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Director:
Writers:
Aaron Latham (story)
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Release Date:
7 June 1985 (USA) See more »
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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 »
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Awards:
1 win & 3 nominations See more »
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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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Runtime:
115 min | Canada:128 min (Ontario)
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Trivia:
The main cast all strut their aerobics stuff for the camera encore-style for their billing at the start of the closing credits, except for John Travolta, who stands there exhausted.See more »
Quotes:
Jessie:What's wrong with wanting to be the best you can be? What's wrong with wanting to be perfect? What's wrong with wanting to be loved?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Pulp Fiction (1994)See more »
Soundtrack:
William Tell OvertureSee more »

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15 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Perfect? It's anything but!, 11 May 2003
Author: TOMASBBloodhound from Omaha, NE USA

My Goodness, what a bomb! We didn't drop anything this big on Iraq!

Perfect is the story of a Rolling Stone reporter (Travolta) who trips over his ethics, or lack there of while writing two big stories. His first story deals with a computer tycoon in hot water with the U.S. government for selling his products to an Eastern-Bloc country. This angle is played way up considering the lack of details we are told about the situation. No matter, the story you will remember deals with a swanky health club in L.A.. Travolta wishes to write a piece about how health clubs in the 1980s are replacing the singles bars of the 1970s as the #1 place for people to meet. Take that premise and see how long you can stretch it. Director Bridges apparently thought he could drag it out for nearly two hours and still keep our attention.

This film suffers from a severe lack of focus. There are too many location changes to count. There is also too much running around and too much time wasted on insignificant little things. For example, what was up with Travolta's sudden trip to Morocco near the end of the film. It had no purpose what so ever! Another problem this film has is its tendency to drag out every scene to last as long as whatever cheesy 80s dance song is playing in the background. That gets old pretty darn quick.

This film is also hopelessly dated in terms of fashion. If any guy came into my health club wearing tights or a fish-net tank top, he'd probably get beaten up. Bridges & CO also try to recycle a gag that worked in Urban Cowboy. In that film, there was a scene featuring numerous women dressed up for a Dolly Parton look-alike contest. In this film, we get about a hundred people dressed up as Boy George in a scene at a hotel. In Urban Cowboy it worked since there was a legitimate reason for all the people to dress that way. They were at least trying to win a contest. The scene in Perfect is useless and it only serves to date the film even further.

This film was by no means Travolta's worst. Has anyone seen The Experts or Shout? This film did, however, have his most embarrassing scene. In it, he's sweating away in Jamie Lee Curtis's aerobics class and doing a never-ending series of pelvic thrusts to the dance beat. His crotch has obviously been stuffed with a sock, or perhaps the thing Hammer used in his Pumps in a Bump video. Truly hilarious!

Travolta is a talented actor, but he has nothing to work with here. Jamie Lee Curtis is also a great talent, but she is wasted as well. She looks absolutely gorgeous, but her character is so moody and abrasive that we can hardly stand her. The supporting cast of mostly unknowns fills out their respective stereotypical roles as well as they can.

In all, this is a poor film on all levels. It tries to be an insightful look at journalistic ethics and falls flat on its face. It comes off as being little more than a two hour plug for Rolling Stone Magazine. Too Bad.

3 of 10 stars

So sayeth the Hound.

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