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He's a big-city kid in a small town. They said he'd never win. He knew he had to.
|A hip chicago teen moves to a midwestern town where, thanks to a pastor, dancing is outlawed.|
Editor's NoteThis 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.
Cast & Crew
|Frances Lee McCain|
|Sarah Jessica Parker|
|Craig Zadan - Producer|
|Dean Pitchford - Writer|
|Herbert Ross - Director|
|Kenny Loggins - Original Music|
|Lewis J. Rachmil - Producer|
|Miles Goodman - Original Music|
|Ric Waite - Cinematographer|
Plot SummaryKevin 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.
|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|