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
The character of Willard Hewitt (not even called by that name in the original script) was specifically re-written by Screenwriter Dean Pitchford with Chris Penn in mind. See more »
When Ariel is going from the car to truck, the stereo in the back window of the truck disappears and reappears between shots. See more »
I'm no saint you know. I'm not even a virgin.
Reverend Shaw Moore:
Don't you talk like that here!
Why not? Isn't this where I'm supposed to come to confess my sins to my preacher? In CHURCH! I ask to be forgiven! Am I?
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CBS edited 10 minutes from this film for its 1987 network television premiere. See more »