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Saturday Night Fever

6.81 h 59 min1978X-Ray18
John Travolta performs as the troubled Tony Manero - Brooklyn paint store clerk by day and undisputed king of the dance floor by night. A powerful and provocative urban tragedy that carries as much significance today as it did in 1977.
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Supporting actors
Joseph CaliPaul Pape
Kevin McCormickRobert Stigwood
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Alcohol usefoul languagenuditysexual contentsmokingsubstance useviolence
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4.5 out of 5 stars

4636 global ratings

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  2. 13% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 7% of reviews have 3 stars
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S. LornieReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 April 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
This ain't Grease!
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Saturday Night Fever is an interesting film. I think it's reputation undermines the quality of the film. People remember the poster of John Travolta in his now cliché dance pose, the hit Bee Gees single Stayin' Alive and the fantastic soundtrack that it came from. But how many people who know these things have actually seen the film? How many are mature enough to even understand it?

When I was growing up, I always heard about this movie from the same people that loved the musical Grease. A classic in its own right. But the movie they spoke about and the one I eventually saw were quite a contrast. These folks saw a reasonably family friendly movie about dancing and disco music. What I saw was a movie about Tony Manero coming out of his shell, growing up, how shallow life can be and human insecurity. As it turns out, many people I know have never seen the full movie. But instead grew up watching a family friendly edit that was released to milk the success of Grease. Typical.

Saturday Night Fever is a fantastic movie. It was originally released in 1977 and is well known as one of John Travolta's early successes. He plays the character Tony Manero (Travolta), an insecure young man hiding behind his good looks and reputation with his friends. He works hard during the week to have enough money for fancy outfits and to spend weekends at his favourite dance club. After meeting Stephanie Mangano (Karen Lynn Gorney), Tony starts to question his life and if there is more for him out there. The film was directed by John Badham and produced by Robert Stigwood.

The movie is well made. It shows a great contrast between the gritty surreal world of Tony's daily life and the super bright energetic night life. Everyone remembers when they were eighteen years old and felt like they were invincible. Those were great times. But life quickly catches up to us all and that is what this movie is about. Saturday Night Fever captures that vibe wonderfully. It does a great job of slowly taking it away piece by piece as real life catches up to the lead character. The pacing is right on. It doesn't feel slow, not for me at least. I was quite invested in the characters. It's was also helped along by the previously mentioned soundtrack. The disco rhythms from the Bee Gees, Kool & The Gang, The Trammps etc really took it up a notch.

The quality of the bluray itself was quite good. I thought the image was quite sharp. You could see many details in the characters outfits, the make up was well done and the disco scenes looked superb and colourful. The surround mix was also really well done. The scenes that didn't have music were very atmospheric and the one that did, they were incredible. I would love to hear this soundtrack properly in surround.

I could waffle on about this movie for a while but I'll stop here. I strongly recommend this movie but I will say, this is NOT for the faint of heart. There's a lot of things in this movie that is now considered highly offensive and would be removed from every platform if the wrong people see it. It isn't a family friendly movie. It is very dark, has a lot of mature themes, strong language, politically incorrect jokes and more. This is an adult film for mature people. If you want to watch something like Grease, you better look else where because this is definitely not for you.
SlightyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 September 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
You should be dancing, but it ISN'T just about that, it is so much more.
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Some film!!! Travolta is mesmerising, a sugar puff in Grease this film has a dark tone. As a kid I the 70s (born in 72) I remember the poster on my brother's wall, I remember the tunes. But I didn't know the story, this film deals with hope, family abuse, aspirations, hopes, dreams, religion, loss of faith, friendship, death, and even a disturbing gang rape . The dancing is merely the ONE thing he is good at, an escapism, adored by the ladies envied by the lads... It distracts him from the dull 9-5 . Honestly I applaud this film for dealing with so much, New York looks unsafe and grimy, a lack of opportunity, Travolta excels, not only in the dance moves but as an actor, very believable and although flawed very likable character Tony. An outstanding film.
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Chris JacketsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 December 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
What a difference!
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When Saturday Night Fever was first released, not only was it a phenomenal success, but it had been 'cleaned up' for general audiences, which I would never had known had it not been for the excellent documentary led by Bruno Tonioli that was on BBC4 just before Christmas. Thankfully, this version is the original, definitely adult, one: and what a difference! Perhaps the biggest impact of this version is the blatantly sexist, male dominated environment that the film portrays. I wonder what today's generation of teenagers thinks when viewing the original version of this iconic film that shot John Travolta to fame?
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jugglerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 November 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Brave film of its time
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Good to see this again after many years. It provides a stark and troubling picture of teenage life in the US of the 70s. There's a lot of language that wouldn't pass the hate speech censor these days. I hope it doesn't get 'cancelled' as retrospectively unacceptable! Great dancing, of course, and music. Travolta has great presence and the girl he rejects is also excellent. A really interesting mix of characters generally. It wasn't clear to me at the end how he intended to change his life but at least he was clear that he wanted to and I got a feeling that he just might succeed.
AlexReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 September 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great sound quality
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The new Blu-ray edition of Saturday Night Fever is excellent. The picture quality is first rate but what really earns the release its five stars is the sound quality. During the dance scenes, the music really blasts out clearly, like you are listening to a CD of the Bee Gees. The sound I have heard on TV broadcasts or earlier releases has been flat and background in quality. This must be a definitive version. The 18 version is certainly not suitable for younger children but the dance scenes are definitely worth sharing with all the family.
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Francis husseinyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 March 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
timeless music that together with a compelling story
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John Travolta gives a sensual and intelligent performance as the troubled Tony Manero - Brooklyn paint store clerk by day and undisputed king of the dance floor by night. Every Saturday, Tony puts on his wide collared shirt, flared trousers and platform shoes and heads out to the only place where he's seen as a god rather than some young punk.But in the darkness, away from from the strobe lights and glitter ball, is a tragic story of disillusionment, violence and heartbreak. Without a doubt, Travolta's performance made him a Hollywood legend, but 'Saturday Night Fever' is more than just a movie that defined the music and fashion of a generation. It's a powerful and provocative urban tragedy that carries as much significance today as it did in 1977.
Saturday NIGHT FEVER is. Quintessential film about the Seventies'
the disco craze that made Travolta an American icon (Best Actor nominee) and superstar as Brooklynite Tony Manero, a free-wheelin' Italian kid who loves to dance but doesn't know what he wants from life despite his talent
In one of the finest scenes in the entire movie, and certainly one of the most touching, Tony has lunch with an older girl (who later becomes his dance partner) and tries to impress her by acting mature. But his immaturity shines through--he doesn't have a clue what he's talking about half the time, and when he tries to act smart she counters his moves with true brainpower. In a way, this is the first time Tony realizes that women aren't as dumb as he thought they were.
Saturday Night Fever is a far more professional film than one might expect, it has intelligence as well as entertainment, which is something that makes a more than just admirable achievement
Directed on location with gritty realism by John Badham
(((Saturday NIGHT FEVER))) is A working class tale but The movie's power is enhanced by the excellent acting and timeless music that together with a compelling story make this movie something special, not just another commercial product but a work of art, a true classic.
watch it on Saturday NIGHT it will give you a FEVER...the FEVER will make you feel that
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Clive GardenerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 August 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Catching the Fever
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I first saw 'Saturday Night Fever' on release in the cinema in 1978 and the power of the music and images, energy of the dance sequences and unabashed non-politically-correct grittiness of the dialogue and narrative are every bit as captivating and moving on this DVD release, with its restored picture and soundtrack, as they were on first release on the big screen. I'd especially recommend the 30th Anniversary Edition with the two documentaries 'Catching the Fever' and 'Back to Bay Ridge', looking at the making of the film from a retrospective point of view and revisiting the actual locations used for the filming. There are also two added extras for those who might want to study John Travolta's dance moves in detail, as well as the director's, John Badham's, anecdotal commentary to accompany the film itself and '70s Discopedia' with added information on screen.
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DanielReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 June 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Must Watch Saturday Night Fever
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I remember my family talking about Saturday Night Fever it depicted the 70s the start of disco and life. Great dance moves by John Travolta, Karen Lynn, and even Adrienne King watch out for her on the dance floor good moves. Bee Gee music 5 star plus rating. Must watch film before the far left watch it!
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