Saturday Night Fever

Saturday Night Fever
Review: A 1977 US drama about a Brooklyn teenager who enters a disco contest. He did this so he could forget the reality of his bleak life.
Director: John Badham
Actors: John Travolta, Karen Lynn Gorney and Barry Miller
Year: 1977
Genre: Classic, Drama and Musical
Conclusion: 5/5
A film that you can sit down and watch and enjoy to this present day. I was shocked at how much strong language there was. I was also shocked at how little time the actual dance scene was. I thought it was going to be a lot longer than it was. This is the film that catapulted John Travolta’s stardom. To prepare for this film he ran two miles a day and danced for 3 hours daily for him to get into shape. The white polyester suit that was worn by John Travolta was put up at an auction and sold for $145,000. It was purchased by film critic Gene Siskel who has stated that this is his favorite film and has watched it 17 times. According to John Travolta, The Bee Gees weren’t even involved with the film at the very beginning. The main theme in this film is wanting to escape to the big city. The film exists in two very different versions, one is intended for adults and the other one is intended for family audiences. The film for adults is an 18 whereas the one for the family is a 15 certificate. According to the BBFC website the 18 certificate remains uncut for the video release in 1990 whereas the family version was cut down. I found an “A” version of this on the BBFC website but just states that the work was cut. To obtain this category cuts were required but the details are not available. Film Critic Barry Norman produced a list at the start of 2012 of the 100 greatest films of all time and this was in his list. The tag line on the 15 certificate poster was “because we want everyone to see John Travolta’s performance”.  

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