Saturday Night Fever

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6.81 h 58 min1977X-RayHDRUHDR
Brooklyn teenager Tony Manero rules the dance floor on Saturday nights. His confident swagger and fluid hips have made him the champion of Disco, which helps him cope with the harsh realities of growing up.
Directors
John Badham
Starring
John TravoltaKaren Lynn GorneyBarry Miller
Genres
DramaMusic Videos and Concerts
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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Supporting actors
Joseph Cali
Producers
Kevin McCormickRobert Stigwood
Studio
Paramount
Rating
R (Restricted)
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Nudityviolencesubstance usealcohol usesmokingfoul languagesexual content
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4.6 out of 5 stars

8317 global ratings

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  2. 10% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 6% of reviews have 3 stars
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  5. 3% of reviews have 1 stars
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Kerry.bReviewed in the United States on May 18, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER BEST REMASTER OF 2017
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i just wanna say i'm not a fan of writing reviews of watching movies and tv shows but this will be my first..After receiving my blu ray copy of
Saturday Night Fever i just wanna say a Big Congratulations to director John Badham for doing a Brilliant job on restoring this late 1970's classic dance flick,and also to Paramount Home Entertainment..The picture and sound on the bluray is AMAZING!!!! i mean WOW,the movie is remastered in 4k elements and the soundtrack has been digitally remastered in 5.1 dolbytrueHD..The opening credits of the movie is awsome to hear by the song Staying Alive by the Bee Gees,and also the entire movie soundtrack is brilliant to hear as well..I recommend to everyone who is reading my review is to BUY THIS MOVIE ON BLURAY FROM AMAZON...Its a director's cut as well,and the special features are good to watch and learn about the making of this great movie from the late 70's and the soundtrack and the disco era...This movie is rated R in the united states..
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Michael G.Reviewed in the United States on March 28, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Unapologetic Rapists are his best friends, and he's just one of the guys.
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One of the worst movies i have ever seen. This was not some moving story of self discovery or triumph over adversity. It was a movie about a selfish, single minded creep, who struggled to see beyond his own petty ambitions. There were several rape scenes that really impressed upon me how shallow Tony really was, and the casual racism displayed in this 'classic' makes Breakfast at Tiffany's seem...no, that's still garbage. Garbage is garbage, regardless of how you dress it up. The main rape scene is titled "The boys goof around".
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MushroomieReviewed in the United States on January 27, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Disco Baby, The Hustle, Life in the 70's
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One of the best movie of all times. I think I have seen it over a hundred times honestly. I watch it when I am blue or having a bad day. It takes me back in time to when I first saw it when I was a kid. Thinking I want to be like Stephanie have a man like Tony admire me and fall in love with me. Its a classic yes. You have to have grown up in that era to understand the movie, Kids these days just don't understand how life was back then growing up in a strong catholic italian family and all. I Love this movie so much and I Love John Travolta when he was young and dreamy. Thanks Amazon for putting this out on Prime it makes people my age feel good.
57 people found this helpful
Marcia in Modesto Reviewed in the United States on February 24, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
To remember what Stayin' Alive really feels like..to dream
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Nostalgia..youth on the brink of realization.I saw it opening night..Travolta perfection on the dance floor...raw and bold..tall, endearing. It woke me up back then, and seeing it today ..reminiscing teased my imagination..I put myself there..alive with hope, no cares about anything but my own sexuality, the powerful allure of physical beauty ...longing for and indulging myself in recollecting my own hey day. I wonder if Barham, Travolta, the BeeGees experience this when they see it today ..2019...young love, lust, good times in bad times, and most of all, the people we were back then- agile, moving to the electrifying music with no inkling that the day would come when we could only dream of youth's vigor ...of losing the flawless physical image we would one day only yearn to recapture. This movie makes it easy. ..easy to, for a few hours, become a part of that world where the world was at our feet. Thank you ...your work on this music, this story, this film made a difference. Today I'm 70 but for a few hours, I'm 20.Life is too short, but your magic brought back a glorious, explosion in time. Marcia in Modesto
24 people found this helpful
Narut UjnatReviewed in the United States on June 11, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Terrific restoration. A real gem of a movie that captures the time.
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This is one of those movies that is a touchstone of a certain era that ,ay not hold up when you see it again. But Saturday Night Fever really holds up and is just a wonderful movie that has a great story and also has some moments of brilliant filmmaking (the dance sequence with Night Fever may be on of the best choreographed dance sequences I have ever seen. Brilliant filmed and executed that is easily equal to the MGM musicals in many ways).

I watched the restored/revised edition and it is terrific. The film looks far better (though not perfect - such is the tragedy of the 70's film stock) and the excellent soundtrack sounds better than ever, and the soundtrack may be one of the best curated soundtracks in film history.

I guess there two different versions (I had only seen the PG rated version) and this has a grittiness that is added (though definitely not for kids!).

Yeah, this movie was such an unexpected hit, and has been often imitated and mocked. But the film, viewed in context, is pretty original. The story is not original. A kid born under a cloud, wants to escape his circumstances and realizes his life needs to change. But the execution here is what sets the movie apart.

All in all, a real time piece capturing New York on 1977-1978, disco music and a culture. Well done. Worth watching.
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JIMIReviewed in the United States on December 30, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Brings Memories Past
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This film has great significance for me. When I saw it in the theater in 1977, I was enthralled with the club life style. Little did I know that in late 78-79 I would be put into the life. A business man (Rock Promoter, Concerts) by the name of Harry Arnold and his wife had taken a Trip to New York City that year. And went to Studio 54 and yes because of his background in entertainment was given entrance. He and his wife fell in love with the idea of the club and decided to build one in Southern Oregon. Because of the Studio 54 influence they named it Manhattan Rose. Needing a second job and not knowing what I was walking into at the time applied. I was interviewed by Mr. Arnold himself and was hired for the front door security and ID checker. Had to ware all black pants, vest and collared shirt. Part of my job was to enforce the dress code no t-shirts, tank tops, Levis, gym shoes, baseball caps, or cowboy hats. Ever tell a cowboy he had to check his hat, and yes we had a coat room with a young lady at the helm. Like I said the place was meant to reflect Studio 54 and have class. When you walked through the double door entrance you could feel the music vibe immediately. You would walk up the 8 foot wide by 15 foot long ramp. then look left and you would see me just a few feet away. Manhattan as I called it boasted to have the biggest dance floor between Sacramento CA and Portland Oregon ("Earthquake Ethels'). It was 25 feet across by 90 feet long. It had 8 four foot high topline speakers on the floor and 8 hung in the ceiling. Seating was all swivel high back black leather chairs. The lighting was somewhat automated remember its the 70's and operated by the DJ's. The light board in the booth was about 2 feet wide and 6 feet long. I have never seen a lighting system in a club even come close to this one since. We had 3 turntables and a great music collection albums of course. Even brought in a few of mine to add to it. We even had the Chippendales at the club a few times but they were expensive. We did go with groups that were a little more reasonable. We also had a comedy night at least once a week. I got to break the DJ's once in a while and operate the booth. But Mr. Arnold did not like me to come off the door for that length of time. Now the people between 16 and 20 needed a place as well. So Harry Arnold built another club just for them and only 2 blocks away. The name of that club was "Fat City" and it was always packed. Drinks were soft drinks made to look like bar drinks. I went over a couple of times to check the crews. That was ok for a while until someone let it out that I operated the door at Manhattan Rose. That's when the bribes stated to come across. So I needed to stop going over because of that. Mostly from young ladies, that would even show up at Manhattan. The nightlife was great just like in the movie only better, because it was real. The "After Hours Parties" were truly unbelievable so much so I can't divulge on this site any details. I worked there from 1979 until 1985, but even after that I was given special access at many places in town. So this movie has some special triggers for me. Mr. Arnold would even ask me to light the dance floor as he put it. Which was to choose someone and dance to get things started. Or just dance by myself if I wanted to which was always better since I could easily walk away. All of us had to be able to dance well. So when I hear the beat of the movie I just get this big grin on my face and all the memories come flooding back. This film is fantastic even though the club in the film is on the small side. But the mood, crowd sounds, and of course the music there was no experience like it. Thanks For The Memories Again. - JIMI
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on April 23, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
You think it's about Disco but it's about dreams of escaping one's neighborhood racism and rape
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Saturday Night Fever spread what was going on in New York City clubs in the 1970s across the country. Instantly there was a Disco craze in America. The movie was about more than just John Travolta as Tony Manero dancing however, much more. It was about dreaming, escaping working class upbringings, racism, and rape.

Manero came from a working class Italian American family where he was expected to be like his father. He didn’t want to do that however. Disco was Tony’s form of youthful rebellion and hopes of a different life. He wore red shiny shoes, wide collar shirts, a leather jacket to make him standout from the regular look of his neighborhood. He spent every weekday waiting for the weekend so he could hit the clubs. He was a dancing star there and a prima donna. It made him feel important where if he ended up like his dad he would just be another working guy with a wife and kids.

There are two other serious issues to discuss in the film.

First there’s racism. Tony and his friends talk about how much they hate blacks and Latinos, and after one of their friends gets beat up they attack a Puerto Rican gang. Later Tony seems to notice the racism that he’s grown up around and tries to make up for it during a dance competition. As Tony tells Stephanie everyone in his neighborhood dumps on everyone else, and he had enough of it. It was another motivation for Tony to get out of his neighborhood.

Second, there’s a lot of disturbing sexual scenes. In one Tony attempts to rape Stephanie. In another a girl who has been after Tony for the entire movie decides to sleep with all of his friends. Again, this has a deep impact on Tony and makes him want to change. At the end he tries to stop seeing women just as people he can use and as sexual objects.

The film doesn’t try to sugar coat these issues or glamorize them. It puts them right in people’s face showing that Saturday Night Fever is about much much more than Disco.
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Photo LarryReviewed in the United States on December 15, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
This is a classic marking an era
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This documents how it was in the early 70s. It tackles some tough issues like racism using the terms Ng*r and Sp*c. But Tony gives the trophy to the PR couple saying that it was wrong to judge them based on race and they were the better dancers. As for the rape implication, he gets kicked in the balls when he tried to rape Stephanie so I do not see what all the uproar is about. Annette character all but asks for it. She comes on to all the guys then is upset when they use her in the back seat. It is not rape. She consents to it then feels bad afterwards. Anyway, This is a classic film that was marking an era. It was supposed to be displaying racism. That was the reality of that time frame. So do not be upset about it. In no way makes this a bad film. I suppose you think Gone with The Wind is too racist too. This was extremely well done. Haters gonna hate that do not like the facts of the era.
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