Anxious about his future after high school, a 19-year-old Italian-American from Brooklyn tries to escape the harsh reality of his bleak family life by dominating the dance floor at the local disco.


John Badham


Nik Cohn (story "Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night"), Norman Wexler (screenplay)
1,522 ( 331)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Travolta ... Tony Manero
Karen Lynn Gorney ... Stephanie
Barry Miller ... Bobby C.
Joseph Cali ... Joey
Paul Pape ... Double J.
Donna Pescow ... Annette
Bruce Ornstein Bruce Ornstein ... Gus
Julie Bovasso ... Flo
Martin Shakar ... Frank Jr.
Sam Coppola ... Dan Fusco (as Sam J. Coppola)
Nina Hansen ... Grandmother
Lisa Peluso Lisa Peluso ... Linda
Denny Dillon ... Doreen
Bert Michaels ... Pete
Robert Costanzo ... Paint Store Customer (as Robert Costanza)


Nineteen-year-old Brooklyn native Tony Manero lives for Saturday nights at the local disco, where he's king of the club, thanks to his stylish moves on the dance floor. But outside of the club, things don't look so rosy. At home, Tony fights constantly with his father and has to compete with his family's starry-eyed view of his older brother, a priest. Nor can he find satisfaction at his dead-end job at a small paint store. However, things begin to change when he spies Stephanie Mangano in the disco and starts training with her for the club's dance competition. Stephanie dreams of the world beyond Brooklyn, and her plans to move to Manhattan just over the bridge soon change Tony's life forever. Written by alfiehitchie

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


For Tony Manero, freedom comes once a week. It comes on Saturday night... it's called Saturday Night Fever. See more »


Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language, sexuality/nudity and some drug content | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


In the episode of VH1's Behind the Music (1997) about the movie, John Travolta addressed the rumors that the below-the-waist shots of Tony in the opening title sequence were done by a body double. Travolta said that it was all him during the sequence except for the one shot where Tony stops and lifts up his shoe to compare it to the shoe in the corner window of the shoe store. That one shot upset him quite a bit because the body double was unsteady on his feet, and Travolta was anything but unsteady on his feet. See more »


When the (former) Father Frank Jr is leaving the Monero household to go to a settlement home in the first shot, the car he is about to enter is a Ford Country Squire (full size) station wagon. In the next shot when he gets in the car and it pulls away, it is a different car: a Ford LTD II (mid size) station wagon. See more »


[first lines]
Pizza Girl: Hi ya, Tony. Two or three?
Tony Manero: Two. Two. Give me two. That's good.
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Crazy Credits

When the title appears on screen, it is done in the style of a neon sign. The word "Fever" is blinking. See more »

Alternate Versions

Version being aired on TNT Network (as of Jan 2002) lists K-JEE in the musical credits. Disco Duck is still not played, however, replaced with generic studio music. See more »


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Composed and Arranged by David Shire
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Gritty urban tale
28 April 2002 | by hayden-8See all my reviews

1977 was the year in which iconoclastic punk and hedonistic disco dominated the music scene. How ironic then that the final number one single in the U.S. of that year was Debbie Boone's "You light up my life". While I think that the punk movement has never been well documented in film fiction, the more popular and mainstream disco culture had several major films dedicated to it. The best of these was Saturday Night Fever (SNF).

The snag is that SNF was NOT a disco movie. Yes, it had dazzling dance sequences, yes, it had a pulsating soundtrack, and, yes, many of the scenes were shot in a disocteque, but I have always felt that the disco theme was peripheral to the real story; the alienation of youth and the acceptance and sanctuary they find in each other and their chosen surroundings. In fact, Nik Cohn's article on which the film was based (and which he later admitted was faked), "Tribal rites of the new Saturday night" would have been a more apposite title. John Travolta perfectly captures this. As Tony Manero he almost ritually prepares himself for his night out, preening himself in front of the mirror, donning his warrior's uniform, and then escaping the drudgery of his existence to his battleground, the local disco where he is the tribal chief.

Gritty, foulmouthed and somewhat downbeat, SNF starkly presented the darker underbelly of the disco subculture.

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English | Italian

Release Date:

16 December 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Saturday Night See more »


Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,878,099, 18 December 1977

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Sound Mix:

Dolby (as Dolby System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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