Saturday Night Fever Movie Review Summary

Actors: John Travolta, Karen Lynn Gorney, Barry Miller, Donna Pescow

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“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

Script Analysis of Saturday Night Fever

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1960's-1970's Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   dancer Lover is...    -   of a different social class

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   dancer Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Italian


City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York    -   dirty, grimy (like New York) Misc setting    -   moving train    -   bar    -   mental hospital

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   explicit references to deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   kissing    -   seeing breasts Any profanity?    -   A lot of foul language If lots of song/dance...    -   lot of singing and dancing If this is a kid's movie...    -   Ages 10-15

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