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Footloose (1984)

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A city teenager moves to a small town where rock music and dancing have been banned, and his rebellious spirit shakes up the populace.

Director:

Herbert Ross

Writer:

Dean Pitchford
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Bacon ... Ren
Lori Singer ... Ariel
John Lithgow ... Rev. Shaw Moore
Dianne Wiest ... Vi Moore
Chris Penn ... Willard (as Christopher Penn)
Sarah Jessica Parker ... Rusty
John Laughlin ... Woody
Elizabeth Gorcey Elizabeth Gorcey ... Wendy Jo
Frances Lee McCain ... Ethel McCormack
Jim Youngs ... Chuck Cranston
Douglas Dirkson ... Burlington Cranston
Lynne Marta ... Lulu Warnicker
Arthur Rosenberg Arthur Rosenberg ... Wes Warnicker
Timothy Scott ... Andy Beamis
Alan Haufrect Alan Haufrect ... Coach Roger Dunbar
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Storyline

Classic tale of teenage rebellion and repression features a delightful combination of dance choreography and realistic and touching performances. When teenager Ren McCormack and his family move from big-city Chicago to a small Midwestern town, he's in for a real case of culture shock. Though he tries hard to fit in, the streetwise Ren can't quite believe he's living in a place where rock music and dancing are illegal. However, there is one small pleasure: Ariel Moore, a troubled but lovely blonde with a jealous boyfriend. And a Bible-thumping minister, who is responsible for keeping the town dance-free. Ren and his classmates want to do away with this ordinance, especially since the senior prom is around the corner, but only Ren has the courage to initiate a battle to abolish the outmoded ban and revitalize the spirit of the repressed townspeople. Fast-paced drama is filled with such now-famous hit songs as the title track and "Let's Hear It for the Boy". Written by Anonymous

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He's a big-city kid in a small town. They said he'd never win. He knew he had to. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 February 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Footloose See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,556,935, 19 February 1984

Gross USA:

$80,035,402
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Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The movie was adapted to a Broadway musical and opened on October 22, 1998 at the Richard Rodgers Theater, ran for 709 performances. It was nominated for four Tony Awards: Best Actress in a Musical (Dee Hoty as Vi Moore), Best Choreography, Best Score and Best Book of a Musical. See more »

Goofs

When the Rev. arrives at the library he takes a stack of books and gives them to a boy to return. He then takes another stack of books which he holds onto but then he takes another stack of books in his empty hands and holds them through the scene. See more »

Quotes

Chuck: Shit, I thought only pansies wore neckties.
Ren: See that? I thought only assholes used the word "pansy".
Ariel: Woo, he gotcha on that one, Chas!
Chuck: SHUT UP! Son of a bitch is gonna pay for that!
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Alternate Versions

CBS edited 10 minutes from this film for its 1987 network television premiere. See more »

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Waiting for A Girl Like You
Performed by Foreigner
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Jon Monsarrat review: underrated teen flick
8 May 2002 | by johnnymonsarratSee all my reviews

OK, maybe I'm giving in to nostalgia here but I rented "Footloose" recently and thought it was great. Yes, it's definitely a teen flick, similar to "Dirty Dancing", and aging a little now.

But the music is great and the plot and themes do as much for me as "Grease" ever did. As teen movies go, it is somewhat original and interesting.

Who should see this film:

-- Teens with nothing better to do on a rainy day

-- People reliving the 1980s, you won't be disappointed to

see this one again

I'll give Footloose a 9 out of 10 because it cheered me up on a day I needed it.


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