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Xanadu

The movie poster for Xanadu
Directed by Robert Greenwald
Produced by Lawrence Gordon
Written by William Mastrosimone
Starring Olivia Newton-John
Gene Kelly
Michael Beck
Music by John Farrar (songs)
Jeff Lynne (songs)
Barry De Vorzon (score)
Distributed by Universal Studios
Release date(s) August 8, 1980
Running time 96 min.
Language English
Budget $20,000,000
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Xanadu is a 1980 musical/romance film directed by Robert Greenwald. Xanadu stars Olivia Newton-John (fresh from her role in Grease), Michael Beck, and Gene Kelly, and features music by Newton-John, Electric Light Orchestra, UK pop idol Cliff Richard, and the San Francisco-based art-rock band The Tubes. Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... Robert Greenwald Robert Greenwald (born August 28, 1945 in New York, New York) is an American film director and political activist. ... Lawrence Gordon (born March 25, 1936 in Yazoo City, Mississippi) is an American producer and motion picture executive. ... William Mastrosimone is an American playwright (born in 1947), whose plays include The Woolgatherer, Extremities, Shivaree, and Cats Paw. ... Olivia Newton-John AO OBE (born September 26, 1948) is an English-born Australian pop singer and actress. ... Eugene Curran Kelly (August 23, 1912 – February 2, 1996), better known as Gene Kelly, was an American dancer, actor, singer, director, producer, and choreographer. ... Michael Beck (born February 4, 1949 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA) is an American actor born as John Michael Beck Taylor. ... The cover of Farrars self-titled album. ... Jeff Lynne (born 30 December 1947) is an English rock songwriter, singer, guitarist and record producer. ... This article is about the major American media conglomerate. ... August 8 is the 220th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (221st in leap years), with 145 days remaining. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... // Events April 30 - The Roger Daltrey film, McVicar, opens in London. ... The musical film is a film genre in which several songs sung by the characters are interwoven into the narrative. ... While most films have some aspect of romance between characters (at least as a subplot,) a romance film can be loosely defined as any film in which the central plot (the premise of the story) revolves around the romantic involvement of the storys protagonists. ... Robert Greenwald Robert Greenwald (born August 28, 1945 in New York, New York) is an American film director and political activist. ... Olivia Newton-John AO OBE (born September 26, 1948) is an English-born Australian pop singer and actress. ... Grease (1978) is a film directed by Randal Kleiser and based on Jim Jacobs and Warren Caseys musical, Grease. ... Michael Beck (born February 4, 1949 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA) is an American actor born as John Michael Beck Taylor. ... Eugene Curran Kelly (August 23, 1912 – February 2, 1996), better known as Gene Kelly, was an American dancer, actor, singer, director, producer, and choreographer. ... Allegory of Music on the Opéra Garnier Music is an art form that involves organised sounds and silence. ... ELO redirects here. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... The Tubes are a San Francisco-based theatre rock band, popular in the late 1970s and early 1980s, known for their live performances that combined lewd quasi-pornography with wild satires of media, consumerism and politics. ...

  • Tagline: "A fantasy. A musical. A place where dreams come true."

The film was a box office flop, and was nominated for six Razzies at the first-ever Golden Raspberry Awards (winning one), but the film has endured to become a cult classic. It is a "roller disco" film with emphasis on disco music and extensive choreographed roller skating sequences. The term box office can refer to either: A place where tickets are sold to the public for admission to a venue The amount of business a particular production, such as a movie or theatre show, does. ... Razzie Award The Golden Raspberry Awards or Razzies, first awarded in 1981, were created by John Wilson in 1980, intended to complement the Academy Awards by dishonoring the worst acting, screenwriting, songwriting, directing, and films that the film industry had to offer. ... Razzie Award The Golden Raspberry Awards or Razzies, first awarded in 1981, were created by John Wilson in 1980, intended to complement the Academy Awards by dishonoring the worst acting, screenwriting, songwriting, directing, and films that the film industry had to offer. ... A cult classic is a cultural artifact (e. ... A roller disco is a disco where all the participants wear roller skates or roller blades. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Look up Choreography in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The classic (pre-inline) quad roller skate design of four wheels in a rectangular pattern. ...


The film's soundtrack was more of a commercial success and went platinum, with many hits for both Newton-John and ELO, including the title track "Xanadu", "Magic" (four weeks at #1 in the US), "Suddenly", and "I'm Alive". The soundtrack to the 1980 movie Xanadu featured songs on side one of the album written by John Farrar and performed by Olivia Newton-John, and songs on side two performed by the Electric Light Orchestra and composed by lead singer Jeff Lynne. ... Xanadu is the title song from the album Xanadu, the soundtrack to the 1980 film of the same name. ...

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Cast

Starring

with Olivia Newton-John AO OBE (born September 26, 1948) is an English-born Australian pop singer and actress. ... Eugene Curran Kelly (August 23, 1912 – February 2, 1996), better known as Gene Kelly, was an American dancer, actor, singer, director, producer, and choreographer. ... Michael Beck (born February 4, 1949 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA) is an American actor born as John Michael Beck Taylor. ...

  • James Sloyan - Simpson
  • Dimitra Arliss - Helen
  • Katie Hanley - Sandra
  • Fred McCarren - Richie
  • Ren Woods - Jo

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The Muses

  • Sandahl Bergman - Muse 1
  • Lynn Latham - Muse 2
  • Melinda Phelps - Muse 3
  • Cherise Bates - Muse 4
  • Juliette Marshall - Muse 5
  • Marilyn Tokuda - Muse 6
  • Yvette Van Voorhees - Muse 7
  • Teri Beckerman - Muse 8

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The Tubes

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Rest of cast

  • Marty Davis - Male Guard
  • Bebe Drake-Massey - Female Guard
  • Mickey McMeel - The Accountant
  • Aharon Ipalé - The Photographer
  • Lise Lang - Popcorn Girl/Xanadu Dancer
  • Melvin Jones - Big Al
  • Matt Lattanzi - Young Danny McGuire/Xanadu Dancer
  • Ira Newborn - 40s Band Leader
  • Jo Ann Harris - 40s Singer #1
  • Cindy Leake - 40s Singer #2
  • Patty Keene - 40s Singer #3
  • John 'Fee' Waybill - Rock group 80s Rock Singer
  • Stephen Pearlman - Foreman
  • Church Ortiz - Worker #1
  • Randy T. Williams - Worker #2
  • David Tress - Nick
  • Madison Arnold - Vargas
  • Wilfrid Hyde-White - Male Heavenly Voice
  • Coral Browne - Female Heavenly Voice
  • Marla V. Langston - Dizzy Heights
  • Darcel Wynn - Dancer

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Plot summary

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Sonny Malone (Michael Beck) is a talented artist who dreams of fame beyond his job, which is painting larger versions of album covers for record-store window advertisements. As the film opens, Sonny is broke and on the verge of giving up his dream. Having quit his day job to try and make a living as a freelance artist, but having failed to make any money at it, Sonny returns to his old job at AirFlo Records. After some humorous run-ins with his imperious boss and nemesis Simpson, he resumes painting record covers.


At work, Sonny is told to paint an album cover with a beautiful woman on it. This same woman collided with him earlier that day, kissed him, then roller-skated away, and Malone becomes obsessed with finding her. She finds him and identifies herself as Kira (Olivia Newton-John), but will tell him nothing else about herself. Unbeknownst to Sonny, Kira is one of nine mysterious and beautiful women who literally sprang to life from a local mural near the beach in town.


Sonny befriends a has-been big band orchestra leader named Danny McGuire (Gene Kelly). Danny lost his muse in the 1940s; Sonny has not yet found his muse. Kira encourages the two men to form a partnership and open a nightclub. She falls in love with Sonny, and this presents a problem because she is actually Terpsichore, the Muse of dance. The other women from the beginning of the movie are her sisters and goddesses, and the mural is actually a portal of sorts and their point of entry to Earth. A big band is a type of musical ensemble associated with playing jazz music and which became popular during the Swing Era from 1935 until the late 1940s. ... In Greek mythology, the Muses (Greek , Mousai: from the Proto-Indo-European root *men- think, from which mind and mental are also derived[1]) are 50 goddesses or spiritual guides who embody the arts and inspire the creation process with their graces through remembered and improvised song and stage, writing... The 1940s decade ran from 1940 to 1949. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Terpsichore, Muse of Music and Dance, oil on canvas by Jean-Marc Nattier 1739 In Greek mythology, Terpsichore (delight of dancing) was one of the nine Muses, ruling over dance and the dramatic chorus. ...


As it turns out, the Muses visit Earth often to help inspire others to pursue their dreams and desires. But in Kira's case, she had broken the rules, as she was only meant to inspire Sonny, but ended up falling in love with him as well. Her parents (presumably the Greek gods Zeus and Mnemosyne) recall her to the timeless realm of the gods. Sonny follows through the mural and professes his love for her. // Greek mythological characters (Most of the gods and goddesses had Roman equivalents. ... The Statue of Zeus at Olympia Phidias created the 12-m (40-ft) tall statue of Zeus at Olympia about 435 BC. The statue was perhaps the most famous sculpture in Ancient Greece, imagined here in a 16th century engraving Zeus (in Greek: nominative: Zeús, genitive: Diós), is... Mnemosyne (Greek , IPA in RP and in General American) (sometimes shortened to Mneme) was the personification of memory in Greek mythology. ...


A short debate between Sonny and Zeus occurs with Mnemosyne interceeding on Kira and Sonny's behalf. Kira then enters the discussion, saying that the emotions toward Sonny that she has experienced are new to her and asks if they could only have one more night together to let Sonny's dream of Xanadu becoming a success come true. But Zeus ultimately sends Sonny back to Earth. After Kira expresses her own feelings for Sonny in song (Suspended In Time), Zeus and Mnemosyne agree to let her be with him for the time being.


In the finale of the movie, Kira and the Muses perform for a packed house for Xanadu's grand opening and they return to the realm of the gods in spectacular fashion. Sonny is understandably depressed thereafter, but that quickly changes when Danny has one of the waitresses bring Sonny a drink. The waitress appears to be none other than Kira; Sonny approaches her and says he would just like to talk to her...

Spoilers end here.

2007 Broadway production

A $5 million Broadway musical adaptation of the film will open at the Helen Hayes Theatre in Manhattan with previews May 2007, starring Kerry Butler as Kira, James Carpinello as Sonny and Tony Roberts (actor) as Danny. Jackie Hoffman and Mary Testa will co-star as (in a new plot twist to the Broadway version) "evil" Muse sisters. The official website of the show is www.xanaduonbroadway.com Broadway theatre[1] is often considered the highest professional form of theatre in the United States. ... The Helen Hayes Theatre (originally the Little Theatre) is a Broadway theatre at 240 West 44th Street in New York City. ... Kerry Butler (born June 18, 1971 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American actress. ... James Carpinello in The Great Raid, (right) James Carpinello (born 1975) is an American actor, currently co-starring in Tori Spellings VH1 sitcom, So NoTORIous. ... Tony Roberts (born October 22, 1939 in New York) is an film actor who is best know for his work in the films of Woody Allen. ... Jackie Hoffman (born November 11, 1960) is an American Jewish actress and stand-up comedian best known for her facially-contorting expresions, one-woman shows and rancorous comedy that often focuses on Jewish themes. ... Mary Testa is an American stage actress. ...


A workshop production and backers' audition was held at the Minetta Lane Theater in January 2007, which featured Jane Krakowski, Tony Roberts and Cheyenne Jackson performing several of the original Electric Light Orchestra songs from the film, and was directed by Christopher Ashley. The book was being written by Douglas Carter Beane. Jane Krakowski (née Krajkowski, born October 11, 1968 in Parsippany, New Jersey) is an American actress. ... Anthony (Tony) Roberts (born August 4, 1969) is a professional Welsh football player. ... Cheyenne Jackson Cheyenne Jackson (born July 12, 1975[1]) is an American actor and singer from Newport, Washington. ... Douglas Carter Beane is an American playwright and screenwriter. ...


A casting notice for the production said that the show centers on "Kira, a Greek muse sent to Earth to inspire mortals and artists in Venice, CA, in the 1980's. While on earth, Kira falls in love with an artist when helping him realize his dreams."[1]


Readings of the stage version, using Beane's book and songs from the film, were held April 21 and Aug. 3, 2006, in Manhattan. Eric Stern was musical director.[1]


Trivia

  • This film is dancer Gene Kelly's last starring role in a motion picture. (He had a minor appearance in the film Action U.S.A. nine years later.) Xanadu features his last dance on film (among them "Whenever You're Away from Me"). In this film, Kelly is also shown on roller skates during a musical number, a reference to a similar routine he performed in It's Always Fair Weather. His character's name, Danny McGuire, is a reference to the nightclub-owning character he played by that same name in the 1944 movie "Cover Girl," co-starring Rita Hayworth.
  • The title of the film is a reference to the poem "Kubla Khan, or A Vision in a Dream. A Fragment." by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, which is quoted in the film. Xanadu is the name of the Chinese province where Khan establishes his pleasure garden in the poem.
  • The film was shot on location in Los Angeles and its Venice Beach. Gene Kelly took the role of Danny McGuire because filming was a short drive from his home in Beverly Hills, so he could be close to his family. In his biography, he admitted that Xanadu was a bad film, but found Olivia Newton-John a joy to work with. For her part, Newton-John has said she immensely enjoyed working with Kelly as well, although she was initially intimidated by the prospect of starring in a film with a legend like Kelly.
  • Xanadu contains the first known appearance in the popular media of what later became known as the "Flock of Seagulls haircut." The hairdo is sported by drummer Prairie Prince of The Tubes during their performance of the song "Dancin'" in the film.
  • Matt Lattanzi, who was to become Olivia Newton-John's husband and father of her daughter Chloe Rose Lattanzi, played the young flashback of Danny McGuire in the film scene just before Danny visualises himself and Kira dancing together again years later.
  • The film owes its cult status partly to audiences who were peculiarly touched by it as children during its short theatrical run in 1980.
  • Sandahl Bergman, who starred opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1982's Conan the Barbarian, plays Muse 1. She also had a prominent role in All That Jazz.
  • Olivia Newton-John promoted the film and the songs on a 1980 episode of The Midnight Special hosted by Wolfman Jack. In the show, Olivia (via trick photography) played all three Andrews Sisters-type singers in a segment featuring the song "Dancin'" from the movie.
  • Xanadu is one of three roller-disco films released 1979–1980. The other two are Skatetown U.S.A. and Roller Boogie.
  • The exterior of Los Angeles' Pan-Pacific Auditorium was used in film for shots of the Xanadu nightclub. The art deco Streamline Moderne building burned down in 1989, though a front spire section was saved and used on the recent Pan-Pacific Park community building which now stands in its place.

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Quotes

  • "The Warriors opened a lot of doors in film for me, which Xanadu then closed."
    —Michael Beck
  • "I certainly wouldn't die of overexposure in Xanadu. Not enough people saw it. I don't regret it or anything else I've done. ... I learned a lot and the music was successful. I would've been upset if the music flopped."
    —Olivia Newton-John[2]

The Warriors is a 1979 film directed by Walter Hill and based on the 1965 novel by Sol Yurick. ...

Awards and nominations

Nominated: Best Major Motion Picture - Family Entertainment
Won: Worst Director (Robert Greenwald)
Nominated: Worst Picture
Nominated: Worst Screenplay
Nominated: Worst Actor (Michael Beck)
Nominated: Worst Actress (Olivia Newton-John)
Nominated: Worst "Original" Song ("Suspended in Time")
Nominated: Worst "Musical" of Our First 25 Years

The Ivor Novello Awards, named after the entertainer Ivor Novello, are awards awarded for songwriting and composing. ... Jeff Lynne (born 30 December 1947) is an English rock songwriter, singer, guitarist and record producer. ... The Young Artist Award is an award which is presented yearly by the Young Artist Foundation. ... Razzie Award The Golden Raspberry Awards or Razzies, first awarded in 1981, were created by John Wilson in 1980, intended to complement the Academy Awards by dishonoring the worst acting, screenwriting, songwriting, directing, and films that the film industry had to offer. ... The Razzie Award for Worst Picture is a dishonor given out at the annual Golden Raspberry Awards to the worst film of the past year. ... The Razzie Award for Worst Actor was an honor given out at the Golden Raspberry Awards to the worst actor of the previous year. ...

Notes

  1. ^ a b Gans, Andrew "Xanadu Workshop — with Krakowski and Jackson — Presented Jan. 20-21". Playbill, January 20, 2007. Retrieved on January 29, 2007.
  2. ^ Bronson, Fred. The Billboard Book of Number One Hits. Essay on "Magic", Olivia Newton-John's four-week US #1 single from the film.

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