Movies From the Hat III – Saturday Night Fever (1977)


This is my 1,977th movie review

Thanks to Jane for recommending this film to me!

Saturday_night_fever_movie_poster“You make it with some of these chicks, they think you gotta dance with them. ” – Tony

Number of Times Seen – 1 (2 Feb 2016)

Brief Synopsis – A group of friends spend their Saturday Nights at a dance club in order to try and forget their mundane lives.

My Take on it – When Jane recommended this movie, I needed to think about whether I had seen this or not.

I have seen lots of bits and pieces of this movie over the years, but never the whole thing…who hasn’t?  This film is such an iconic one of the 70’s and of the the whole Disco scene.

So, suffice it to say, I was quite happy it was recommended since it never even dawned on me to watch it otherwise.

The thing that really makes this movie stand out is it;’s soundtrack by the Bee Gee’s.  I’d heard most of the songs before, but they meshed so well with the story and the dancing that I found myself singing along numerous times.

The story itself is slightly weak, but it still stands up nearly 40 years later.

The idea presented here about dealing with life and finding ways to escape the mundane by finding something to excel in works well and is still relevant today.

People get stuck in their normal lives and never try to do something special and this movie tries to sell the idea that anyone can do something special as long as they try.

John Travolta is really great here as the lead, but I personally had trouble believing that he was 19. 🙂

All in all, this is a fun film to watch, enjoy and experience even though some of the themes can be quite dark in contrast to the dancing scenes.

Not perfect, but still fun.

Bottom Line -Great soundtrack and the story is also pretty good.  Liked how they deal with how life affects us all and what one needs to do in order to try and rise above it all.  Travolta really is good here but doesn’t seem to be 19 at all.  Fun film to watch and experience. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When Tony’s dad hit him in the back of the head the third time during dinner, his retort of “Just watch the hair!” and then his complaint about being hit on the hair after he had worked on it for so long was John Travolta’s own reaction and not scripted, but since it was so in character for Tony Manero to say, it was left in. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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