Saturday, July 1, 2017

Saturday Night Fever (1977)

A Brooklyn teenager feels his only chance to succeed is as the king of the disco floor, and his carefree youth and weekend dancing help him to forget the reality of his bleak life.

An odd movie even for its time: at its core a bleak and realistic social drama, but interspersed with pulsating pop music and perfectly choreographed dance sequences.

Halliwell***: "Foul-mouthed, fast-paced slice of life which plays like an updated version of Marty except that all the characters seem to have crawled from under stones. The slick direction, fast editing and exciting dance numbers do something to take away the sour taste."

Maltin***: "Travolta's first starring film is thoughtful study...Film pulses to dynamic Bee Gees music score...Plethora of street language may offend some..."

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