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A hip chicago teen moves to a midwestern town where, thanks to a pastor, dancing is outlawed.


Studio Paramount
SKU 40248823
UPC 097360534146
UPC 14 00097360534146
Format DVD
Release Date 5/2/2006
Rating Rating
Coming Of Age
Essential Cinema
Personal Triumph
Small Town Life
Small Towns
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note This classic tale of teen rebellion features a delightful combination of dance choreography and realistic, touching performances. When teenager Ren (Kevin Bacon) and his family move from big-city Chicago to a small midwestern town, he's in for a real case of culture shock. Though he tries hard to fit in, the streetwise Ren can't quite believe he's living in a place where rock music and dancing are illegal. There is one small pleasure, however: Ariel (Lori Singer), a troubled but lovely blonde--who also has a jealous boyfriend. In fact, it is Ariel's dad (John Lithgow), a Bible-thumping minister, who is responsible for keeping the town dance-free. Ren and his classmates want to do away with this ordinance--especially since the senior prom is around the corner--but only Ren has the courage to initiate a battle. Ren's pent-up frustrations cause a confrontation with Rev. Shaw Moore and the local town council as he takes on the small-town establishment struggling to abolish the outmoded ban and revitalize the spirit of the repressed townspeople. Herb Ross's fast-paced drama is filled with such hit songs as the title track and "Let's Hear It for the Boy" and is a classic of 1980s Brat Pack cinema.
Plot Summary
Summary Kevin Bacon stars in this classic tale of teen angst and repression, combining terrific dance choreography with a sizzling soundtrack. Ren (Bacon) is a streetwise city teenager who moves to a conservative rural community where rock music and public dancing are prohibited. Together with the local minister's daughter (Lori Singer) the young man struggles to revitalize the spirit of the townspeople.
Variety "...[Bacon is] superb....Dianne Wiest is terrific..." 02/15/1984
Entertainment Weekly "[With a] perfectly choreographed '80s-feel-good-film routine..." 10/01/2004 p.60
Herbert Ross
John Lithgow
Lori Singer
Kevin Bacon
Dianne Wiest
Cast & Crew
Christopher Penn - Actor
Craig Zadan - Producer
Dean Pitchford - Writer
Dianne Wiest - Actor
Elizabeth Gorcey - Actor
Frances Lee McCain - Actor
Herbert Ross - Director
John Laughlin - Actor
John Lithgow - Actor
Kenny Loggins - Original Music
Kevin Bacon - Actor
Lewis J. Rachmil - Producer
Lori Singer - Actor
Miles Goodman - Original Music
Ric Waite - Cinematographer
Sarah Jessica Parker - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1984
Catalog ID 05341
UPC 00097360534146
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 107 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Oscar (1985) Kenny Loggins, Dean Pitchford, Nominee, Best Music, Song,Tom Snow, Dean Pitchford, Nominee, Best Music, Song
Golden Globe (1985) Kenny Loggins, Dean Pitchford, Nominee, Best Original Song-Motion Picture
DVD, Special Edition, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Bacon,Kevin
Label Paramount Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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