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Thank God It's Friday (1978)

It's Friday and everyone is going to the hot new disco. The Commodores are scheduled to play if Floyd shows up with the instruments and Nicole dreams of becoming a disco star. Other ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Klane

Writer:

Armyan Bernstein (as Barry Armyan Bernstein)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Valerie Landsburg ... Frannie
Terri Nunn ... Jeannie
Chick Vennera ... Marv Gomez
Donna Summer ... Nicole Sims
Ray Vitte ... Bobby Speed
Mark Lonow ... Dave
Andrea Howard Andrea Howard ... Sue
Jeff Goldblum ... Tony
Robin Menken Robin Menken ... Maddy
Debra Winger ... Jennifer
John Friedrich ... Ken
Paul Jabara Paul Jabara ... Carl
Mews Small ... Jackie (as Marya Small)
Chuck Sacci ... Gus
Hilary Beane ... Shirley
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Storyline

It's Friday and everyone is going to the hot new disco. The Commodores are scheduled to play if Floyd shows up with the instruments and Nicole dreams of becoming a disco star. Other characters are there to win the dance contest, or to put a little excitement into a fifth anniversary. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Taglines:

After 5000 years of civilization, we all need a break. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

20 July 1978 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

After Dark See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,200,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$7,300,000
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The animated Columbia Pictures studio logo of a draped woman holding a flag can be seen boogieing and dancing during the very start of the movie. See more »

Goofs

When Gus and Shirley leave the bar, they pass Tony's Porsche. Marv "Leatherman" Gomez's truck is parked next to it. But The Leatherman doesn't arrive till the next scene. See more »

Quotes

Club cashier: [Jeannie brings out the big jar of coins to pay for admission. Cashier shakes his head] IDs?
Frannie: [chuckling to Jeannie] Is he kidding, dear?
Jeannie: He must be, dear.
[turns to cashier]
Jeannie: We haven't been carded in years.
Club cashier: Let's see.
Club cashier: [Frannie and Jeannie give cashier fake IDs] What kind of IDs are these?
Frannie: The regular kind.
Jeannie: They're Idaho driver's licenses.
Club cashier: You ladies are a long way from home.
[...]
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Crazy Credits

In the initial theatrical release, the usually static Columbia Pictures "Torch Lady" logo does a brief dance step to the disco music via animation at the beginning of the film. See more »

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Referenced in When Disco Ruled the World (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

It's Serious
Written by Gregory Johnson (uncredited)
Performed by Cameo
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Thank God It's Friday is a fun '70s disco dance movie
18 July 2007 | by tavmSee all my reviews

After almost 30 years of hearing or reading about the '70s disco movie, Thank God It's Friday, and having taped it for future viewing from AMC 5 years ago, I finally got around to seeing it a couple of hours ago. I must say, I was mainly expecting some cheesy comedy set in a dance club with lame jokes and a bare plot. Instead, most of the intentional punchlines and visual gags worked and I loved the multi-character story lines that occasionally overlapped. Good musical performances by The Commodores and Donna Summer who here plays a struggling singer named Nicole Sims. Her song, "Last Dance" is the highlight of this movie and helped win an Oscar for Best Song for its writers, Giorgio Moroder and Paul Jabara who also plays a character who gets stuck in a staff room backstage. Also appearing are Jeff Goldblum as the club's owner, Debra Winger as a nice girl, and future Berlin lead singer Terri Nunn, who's 16 here, as an underage club hopper. Special mention must go to the guy who plays Marv Gomez (Chick Vennera) who's hilarious dancing on some car roofs having the time of this life. Watch this movie and see if you don't feel the same! By the way, kudos to whoever animated the Columbia Torch Lady dancing...


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