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Xanadu (1980)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Kira
... Danny McGuire
... Sonny Malone
... Simpson
... Helen
Katie Hanley ... Sandra
Fred McCarren ... Richie
... Jo (as Ren Woods)
... Muse 1
Lynn Latham ... Muse 2
Melinda Phelps ... Muse 3
Cherise Bates ... Muse 4 (as Cherise Bate)
Juliette Marshall ... Muse 5
Marilyn Tokuda ... Muse 6
Yvette Van Voorhees ... Muse 7
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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

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The Music, The Film, A Place Where Dreams Come True. [UK] See more »


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8 August 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Xanadú  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,471,595, 10 August 1980, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$22,762,571
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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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In May 1980 MCA held a two-day promotional convention, which included screenings of a 20-minute production reel. This reel features radically different versions of songs, different visual/sound effects, alternate shots/takes/dialogue, deleted scenes and an extended version of the tap-dance sequence that leads into "Fool." See more »

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The sign on the old auditorium doors changes briefly between shots. See more »

Quotes

Sonny: Tuesday's Wednesday.
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Crazy Credits

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

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Soundtracks

Don't Walk Away
Performed by Electric Light Orchestra
Words and Music by Jeff Lynne
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I have a confession to make. I think this movie rules.
28 July 2001 | by See all my reviews

I'm sorry. I'm so sorry. But, you know what, that's my opinion and I don't think I should have to feel ashamed of it so there!

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No true connoisseur of cheesy movies can die happy withought feasting their eyes on the Miracle That is "Xanadu". There are so many things wrong with this movie I don't know where to begin, but somehow they all fit together in a final form that is remarkably endearing. It's best to watch it withought the vaguest idea of what it's about, but I will say this:

This is exactly what "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" would have looked like if Willy quit the candy business and decided to turn the factory into a disco.


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