“Don't you never chew,” asks a friend to Tony Manero (Travolta) over burgers. Perhaps Tony's manners aren't “uptown,” but his disco moves at a Brooklyn hot spot certainly are as he astounds in this 1977 icon that introduced Disco to America and Travolta to the big screen.
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But how would this story have played without the dancing? Probably just fine as Manero, his four Bay Ridge buddies, his Italian family, and a few unglamorous chicks converge with interesting dialogue and subplots (“Laurence Olivier? Isn't he the guy dat does dem Polaroid commercials?)
Although Tony has no real ambition, he works hard at a paint store so not to emulate his callous unemployed father. Meanwhile, his brother plans to quit the priesthood, there's an unwanted pregnancy or two, and a tragedy at the very symbol of Bay Ridge itself, the majestic Verrazano Narrows Bridge. Throw in the dance competition and you have a dated movie that's still fun to watch again and again, especially in 5.1.
The review of this Movie prepared by Angry Jim Magin