Saturday Night Fever
Saturday Night Fever (1977)

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… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: December 19, 1977
DVD Release Date: August 9, 2002
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Boasting a smart, poignant story, a classic soundtrack, and a starmaking performance from John Travolta, Saturday Night Fever ranks among the finest dramas of the 1970s.

Gary Arnold
Washington Post

Saturday Night Fever assaults you with a flagrantly foul-mouthed script and coarse viewpoint.

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A.D. Murphy

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.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

Not many movies are genuine cultural phenomena, and John Badham's Saturday Night Fever is without doubt one of the most memorable.

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Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News

Saturday Night Fever is wonderfully honest and completely accurate when it comes to depicting that stagnant environment that keeps young people like Tony pinned down.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

In the end, the real killer is the movie's abject sincerity.

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Henry Stewart
Brooklyn Magazine

Contemptuous of the community it phonily purports to depict.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

A small, solid film, made with craft if not resonance.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

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.

Sean Burns
The ARTery

This is one tough picture - bristling and raw, with an aggression more attuned to angry-young-man British kitchen sink dramas than Hollywood's quickie music-fad cash-ins.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Perry
I was shocked. This film was way better than I expected. I was tempted to fast-forward the many dance sequences, but around them, John Travolta builds an… More
Tim Salmons
Like most people, I derided this film without actually having seen it. Most people assume it to be nothing more than a soundtrack vehicle. Fortunately,… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
Silly but, for some strange reason, charming.
Aj V
A fantastic drama and disco music dance movie. It's very unique movie, and I loved it.
Chris Weber
First off, a disclaimer: no, I had never actually seen this before (but still had preconceived notions about it), and I don't really care for the disco… More
Richard C