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Xanadu ()


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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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Kira
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Danny McGuire
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Sonny Malone
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Simpson
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Helen
Katie Hanley ...
Sandra
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Richie
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Jo (as Ren Woods)
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Muse #1
Lynne Latham ...
Muse #2 (as Lynn Latham)
Melinda Phelps ...
Muse #3
Cherise Bates ...
Muse #4 (as Cherise Bate)
Juliette Marshall ...
Muse #5
Marilyn Tokuda ...
Muse #6
Yvette Van Voorhees ...
Muse #7
Teri Beckerman ...
Muse #8
Marty Davis ...
Male Guard
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Female Guard (as Bebe Drake-Massey)
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The Accountant
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The Photographer (as Aharon Ipale)
Lise Lang ...
Popcorn Girl / Xanadu Dancer
Melvin Jones ...
Big Al
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Young Danny McGuire / Xanadu Dancer
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40's Band Leader
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40's Singer #1
Cynthia Leake ...
40's Singer #2 (as Cindy Leake)
Patty Keene ...
40's Singer #3
Fee Waybill ...
80's Rock Singer / The Tubes (as John 'Fee' Waybill)
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Foreman
Church Ortiz ...
Worker #1
Randy T. Williams ...
Worker #2
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Nick
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Vargas
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Heavenly Voice - Male (voice)
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Heavenly Voice - Female (voice)
Maria V. Langston ...
Dizzy Heights
Clyde J. Barrett ...
Xanadu Dancer (as Clyde Barrett)
Cheryl Baxter ...
Xanadu Dancer
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Xanadu Dancer
Annie Behringer ...
Xanadu Dancer
Judith Bernett ...
Xanadu Dancer
Teda Bracci ...
Xanadu Dancer
Ellen Cadwallader ...
Xanadu Dancer
Stelio Calagias ...
Xanadu Dancer
Lonny Carbajal ...
Xanadu Dancer (as Lonny Carabajal)
Hillary Carlip ...
Xanadu Dancer
Lynda Chase ...
Xanadu Dancer
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Xanadu Dancer
Contessa Cohn ...
Xanadu Dancer
Derrick Cross ...
Xanadu Dancer
Gary Dion ...
Xanadu Dancer
Marisol García ...
Xanadu Dancer (as Marisol Garcia)
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Xanadu Dancer
Sandy Gray ...
Xanadu Dancer
Jei Guerrero ...
Xanadu Dancer
Cheryl Hangland ...
Xanadu Dancer
Yolanda Hernandez ...
Xanadu Dancer
Susan Inouye ...
Xanadu Dancer
Veda Jackson ...
Xanadu Dancer
Michael James ...
Xanadu Dancer
Deborah Jenssen ...
Xanadu Dancer
Leroy Jones ...
Xanadu Dancer
Fred Kirby ...
Xanadu Dancer
Brenda Lee ...
Xanadu Dancer
Dale Leeche ...
Xanadu Dancer
Victoria Mansi ...
Xanadu Dancer
Michael Martinez ...
Xanadu Dancer
Yvette Matthews ...
Xanadu Dancer
Tykin Mikals ...
Xanadu Dancer
Glenn Nash ...
Xanadu Dancer
Christine Nazareth ...
Xanadu Dancer
Tim O'Brien ...
Xanadu Dancer
Jeff Osser ...
Xanadu Dancer
Shelley Pang ...
Xanadu Dancer
Sally Pansing ...
Xanadu Dancer
Arlette Patterson ...
Xanadu Dancer
Alan Peterson ...
Xanadu Dancer
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Xanadu Dancer
Vic Prim ...
Xanadu Dancer
Melody Santangello ...
Xanadu Dancer (as Melody Santangelo)
Tony Selznick ...
Xanadu Dancer (as Tony Selesnick)
Kathy Singleton ...
Xanadu Dancer
Cindy Spooner ...
Xanadu Dancer
Michael Springer ...
Xanadu Dancer
Re Styles ...
Xanadu Dancer
Jim Thompson ...
Xanadu Dancer
Francisco Torres ...
Xanadu Dancer
Bobby Walker ...
Xanadu Dancer
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Xanadu Dancer (as Michael Watkins)
Adria Wilson ...
Xanadu Dancer
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Xanadu Dancer
Noreen Xavier ...
Xanadu Dancer
Mark Ziebell ...
Xanadu Dancer
The Mumm Brothers ...
Xanadu Dancers
Chain Reaction ...
Xanadu Dancers (as Chain Reaction Dancers)
Tom Sachelle ...
Xanadu Dancer
Paul Sachelle ...
Xanadu Dancer
Kyle Hanford ...
Xanadu Dancer
Michael Donley ...
Xanadu Dancer
Robert Winters ...
Xanadu Dancer
Rick Anderson ...
The Tubes
Michael Cotten ...
The Tubes
Prairie Prince ...
The Tubes
Bill Spooner ...
The Tubes
Roger Steen ...
The Tubes
Vince Welnick ...
The Tubes
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Judith Burnett ...
Raven (uncredited)
Alex Cole ...
Xanadu Dancer (uncredited)
Ty Crowley ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Debbie Fresh ...
Xanadu Dancer (uncredited)
Neal Gold ...
Xanadu Roller Skater (uncredited)
Sandra Gray ...
Cigarette Girl / Dancer (uncredited)
Leslie Hucul ...
Finale Roller Skater (uncredited)
Leroy Jones ...
Xanadu Dancer (uncredited)
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Baseball Player (uncredited)
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Record Executive (uncredited)
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Xanadu Dancer (uncredited)
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Xanadu Dancer (uncredited)
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Sonny Malone's Singing Voice (uncredited)
Dean Rubin ...
Featured Dancer (uncredited)
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Xanadu Dancer (uncredited)
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Tightrope Walker (uncredited)
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Jeffrey (uncredited)
Cynthia Windham ...
Dancer (uncredited)

Directed by

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Robert Greenwald

Written by

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Richard Christian Danus ... (written by) and
Marc Reid Rubel ... (written by)

Produced by

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Brendan Cahill ... co-producer
Lawrence Gordon ... producer (produced by)
Lee Kramer ... executive producer
Terence Nelson ... associate producer (as Terry Nelson)
Joel Silver ... co-producer

Music by

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Barry De Vorzon ... (as Barry DeVorzon)

Cinematography by

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Victor J. Kemper

Film Editing by

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Dennis Virkler

Editorial Department

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Nathan Cohen ... assistant color timer
Lisa Day ... assistant film editor
Fletcher Harlan ... negative cutter
Joseph L. Hedgecock ... negative cutter
Tina Hirsch ... co-editor
Bob McRoy ... assistant color timer
Richard Ritchie ... color consultant (as Dick Ritchie)
Larry Rovetti ... supervising color consultant (as Larry J. Rovetti)
Robert Yamamoto ... apprentice film editor (as Rob Yamamoto)
Dennis Michelson ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Casting By

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Phyllis Huffman ... (as Phyllis Grennan Huffman)

Production Design by

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John W. Corso

Set Decoration by

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Marc E. Meyer Jr.

Costume Design by

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Bobbie Mannix

Makeup Department

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Harry Blake ... makeup artist
Candida Conery ... hair stylist (as Candy Conery)
Koelle ... additional makeup
Martin Samuel ... hair stylist
Rick Sharp ... makeup artist
Craig Smith ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Terence Nelson ... unit production manager (as Terry Neslon)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Patrick Cosgrove ... dga trainee
Dan Kolsrud ... first assistant director
Lisa Marmon ... second assistant director
Venita Ozols-Graham ... second assistant director (as Venita Ozols)

Art Department

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James Allen ... assistant art director (as James F. Allen)
Michael Casey ... assistant property master
Jaroslav Gebr ... painter: special production paintings (as Jerry Gebr)
William Gowdy ... leadman
Mark Konkel ... painter (as Mark Conkel)
Sherman Labby ... production illustrator
Peter Lamppu ... construction foreman
Joseph P. Lucky ... set designer (as Joe Lucky)
Louis M. Mann ... set designer (as Lou Mann)
John Marshall ... assistant art director
Joseph C. Nemec III ... set designer (as Joe Nemec)
Bob Nohles ... construction foreman (as Robert Nohles)
George Osaki ... special graphic consultant
Vic Petrotta Jr. ... property master (as Victor Petrotta)
Steve Purdy ... painter
H. John Ramos ... assistant property master
Bert Rotter ... stand-by painter
Jack Shea ... painter
Mark Sparks ... propmaker
Laurie Stevens ... painter: special production paintings
John Tyrrell ... painter (as John Tyrell)
Edward Verga ... painter
Glenn Forbes ... set dresser (uncredited)
Peg McClellan ... illustrator (uncredited)
Marilyn Vance ... artist (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Michael Boddicker ... special synthesized effects
Milton C. Burrow ... supervising sound editor
Scott Burrow ... assistant sound editor
Gary Cunningham ... sound mixer (additional photography)
Walter A. Gest ... post-production sound recordist (as Walter Gest)
Robert Gravenor ... production mixer
Robert Jackson ... boom operator (additional photography)
Roxanne Jones ... assistant sound editor
David J. Kimball ... sound post-production mixer (as David Kimball)
Rick Kline ... sound post-production mixer
William L. Manger ... sound editor (as William Manger)
Donald O. Mitchell ... sound post-production mixer
Bill Nicholson ... sound post-production mixer
Dan O'Connell ... foley artist
Robert A. Reich ... sound editor
Gary Ritchie ... post-production sound recordist
Jerry Rosenthal ... sound editor
Jack Woods ... loop dialogue editor
Doc Goldstein ... sound mix engineer (uncredited)
Thomas Meloeny ... sound recordist (uncredited)
Greg Orloff ... synthesized effects recordist (uncredited)
Donald C. Rogers ... technical director of sound (uncredited)
Douglas J. Schulman ... playback operator (uncredited) / utility sound (uncredited)
Mark Server ... boom operator (uncredited)
Jerry Trent ... choreo and dance foley (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Burt Dalton ... special effects
Andy Evans ... special effects (as Andy C. Evans)
Gary D. Bierend ... special effects crew (uncredited)
Wayne Rose ... special effects (uncredited)
Bruno Van Zeebroeck ... special effects crew (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Randall Balsmeyer ... animation designer: special visual effects unit (as Randy Balsmeyer)
Paul Chervin ... optical printer operator: special visual effects unit
Louis Goold ... layout artist: special visual effects unit
Richard Greenberg ... special visual effects producer/designer
Robert M. Greenberg ... special visual effects producer (as Robert Greenberg)
Frederick Greene ... optical printer operator: special visual effects unit
Joel Hynek ... optical photography supervisor: special visual effects unit
Jeffrey Kleiser ... layout artist: special visual effects unit
Dorse A. Lanpher ... special effects: animation sequence unit (as Dorse Lanpher)
John Lindahl ... animation camera: special visual effects unit
Liz Maihock ... assistant animator: special visual effects unit
Sandra Payne ... assistant animator: special visual effects unit
Janos Pilenyi ... layout artist: special visual effects unit (as Janos O. Pilenyi)
Larry Plastrik ... additional optical supervisor: special visual effects unit / effects editor
Mark Plastrik ... animation camera: special visual effects unit
Bill Roberts ... optical printer operator: special visual effects unit
Louie Schwartzberg ... time lapse photography (as Lou Schwartzberg)
Ruth Smerek ... visual effects editorial supervision
Kenneth Stytzer ... animation design supervisor: special visual effects unit
James Szalapski ... model photography: special visual effects unit (as Jim Szalapski)
Brian Williams ... model maker: special visual effects unit

Stunts

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Richard Epper ... stunts (uncredited)
Jon H. Epstein ... Xanadu skater (uncredited)
Gene Kelly ... stunt dancer (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Larry Barbier ... still photographer
Garrett Brown ... steadicam operator
Daniel Dayton ... second assistant camera
Joly Erickson ... electrician
Earl Gilbert ... gaffer (as Earl R. Gilbert)
Donald Glenn ... grip (as Don Glenn)
Gary Goldman ... camera planning: animation sequence unit
Rhio Haessig ... best boy electrician
Joe Jiuliano ... animation camera: animation sequence unit
Stephen Johnstone ... electrician (as Steven Johnstone)
William Kenney ... dolly grip (as Bill Kenney)
Glade Knight ... electrician
Patrick Marshall ... rigging gaffer (as Pat Marshall)
Michael Orefice ... electrician
Jeff Purpus ... grip
James M. Pursell ... special camera operator
Bill Roe ... camera assistant (as William Roe)
Gaylin P. Schultz ... key grip (as Gaylin Schultz)
Bernie Schwartz ... best boy grip
Michael J. Schwartz ... rigging electric
Robert C. Thomas ... camera operator (as Bob Thomas)
Chuck Warren ... animation camera: animation sequence unit (as Charles Warren)
Ron Woodside ... electrician
Frank Detone Jr. ... rigging grip (uncredited)
Alan R. Disler ... camera assistant (uncredited)
Adam Glick ... set lighting technician (uncredited)
Joe Kelly ... grip (uncredited)
David Morton ... electrician (uncredited)
Michael J. Schwartz ... electrician (uncredited)
Emmanuel Vouniozos ... on-set technician (uncredited)
Richard Walden ... additional assistant camera (uncredited)

Animation Department

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Don Bluth ... animator: animation sequence unit
Jim Coleman ... background artist: animation sequence unit
Lorna Cook ... assistant animator: animation sequence unit (as Lorna Pomeroy)
Fred Craig ... production associate: animation sequence unit
Milton Gray ... assistant animator: animation sequence unit
Heidi Guedel ... assistant animator: animation sequence unit
Bruce Heller ... assistant animator: animation sequence unit
Emily Jiuliano ... assistant animator: animation sequence unit
Skip Jones ... assistant animator: animation sequence unit
Dan Kuenster ... assistant animator: animation sequence unit
Diann Landau ... assistant animator: animation sequence unit
Linda Miller ... assistant animator: animation sequence unit
Steven Muller ... assistant animator: animation sequence unit (as Steve Muller)
Carmen Oliver ... color coordinator: animation sequence unit
Vera Pacheco ... assistant animator: animation sequence unit (as Vera Law)
Dave Spafford ... assistant animator: animation sequence unit
Olga Tarin-Craig ... production associate: animation sequence unit (as Olga Craig)
John Eddings ... xerox processor animation sequence (uncredited)
Phyllis White ... cel painter (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Gregg Smith ... dance casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Barbara Black-Sterne ... costume sketch artist
Deborah Curtis ... costumer (as Debbie Curtis)
Michael Fitzpatrick ... costumer
Shanan Harrell ... costumer
Mark Peterson ... costume supervisor
Marilyn Vance ... assistant costume designer
Chuck Velasco ... costumer
Pamela Wise ... costume supervisor (as Pam Wise)
Gregory B. Peña ... daily set costumer (uncredited)

Music Department

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Michael Boddicker ... musician: synthesizer
Allison Caine ... vocal effects advisor
Doreen A. Dixon ... assistant music editor
George Doering ... musician
Electric Light Orchestra ... music performed by: songwriter: Electric Light Orchestra
John Farrar ... produced by: Olivia Newton-John
Richard Hazard ... orchestrator: Barry DeVorzon (as Dick Hazard)
Richard Hewson ... big band and string arrangements: John Farrar
David J. Holman ... music engineer: John Farrar (as David Holman) / music mixing
Stephen A. Hope ... music editor
Kenneth Karman ... music editor
Edie Lehmann Boddicker ... vocalist
Edie Lehmann ... vocalist
Jeff Lynne ... produced by: Electric Light Orchestra
Reinhold Mack ... music engineer: Jeff Lynne (as Mack)
Fred Prior ... music editor
Michael Tronick ... music editor
Dennis S. Sands ... music scoring mixer (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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Betty A. Griffin ... script supervisor (as Betty Abbott Griffin)

Transportation Department

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Steve Hellerstein ... transportation captain
Dean E. Mason ... driver special effects
Chris Haynes ... driver (uncredited)
Frank Khoury ... driver (uncredited)

Additional Crew

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Ann Ashcraft ... production assistant
Bill Butler ... technical assistance in skating sequences
Paul Cajero ... production assistant
Russell Clark ... assistant choreographer
Gilda Collins ... assistant to producer
Roger Davies ... assistant to executive producer
Kathy DeArmond ... assistant: Carol Shapiro Janson
Darcy Fleming ... special skating consultant
Mike Fleming ... special skating consultant
Richard Greenberg ... producer/designer: main title
Brendan Higgs ... assistant: Jeff Lynne
Gus Hill ... caterer
Carol Shapiro Janson ... publicity coordinator
Judy Lynn ... technical assistance in skating sequences
Joan Marcus ... special promotion consultant
Jody Merl ... assistant: Robert Greenwald
Kenny Ortega ... choreographer
Chris Platel ... assistant to executive producer
Alex Romero ... dance effects supervisor
Dana Sharpe ... assistant: Olivia Newton-John
Greg Smith ... assistant choreographer
Elaine K. Thompson ... assistant to co-producer
Robert Thompson ... assistant choreographer (as Bob Thompson)
Jerry Trent ... choreographer
Jeff Winn ... craft service

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

In Los Angeles, artist Sonny Malone reluctantly returns to his job at Airflow Records--doing poster-sized exact-as-possible renderings of album covers for on-site promotions--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 thoughts of a young woman who literally rollerskates into him. He's unaware that their initial encounter and subsequent encounters are not accident: she is Kira, a muse who was awakened by his lamentations about his art and sent to help him achieve his artistic vision. Later that day he meets aging Danny McGuire, a former big-band musician turned construction-company owner who wants to return to his roots by owning a live music venue. This meeting too is no accident; Sonny soon discovers that Kira was part of Danny's past. Sonny and Danny achieving their dreams is threatened by Kira knowingly breaking the rules. Written by Huggo

Plot Keywords
Taglines The Music, The Film, A Place Where Dreams Come True. [UK] See more »
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Also Known As
  • Xanadú (Spain)
  • Esin Perileri (Turkey, Turkish title)
  • 仙納杜的狂熱 (Taiwan)
  • Ксанаду (Ukraine)
  • Ксанаду (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
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Runtime
  • 96 min
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Box Office

Budget $20,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $1,471,595, 10 Aug 1980

Did You Know?

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Trivia According to Olivia Newton-John, the script was written during filming. See more »
Goofs If Danny was on foot and Sonny was on a moped, how did Danny catch up to Sonny at the pier? How did Danny know where he was going? See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Episode #8.33 (1980). See more »
Soundtracks I'm Alive See more »
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 »
Quotes Kira: A place where nobody dared to go / the love that we came to know / They call it Xanadu / And now, open your eyes and see / what we have made is real / We are in Xanadu / A million lights are dancing and there you are, a shooting star / An everlasting world and you're here with me, eternally / Xanadu / Xanadu / now we are here in Xanadu / Xanadu / Xanadu / now we are here in Xanadu / Xanadu, your neon lights will shine for you, Xanadu / The love, the echoes of long ago / you needed the world to know / They are in Xanadu / The dream that came through a million years / That lived on through all the tears, it came to Xanadu / A million lights are dancing and there you are, a shooting star / An everlasting world and you're here with me, eternally / Now that I'm here, now that you're near in Xanadu / Now that I'm here, now that you're near in Xanadu, Xanadu.
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