“[showing the stolen money to Brando, her pet cat] Chicken livers forever! ” – Debbie
Number of Times Seen – At least 3 times (Cable in the 80’s, 1 Aug 2000 and 27 Aug 2019)
Brief Synopsis – A bank teller and an aspiring investor have their lives intertwined when four angels try to intervene with God’s plan to destroy the world.
My Take on it – This is a a really silly film that fails to work on any level.
The re-teaming of Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta also doesn’t work here since they don;t have the same kind of ecstatic chemistry that they were able to give us in Grease (1978) just five years earlier.
The story is told in a strange way and many of the things that happens don’t have plausible explanations for some of those situations.
This movie has a theme that is based heavily on some heavenly aspects of the story yet instead of allowing the story to flow much better it actually hinders things even more because it feels tacked on.
The music of John is the savior of this film because she is able to give us two of her sings as part of the story – Twist of Fate and Desperate Times.
Check out the songs here:
Both songs are great and were able to stay on the pop charts for a while back when this came out.
Bottom Line – Really silly film that doesn’t work at all. Newton-John and Travolta fail to have similar chemistry to what they achieved year before in Grease (1978). The story itself is a bit strange and they fail to give a plausible explanation to things. The characters aren’t developed well enough for us to care about them. They also fail to utilize the heavenly aspects of the story and it feels very tacked on instead of flowing well within the storyline. The two songs by Olivia Newton-John work really well here and they are the best things about this film. Both Desperate Times and Twist of Fate are both great songs that stayed on the pop charts for a while back when this came out.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Olivia Newton-John’s hit single “Twist of Fate” was released just before the film. Fox replaced the movie’s original score with instrumental versions of her chart-topping song. (From IMDB)
Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)
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This was a film I grew up on as a kid as my parents were big fans of John Travolta but were in denial over how bad his movies had become though my father admitted that Staying Alive was one of the worst movies he and my mom had ever seen. It was a film that tried to be a bunch of things but it didn’t work. I’m sure it’s more watchable now in comparison to the shit that Travolta has been doing now.
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