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Saturday Night Fever

Directed by John Badham
United States, 1977


A Brooklyn youth feels his only chance to get somewhere is as the king of the disco floor.

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Saturday Night Fever Directed by John Badham

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1978 | Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role

National Board of Review

1977 | 2 wins including: Best Actor

BAFTA Awards

1979 | 2 nominations including: Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music

It oscillates between a view of Brooklyn’s Bay Ridge neighborhood as a version of hell on earth whose residents devote all their waking hours to humiliating one another and the heavenly, utopian lift and glory of dancing at one of its discotheques called 2001 Odyssey. Most people who fondly remember this movie are likely to focus on the latter and think less about the former, but it’s the relation between these two registers that gives the movie its energy.
July 01, 2017
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The fortieth anniversary of its release is a chance to revisit not only its scorching soundtrack (the Bee Gees, Yvonne Elliman, Tavares, The Trammps, K.C. and the Sunshine Band) but some of its features which have, arguably, been overlooked by commentators hooked on the disco-ball glitz of its externals. From the opening sequence of SNF, where the roar of a train segues into the Bee Gees’ rendition of ‘Stayin’ Alive’, we’re into a fast-moving film which never lets up in intensity
June 15, 2017
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You should be dancing. “Saturday Night Fever” staggers beneath its melodramatic subplots, but thanks to the percolating score the whole movie feels choreographed. And when Mr. Travolta takes to the 2001 dance floor, he lifts the movie — according to “The Hollywood Reporter Book of Box Office Hits,” the third top-grossing picture of 1977, behind “Star Wars” and “Close Encounters” — into the stratosphere.
May 26, 2017
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