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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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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)  »

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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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Trivia

While Deney Terrio has been credited with teaching John Travolta how to dance disco, members of the film's crew, and Travolta himself, credited choreographer Lester Wilson with helping Travolta develop Tony's swagger for the role. "Deney Terio did show John the moves, and I give him credit for that. But I don't think Lester Wilson got nearly the credit that he deserved," actor Paul Pape, who played Double J told Vanity Fair in 2007. "The movie was Lester." See more »

Goofs

(at around 1 min) In the first scene that Tony gets picked up by the boys in front of the candy store to head to the disco, it is clearly seen that the driver of the '64 Impala is in fact a stuntman instead of Bobby C, whose voice is dubbed in and then appears as the driver in the interior car shots. See more »

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[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 Tabloid (2010) See more »

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K-Jee
Courtesy of Philadelphia International Records Inc., Dunbar Music Inc. and Rutri Music, Inc.
Written by Harvey Fuqua and Charlie Hearndon
Performed by MFSB (as M.F.S.B.)
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Living Vicariously Through the Weekends.
23 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

An uneducated Brooklyn teen (John Travolta, in an Oscar-nominated role) lives in a dream world over the weekends as the king of a disco dance floor. Disillusioned, quietly upset with where his life is, Travolta finds solace by dancing in public to Bee Gee's music and finds love with his newest dance partner (Karen Lynn Gorney). The duo practice for an upcoming contest that could mean total success at last for Travolta and the opportunity to get discovered doing what he really loves. Travolta and his friends seem destined to go down a path of destruction though as a soap opera develops for all the key people found within. "Saturday Night Fever" is a total over-achiever as it could have fallen to exploitation tactics of the 1970s, but becomes one of those iconic films that still stands the test of time. Travolta is a revelation in arguably his greatest role. The other players are adequate and the screenplay is deceptively smarter than it appears on the surface. The movie also works as a time capsule to a part of contemporary American history where discos and bell-bottoms were all the rage. Still one of the finer films of the time period. 4.5 out of 5 stars.


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