Saturday Night Fever
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John Travolta graduated from minor celebrity to superstar with Saturday Night Fever. Travolta plays Tony Manero, a Brooklyn paint-store clerk who'd give anything to break out of his dead-end existence. In life, Tony is a peasant; on the disco dance floor, he's a king. As the soundtrack plays one Bee Gees hit after another (including "Stayin' Alive"), we watch white-suited Tony strut his stuff amidst flashing lights and sweaty, undulating bodies. Tony's class aspirations are mirrored in his relationship with his dance partner, Stephanie (Karen Lynn Gorney), a secretary… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A small, solid film, made with craft if not resonance."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Mr. Travolta is deft and vibrant, and he never condescends to the character, not even in a scene that has Tony and Stephanie arguing about whose Romeo and Juliet it is, Zeffirelli's or Shakespeare's."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Disco drama is not just daaancin' yeah!"
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"John Badham's film (his best to date), a zeitgeist picture that captures the disco subculture of the 1970s like no other work, features a star-making performance from John Travolta who dominates every frame."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"One of the best films of all time"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Travolta's characterization, given the script and directorial demands, is okay. It will please the already-committed; but it won't win him any new fans."
‑ A.D. Murphy, Variety
"There's a lot in the movie that's sad and painful, but after a few years what you remember is John Travolta on the dance floor in that classic white disco suit, and the Bee Gees on the soundtrack."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Saturday Night Fever's heart is actually in the right place. It's ears, though? That's another story."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"My "how to" book as a teenage."
‑ Michael A. Smith, Nolan's Pop Culture Review
"It holds up beautifully, mainly because it puts the characters and their flaws first and the disco nightlife second. Travolta remains an amazing, graceful presence on the dance floor."
‑ Collin Souter,
"In the end, the real killer is the movie's abject sincerity."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"It's a remarkable drama..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Today, it's like a kind of '70s jukebox that hasn't quite aged that well."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"strong and engaging"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"The very epitome of 'outdated', but oddly enough that's what makes it such a (mini) classic."
‑ Scott Weinberg, Apollo Guide
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