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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 overview, first billed only:
... Kira
... Danny McGuire
... Sonny Malone
... Simpson
... Helen
Katie Hanley ... Sandra
... 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


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


Where time stops and the magic never ends. See more »


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Release Date:

8 August 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Xanadú  »


Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(London premiere Print)|



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The roller disco scene included 60 dancers. See more »


Several times in the art studio scenes, Sonny's paint pallet is replaced with few paintbrushes and vice versa. See more »


Sonny: [about Kira] What do you mean she doesn't exist? I'm looking right at her, she's on the Nine Sisters album.
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Crazy Credits

Opens with the 1930s-era Universal logo, with an airplane circling a globe; then it becomes a 50s-era passenger plane, then the Concorde, then the fourth time around as it becomes a spaceship. Instrumentals of "Whenever You're Away From Me" and "Xanadu" play under this, with musical styles matching the period of each aircraft. See more »


All Over the World
Performed by Electric Light Orchestra
Words and Music by Jeff Lynne
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Kissed by a Muse
8 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

Out of all the movies that I loved from my childhood, none of them entranced me more as Xanadu starring Olivia Newton-John. I was four when it was released in theaters and being that age, music and visuals are a really big thing to a kid. That is something that Xanadu definitely had! Even if the music and special effects are out of date now, the style of the film is truly inspiring. I wont waste my time with the Xanadu haters.... But the people that love the film know what I'm talking about. Yes, it's not Oscar worthy material but who cares? There is an entire generation of fans that love it for its simplistic magical wonder. The soundtrack is one that I've always rocked out too... I've owned it on record, tape, CD, and even 8-track!! You cant go wrong with the talent of ONJ or the creative ethereal sounds of the Electric Light Orchestra. The film has entertained me now for 25 years and it will for the rest of my life. It's movies like this that bring back great memories and take you back to a time when innocence wasn't such a bad thing. XANADU FOREVER!

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