Lunchtime Movie Review

Saturday Night Fever (1977)

Episode #134

Paramount Pictures released Saturday Night Fever on December 16, 1977. John Badham directed the film starring John Travolta, Karen Lynn Gorney, and Barry Miller.

‘Saturday Night Fever’ Movie Summary

Tony Manero is a 19 year old Brooklyn native who lives for Saturday nights at the local disco where he’s king of the club. However, outside of that, his life isn’t all that great. At home, Tony fights constantly with his father while also competing with the pedestal family placed his brother on when he became a priest. To make matters worse, he’s in an unsatisfying dead-end job at a small paint store. Things begin to look up for the big lug when he spots Stephanie Mangano in the disco, and starts training with her for the club’s dance competition. While Stephanie dreams of a world beyond Brooklyn, her plans to move to Manhattan will change Tony’s life forever.

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Paramount Pictures released Saturday Night Fever to theaters on December 16, 1977. John Badham directed the film starring John Travolta, Karen Lynn Gorney, Barry Miller.

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    1. Hi Eddie. Thanks for asking. I grew up listening to the amazing soundtrack but didn’t actually see the movie until I was older. I was surprised by how dark it is but I am a fan. I love the music, dancing, and performances, It is an interesting story. Are you a fan?

      1. Hi Lori, I own the DVD so yes I am a fan. Though I do acknowledge it’s faults. It’s funny that they released a PG version, that sort of seems to miss the point. Patrick is unduly harsh on it(it often seems like he never can just dislike a film, but has to actively hate it 🙂

        1. I don’t actively hate films, most films I dislike I just don’t think about at all. However, when I am called to talk about them, I will be detailed in what I don’t like about them. Look at the films that I love (i.e. The Searchers, Pulp Fiction, Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Seven Samurai, etc.) You will find that I am just as detail oriented with them in my “like” for the film.

  1. I loved Shane’s ‘a word from our sponsors’ big collars!! So true for the fashion of the day – I was there!!!! Not to mention body shirts (yuck) !!

      1. I don’t believe so. The body shirts I’m thinking of were made for men in Stretchy T shirt material and hugged to the body – not a pretty site!

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