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- R 60
A portrayal of the timeless struggle between innocent pleasure and rigid morality. City-boy Ren McCormick finds himself in an uptight Midwestern town where dancing has been banned.
- Movies & TV
- 24 Apr 2009
- Region 2
- Paramount Pictures
- 103 min
- Supply Source
- South Africa
- Release Year
- Dramas / Musicals / Pop Music / Classic / Coming Of Age / Dance / Dancers / Dancing / Essential Cinema / Friends / Personal Triumph / Recommended / Rivalry / Romance / Small Town Life / Small Towns / Teenage / Teenagers / Theatrical Release
- This classic tale of teen rebellion features a delightful combination of dance choreography and realistic, touching performances. When teenager Ren (Kevin Bacon) and his family move from big-city Chicago to a small midwestern town, he's in for a real case of culture shock. Though he tries hard to fit in, the streetwise Ren can't quite believe he's living in a place where rock music and dancing are illegal. There is one small pleasure, however: Ariel (Lori Singer), a troubled but lovely blonde--who also has a jealous boyfriend. In fact, it is Ariel's dad (John Lithgow), a Bible-thumping minister, who is responsible for keeping the town dance-free. Ren and his classmates want to do away with this ordinance--especially since the senior prom is around the corner--but only Ren has the courage to initiate a battle. Ren's pent-up frustrations cause a confrontation with Rev. Shaw Moore and the local town council as he takes on the small-town establishment struggling to abolish the outmoded ban and revitalize the spirit of the repressed townspeople. Herb Ross's fast-paced drama is filled with such hit songs as the title track and "Let's Hear It for the Boy" and is a classic of 1980s Brat Pack cinema.
- David Hasselhoff makes a cameo appearance in a diner scene.
"What did David do? What did David do? What did David do? David danced. Leaping and dancing before the Lord. There was a time for this law, but not anymore. This is our time to dance."--Ren (Kevin Bacon)
The hit movie was later turned into a successful Broadway musical.
- Cast & Crew
- Herbert Ross
- Kevin Bacon / Elizabeth Gorcey / John Laughlin / John Lithgow / Frances Lee McCain / Sarah Jessica Parker / Christopher Penn / Lori Singer / Dianne Wiest
- Dean Pitchford
- Miles Goodman
- Executive Producer
- Daniel Melnick
- Director of Photography
- Ric Waite
- Paul Hirsch
- Production Designer
- Ron Hobbs
- Movie Critics
- Entertainment Weekly
- "[With a] perfectly choreographed '80s-feel-good-film routine..."— Jennifer Armstrong (1 Oct 2004, p.60)
- "...[Bacon is] superb....Dianne Wiest is terrific..."— Har. (15 Feb 1984, )