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Can't Stop the Music (1980)

A pseudo autobiography of disco's The Village People.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Simpson ... Village People: Policeman
... Village People: Construction Worker
Felipe Rose ... Village People: Indian
... Village People: Cowboy
Glenn Hughes ... Village People: Leatherman
Alex Briley ... Village People: G.I.
... Samantha
... Ron White (as Bruce Jenner)
... Jack Morell
... Steve Waits
... Sydne Channing
... Helen Morell
... Norma White
Altovise Davis ... Alicia Edwards
Marilyn Sokol ... Lulu Brecht
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In this pseudo audio biography of the Village People, Jack Morell (a thinly disguised caricature of the group's founder, Jacques Morali) is a struggling composer desperate to gain fame with his songs, but all he needs is a group to sing them. With the help of his roommate Samantha and a lawyer named Ron, Jack forms a group of six "macho men" from his Greenwich Village neighborhood, and the rest of the film details their rise to fame from New York City to a climatic concert in San Francisco. Written by matt-282

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20 June 1980 (USA)  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,000,000
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2.35 : 1
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The lead role was originally offered to Olivia Newton-John, who turned it down to do Xanadu (1980). See more »

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In Sam's apartment, Jack's bottle of Dr. Pepper turns into a can in the next room. See more »

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Lulu: Housework is like bad sex. Every time I do it I swear I will never do it again. Until the next time company comes.
Samantha: Tacky.
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Y.M.C.A.
Music by Jacques Morali
Lyrics by Henri Belolo and Victor Willis
Performed by The Village People
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Someone please stop the music...
26 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

Boy, where to start? My memory might fail me, but how about Steve Gutenberg rollerskating down the streets of New York, dancing to his transistor radio and wearing his corduroy OP short shorts and an Izod shirt with the collar flipped up? The mirroring camera "tricks" are sophomoric and silly, and the entire sequence sets the tone for the implausible film that follows. I wouldn't be surprised if that scene took months to film as Gutenberg was probably beaten up a multitude of times and they needed to splice together bits and pieces of footage. It isn't exactly Rocky running through the warehouse district of Philly, is it? No... No it's not. How about the brilliant decision to cast Bruce Jenner, fresh off the crowd-pleasing performance on a box of Wheaties? The best moments of the film are of the Village People following closely behind Jenner in his bare midriff t-shirts with cozy little smiles on their faces. Not even Jenner's classic method acting style was enough to help the rest of the cast rise to the ankle-level material here. I seem to recall a scene where they decide on a name for the band... "Hey... We're all from the Village, so why not The Village... PEOPLE?" Then the Village Person dressed as the Indian chief showed his approval by employing the classic Indian war call; hooting while popping his hand over his mouth. I nearly fell out of my chair.

And what about the fellow who comes to the band "try-outs" with the flaming batons? I think there was a message in there somewhere...

This film is hysterical for a million different reasons and therefore, a complete failure. Surely a must-see in order to provide acute awareness of the bad taste high-water mark.


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