Saturday Night Fever is a American music film from 1977, directed by John Badham. The film tells the story of Tony Manero, played by John Travolta, a problem fromBrooklyn who are younger to forget problems, dives into the local nightclub , where he become the King of the dance floor.
Tony Manero is an employee in a paint store in Brooklyn, New York, who would do anything to escape to his hopeless life. This escape he finds in the local nightclub, where he, wrapped in a white suit, the King is the dance floor. In this nightclub he meets Stephanie, and they decide to dance together in a dance contest. Stephanie dreams of becoming to escape from Brooklyn to a life on the other side of the River, in the glamorous Manhattan. Also Tony begins to nurture these desires.
- John Travolta: Tony Manero
- Karen Lynn Gorney: Stephanie Mangano
- Barry Miller: Bobby C.
- Joseph Cali: Joey
- Paul Pape: Double J.
- Donna Pescow: Annette
- Bruce Ornstein: Gus
- Julie Bovasso: Flo Manero
- Martin Shakar: Frank Manero Jr.
- Sam Coppola: Fusco
The film is based on a magazine article by Nik Cohn, Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night called. Cohn later admitted that he had fabricated the whole article, because he understood nothing of the new subculturewhere he had to do research.
Saturday Night Fever in 1977 was a great success and made a superstar of Travolta, in his first film lead role and only the American public until then best known for his role in the television series Welcome Back, Kotter. Also that year he was nominated for the Oscar for best actor. Also carried the movie to the popularity of disco, that thanks to this film developed from an underground music movement in the us to the most popular music genre of the time. Eventually brought the film to 74.1 million dollars in ticket sales, making it one of the first big blockbusters was.
Travolta has spent a lot of time studying the dance steps. He attached so much importance to, that he convinced not in the dance step sages Badham close-up , as first intended, but from a distance. Several scenes from the movie, such as the dance moves on the disco floor and Travolta's poking fun in the opening scene to the tune of stayin' Alive by the Bee Gees, are imitated and parodied regularly, both in films such asAirplane! and Boogie Nights like the real thing on the dance floor.
With the film also came from an album, Saturday Night Fever, including six songs by the Bee Gees, who had also composed film music. The sales of this album and the singles who came, in the early months of 1978were so high, that it was not clear whether the success of the film contributed to the success of the album or the other way around. Sometimes stood up to four singles in the charts. Saturday Night Fever was one of the best-selling albums of all time. By this film gave rise to a new relationship between film and music: the album for Saturday Night Fever was still an advertising trick to save a salad from the success of a movie Saturday Night Fever, after it became clear that a film could be also used as advertising for the sale of an album.
- "Stayin' Alive"- Bee Gees
- "How Deep Is Your Love"-Bee Gees
- "Night Fever"-Bee Gees
- "More Than A Woman"-Bee Gees
- "If I Can't Have You"- Yvonne Elliman
- "A Fifth Of Beethoven"- Walter Murphy
- "More Than a Woman"- Tavares
- "Manhattan Skyline"- David Shire
- "Calypso Breakdown"- Ralph McDonald
- "Night On Disco Mountain"-David Shire
- "Open Sesame"- Kool & The Gang
- "Jive Talkin'"-Bee Gees
- "You Should Be Dancing"-Bee Gees
- "Boogie Shoes"- KC & the Sunshine Band
- "Salsation"-David Shire
- "K-Jee"- M.F.S.B.
- "Disco Inferno"- the Trammps
A sequel came out In 1983 , Staying Alive, starring John Travolta and this time again with Sylvester Stallone as Director. This film takes place six years later than Saturday Night Fever and shows what has become of Tony Manero.
The scenario was Later modified to a musical that is both in London and on Broadway was running. In the Dutch version from 2001-2003, Chantal Janzen the role of Stephanie in itself, which meant her breakthrough at the general public. Joost de Jong played Tony Manero, which also was his breakthrough. In 2012, the musical premiere with again after 11 years in this time starring Joey Ferre (Tony), Noortje Herlaar and Michelle Splietelhof (Stephanie).
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