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Xanadu Movie Review Summary

Actors: Olivia Newton-John, Michael Beck, Gene Kelly

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In her second movie musical, Olivia Newton-John stars as Kira, one of the nine muses of Ancient Greece. Kira is sent to Earth (via an outdoor mural depicting the mythological sisters) to inspire Sonny Malone (Michael Beck). Sonny is a talented but discouraged freelance artist. Unable to make a go of it on his own, Sonny reluctantly returns to Air Flow Records where he duplicates album covers. Sonny cannot find enthusiasm for anything anymore, especially his work. Kira is also on the scene to motivate Danny McGuire (Gene Kelly), an aging, well-to-do entrepreneur who she might have possibly inspired decades ago when he was a Big Band musician. After his heart was broken (perhaps by Kira?), Danny hung up his clarinet and became comfortable managing his family's construction business. With Kira's help (and much dancing, singing and roller-skating along the way), Sonny and Danny befriend one another and decide to partner up and construct “Xanadu”, a disco/roller-skating club. However, a muse is under strict orders never to fall in love with their “assignment“.
The review of this Movie prepared by Tara Dugan








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Plot & Themes

Comedy, primarily    -   Yes Time/era of movie:    -   1960's-1970's Comedy or Parody about    -   musical How much humor v. drama    -   Nearly all humor

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   20's-30's Has magical powers?    -   Yes Magical/mental powers of main character:    -    Invisibility Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Australian

Setting

City?    -   Yes City:    -   Los Angeles

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Any profanity?    -   None If lots of song/dance...    -   lot of singing and dancing

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