
Mike Talla .... thanks
Reynaldo Villalobos .... thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


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115 min | Canada:128 min (Ontario)
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Aspect Ratio:
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Trivia:
John Travolta and Marilu Henner were in a relationship at the time this movie was released. The picture was the first of two that the former couple have made together, the other being Chains of Gold (1991).See more »
Quotes:
Linda:I guess I'll go see if I can scare up a gang-bang.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Wear Out The GroovesSee more »

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21 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
"Rolling Stone" gathers no gross...., 22 April 2004
Author: Poseidon-3 from Cincinnati, OH

A legendary flop and a legendarily bad movie, this mess is part three in a career-killing trilogy of Travolta's that also includes "Staying Alive" and "Two of a Kind". It took him a long time to bounce back. It also stalled Curtis's career for a while until "A Fish Called Wanda" rescued her. The story, such as it is, concerns Travolta, a Rolling Stone magazine reporter, looking for a story angle within a huge gymnasium at the height of the aerobics and fitness craze. He's already working on another more important story, but wants this as a back-up in case an all-important interview falls through. He zeroes in on high-profile aerobics instructor Curtis who has a huge following (which often kisses her on the mouth following one of her workouts!) Unfortunately, she's had a major disaster with a reporter in the past and resists being interviewed for his story. In order for there to be a movie, he must wear her down and get her assistance even though there are 90 other instructors at this mega-gym. The film is very unfocused and disjointed throughout. It tries to be too many things: a reflection of investigative journalism, an ethics drama, an examination of self-esteem issues, a music video crash-course in Jazzercise and, most obviously, a jiggle movie with emphasis on lycra-clad spread legs and tight behinds. The script is so crass and stupid with ludicrous lines like, "You're a sphincter muscle..." (this one is repeated often!) and unnecessary subplots which lead nowhere. Travolta is awful. He speaks his lines with his mouth almost open, stares blankly with no skill at conveying what's on his mind and, in the films most celebratedly horrendous scene, gyrates his bulging crotch at the camera ad nauseam while sweat trickles down his pale, clammy face and body. Curtis looks very fresh and attractive most of the film (if a bit sexually ambiguous) eschewing the huge hair and heavy make-up of the times. Her character is a little too self-righteous, but her acting is better than anyone else around. Wenner, a non-actor, provides a jarring presence whenever he appears because he (along with several other "real" people cast in the film) hasn't got the polish to really sell his role even though it reflects his position in real life (as the founder of Rolling Stone!) Most of the other actors in the film either overact horrendously or flat-line. More importantly, the audience does not care about anyone in the film and so does not care when various events and revelations come about. There is some inherent camp value in revisiting the hilarious workout clothes of the 80's and in hearing the bouncy, tacky music of the era, but the movie is way too long for it's subject matter and the music montages wear out their welcome very quickly. And for all the sweating and gyration, there are no sex scenes in the film. Look out for pansexual Burt Reynolds look-alike (and alleged Travolta bed partner) Barresi in the cast as a gym rat eager to show off his body.

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