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Footloose

Film poster for Footloose
Directed by Herbert Ross
Produced by Lewis J. Rachmil
Craig Zadan
Written by Dean Pitchford
Starring Kevin Bacon
Lori Singer
Dianne Wiest
John Lithgow
Music by Tom Snow
Jim Steinman
Kenny Loggins
Nigel Harrison
Mark Mothersbaugh
Jamshied Sharifi
Cinematography Ric Waite
Editing by Paul Hirsch
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) February 17, 1984
Running time 107 min.
Country Flag of the United States United States
Language English
Budget $8,200,000 (estimated)
Gross revenue $80,000,000 (USA) (sub-total)
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Footloose is a 1984 movie that tells the story of Ren McCormick (played by Kevin Bacon), a teenager who was raised in Chicago. McCormick moves to a small town where the town government has banned dancing and rock music. Ren and his classmates want to have a senior prom with music and dancing. They must figure out a way to get around the law and Reverend Shaw Moore (played by John Lithgow) who makes it his mission in life to keep the town free from dancing and rock music. The movie was loosely based on events that took place in the tiny, rural farming community of Elmore City, Oklahoma. Much of the film was filmed in Payson, Utah and Lehi, Utah, with the Lehi Roller Mills featured in the final sequence. Image File history File links FootloosePoster. ... Herbert David Ross (May 13, 1927 in Brooklyn, New York - October 9, 2001 in New York City), also known as Herb Ross, was a prolific film director, producer, choreographer and actor from the 1950s to the 1990s. ... Craig Zadan (born October 3, 1947) is an American executive producer, director, and writer. ... Kevin Norwood Bacon[1] (born July 8, 1958) is an American film and theater actor who has starred in Footloose, Animal House, Stir of Echoes, Wild Things, JFK, and Apollo 13, among many others. ... Lori Jacqueline Singer (born on November 6, 1957) is an American actress. ... Dianne Wiest (born March 28, 1948) is two-time Academy Award-winning, Golden Globe Award-winning, Emmy Award-winning and Bafta Award-nominated American actress in stage, television, and film, and has received several awards in her career. ... John Arthur Lithgow (IPA: [ˈʤɔn ˈlɪθɡaÊŠ]) (born October 19, 1945) is an American actor perhaps best-known for his starring role as Dick Solomon in the NBC sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun. ... Tom Snow is a American songwriter for singers and films or TV. He wrote songs for Olivia Newton-John (Deeaper Than The Night, Make A Move On Me, etc. ... Jim Steinman (born November 1, 1947 in New York City, New York) is notable for being a record producer, composer, and lyricist. ... Kenny Loggins (born Kenneth Clark Loggins on January 7, 1948 in Everett, Washington) is an American singer and songwriter best known for a number of soft rock and adult contemporary hit singles beginning in the 1970s. ... Nigel Harrison (born 18 April 1951, in Stockport, Cheshire, England) is a musician, and best known as the bass player of the power pop/new wave band, Blondie. ... Mark Mothersbaugh (born May 18, 1950, in Akron, Ohio) is an American musician, composer, singer, and painter. ... Jamshied Sharifi (abt. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and distribution company, based in Hollywood, California. ... is the 48th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... // Events The Walt Disney Company founds Touchstone Pictures to release movies with subject matter deemed inappropriate for the Disney name. ... This article is about motion pictures. ... Kevin Norwood Bacon[1] (born July 8, 1958) is an American film and theater actor who has starred in Footloose, Animal House, Stir of Echoes, Wild Things, JFK, and Apollo 13, among many others. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... For other uses, see Dance (disambiguation). ... Rock is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars, and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles, however saxophones have been omitted from newer subgenres of rock music since the 90s. ... John Arthur Lithgow (IPA: [ˈʤɔn ˈlɪθɡaÊŠ]) (born October 19, 1945) is an American actor perhaps best-known for his starring role as Dick Solomon in the NBC sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun. ... Elmore City is a town in Garvin County, Oklahoma, United States. ... Payson is a city in Utah County, Utah, in the United States. ... Lehi is a city in Utah County, Utah, in the United States. ...

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Description

Dean Pitchford wrote the screenplay (and most of the music) for Footloose, Herbert Ross directed the movie, and Paramount Pictures co-produced and distributed it. Footloose also starred Lori Singer as Reverend Moore's independent daughter Ariel and Dianne Wiest as Vi, the Reverend's devoted yet sympathetic wife. Footloose is one of the earliest film appearances of Square Pegs star Sarah Jessica Parker as Ariel's friend Rusty – for which she was nominated for Best Young Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Musical, Comedy, Adventure or Drama at the Sixth Annual Youth in Film Awards – and Chris Penn as Willard Hewitt, Ren's best friend, who doesn't know how to dance until Ren teaches him. Herbert David Ross (May 13, 1927 in Brooklyn, New York - October 9, 2001 in New York City), also known as Herb Ross, was a prolific film director, producer, choreographer and actor from the 1950s to the 1990s. ... Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and distribution company, based in Hollywood, California. ... Lori Jacqueline Singer (born on November 6, 1957) is an American actress. ... Dianne Wiest (born March 28, 1948) is two-time Academy Award-winning, Golden Globe Award-winning, Emmy Award-winning and Bafta Award-nominated American actress in stage, television, and film, and has received several awards in her career. ... Square Pegs was a CBS comedy television series that aired during the 1982-83 season. ... Sarah Jessica Parker (born March 25, 1965) is an American actress producer, with a portfolio of television, movie, and theater performances. ... Christopher Shannon Penn (October 10, 1965 – January 24, 2006) was an American film actor. ...


Two songs from the movie, "Footloose" by Kenny Loggins and "Let's Hear It for the Boy" by Deniece Williams both hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and received 1985 Academy Award nominations for Best Music (Original Song). The song "Footloose" also received a 1985 Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Original Song – Motion Picture. The song Footloose, by Kenny Loggins spent 4 weeks at number one in 1984 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, and was one of the first of two number-ones from the motion picture Footloose. ... Kenny Loggins (born Kenneth Clark Loggins on January 7, 1948 in Everett, Washington) is an American singer and songwriter best known for a number of soft rock and adult contemporary hit singles beginning in the 1970s. ... Lets Hear It for the Boy was the second number-one song for both Deniece Williams and Footloose. ... Deniece Niecy Williams (June 3, 1950— ) is an American singer, songwriter and record producer who achieved success in the 1970s and 1980s. ... “Hot 100” redirects here. ... This article is about the year. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... The Academy Award for Best Song is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are songwriters and composers. ... This article is about the year. ... The Golden Globe Award The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ...


The movie's soundtrack was released in compact cassette, gramophone record, and compact disc format. The soundtrack was also re-released on compact disc for the 15th anniversary of the film. The re-release included four new songs: "Bang Your Head (Metal Health)" by Quiet Riot, "Hurts So Good" by John Cougar Mellencamp, "Waiting for a Girl Like You" by Foreigner, and the extended 12" remix of "Dancing in the Sheets". The soundtrack includes two rock singles, the title song by Kenny Loggins and "Holding Out for a Hero" by Bonnie Tyler, two R&B singles, "Let's Hear It For the Boy" by Deniece Williams and "Dancing In the Sheets" by Shalamar and the love theme "Almost Paradise" by Mike Reno from Loverboy and Ann Wilson from Heart. The film was later released in VHS, Laserdisc and DVD formats, and the soundtrack went on to sell over 9 million copies in the USA. In film formats, the soundtrack is the physical area of the film which records the synchronized sound. ... The Compact Cassette, often referred to as audio cassette, cassette tape, cassette, or simply tape, is a magnetic tape sound recording format. ... A 12-inch record (left), a 7-inch record (right), and a CD (above) Two 7 singles (left), two colored 7 singles (middle), and two 7 singles with large spindle holes (right). ... CD redirects here. ... CD redirects here. ... Quiet Riot is an American heavy metal band, whose 1983 & 1984 success contributed to launching the 1980s glam metal scene. ... Hurts So Good was a number two hit in 1982 for John Mellencamp, who was known at the time as John Cougar. ... John Mellencamp (born October 7, 1951 in Seymour, Indiana) is an American singer and songwriter, known for a long and successful recording and performing career highlighted by a series of 1980s hits, including Jack and Diane, and by his role in the Farm Aid charity event. ... Waiting for a Girl Like You is a song by Foreigner. ... Foreigner is a hard rock band formed in New York City in 1976 by veteran musicians Mick Jones and ex-King Crimson member Ian McDonald, along with then unknown vocalist Lou Gramm (Louis Grammatico). ... Footloose is the original soundtrack of the Paramount Motion Picture, Footloose. ... Kenny Loggins (born Kenneth Clark Loggins on January 7, 1948 in Everett, Washington) is an American singer and songwriter best known for a number of soft rock and adult contemporary hit singles beginning in the 1970s. ... Holding Out for a Hero is a song by Bonnie Tyler that was originally released in 1984. ... Bonnie Tyler (real name Gaynor Hopkins), born on June 8, 1951 in Skewen in Wales, United Kingdom is a pop/rock singer. ... Deniece Niecy Williams (June 3, 1950— ) is an American singer, songwriter and record producer who achieved success in the 1970s and 1980s. ... Hewett, Watley, and Daniel Shalamar was an American musical group of the 1970s and 1980s that was originally a disco-driven vehicle created by Soul Train booking agent Dick Griffey. ... Mike Reno (Born: Joseph Michael Rynoski on January 8, 1955 in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada) is a Canadian musician and lead singer of Loverboy and a drummer. ... For other uses, see Loverboy (disambiguation). ... Ann Dustin Wilson (born June 19, 1950 in San Diego, California) is the lead singer and flute player[1] of Heart. ... Heart is an American rock band which came out of Bellevue, a suburb of Seattle, Washington. ... Bottom view of VHS cassette with magnetic tape exposed Top view of VHS cassette with front casing removed The Video Home System, better known by its abbreviation VHS, is a recording and playing standard. ... Not to be confused with disk laser, a type of solid-state laser in a flat configuration. ... DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is a popular optical disc storage media format. ...


Cast

Kevin Norwood Bacon[1] (born July 8, 1958) is an American film and theater actor who has starred in Footloose, Animal House, Stir of Echoes, Wild Things, JFK, and Apollo 13, among many others. ... Zachary David Alexander Efron(born October 18, 1987) is an American actor. ... Lori Jacqueline Singer (born on November 6, 1957) is an American actress. ... John Arthur Lithgow (IPA: [ˈʤɔn ˈlɪθɡaʊ]) (born October 19, 1945) is an American actor perhaps best-known for his starring role as Dick Solomon in the NBC sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun. ... Dianne Wiest (born March 28, 1948) is two-time Academy Award-winning, Golden Globe Award-winning, Emmy Award-winning and Bafta Award-nominated American actress in stage, television, and film, and has received several awards in her career. ... Christopher Shannon Penn (October 10, 1965 – January 24, 2006) was an American film actor. ... Sarah Jessica Parker (born March 25, 1965) is an American actress producer, with a portfolio of television, movie, and theater performances. ... Frances Lee McCain, also known as Lee McCain, is a US actress. ... Jim Youngs (born October 16, 1956) is an American actor. ...

Reception

The film was, despite mixed critical reviews, a huge box-office hit, grossing roughly $80,000,000 in the United States alone. [1] It instantly became a culturally iconic film, with many of its songs remaining perennial favorites to this day. Kevin Bacon became a star largely on the basis of the film, and it helped launch the careers of Chris Penn and Sarah Jessica Parker as well.


Broadway musical

Main article: Footloose (musical)

A musical version of Footloose that features many of the same songs from the movie is currently playing at the Novello Theater in London's West End. The musical is generally faithful to the film version, with some slight differences in the story and characters. Footloose was based on a movie of the same name which was released in 1984. ... Footloose was based on a movie of the same name which was released in 1984. ... West End theatre is a popular term for mainstream professional theatre in London, England, or sometimes more specifically for shows staged in the large theatres of Londons Theatreland. Along with New Yorks Broadway theatre, West End theatre is usually considered to represent the highest level of commercial theatre...


Musical remake

Paramount Pictures is currently working on a musical remake of the film starring Zac Efron in Kevin Bacon's role, due to be released sometime in 2008. Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and distribution company, based in Hollywood, California. ... The musical film is a film genre in which several songs sung by the characters are interwoven into the narrative. ... This is a list of film remakes: Due to the size of this page, the main listing has been split into two sections: List of film remakes A-M List of film remakes N-Z Remake List of British TV shows remade for the American market List of English-language... Zachary David Alexander Efron(born October 18, 1987) is an American actor. ... Kevin Norwood Bacon[1] (born July 8, 1958) is an American film and theater actor who has starred in Footloose, Animal House, Stir of Echoes, Wild Things, JFK, and Apollo 13, among many others. ... 2008 in film is expected to feature another battle of the sequels, as many properties release new installments, including: The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, The Incredible Hulk, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, The Dark Knight, Jurassic Park 4...


Footloose in Popular Culture

  • On the show 30 Rock in the episode "Black Tie", Kenneth referred to Footloose as the movie where "those evil kids won in the end."
  • In the Arrested Development episode "Staff Infection", Lindsay asks Michael, in regard to his strict work policies, "What's next? Are you going to make dancing illegal? Is this the tiny town from Footloose?" In the same episode, Gob and Buster recreate the tractor chicken scene using bulldozers.
  • In the Family Guy episode "Boys Do Cry", Brian states that politically, Texans are as stubborn as a mule. The next scene shows a mule refusing to admit that Kevin Bacon starred in Footloose.
  • On the show American Dad Roger the alien gets a fake nose that makes him look like Kevin Bacon. He goes to the mall and proceeds to dance to 'Footloose' until he steals a car.
  • In an episode of Will & Grace, Jack becomes both Kevin Bacon's assistant and stalker. When he frames Will as the stalker, Will and Kevin perform the dance to Footloose.
  • In the Season One Finale of the HBO series Flight of the Conchords, main character Brit proclaims he "dances when he gets angry", and throughout the episode, he and Jermaine dance, similar to the scene in Footloose when Kevin Bacon dances to express his frustration with the town authority.
  • Comedy troupe The Kids in the Hall simulated a group rape to a member to the song in their brief reunited performance.

Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... This article is about the TV series. ... Arrested Development is a character-driven Emmy Award-winning American comedy television series that ran from November 2, 2003 to February 10, 2006, about a formerly wealthy and habitually dysfunctional family. ... Staff Infection was the fifteenth episode aired of TV comedy series Arrested Development. ... Family Guy is an Emmy Award-winning American animated television series about a dysfunctional family in the fictional town of Quahog, Rhode Island. ... “Boys Do Cry” is the fifteenth episode of the fifth season of the Fox animated television series Family Guy. ... Kevin Norwood Bacon[1] (born July 8, 1958) is an American film and theater actor who has starred in Footloose, Animal House, Stir of Echoes, Wild Things, JFK, and Apollo 13, among many others. ... The Smiths, from left to right: Roger, Francine, Stan, Klaus, Hayley, and Steve. ... Will & Grace is a popular Emmy Award winning and Golden Globe nominated American television sitcom that was originally broadcast from 1998 to 2006. ... The Third Conchord is the twelfth and final episode of the first season of the HBO comedy series Flight of the Conchords. ... For other uses, see HBO (disambiguation). ... Flight of the Conchords is an American television sitcom that follows the adventures of the Flight of the Conchords, a folk duo from New Zealand, as its members seek fame and success in New York City. ... For the Chicago rap group see Kidz in the Hall. ...

References

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