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Review of Saturday Night Fever (1977)

In the 70's New York Tony Manero is a young man of Italian descent who lives in Brooklyn.
Tony is an extrovert but impulsive and shallow, he works in a paint shop and attends a group of compatriots. Manero lives at home with his parents, a 7 months unemployed dad, a very religious mom, granny and a minor sister, his major brother, Frank jr, is a priest in crises for a lack of vocation. The gang together do not lose the opportunity to perform stunts, take advantage of their naive friend Annette and turn fights with rival gang, first of all the Puerto Ricans who beat hard their friend Gus. Tony has a single, great talent: dancing in the disco, where no rivals and earns the respect of his peers and the admiration of women, while not taking advantage of her sexually. In the dance school that he attended, Tony knows Stephanie Mangano, Italian/American like Tony, but also more mature and strongwilled. Stephanie lives in Manhattan and only goes as a journalist. Despite the differences in age and character, the two are approaching and begin a more or less regular attendance to participate in a dance competition disco 2001 Odyssey, in which Tony dancing on Saturday night. After various vicissitudes, the couple performs the memorable scene on the Bee Gees' song "More than a woman", icon of the same movie. Thanks to the sympathies of the audience the two snatch victory in the Puerto Rican, the most deserving couple. Tony, disgusted, refuses the prize dishonest and, realizing that his end is Stephanie, I'll demonstrate in a very brutal, but she more sober and judicious, unable to defend themselves and escape. Tony and friends, now drunk, promote yet another stunt on the Verrazzano Bridge, doing stunts between cables and pylons, but something goes wrong and the expense is the young Bobby, apparently the most balanced but marginalized by his Puerto Rican descent, for its economic well-being and because, in the general indifference, must soon marry his pregnant girlfriend. Tony helplessly the death of the boy, who falls into the river. Tragedy brings the protagonist to revise its superficial attitude towards life and so, having left the gang and after a night on the subway, he reaches Stephanie to her house to apologize, getting to her forgiveness, as long as you nurture a sincere friendship.

John Travolta as Anthony "Tony" Manero
Karen Lynn Gorney as Stephanie Mangano
Barry Miller as Bobby C.
Joseph Cali as Joey
Paul Pape as Double J.
Donna Pescow as Annette
Bruce Ornstein as Gus
Val Bisoglio as Frank Manero, Sr.
Julie Bovasso as Flo Manero
Martin Shakar as Father Frank Manero, Jr.
Nina Hansen as Tony's grandmother
Lisa Peluso as Linda Manero
Sam Coppola as Dan Fusco
Denny Dillon as Doreen
Robert Weil as Becker
Fran Drescher as Connie
Monti Rock III as the deejay
Ann Travolta as pizza girl
Helen Travolta as customer in paint store

Saturday Night Fever is poorly based on a journalistic investigation of the New Yorker magazine about the night life of poor communities subways, as opposed to the social life of the upper classes in Manhattan, the magnificent evenings in the historic temples of disco music as Studio 54.
The plot is, however, subject series, addressing youth problems are still present, such as migration, drug use in clubs, racism, that does not save the Italian/American protagonists, branded with the stereotypes of laziness and sloppiness and gang violence.
They are shipped to the history of cinema sequences of dances, enriched by the success of the 70's disco, among which the original songs by the Bee Gees, who found the film a new season of glory. A certain effect are some scenes filmed at the Verrazano Bridge.
Shooting in disco were carried out in a real club in New York, 2001 Odyssey, between July and August 1977.
Added by Mass. Patriot
4 years ago on 14 April 2014 14:09