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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.

Director:

John Badham

Writers:

Nik Cohn (story "Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night"), Norman Wexler (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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 Bert Michaels ... Pete
Robert Costanzo ... 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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Where do you go when the record is over... See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

16 December 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Saturday Night See more »

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (PG)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

John Travolta had worked hard on the "You Should Be Dancing" sequence and threatened to quit the film when the studio suggested it should be shot in close up instead of full-body. See more »

Goofs

When Tony is walking down Brooklyn's 86th Street with the paint can, he walks toward the Benson theater marquee. After he hassles the young lady, he walks away from the Benson, back the way he was coming from. 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 »

Alternate Versions

In 2002, AMC (American Movie Classics) showed a new print of 'Fever' with scenes not in the theatrical release nor home version:
  • 1) After Tony's first night at the disco, he and his buddies cruise the bridge, where the song 'Jive Talkin'' can be heard in the background. He gets out of the car, and begins to caress the bridge's structure with his fingertips.
  • 2) After asking Doreen to dance, Tony and Doreen dance to 'Disco Duck'.
  • 3) Tony takes Stephanie back to her Bay Ridge home, where they kiss in the car.
  • 4) Tony signs for a telegram that tells his father has been asked to go back to work.
  • 5) After getting out of the subway, Tony buzzes Stephanie's apartment building.
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Connections

Spoofed in Gingerdead Man 3: Saturday Night Cleaver (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Boogie Shoes
Courtesy of TK Records and Sherlyn Publishing Company, Inc.
Written by Harry Wayne Casey and Richard Finch
Performed by KC & The Sunshine Band (as K.C. and the Sunshine Band®)
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Living Vicariously Through the Weekends.
23 June 2004 | by tfrizzellSee 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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