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Saturday Night Fever (1977)

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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.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Tony Manero
... Stephanie
... Bobby C.
... Joey
... Double J.
... Annette
Bruce Ornstein ... Gus
... Flo
... Frank Jr.
... Dan Fusco (as Sam J. Coppola)
... Grandmother
Lisa Peluso ... Linda
... Doreen
Bert Michaels ... Pete
... Paint Store Customer (as Robert Costanza)
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Storyline

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

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It is now rated PG because we want everyone to see John Travolta's performance... Because we want everyone to hear the #1 group in the country, the Bee Gees... Because we want everyone to catch Saturday Night Fever. See more »

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Drama | Music

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

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16 December 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Saturday Night  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,878,099, 18 December 1977, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$94,213,184

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$237,113,184
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A dance sequence between Tony and Stephanie was choreographed and shot to the song Lowdown by Boz Scaggs, which was a hit at the time of filming. However, when the producers subsequently approached Scaggs' management for clearance to use the song in the film and on the soundtrack album, they refused. Composer, David Shire had to compose a new piece of music with the exact same tempo in order for it to sync with the dance as shot. It was later estimated that the decision to refuse permission for use of the song in the film and on the OST cost Scaggs around five million dollars in royalties. See more »

Goofs

After Tony and Stephanie go out for coffee/dinner for the first time, they walk down the sidewalk together and it's dry out. Just minutes later, Tony drives down the street with his friends and drops one of them off, and the streets are wet. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

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Referenced in NCIS: Road Kill (2008) See more »

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More Than a Woman
Courtesy of RSO Records, Inc., Stigwood Music, Inc. (Unichappell Music, Inc.) BMI and Bros. Gibb, B.V.
Written by Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb and Maurice Gibb
Performed by The Bee Gees
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Stayin' Alive
11 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

Who doesn't remember that song?¿? ah ah ah stayin' alive stayin' alive. Yeah! this movie was a classic!.If we are here to compare it with such movies as The Godfather,Apocalypse Now or Gone with the wind,of course most of the people or cinema critics will think this movie as a joke.But it isn't.Saturday Night Fever was considered in 1977 for liberal or funky people an icon movie such as Rebel Without A Cause was for young people in the 1950's.Today it can even be considered a cult movie.Of course that's only my opinion,but i can tell u i'm also a fan of The Godfather.John Badham made a great job directing this movie.He didn't made only a serious discomusic movie about,but also a movie where problems of young people were having on those days.John Travolta made the lead character of one of those young guys.With his ups and downs during the whole movie Travolta expresses a guy who have urges on being "someone" in this world,and yeah,he did a great job.So good that he was even nominated that year for Best Lead Actor.Need to say more...


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