Saturday Night Fever

  • Directors: John Badham
  • Producers: Robert Stigwood
  • Writers: Nik Cohn, Norman Wexler
  • Genres: Drama, Music, Romance
  • Actors: John Travolta, Karen Lynn Gorney

The film is about 19-year-old Tony Manero (John Travolta), a young Italian American from the New York City borough of Brooklyn who works a dead-end job in a small hardware store by day, but rules the dance floor at night with his frequent appearances at 2001 Odyssey, a Brooklyn dance club.

While at 2001 Odyssey, Tony is seen in the company of his three close friends, Joey (Joseph Cali); Double J (Paul Pape); and the meek Bobby C. (Barry Miller), still in high school. It is presumed Bobby C., though younger, is part of the gang because he is the only one with a car (a run-down Chevrolet Impala). An informal member of their gang is Annette (Donna Pescow), a neighborhood girl who has apparently been Tony’s partner in previous dance competitions and longs for a more permanent relationship with him.

Tony, knowing Annette has the right moves to win an upcoming dance competition, recruits her to participate with him in the contest, much to her delight. Her happiness is short-lived, however, when Tony abruptly terminates their partnership after seeing Stephanie Mangano dance at the disco and later at a neighborhood dance studio. Stephanie is a tall, attractive, talented dancer with what Tony assumes is a more committed potential toward winning the competition.

After leaving his friends behind, a distraught Tony spends the rest of the night riding the subway. He finally shows up at Stephanie’s apartment, apologizing for his earlier bad behavior. He tells her that he plans on leaving Brooklyn and coming to Manhattan to escape from his family and friends, and what he considers to be a fake life. He also tells her that he wants to try to salvage their relationship by being friends first and see what develops from there. Recognizing Tony’s honest wish to change, Stephanie takes his hand in hers, and then him into her arms in this final scene.

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