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Flashdance (1983)

A Pittsburgh woman with two jobs as a welder and an exotic dancer wants to get into ballet school.

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Adrian Lyne

Writers:

Thomas Hedley Jr. (screenplay) (as Tom Hedley), Joe Eszterhas (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Beals ... Alex Owens
Michael Nouri ... Nick Hurley
Lilia Skala ... Hanna Long
Sunny Johnson ... Jeanie Szabo
Kyle T. Heffner ... Richie
Lee Ving ... Johnny C.
Ron Karabatsos ... Jake Mawby
Belinda Bauer ... Katie Hurley
Malcolm Danare ... Cecil
Philip Bruns ... Frank Szabo (as Phil Bruns)
Micole Mercurio ... Rosemary Szabo
Lucy Lee Flippin ... Secretary
Don Brockett ... Pete
Cynthia Rhodes ... Tina Tech
Durga McBroom Durga McBroom ... Heels
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Storyline

Alex Owens is a female dynamo: steel worker by day, exotic dancer by night. Her dream is to get into a real dance company, though, and with encouragement from her boss/boyfriend, she may get her chance. The city of Pittsburgh co-stars. What a feeling! Written by Stewart M. Clamen <clamen@cs.cmu.edu>

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Something happens when she hears the music...it's her freedom. It's her fire. It's her life. See more »

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Drama | Music | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Flashdance See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,076,124, 17 April 1983

Gross USA:

$92,921,203

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$92,921,203
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Then-struggling actor Kevin Costner auditioned for the part of Nick Hurley but lost out to Michael Nouri. He was the runner-up for the part. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene when Alex stops to pet the kitten while on her bicycle going to work, she has a construction helmet on the back of her bicycle. A few seconds later, as she descends down the hill, the helmet is not there. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Nick: l'll tell you what. l'll give you the Cowboys and three.
Pete: Three and a half.
Nick: Take three, be happy.
Pete: Three and a half. l'm ecstatic.
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Soundtracks

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Music and Lyrics by Doug Cotler and Richard Gilbert
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Amazing Soundtrack of 80's
4 May 2016 | by PredragReviewsSee all my reviews

What makes a good film for me is that it is enjoyable, entertaining, gripping, likable and emotional. Flashdance without a doubt ticks all these five boxes. Flahdance is a very retro, cheesy entertaining film that is at no point boring and never drags, and is also a very clear symbol of the great 1980's and the night club exotic dancing scene of the time. Jennifer Beals puts down an amazing performance, as a dancer and as an actress. I guess the story comes down to the fact that reality bites, that life is tough, but if you push hard you just might make it.

All in all, Flashdance despite its few undeniable faults is a very decent and enjoyable film in my opinion. As it mostly meets all of my requirements I am happy to give it a positive review. This film is one of the quintessential 80's films, that works well as a symbolic artifact of its time. I highly recommend this film to anyone who loves 80's.

Overall rating: 7 out of 10.


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