5.2/10
11,015
303 user 50 critic

Xanadu (1980)

Trailer
1:56 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $3.99 on Prime Video

ON DISC
A struggling artist living in Los Angeles meets a girl who may hold the key to his happiness.

Director:

Robert Greenwald
Reviews
Popularity
4,114 ( 458)
1 win & 9 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Two of a Kind (1983)
Comedy | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

When God decides to destroy Earth, four angels aim to redeem mankind through a young man and woman with troubles of their own.

Director: John Herzfeld
Stars: John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Charles Durning
Adventure | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

Small town band hits it big, but they must battle a nefarious plot in the music industry.

Director: Michael Schultz
Stars: Peter Frampton, Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb
Biography | Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

A pseudo autobiography of disco's The Village People.

Director: Nancy Walker
Stars: Ray Simpson, David Hodo, Felipe Rose
Xanadu (2013)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Feature length comedy about Richard Butler, a reclusive writer who becomes trapped inside his own novel. Surrounded by characters from his best selling pulp books Richard undergoes a ... See full summary »

Director: Dominic Reynolds
Stars: Kenny Blyth, Jonathan Fegan, Mary Gapinski
Grease (1978)
Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. When they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?

Director: Randal Kleiser
Stars: John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

The cast of the Warriors reunite in Coney Island to see the impact the movie has had there.

Director: Patrick Nicholas Smith
Stars: Michael Beck, Dorsey Wright, David Harris
Xanadu (TV Series 2011)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Well past his glory days, an aging pornographer resists change and clashes with his children, who aim to take the family empire in a new direction.

Stars: Jean-Baptiste Malartre, Julien Boisselier, Nathalie Blanc
Grease 2 (1982)
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

An English student at a 1960s American high school has to prove himself to the leader of a girls' gang whose members can only date greasers.

Director: Patricia Birch
Stars: Michelle Pfeiffer, Maxwell Caulfield, Lorna Luft
Megaforce (1982)
Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  

Story about a rapid deployment defense unit that is called into action whenever freedom is threatened.

Director: Hal Needham
Stars: Barry Bostwick, Michael Beck, Persis Khambatta
Tommy (1975)
Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A psychosomatically deaf, dumb and blind boy becomes a master pinball player and, subsequently, the figurehead of a cult.

Director: Ken Russell
Stars: Roger Daltrey, Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed
Fame (1980)
Drama | Music | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A chronicle of the lives of several teenagers who attend a New York high school for students gifted in the performing arts.

Director: Alan Parker
Stars: Eddie Barth, Irene Cara, Lee Curreri
Mame (1974)
Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

It's the late 1920s. Upon the death of wealthy Chicagoan Edward Dennis, his nine-year old son Patrick Dennis becomes the ward of their only living relative, Edward's equally wealthy New ... See full summary »

Director: Gene Saks
Stars: Lucille Ball, Robert Preston, Bea Arthur
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Olivia Newton-John ... Kira
Gene Kelly ... Danny McGuire
Michael Beck ... Sonny Malone
James Sloyan ... Simpson
Dimitra Arliss ... Helen
Katie Hanley Katie Hanley ... Sandra
Fred McCarren ... Richie
Renn Woods ... Jo (as Ren Woods)
Sandahl Bergman ... Muse #1
Lynn Latham Lynn Latham ... Muse #2
Melinda Phelps Melinda Phelps ... Muse #3
Cherise Bates Cherise Bates ... Muse #4 (as Cherise Bate)
Juliette Marshall Juliette Marshall ... Muse #5
Marilyn Tokuda Marilyn Tokuda ... Muse #6
Yvette Van Voorhees Yvette Van Voorhees ... Muse #7
Edit

Storyline

In Los Angeles, artist Sonny Malone reluctantly returns to his job at Airflow Records - his job to do poster-sized exact renderings of album covers for on-site promotions, the renderings to be as close to the originals as possible - as he could not make a living as a freelance artist, where he could truly use his artistic vision. On his first day back at Airflow, he gets sidetracked by the thoughts of a young woman who literally roller skates into him. What he is unaware of is that their initial encounter and subsequent encounters are not by accident as she, Kira, a muse, was awakened by his lamentations about his art, she sent to help him achieve his artistic vision. This day, Sonny also meets aging Danny McGuire, a former big band musician turned construction company owner, he who wants to return to his roots by owning a live music venue. Danny initially and Sonny also do not know that their meeting is not by accident as Sonny will soon discover that Kira was part of his past. Sonny... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

In Xanadu a golden goddess did decree... Welcome to your own musical fantasy. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 August 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Xanadu See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,471,595, 10 August 1980

Gross USA:

$22,762,571

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,762,571
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (London premiere Print)| Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Famously received the one sentence review: "In a word, Xana-don't". See more »

Goofs

The keyboard player in the "Dancin'" segment. See more »

Quotes

Danny McGuire: Kid can you imagine it?
Sonny: Imagine what?
Danny McGuire: A bandstand. Right over there in that corner. And a big band, like in the 40's
Sonny: Nah, nah, nah. Bandstands went out with running boards. Over there. A great rock 'n' roll band. This is the 80's!
Danny McGuire: Real smooth dancers... wild trombone... the band decked out in tuxedos.
Sonny: Six guys wearing electric orange... synthesizer... heavy precussion... electric guitar.
Danny McGuire: Lots of glamour. Everybody dressed in elegance and style.
See more »

Crazy Credits

"THE END" comes up on the screen, in big old fashioned letters, before the end credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

The 1994 VHS release shows the MPAA rating as "GP," but all other releases show the rating as "PG." See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Fangs (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Suspended in Time
Performed by Olivia Newton-John
Words and Music by John Farrar
Arranged by Louis Clark (undredited)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Not "good", but can be a great deal of fun!
28 January 2006 | by praxagoraSee all my reviews

I originally saw "Xanadu" when it was released in 1980. Gene Kelly was in it, so I had to see it. It didn't hurt that Michael Beck was in it as well. Wow - was I disappointed! I love musicals, especially Kelly's, and "Xanadu" really did not appeal to me - at all.

It really isn't a very good movie. It has almost no plot at all and no real antagonist. What little plot there is, I always felt was just lifted from "Down to Earth" (1947) with Rita Hayworth, and "Cover Girl" (1944) with Hayworth, and Gene Kelly (in which he also plays a character named Danny McGuire, which was a nice homage). The soundtrack is great though, and it is nice to see that Kelly can still dance.

Fast forward to 2006. I got a chance to see "Xanadu" again, on a big screen. Specifically, the wonderful Castro Theatre in San Francisco. The print was gorgeous, and the crowd, which filled the theatre almost to capacity, was incredible.

IT WAS SO MUCH FUN!!! The crowd really got into the movie and I just had a blast! What a great experience! The music is still great, and it was a really, really fun movie.

Anyway - "Xanadu" still isn't a "good" movie, but if you can see it under the right circumstances (ie., on a big screen with an audience) it is a great deal of fun.


32 of 37 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 303 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed