Footloose (1984)

Footloose (1984)

Footloose (1984)

Kevin Bacon's twinkle toes inspire an entire town of suppressed teens in this 1980s tale of rock n roll rebellion, a film that transformed the movie montage forever.

Teenager Ren McCormack (Bacon) and his family move from the big city to a small Midwestern town, where he discovers rock music and dancing are illegal. He soon becomes acquainted with the townsfolk, including Ariel Moore (Lori Singer), a pretty, troubled girl with a jealous boyfriend, and Bible-thumping minister Reverend Shaw Moore (John Lithgow) - the man responsible for keeping the town dance-free. Ren and his classmates want to do away with this ordinance, since senior prom is around the corner, but only Ren has the courage to initiate a battle to abolish the outmoded ban and revitalise the spirit of the repressed town.

The film is loosely based on events that took place in the small, religious community of Elmore City, Oklahoma.

1984Rating: PG, Violence107 minsUSA
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Footloose (1984) / Reviews

Variety

Variety

Essential to the result is young Kevin Bacon, superb in the lead part.

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Time Out

Time Out

Ross brings plenty of gusto to the material and the performances are ebullient, but this is still a cynical and manipulative exercise...

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Like the rest of today's video-happy teen-age entertainments, Footloose doesn't expect to be watched closely or taken seriously.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

A seriously confused movie that tries to do three things, and does all of them badly.

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