Footloose
Footloose

 
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Director Herbert Ross (The Turning Point) pulled a winning movie out of this almost self-consciously archetypal tale of teenage rock rebellion. Kevin Bacon stars as a hip city kid who ends up in a Bible-belt town after his parents divorce. An ill fit for a conservative community where rock is frowned upon and dancing is forbidden, Bacon's character rallies the kids and takes on the establishment. Between a good cast really embracing the drama of Dean Pitchford's screenplay, and Ross's imaginative, highly charged way of shooting the dance numbers, you can get lost in this all-ages confection, and you won't even mind Kenny Loggins's bubbly pop. Bonuses include one of John Lithgow's best performances (a bit reminiscent of Jimmy Stewart), and Christopher Penn (who sure doesn't look the same anymore) as a good-natured hick who learns to boogie. --Tom Keogh

Customer Reviews:

  • Amazing movie!
    Footloose begins in the rural town of Bowmont, Oklahoma, where dancing, drinking, and certain types of music have been banned. Ren McCormack has just moved there with his mother from Chicago, and immediately he can be pinpointed as an outsider. But little did his new classmates know that in him was a revolution that would alter the way the entire town viewed morality.

    Ren has sparked the interest of Reverend Moore's daughter, Ariel, who willfully rebels against her father and his unfair rules. Primarily, Reverend Moore is adamant in his distaste towards Ren and the new ideals he is exposing the teenagers of the town to. But after some convincing, and a tension-filled scene where Ren proclaims in the town council meeting that dancing is a "celebration of life" and nothing damnable, as they believe, Ren wins over the trust of many of the parents. Ren and the entire senior class are allowed to have a senior prom, and contentedly shoulder the burden and blessing of putting it all together. Of course, they hit a few snags. But, as they say, cracks in the cement are only reminders that even the best of us can break, no matter how strong. The real test of strength and courage is if you are willing to pick yourself back up and try again.

    In my day, I have been witness to many Grammy-award winning movies and productions, video biographies, and even live stage productions. But never in my short thirteen years have I seen something so thought provoking and emotional that it made me grip the edge of my chair, the rhythm of my heart quicken to what must be an unhealthy rate, and just leap up in my seat and a give a rebel yell. Footloose is the kind of movie that, even if one has never experienced that exact form of oppression, every teenager--everyone--can relate to it in some way. You find yourself wholeheartedly rooting Ren and Ariel on, fervently wishing that they succeed in their endeavor.




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  • The BEST movie ever!!!!!!
    I love this movie! It has so much comedy, but is serious at the same time. Footloose has got a great soundtrack, this movie is gaurenteed make you want to get up and dance. This is one of my favorite movies ever and everyone should see it....more info
  • 6 out of 5 Stars!!!
    What can I say. This is the Godfather of dancing movies. You got served, Save the Last Dance, and Dirty Dancing 2 would not exist without Footloose. Kevin Bacon is sensational, that kid has a few moves!

    Based on a true story (According to E!), Footloose is about a pack of high school kids fighting for their right to DANCE. "There is a time to laugh, and THERE IS A TIME TO DANCE," quote Kevin Bacon. You see, these kids live in a redneck town where people wear cowboy boots don't want kids to dance. Dancing was thought of as dangerous, and the leading cause of teenage pregnancy. So they want to ban dancing... but when the kid from Chicago (Kevin Bacon) showed up, he taught his redneck friends how to dance and decided to fight the resistance and want to be freed from the
    anti-dancing act.

    As with any movie, there has got to be antagonists. Besides crazy dancing and tight 80's style jeans, this movie is loaded with action scenes. There is a scene where Lori Singer's ex-boyfriend shows America how to beat up Lori Singer, and there is a scene where Kevin Bacon drop kicks Lor Singer's ex-boyfriend and helps young Chris Penn (when he wasn't all fat) kick 5 people's @SS. This movie is also loaded with testosterones: scenes of pickup trucks, roll bars and dancing on football field bleachers proves me right!

    In many ways, this movie reminds me of the importance of Freedom. The need for Americans to fight for the right to party! Some people may laugh at the cheesy lines, lame outfits and the fact that Kevin Bacon's choreography is entertaining, but it should be taken just as serious as movies like T2 and Matrix in which the protagonist fight for the FREEDOM of fellow mankind.

    If you are looking for a lighthearted film with plenty of action and laughter, you do not want to miss this great film. Kevin Bacon, I always knew you are a talent... Superb Cast and Excellent Film!...more info

  • TEEN who is in <3 w/the 80's!!!!
    I wasn't even born born in the 80's and when I watched it with my dad who is such an 80's fan WHO WAS BORN IN MEXICO!!!!...I just felt in <3333333 with the movie. I mean KEVIN is just soo perfect for the role and John Lithgow is ACTUALLy verrry good as well and who could forget LITLLE miss PARKER sooo young!!!! (sigh) OK I am in <3 with all of the great things of the 80's I just wish I was born IN this ERA because everyting TO ME was great the clothes, the scary movies, THE MUSIC, and Of COURSE such great MOVIES like THE FOOTLOOSE!!!!!!!...more info
  • Everybody cut footloose!
    Ah......... those small, Midwestern towns. One bad accident, and the entire town looks for someone, or something, to blame. In this case, they blamed dancing and rock & roll music. As a result, they outlawed both. For those of us who can't dance a lick or keep a tune to save our lives, this might be a pretty good place to live in. But for Ren (Kevin Bacon), he's just arrived in a town that will always seem like Friday the 13th to him.

    Ren and his mom have just moved to this small town from the big city of Chicago. Naturally, Ren is a fish out of water here. Everytime there's trouble, people start pointing at him, whether it was his fault or not.

    But don't feel too bad for Ren. He has made some friends in his High School, but he's also ticked off a few too. And his plan to have a Senior Prom (an event that has not happened in this town for 6 years) is threatening to divide the town in half.

    Many people will not like this movie for the sole reason of the 80s music and dance. But there is a story behind the music, one that was brilliantly told. I have seen this movie many, many times, and each time I watch it I catch something that I had missed before. This was not a teen movie made for the sole purpose of cashing in on the teen movie craze at the time. It has a message worth listening to.

    Unfortunatley, the DVD is lacking in extras. Of course, this movie was made back when DVDs were nothing more than an idea in somebody's head. Still, considering the popularity both then and now that this movie has enjoyed, it would have been nice to get the cast back together and produced something new to offer us....more info

  • there is time to dance.....
    i grew up with this movie and the soundtrack. i love the new remaster soundtrack that has the extra tracks. i was dissapointed with the movie on my dvd. the picture quality reminds you, of viewing the LD version. although, i dont remember the ld version was this bad in grainey picture quality. of course paramount is very stingy with the extras on the dvds. they are getting better but even 20th centry fox is ahead of them in the extra dept. i love this movie enought to get it on dvd. if you are a die hard footloose fan then get it. if you can overlook the picture quality it has to offer....more info
  • Very classic movie and soundtrack
    As I said in the title, great nostalgic movie, story, acting, etc. I enjoy watching the movie over and over. I would give this 5 stars but I will give the DVD tech guys an F for not putting any features (besides ws format) on this. I think some trailers, interviews, and other stuff would have fit. They could have done a little segment on all of the songs featured here. Aside from this, great DVD....more info
  • Footloose
    The movie was shipped fast and received in very good condition. I will most definitely order from this sellar again...more info
  • HORRIBLE VIDEO QUALITY
    I have the laser disc version of Footloose, and I was hoping to obtain the DVD version in order to have better video and sound quality. Unfortunately, the video quality was horrible. There was a dark yellow cast over the picture. My laser disc copy has slightly less resolution than a typical DVD, but has beautiful color and contrast. I do not what happened to cause the video defect, but I suggest people should avoid this particular DVD version....more info
  • Great DVD!!!
    Thanks for the great service, it was fast and without any complications!! Thanks again!!!...more info
  • For the prize of a pizza...
    ...you can have a copy of this film that defined a generation. Well, okay, maybe not quite DEFINED, but Kevin Bacon's "Footloose" was and is a pop culture milestone of sorts, and even launched a wave of similar films of varying merit. "Footloose" is earnest, yet fun.

    The story involves a big city kid who has to move to a smallish town in Oklahoma/Texas/wherever, a town that's so far removed from his big city ways that it views him with suspicion. Yep, things used to be that way, and still are in some places. Bacon plays the new kid quite well for someone well out of his teens (ain't that show biz), and the character is drawn as one who's not a bad guy but just misunderstood. Kinda James Dean Lite.

    The plot tension involves rock'n'roll and dancing. Both are very much frowned upon in this town on the buckle of the Bible Belt. These days many may wonder why that was the case, and indeed it was back in the early 1980s and previous. Parents feared several things about dancing to rock'n'roll, such as the fact that drinking and dope often accompanies such events (see RAVE) and the suspicion that healthy young people will often be sexually excited by seeing each other shake their booties, leading to unplanned babies and all of the attendant problems thereto.

    Understandable parental concerns, of course. But Ren, the new kid, eventually wins over the town because he's a good guy and he turns the kids his way, causing a somewhat good-natured rebellion that still has its tense moments. John Lithgow is excellent here as the old-fashioned preacher with a personal ax to grind regarding this subject, and after the necessary confrontations have moved the story along, we have a nice happy ending with a Hollywood musical feel to it.

    OK, so the film is far better than my description of it. And it certainly is dated in some ways, but that's part of why this film is noteworthy. In the early '80s it was just becoming acceptable for a movie to present youth culture as a stylish snapshot of itself. Prior to this, such films were mostly renegade productions or judgemental/cautionary tales of said youth culture. "Footloose" was in the first wave of films that celebrated the culture of youth in a positive way, and while the clothes, hairstyles, and music now look and sound like relics from a Museum Of Past Coolness, it deserves a place in history for that.

    It was also one of the first films to produce a soundtrack album designed as a marketing tie-in, with multiple hit songs by various popular artists created especially for the project, including Kenny Loggins's title track, Deneice Williams's "Let's Hear it For the Boy," Bonnie Tyler's "Holding Out For a Hero," and "Almost Paradise," a vapid rock ballad sung by the lead vocalists from Heart and Loverboy, as well as a few other cuts that had already been popular.

    Beyond that, it's a feel-good film that pulls all the typical Hollywood Movie Strings and pushes all your buttons like a good manipulative Major Motion Picture should. It works. Naw, it's no major work of art, but a pop culture phenomenon that won't be forgotten anytime soon....more info
  • I'd Like To Boogie Woogie With Ms. Singer!!!!
    This movie stars Kevin Bacon who plays the new guy in a small overtly religious town. Rock music and dancing is forbidden in this town due to a tragedy that occurred years ago. Gee. Sounds like a fun place to visit.Remind me not to take my Gibson guitar and Marshall stack to this place. Kevin Bacon is well supported in this movie by the gorgeous Ms. Lori Singer who plays the town Preacher's daughter with a rebellious streak. This movie takes me back to a better time when albums were released on black vinyl. For all you younger people reading this those are the thin round things that your Dad owns. This movie also takes me back to the days before some ambitious no talent guy who couldn't sing wanted to be a STAR anyway and invented Rap .This fun movie has fine acting, good looking guys and girls PLUS a great soundtrack!!! What more could you ask for except a date with Ms. Singer?...more info
  • Nostaligia
    I grew up in a rural, religous community on the edge of the Appalachia. We were not allowed to dance. It didn't strick me at all odd at the time, and it doesn't now, that a town council could make dances illegal or that the local pastor could almost single handedly control the town council. And yes, a small town police officer could, without getting into any legal trouble, in that part of the world in the 1980s confiscate a rock and roll cassette tape (Remember those things?) for being played too loudly or simply because he didn't like the attitude of the driver.

    Having said that, the movie is extremely dated and so some parts of it look and sound a little silly today. Just like today's hip teen movies will look and sound silly two decades from now. But I still like this movie. Probably because some of these seens could be right out of my life. I too went to church and looked at girls acrossed the aisle. And after church we really did ride around in cars and pickups and hang out on family farms on Sunday afternoons doing really stupid teenage stuff with farm equipment. All of these seens are caught pretty realisticly and are done very sympatheticly. People with simple value systems are not mocked here, as they so often are in Hollywood. And the story line isn't all silly. The pastor character is especially well written and well played. And I should point out that girls really did wear their hair like that back then and really did wear tight sweaters and even tighter designer jeans. Youngsters now days don't know what they are missing. Buy this movie and watch Ariel move around the screen and you'll see what I mean....more info

  • Footloose and Free!
    I cannot believe it has been 25 years ago that we watched this movie in the theatres! Wow!
    It caused an uproar then with our friends but today seems somewhat calm and shows that kids really need a little freedom of expression to do what comes naturally. Of course, all within reason and respect.
    Still a great movie to watch with your grandkids and talk about what things were like "back in the old days!" ...more info
  • Footloose
    I absolutely loved this movie. The music in this movie was fantastic and fit just right into every aspect of the movie. I could see this actually happening in a little town like Beaumont and I would like to think I would do the same thing. The relationships built from the beginning of the movie flowed together and the young actors did a great job. I think I loved this movie most of all for its 'non-perfect people', portraying people I could relate to. I hope you see this movie soon if you haven't already. I know you will love it too....more info
  • DISMAL IMAGE QUALITY NEEDS TO BE "CUT LOOSE"!
    Herbert Ross' "Footloose" is one of those feel good flicks from the 80s that has dated at about twice the rate of most films from other decades. Its story is based in fact: that of a town ordinance that banned any form of public dancing. When Ren McCormack (Kevin Bacon) arrives with his family he can barely contain his distemper over the outdated law. He's young, rebellious and full of energy that just needs to be expressed. Together with the rest of the town's high school brethren, Ren resolves to challenge the law and its most ardent supporter, Rev. Shaw Moore - who lost his only son after a night of drunken abandonment and a fatal car accident and thereafter blamed rock music for everything. Moore's daughter Ariel (Lori Singer) is behind Ren's move to ditch the law. Actually, she's the model of good girl/bad girl, staying out late, smoking and making out with her studly boyfriend. The film also co-stars Chris Penn as Willard, a clutsy cowboy who becomes a high steppin' catch after Red teaches him all the right moves. And somewhere in this little trifle you'll find Sarah Jessica Parker as Rusty, another high school senior in desperate need of a better hairdo and a lot less lipstick.

    Before you pull out you're wallet and cut loose you may want to consider that Paramount's new Special Edition of "Footloose" offers NO improvement over the previously issued DVD. The transfers are identical in their image and sound quality and a complete and thorough disappointment to watch. An incredible amount of film grain plagues many of the opening scenes. There's also more than ample digital grit and aliasing and edge enhancement problems to go around. Age related artifacts crop up everywhere and are distracting. Colors are muted and, at times, extremely muddy and dated. Black levels are never black but a tonal mess of brown and gray. Really, there's nothing to get excited about here. Extras include a three part documentary (it's beyond me why Paramount continues to take one documentary and chop it into three short featurettes that can't be simultaneously played) that includes interviews with the cast and crew and the film's theatrical trailer. Truthfully, though, this is not an outstanding or even ample effort for the folks on the mountain.

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  • Footloose - MOVIE OF THE 80's and beyond
    I still can't understand why the studio that made this film has not put this 'classic' film on DVD.
    Instead, they put such garbage as 'Jay and Silent Bob' and other MTV crap on that format instead.

    Kevin Bacon is one of those actors who will never get any big time awards but, he is a big time actor. This is a simple story but, it is all about freedom and what is inside you.

    If you have not seen this film, you should. It is a film with alot of good actors such as Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, John Lithgow, etc. It also is a story which is timeless.

    You can never outgrow this film and it's basic concepts.
    Also, the sound track is fantastic....more info

  • veno
    Speedy delivery to Sweden. Splendid music and intresting actors. Nice to have in my collection...more info
  • This is a plain FUN movie! Guys, watch it with girls.
    Yes it's homoerotic, the dancers are too good, and there's so much silly about this film, but it's so much darn fun. Guys, this is the perfect movie to watch with girls. I've not seen a girl yet who doesn't love this movie (and even loves making fun of this movie!). Invite a girl to your house, have this movie playing, and she'll have a good time with you....more info
  • Footloose never came
    It has been well over a month and I have not received "Footloose" from THMP752002 and they won't answer an email. I notice their other feedback is pitiful. Amazon should have never listed this seller....more info
  • One of the 80's best movies, and one of the best dance movies ever
    From looking at Kevin Bacon's later career, you'd never imagine he could really dance. But he did indeed do most of the dancing in this movie (everything but the gymnastics). Perhaps moreso even than Flashdance, this movie highlighted the mid-80's period when contemporary dance was at its hottest. The cinematography for the choreography was certainly more coherent and easier to follow than Flashdance.

    What also sets this apart from other dance movies was the quality of the plot. As simple the small town teen rebellion plot may seem, compare this to the cliches or drudgery of later dance movies. It also helped that many of the big name actors in this movie brought their best performances. This was the movie which really kick-started Kevin Bacon's career (and made him a teen heartthrob for a couple of years). But John Lithgow's emotional journey and eventual change of heart carries the movie as much as the dance sequences do.

    By setting the entire movie in a small town in Utah (Lehi, to be exact. Many of the landmarks in the movie actually exist and still stand today.), it helped give the movie's conservative setting a more believable feel.

    One can't talk about Footloose without mentioning the soundtrack.
    There isn't a child of the 80's who doesn't know that uplifting and catchy titular track. Many people forget that Kenny Loggins was considered a folk/hippie rocker before this soundtrack came out (he was half of the band Loggins and Messina). But like Queen before him, this movie made him the unofficial rock theme tune writer of Hollywood for a period in the mid-80's-- Caddyshack 1 and 2 and Top Gun all produced Top 10 hits for Loggins.

    Speaking of which, this movie produced no less than 6 Top 10 hits: "Almost Paradise", "Let's Hear it For the Boy", "Footloose", "Hurts So Good", "Holding Out For a Hero" (it was the first appearance of this song in a movie, but wouldn't be the last), and "Waiting For a Girl Like You".

    If only every dance movie was made and presented this well....more info
  • One of my favorites. :)
    I grew up with this movie and I find it one of my personal favorites. If you love dancing. You'll love this. :)

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  • Music and Dancing: Hollywood Continues the Tradition
    Hollywood's love affair for dance and music movies has continued unabated ever since Fred and Ginger waltzed their way across the screen in the 1930s. In FOOTLOOSE, director Herbert Ross has successfully melded several movies in one: teen filled angst against society, dancing as a way of life, and the fitting in of a loner. Kevin Bacon is immensely appealing with his boyish good looks and bouncing feet as Ren, a teen who has moved with his family from the big city to the small town. In the past, Hollywood has usually portrayed the small town citizens as closed-minded hicks who somehow fear that the city slicker in their midst will expose their hollowness for all to see. But in this case, the only static that Ren receives is from the jealous boyfriend of a girl who likes Ren's big city ways. Christopher Penn starts out as one of those hicks who seems to dislike Ren, but soon finds that he has more in common with him than with his other oafish friends. Penn is particulary appealing as the left-footed fish out of water who needs to learn how to dance and sees that Ren can teach him that old one and a two. But it is the charismatic Kevin Bacon who carries this picture on his smile and feet. When Ren learns that dancing has been outlawed in his new small town home, he immediately begins a crusade to reinstall the legitimacy of rock and roll music. FOOTLOOSE has many scenes that showcase the talent of the cast's dancing. Bacon has most of the best scenes but Penn steals the show with his improved bumping, then strutting steps. Lori Singer is appealing as Bacon's female lead. John Lithgow as Singer's Bible thumping, rock and roll hating preacher father, exemplifies the hate-Elvis sector that ruled much of America's small town mentality in the fifties. The clash between the generations is highlighted not so much by the movie's use of dancing as an expression of rage against their elders, but by the concluding speech that Bacon gives that sounds as if Jimmy Stewart could not have done a better job in using the Bible as evidence that God does not disapprove of pop dancing. FOOTLOOSE is really an excuse for the cast to use dancing as a metaphor both for having fun and for expressing the same but far more muted rage that Marlon Brando snarled at his elders in THE WILD ONE....more info
  • Fun and entertaining movie, but rated PG? I don't think so..
    Teenager Ren MacCormack (Kevin Bacon) moves with his mom from big city Chicago to a small town in the Midwest after his parent's divorce. Ren is suprised to find that it's against the law to listen to rock 'n' roll and the law also prohibits dancing! Ren can't understand why these laws were brought about but tries his hardest to fit in with the town people. Unfortunately, though he's accepted as a friend by fellow student Willard (Chris Penn), no one else seems to like him, calling him a 'big-city kid' and a trouble-maker. After a while, he comes up with a plan to try to make it possible for the Senior students to be able to have a prom dance. He'll be going against the whole town, most specifically the Reverend Shaw Moore (John Lithgow) and the town council. Will Ren be able to change the stiff necked town people's minds? At the same time, Ren begins to fall in love with the Reverend's wild and unpredictable daughter Ariel (Lori Singer) while trying to keep his distance from her boyfriend Chuck (Jim Youngs). Also starring is Sarah Jessica Parker as Ariel's best friend Rusty, Dianne Wiest as the Reverend's wife Vi, and John Laughlin and Timothy Scott play Woody and Andy Beami, two of Ren's allies.

    *PLOT* - This is my first and only 80's dance movie to watch and I must say that I very much enjoyed it. The plot was interesting though of course some points were a bit unrealistic. Basically the movie is in a way a 'coming-of-age' film. I loved the way each of the characters are portrayed. Kevin Bacon's character Ren represents the 'hero' of the movie. At first when I read the reviews I thought Ren would be your typical rebellious teenager. A bit on the contraire, he is responsible and you can't help but feel proud of him when he brings his case up to the council. It's hard to explain and I can't tell you much since this is only a review, but I must say that Ren's character was extremely well-done. Ariel on the other hand is very rebellious, and flaunts it to her father. I loved how she and her father were able to resolve their problems at the end.

    *ACTING* - Kevin Bacon definitely steals the whole movie with his acting. He plays the part of a teenager perfectly, even the way he walks. His dancing was also spectacular, most notably his solo dance at the warehouse to the music, "Never" by Moving Pictures. If he was doing only half of what we see on screen, I'd still be impressed. John Lithgow is also outstanding, it was interesting to see his dramatic abilities after watching him on goofball comedy tv series, "3rd Rock from the Sun". He certainly can put power in his 'sermons'! Lori Singer beautifully stunning as Ariel, a perfect example of the category of 'wild and beautiful'. Besides the character of her father, Singer's character of Ariel has the most development in the movie.

    *DANCING* - The dancing is just pure fun to watch, especially for people who loves 80's dancing. The last dance was not only the best dance, but the best part of the whole movie. If by chance somebody didn't enjoy the movie, I'm sure the end will make up for it. I loved it so much, I downloaded that segment onto my computer so I can watch it any time.

    *SOUNDTRACK* - The soundtrack is another plus side to the movie. Besides the "Top Gun" soundtrack, "Footloose" is on my top list of favorite movie soundtracks. Great songs include two by Kenny Loggins, "Footloose" and "I'm Free (Heaven Helps the Man". Other of my favorites include "Let's Hear It For the Boy" (Denise Williams), "Almost Paradise" (Ann Wilson/Mike Reno), "Somebody's Eyes" (Karla Bonoff), and "Hurts So Good" (John Cougar Mellencamp). Plus there's plenty more!

    *PG Rating* - From here I will be giving you the downside to the movie "Footloose". I was extremely disappointed that the movie does not hold true to what a real PG movie should be. There are many reasons as to why this movie should be changed to a PG-13 rating. Though the movie is about a small town which has a dislike for rock music and dancing, the movie portrays some of the teenagers there as being very immoral. Besides having sexual innuendo, some violence, and drugs scattered all over the movie, the language is also pretty strong. I strongly recommend parents not to have younger children watching this movie. Best for kids 15 and older.

    Overall, "Footloose" has the great elements to make a good movie; great story, terrific acting, nice music, and cool dancing. But it also shows some of the immoralities of teenagers so parents should be cautioned. The movie is more aimed towards teenage viewers and adults might not find this movie terribly entertaining. But then again, adults might enjoy the movie for they might be able to relate to John Lithgow's character as the father who does not want to let go of his daughter because of his love for her....more info

  • Dated
    I was embarrassed in re-watching this movie how dated it was. The dancing is cheesy, really bad hair, bad music, and great actors like John Lithgow and Diane Wiest stuck in bad roles. Skip this one and watch "Streets of Fire."...more info
  • Not the movie....
    I'm not giving this movie 5 stars because of the movie. Let's face it, it's 'Footloose' for heavens sake. BUT it is one of those really great/crappy all in 1 80's movies that we've come to know and love. And if can't watch this and come away comepletely loving Kevin Bacon, then there's something wrong with you ;)

    All in all, DVD features are geat, movie is restored well. Great purchase, very well done!...more info
  • Not the movie....
    I'm not giving this movie 5 stars because of the movie. Let's face it, it's 'Footloose' for heavens sake. BUT it is one of those really great/crappy all in 1 80's movies that we've come to know and love. And if can't watch this and come away comepletely loving Kevin Bacon, then there's something wrong with you ;)

    All in all, DVD features are geat, movie is restored well. Great purchase, very well done!...more info
  • Loved the movie!
    I'm 14 and i have almost always had this movie around the house and almost always loved it. Great music and dancing, and may i say Bacon is quite cute, and a great role for the movie. Good movie if you loved the older music Bacon and dancing....more info
  • Kenny Loggins, Kevin Bacon, high school mayhem, oh yeah!
    More than just an 80's teen movie, Footloose is a film that just gets it all done. Okay sure you have the classic scene that takes forever when K-Bacon is running around a giant warehouse like spider man, but it is more! So much more people, these kids you see they are in this town that outlaws dancing. The kids want to have a prom and then this guy that K-Bacon plays, well he blows in from like, Chicago or somewhere. Now this was filmed in some small mill town in Utah but in the movie I do not recall them saying what state this is in. Anyways it does not matter, cuz K-bake is a threat because he is an outsider and different and is into expression. So it is really about how dancing is expression. So K-Bake kicks but all the way around. The scene at the meeting where the girl actually quotes from the bible about how they "celebrated and danced" is totally awesome (no 80's pun intended) because dude the strict do-gooders in the film are hearing this in the town meeting or whatever and they about have a friggin hernia! Heads almost explode, yeah! Just a fine movie and K-Bacon steals the show! And yes, 20 years later he would go on to be in Stir of Echoes and spend half a movie digging his backyard up with a shovel....more info
  • One of my favorites
    Footloose" is a fun and very lighthearted motion picture that promises a good time and delivers.

    The film has a simple, if unlikely, plotline. Streetsmart but gentle teenager Ren MacCormack(Kevin Bacon) arrives from the big city with his mother in the backwater town of Bomont. Enrolling at the local high school, he is appalled to discover the town's adults have imposed a law on "public dancing" and rock music, as enforced and practiced by the local preacher(John Lithgow). Ren quickly sets about changing things, falling in love with the preacher's daughter Ariel (Lori Singer) in the process.

    The story is a little unlikely yet it is perfectly suitable for the teenaged audience at which it is pitched. The script takes some time to explore its simple theme - dancing and rock music, and what they symbolise for young people. Three scenes help to lay this out. The first sees Ren dancing by himself in a barn; the town meeting where Ren presents his case to the townspeople and explains to them the meaning of the dance; and the final prom sequence in which the teens of Bomont revel in their newfound liberation.

    As the leading man, Kevin Bacon carries off his role very well. Ren isn't really a macho hero revelling in coolness, he's a down-to-earth young man trying to the right thing by his peers. His romance with Lori Singer's character Ariel is formulaic but perfectly inoffensive.

    The film could have perhaps done with a little more nastiness to fully contrast against Ren's earnest intentions. Even Ariel's brutish boyfriend(Jim Young) fails to inject much tension in this respect and the final fistfight between him and Ren comes across as being a bit lame.

    John Lithgow's characterisation is very good but it is a little too subtle. As the town Reverend and preacher of all things pure and holy, his extreme views come across not so much as puritanical, just merely uptight. The change that eventually occurs in his attitudes is hinted at very early on. The result is that he is nowhere near is frightening or intimidating a character as he could have been. At the same time his troubled relationships with his rebellious daughter and quiet wife(Dianne Wiest) are very well written and acted. In these scenes he excels and his character's development seems very natural.

    On the technical side, the film is well-shot and the gloriously Eighties soundtrack complements the proceedings very well, bringing the necessary exhuberance and bounce to the whole movie.

    Whilst "Footloose" is certainly no masterpiece, it succeeds in being a lighthearted knockabout caper, and as such is a very enjoyable movie. ...more info
  • Remembering the 80's
    Yes, Footloose is a all-time favorite hit with the younger generation. The dancing is top rate along with the music sountrack. It's an enjoyment I think the whole family to enjoy. But I do believe that (Ariel) Lori Singer needs to chill out. They really want to portray hr as wild,outta control preachers daughter. But she tries too hard. Chill out Girl!!!!...more info
  • Now I gotta cut loose... but where are the extras!?!
    Who was a teen in the 80s and did NOT feel an impact of this movie? Whether you liked or hated this film, like Flashdance, this was one of the key examples of the unique mixture of music and movies that we saw in the 80s.

    Why just 4 stars, then? LACK OF EXTRAS! If a studio is going to re-release a movie on DVD and charge over $...for it, there should be plenty of extras. How about the original music videos, or even interviews with cast/crew on the making of the film and the hype after its release? After all, it helped launch at least one major star's career and the cast was rich with very recognizable talent. Something could have and should have been done....more info

  • If you were a teen in the 80s, this is for you!
    Loved it! I love any movies with dancing. Kevin Bacon is a total hottie in this flick. Has lots of humor, some drama and a lot of entertainment. Excellent cast, love John Lithgow. If you were the same age as the main characters, you can identify!...more info
  • Somebody's Eyes Are Watchin'
    I remember growing up with this movie in Jr. High. The soundtrack was introduced to me before I saw the movie. I loved every song on the soundtrack except for "The Girl Gets Around". I mean it is ok. I also remember seeing the play a few years ago here in Dallas. It explained more detail on the preacher's wife, and Ren's mother. The trials they are going through and more thoughts about their husbands. They have a song they sing together about having inner feelings not to be shared. The preacher's wife staying so humble to her husband all through the years, and Ren's mom feeling trapped as well.
    The movie was based on a true story. The producers/writers etc. went to small towns in Oklahoma. They attended their churches and listend to converstaions of the town. They found out becasue of some religous belief, that dancing was not allowed. So that is pretty much where the idea came to be about making a story/movie about that situation. Unfortunatly, religion plays a big part in a lot of places. I was glad to see that the kids in this movie stood up for their right to dance. Even if it was thought that dancing could lead to drugs/sex/violance etc. Religon can point out it can be sin or it could lead to STD's, Aids, pregnancy etc. As adults, we are responsible for our own actions. The point that Ren was making, there is a time for EVERYTHING under heven. The teens were not going to have a dance thinking it would lead to SEX/Violance/drugs etc. They were old enough to know what is right and what is wrong. It is so much a shame that we the people listen to the big churches and letting them "control" people's lives.
    I agree that the transfer could be better, and that the sound is pretty lame. However the film shines through all that. Paromount can be lazy in the restoring/extras dept. I had the first virson and then traded it in for this version. The difference between the two is the extra features. The film and sound are the same. They go into more detail about how the film came about. You can select 2 different commintaries. One with writer/producer. The other is with Keven Bacon only. I have not had the chance to hear it all yet but i'll bet it would be worth it.
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  • Somebody's eyes are watching...
    Somebody's eyes are watching...

    So this film was made during the mid eighties, so what? I thought it was a pretty good movie, during it's time and still is whenever I watch it on DVD. I particularly don't think it was a dumb movie. For those who bag this movie, please do some research first and you'll be surprised to know that there are some states or towns that, unfortunately, still ban dancing and rock music for which this movie was based on. My question is, who isn't cashing in on teen dance movies or teen dance music to this day? Yeah sure, some people might be ashamed of certain past decades and wonder how we even went through those years with certain fads, fashion and music, but still Footloose was a hit in those days as rap is with this current decade, not to mention all those generic and mass produced all boy or all girl dance groups currently around with similar or the same style dance moves and tunes. I believe Footloose can still hold it's own with some of today's movies, disregarding the decade it was made in. I also agree with everything Priscilla from Japan reviewed on the movie. Excellent and thoroughly enjoyed!

    Going back to "Footloose" itself, I thought the music selected was perfect for the movie. Why else would they have recently produced a stage show/play production of the movie? The first time I saw Footloose in 1984, I got so hooked on the music, I bought the soundtrack the next day and listened to it for months on my walkman. It was also the only music I took with me during my first time vacation to the States in 1984. I love all the songs on it and to this day, I still think the Footloose soundtrack is one of my top 10 soundtack favorites. I'm glad that the record company re-released the soundtrack with extra tracks from the movie. I only wish that there were extras and special features added into the DVD. Perhaps Paramount Home Video will re-release a "20th Anniversary Footloose Special Edition" DVD with extra special features in time for 2004.

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  • Period piece from a bad period
    This film was silly and dumb the day it came out, and it remains so today, even given the nostalgic smirk that it will conjure up from most of its viewers. The eighties was a time of teen dance movies, and this one cashes in as best it can. A reviewer below is right to point out that the premise of a town that outlaws dancing is utterly ridiculous. (Perhaps had the film been set in the late 1600s it would have been believable, but then they wouldn't have been able to sell the cheesy pop soundtrack.) Along comes the inevitable good-looking rebel to shake things up with his slinky moves. As a period piece, this formulaic eighties film might be good for a few warm guffaws. Otherwise it's pretty insipid, and holds up even less well than many Elvis movies from the sixties....more info
  • Footloose (Special Collector's Edition)
    The grand kids loved it, danced all night at the birthday party...more info
  • REAL men can dance!
    This is that movie you just have to watch to remind yourself that freedom is alive in the world.

    Kevin Bacon plays the part of Ren, and he does a goooood job at it. Ren is a liberal, upbeat, pop-infested teen from Chicago who moves out to the bible belt with a step-family. In the town, dancing is illegal due to influence from the Religious Right. But Kev--I mean Ren, is determined to win the youth back their freedom. He teaches them what the wonder of dancing is all about.

    This is the movie for those of you who can't find a place to dance, especially in the modern America where all nightlife is closed off to teenagers and young adults. It will make you reminisce of a more permissive time when teenagers were treated with freedom and expected to pay back with responsibility. It also shows the pickle a community can get in when it passes too many laws "for your own good." We are more and more living in a society where the youth are losing their civil liberties, and I truly believe repression is at least partly to blame for all the acts of violence and angst in today's teen populace.

    Watch this movie and I hope you will be convinced of the need to keep teens free from too many lifestyle restrictions. Besides, Kevin looks really good in this film, just like many of the Eighties teenage boys did.... :)...more info

  • footloose
    my boss was asking if i owned this movie and i don't so i ordered it. this one is an all time favorite movie and i'm glad to have it in my collection. thanks...more info
  • Captures the Heart and Soul of the MTV Generation
    Footloose is viewed with immense affection both by those who remember its original release and new fans alike. It actually deserves that high regard. On the surface, it would be easy to dismiss Footloose as "just another teen movie": Chicago teen Ren MacCormack (Kevin Bacon in his starmaker role) relocates to small-town Bomont (actually filmed in Provo, Utah). There he finds himself in conflict against a town ordnance forbidding public dancing, primarily in the person of Bomont's Baptist minister (John Lithgow). In the process, Ren romances the minister's daughter Ariel (Lori Singer), engages in a Rebel Without a Cause game of chicken with tractors instead of hotrods, and orchestrates the first high school dance Bomont's seen in years, along the way taking part in some pretty freakin' incredible dance numbers.

    Not exactly Citizen Kane material, but elevating Footloose above what it might have been is (a) Dean Pitchford's script never condescends to the characters, (b) all the main characters are portrayed by talented actors investing them with believability and dignity, and (c) wonderful choreography.

    Footloose came out just after MTV started up, and it was the right film at the right time, a very early instance of the symbiotic relationship between MTV and movies. To promote Footloose, use of MTV was key. Well before its theatrical release, songs from the soundtrack, the two biggies being Kenny Loggins' "Footloose" (of course) and Deniece Williams' "Let's Hear It For the Boy" were cut as videos for MTV. This was one of the first times anyone ever used the idea of a soundtrack, and THE first time they used MTV videos of music from same, to really push a movie into being a major hit. It worked like gangbusters. The soundtrack put six songs into the Top Forty. By the time Footloose hit theaters there was already a nationwide awareness of it, of its music and dance scenes. Immense numbers of people wanted to see the film, and were already disposed to like it, because they loved the soundtrack and videos.

    20-plus years later, Kevin Bacon's portrayal of Ren MacCormack is still the role with which he's most identified. Strangely enough, Paramount did not want him in the part. At this point in his career, Bacon was regarded as a character actor, best-known for playing Fenwick in Diner, a very quirky, unhappy young man. So the studio's view of Kevin Bacon was, "Yeah, great actor, but for supporting character roles, not possessed of the charisma of a leading man." (Boy, were they wrong.) Veteran director Herbert Ross was already attached to the project, and he believed in Kevin Bacon. That carried weight because Ross was very well-established, had already directed many, many actors to Academy Award winning performances, and said, "If Kevin Bacon doesn't get this role I'm walking off the film." Given how things turned out, Ross had to feel incredibly vindicated when Footloose was a smash hit, and because of it Kevin Bacon became a star.

    As good as Kevin is as Ren, I have to single out John Lithgow as the Reverend Shaw Moore, Ariel's father and head of the anti-dancing fraternity, for special mention. It would have been so easy for the writer and director, and Lithgow, to portray Moore as the villain of the piece, a caricature, a stereotype, the narrow-minded, Bible thumbing, overbearing Baptist minister. Instead he's really the beating heart of the movie, a kind, decent man whose son died in a car crash several years before, and as a result he's become extremely protective and over-controlling of his daughter's life. This is something people can understand as a very human reaction, motivated by love even if it expresses itself badly. Lithgow's portrayal of Rev. Moore and the story of his troubled relationship with his daughter gave Footloose its crossover appeal, turning it from "just another teen movie" into something adults could watch and enjoy, as well.

    Diane Wiest is excellent in the small but crucial role of Vi Moore, the Reverend's wife. Chris Penn is just amazingly good as Ren's new friend, Willard Hewitt. Some of the most indelible imagery in Footloose, what comes to mind first whenever I think of it, are the scenes where sophisticated, worldly-wise Ren takes awkward, small town Willand and teaches him to dance. Lori Singer is great as Ariel, the wild child who's sexy, angry, and sweet by turns. Really there are no slackers in this movie, every major role is filled by actors who totally inhabit their characters.

    Not to put more weight on this piece of mass market entertainment than perhaps it can support, but at its heart Footloose does ask the question "What is moral behavior?" Is it unswerving adherence to a preset code of conduct, or do we have a moral responsibility to judge the status quo, and if our sense of morality says we must, rise up against it? Footloose is about people, in a small way, on a grass roots, real world level, fighting against oppression, a sort of spiritual/intellectual lockstep mentality.

    So that's Footloose. A film that, once you start digging into it, is really one hell of a lot more than "just another teen movie." But in the course of doing all that impressive stuff, it never forgets how to entertain and have fun. The DVD has superb extras, including the original trailer; commentary tracks by Kevin Bacon, producer Craig Zadan and writer Dean Pitchford; and three "making of" featurettes. I would have liked to see the videos for "Footloose" and "Let's Hear It For the Boy" and the Kevin Bacon audition tape "cut like a rock video" mentioned in one of the featurettes (assuming it still exists) included as extras. Oh well, maybe in a future special edition. For now, Footloose is definitely a movie worth owning on DVD....more info
  • Footloose and fanciful
    Good movie overall, in my opinion. The way it was made is most of the appeal (music written for the plot), but the plot resonates too. There are a lot of religious people who act like the people in this town, trying to keep bad things from ever happening. But being straight-laced comes way too close to straight-jacketed here, and in a fairly stereotypical way. They could've used a little more balance in the religious things, but for the purposes of the story it isn't that far from usual.

    The kids don't realize it in the movie, but the reason parents are hesitant to allow complete freedom such as teens desire is proved by their own actions here. In the movie dumb things happen and no one gets hurt, but in reality it is much less certain.

    Nevertheless there is much to like about Footloose. The special features are nice to watch and very instructive also, with an interesting back story....more info
  • Let's hear it for the boy! This movie eats dirt!
    This movie absolutely sucks. Yeah, the soundtrack is alright, but other than that this movie bored me out of my mind. If this is supposed to be 'dance' film, I fail to see how it's supposed to be one. There's hardly any dancing in it. The little bit of dancing that is shown isn't even anything spectacular. Toward the end of the movie when everyone is at the prom, these wanksters come out and try to breakdance. No real skills at all. Skip "Footloose" at all costs. If you want to see some REAL breakdancing, see "Breakin'."...more info
  • Does anybody notice!!
    Does anybody notice that this movie is about a town that outlaws dancing? I mean Christ on a Cracker, this script actually went through executives that said, "Yeah, this movie is great, lets do this thing." And how does a town that hasn't been able to dance for 6 years so good at dancing. Go figure. Also the song footloose is the 2nd gayest song in the world (The First is Jitterbug by WHAM"). If I could give no stars I would, but unfortunately I cannot....more info
  • One of the defining movies of 1984
    Will there ever be another year like 1984? this film is quite entertaining about a big city kid(Kevin Bacon) as Ren McCormick, who moves with his family to a small bible-belt community, & meets oppression every where he goes, & attracts the attention of the preacher's daughter played by Lori Singer, (V's Marc Singer's sister) who is a wild child to say the least & does not share her father's conservative values, the whole film is built on the community's oppression to dancing & Rock-n-Roll, the scary part is that there are still towns like this across the country, so this film is real in that respect, but it does scream 80's, it should be noted that MTV marketed this film big time, & it was one of the first films to capitalize on a soundtrack, with Prince's "Purple Rain" following just months later in 1984, since Michael Jackson's 1983 video "Thriller", MTV & Hollywood got in bed together & saw a marketing strategy that did for a time work, this film was perfect timing & still holds up well for its story, other films such as "Steets of Fire", "Ghostbusters", "Beverly Hills Cop", T.V."s "Miami Vice", all from 1984 capitalized on their movie soundtracks, MTV's videos became flashy, I don't think we will ever see another year like 1984, where movies & music became one, this one made Kevin Bacon a star & John Lithgow is very convincing as the Reverend who holds strongly to his convictions, although PG, I agree that it should have been PG-13 because of some of its content, Lori Singer's sexual antics as well as her & her boyfriend's violent breakup, but again this was released months before "Gremlins" & "Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom, also in 1984 that sparked the PG-13 rating, however this should not stop one's enjoyment of the film....more info
  • Still powerful after 2 decades+
    I watched this movie in the 1980's, and loved it. The soundtrack from Footloose and Flash Dance were part of my workout routine at the time. (When I was thinner, and more fit.)

    The story itself is perhaps a bit improbable. Imagine, a town banning dancing and rock 'n roll music?! Oh, but wait, remember how so many people in the 1950's warned against the evils of Rock 'n Roll? Maybe this story isn't so offbase.

    This movie is really a story of adolescents struggling to find themselves, struggling with the good and bad, and finding a good way to express themselves.

    I identified with Ren McCormick very easily. My adolescence was a struggle to express my identity. Unlike "the hero," my struggle was not quite so successful. Through this movie, I can enjoy a successful struggle, vicariously.

    Over the years, I've played the CD of the soundtrack so many times that it wore out. I need to buy another CD.

    I recently purchased the Special Collector's Edition of the movie... and it still touched me, after all these years....more info
  • An OK Movie ... Good Music
    This movie is OK. I was personally a little uncomfortable watching it, but that might just be me.

    It's a great idea for a movie ... A town has outlawed dancing, and the teens, led by a newcomer, try to get it (dancing) back.

    The acting is good, and the music rocks, but the story (as it is played out) lacks believability. There is one unrealistic scene after another ... depicting events that would never ever happen in real life ... and we are left saying "Oh come on."

    The dancing is OK ... a little unnatural maybe, a little forced ... but fun to watch. I had sort-of hoped it would be a great dancing movie, and so, was disappointed some.

    The female lead (the minister's daughter) is made to be quite promiscuous. I am guessing this was aimed at the teenage males (the target audience) viewers. If I was Kevin Bacon, I would have steered clear of her (he goes after her, of course).

    But it's a fun movie at heart, and Kevin Bacon does a good job.


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  • Remembering the 80's
    Yes, Footloose is a all-time favorite hit with the younger generation. The dancing is top rate along with the music sountrack. It's an enjoyment I think the whole family to enjoy. But I do believe that (Ariel) Lori Singer needs to chill out. They really want to portray hr as wild,outta control preachers daughter. But she tries too hard. Chill out Girl!!!!...more info
  • One of the era defining films of the 80's
    Kevin Bacon's signature film ... Footloose ... that spawned the soundtrack that plays at most 80's nights parties. A very young Sarah Jessica Parker is in the cast... and over 20 years later a viewer still undertands why the anthem "Let's Hear it For the Boy" is a perfect fit for the plot....more info
  • Everybody DANCE!!
    Awasome movie, young people thirsty for some fun in a town dominated by religios fanatics, Kevin bacon is great, Sara jesica Parker is just a kid is this movie,.. they lived in a town where dancing in not allowed,..and what about the music, it's all Great!...more info
  • Great flick, ok transfer
    Footloose is a bit of a classic, and still fun to watch. Great 80's dance tunes that take me back to my high school years. It's great to see the film in its original aspect, but there are a few scenes/shots, especially towards the beginning, where there is some noticeable artifacting or lack of resolution in the video. Not terrible, but enough to warrant the four-star rating instead of five. Still a good buy. (This review pertains to the Special Collector's Edition DVD)....more info
  • Total Dance Flick With a Story
    Footloose is one of the best dance movies ever made and considering that I hate Kevin Bacon that is a definate compliment. So anyway here is this little town in the middle of nowhere in which no one is allowed to dance and who moves into town...the boy who loves to dance. He decides to challenge the policy and during the challeging of it lots of dramatic things happen but can the town survive after this comotion only time can tell. Footloose has one of the best dance scenes ever full of drama and intelligence this movie is a true classic. I recommend this to everyone especially people who love to dance and movies about dancing. I hope that this review has helped you in making a decision about this movie....more info
  • Flick full of fun and beat!
    This movie is about a boy who moves into a small town which has been on the silence of dance and parties since the time a boy was killed in an accident which shook the town, and blamed it on the drinking and drugs at the parties, dances that young people caused. Once ayoung man (Kevin) arrives in the god for saken dump (as he calls it) he notices the problems that the place has and decides to bring the dance he has long waited for to city hall. It is a problem due to that the hall has banned it, and so it takes off from there. I liked it and would recommend it to you people....more info
  • Bacon's Best!
    This movie makes me feel happy. I don't dance like Kevin, but I can dream!...more info
  • Dancin', dancin', dancin' (she's a dancing machine)...
    Footloose is a rock rebellion story about a big city kid (Kevin Bacon) who moves into a deeply religious small community that has banned all manner of things, like rock and roll and dancing. Bacon's character is determined to change peoples minds about the 'dangers' of rock music and gyrations of the body.

    The movie is rich and paradigmatic of the rebellious teen genre. Handsome people, great music, impatient screen shots, and a plot that includes some dynamism and general excitement.

    There are two trouble spots, however. For one, I can't quite understand why Kevin Bacon's character falls for the preacher's daughter. Shy of any redeemable character traits, she is a crass, rude, obnoxious, and terribly immature young lady.

    Agreed, she has a troubled life, and throughout the movie you do get hints of what she may be like in the future. There is clearly a sense that she will stop living through the rebellion of others, and will grow as a person. Nevertheless, other than her beauty, it is difficult to understand why Bacon's character falls for her.

    The other trouble is with the big defense scene, where a case is made for allowing the teens to have a prom dance party. The defense is structured entirely out of a biblical perspective--since they danced to celebrate and give thanks to God, so, too, should the kids be allowed to celebrate by dancing. This is smart because the town is a Bible-thumping town, but the writers could have added a defense of dancing on grounds other than religious (freedom of expression, for instance).

    Other than that, the movie is fabulous. Great dance scenes, and music that still inspires and is catchy many years later. I especially enjoyed the portrayal of the preacher in the movie as dynamic, rather than as a stale caricature of the small-minded, small town preacher cliche depicted in many other movies. His eventual tolerance, if not acceptance, of rock & roll dancing was endearing and appropriate.

    Overall, the movie is worth a look....more info

  • Teens Prevailing Over Adults
    This is another story of teenagers fighting the adult establishment and winning, though in the case of Footloose they skirted an anti-dancing law by moving their dance to another municipality. Sarah Jessica was beautiful in this film, and she really should have stuck to acting (rather than voicing her opinions about anything in the real world). Kevin and Chris were good, John Lithgow was terrific, and Lori was absolutely captivating.

    One thing, though: Dancing had been banned for several years in this town -- but when the kids finally arranged to have a dance, everyone knew exactly how to dance... and I don't mean the fox-trot. These young folks were Olympic gymnasts, flipping around and break-dancing and hip-hopping to beat the band. The only thing I can figure is that they secretly took lessons during all those years dancing was prohibited, smuggling in the necessary instructors and concealing all of the required conditioning exercises. Well, he IS testing us! Every, every day he is testing us!!...more info

  • Bacon has a stunt double.
    Footloose starring Kevin Bacon made him a star and even though he is not the one dancing in the film, his charisma and acting chops makes this dancetastic movie worth a viewing or two. Lori Singer looks so much like Daryl Hannah, I can't tell them apart! John Lithgow is a riot, he knows how to make his characters memorable. Good flim for its time but pretty much dated now....more info
  • Great nostalgia, BAD DVD
    FOOTLOOSE brings back a lot of great memories -- I loved this movie in high school, played the soundtrack a million times, and have wondered for several years why this movie wasn't available on DVD.

    Now Paramount underwhelms us again with a very disappointing DVD release. While at least we get a widescreen presentation and a 5.1 channel audio mix, that's ALL we get. Period. Were this a [$] budget release, I could understand the lack of extra features, but this is a full-price DVD!

    At the very least, I would like to have seen the music videos for songs on the soundtrack included as bonus material. An audio commentary from the director/cast would have been great. A behind-the-scenes documentary, interviews with the cast, ANYTHING!!!

    But we must remember that this comes from Paramount, the studio that doesn't like the DVD format. I suppose we should be grateful to see any Paramount films on DVD at all......more info

  • My sister Barb's favorite movie
    ...and Bacon isn't just for breakfast anymore! LOL Well, anyway, this move is pretty bad. The homoerotic overtones are about as subtle as a car crash...the church's close-minded response to the young man who only wants to take his buddy out in the fields or in the empty gym and hold his hands and gyrate to "Let's Hear It For the Boy"- man alive, give me a break! At least they weren't wearing leg warmers, which is about the only 80's fashion statement they failed to use and overuse in this flick. Sarah Jessica Parker shows us early on how un-talented she is, and the final scene, where kids who have heretofore never danced are able to look like the trendsetters on "Soul Train"- whatever genius thought this script up should definitely look into another line of work. I hear McDonalds is hiring. ...more info
  • Amazing movie!
    Footloose begins in the rural town of Bowmont, Oklahoma, where dancing, drinking, and certain types of music have been banned. Ren McCormack has just moved there with his mother from Michigan, and immediately he can be pinpointed as an outsider. But little did his new classmates know that in him was a revolution that would alter the way the entire town viewed morality.

    Ren has sparked the interest of Reverend Moore's daughter, Ariel, who willfully rebels against her father and his unfair rules. Primarily, Reverend Moore is adamant in his distaste towards Ren and the new ideals he is exposing the teenagers of the town to. But after some convincing, and a tension-filled scene where Ren proclaims in the town council meeting that dancing is a "celebration of life" and nothing damnable, as they believe, Ren wins over the trust of many of the parents. Ren and the entire senior class are allowed to have a senior prom, and contentedly shoulder the burden and blessing of putting it all together. Of course, they hit a few snags. But, as they say, cracks in the cement are only reminders that even the best of us can break, no matter how strong. The real test of strength and courage is if you are willing to pick yourself back up and try again.

    In my day, I have been witness to many Grammy-award winning movies and productions, video biographies, and even live stage productions. But never in my short thirteen years have I seen something so thought provoking and emotional that it made me grip the edge of my chair, the rhythm of my heart quicken to what must be an unhealthy rate, and just leap up in my seat and a give a rebel yell. Footloose is the kind of movie that, even if one has never experienced that exact form of oppression, every teenager--everyone--can relate to it in some way. You find yourself wholeheartedly rooting Ren and Ariel on, fervently wishing that they succeed in their endeavor.




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  • Despite Its Flaws, An Eighties Classic
    After hearing that "Footloose" was being remade (just in time for its 25th anniversary; god I feel old) with Zac Effron of "High School Musical" fame in the lead role made famous by Kevin Bacon, I couldn't resist revisiting a movie that was a huge a part of my own high school years. No doubt about it, "Footloose" is a film that screams EIGHTIES, defining its era in the same way that "Saturday Night Fever" defined the disco days of the Seventies (and perhaps the way that the HSM films will be seen to define this decade in the future.) It's all here: big hair, tight sweaters, tighter jeans, legwarmers (in a brief opening montage) and super-slick Eighties pop music...it was the golden age of MTV, and in many ways, "Footloose," like "Flashdance" before it, is a glorified, movie-length music video, especially in it's tightly choreographed dance scenes. To the credit of the makers of "Footloose," they tried to give the film some dramatic heft, rather than let it become just another of the fluffy, insubstantial teen exploitation flicks of the time. The problem with that is the juxtaposition of drama and dance is so jarring at times that the movie seems to suffer from a split personality, not sure whether it wants to be a hard-hitting message movie or little more than a live-action cartoon (kids who supposedly have never danced before suddenly cutting a rug with the best of them at the prom? Please. And the type of dancing that Bacon's character seems to favor is far more artistic than you would see on the dance floors of big-city clubs, despite what he says.)

    In his star-making role, Bacon plays Ren McCormick, a Chicago kid who finds himself the proverbial fish out of water when he loses his father (Death? Divorce? We're never quite told) and his mother moves the family back to her hometown, a small, rural, red-state community somewhere in the midwest. (At least that's what we're supposed to believe but the Rocky Mountains in the distance say otherwise; the film was shot in Utah.) The pastor of the local church (an excellent John Lithgow in his pre-"3rd Rock" days) wields a disproportionate amount of influence in the community--he also serves on the town council--and at his direction, the town has banned dancing. There hasn't been a prom in six years. Not surprisingly this doesn't sit well with the new arrival, so Ren sets out to change the ordinance while teaching his classmates about the forbidden thrills of dancing, and romancing the pastor's daughter, the strong-willed Ariel, who feels stifled by her family and the town. (She's also in a relationship with a local boy that is disturbingly abusive; the movie is ahead if it's time in portraying the problem of dating violence and abuse in teen relationships.) Not surprisingly Ren is quickly labeled a troublemaker and will face a variety of obstacles before he makes an impassioned speech (complete with Bible quotes) to persuade the council to overturn the ban, allowing the Senior class to have a prom and even bringing a much-needed healing to the pastor's family.

    In lesser hands the dramatic content of "Footloose" could fall into maudlin TV movie territory; thanks to a talented cast of actors (including Bacon, Lithgow, Lori Singer as Ariel and an almost unrecognizable Sarah Jessica Parker in an early role as Ariel's best friend) it rises above that level and the characters have some complexity. Ren is no saint; in the name of introducing his friends to dancing, he takes them over the county line, sneaks them into a bar and manages to get in a fight. Lithgow's character is revealed as not so much a rigid moralist than a father whose unresolved anger and grief over the death of his only son (after a night of music- and dance-inspired drunken revelry) prompted the infamous ban. Indeed it is the pastor who talks some of the townsfolk out of conducting a book burning at the local library. Diane Wiest portrays the pastor's wife as a woman who secretly sympathizes with the kids, and whose meek exterior hides a spine of steel.

    It will be interesting to see how "Footloose" fares as a remake; will they keep it true to the original and maintain its gritty dramatic edge (the film drew a PG rating when it came out but would likely be PG-13 today), or, given Effron's popularity, will they be tempted to turn it into another "High School Musical" type production that's all sweetness and light? Hopefully not, because in the end what makes "Footloose" appealing is its reality and humanity, not just it's dance numbers.
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