The Definitive Dance Collection

  |  Buy to Own: 18/10/2004
  |  416 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC


Dancing is the common theme of this quartet of films. In 'Footloose' (1984), Ren McCormick (Kevin Bacon) is a city kid who moves to a Bible Belt town where dancing is banned by the local hell-fire preacher. Ren defiantly hoofs away in a series of spectacular sequences. The title song was nominated for an Oscar and the film also features the track 'Let's Hear It For the Boy'. John Travolta stars in 'Saturday Night Fever' (1978) as Tony, a Brooklyn roughneck stuck in a dead-end job as a salesman in a paint shop Tony lives for Saturday night down at the disco, where his stylish dancing has made him something of a local hero. But he wants more than his small world can offer, and through the influence of his more sophisticated dance partner Stephanie (Karen Gorney) and his brother, a disillusioned priest, Tony starts to question and think about the possibilities for change. The Bee Gees provide the thumping Seventies disco soundtrack. In 'Flashdance' (1983), Alex Owens (Jennifer Beals) is an 18-year-old welder from Pittsburgh whose one ambition is to become a professional ballerina at the Conservatory of Dance. In the meantime, Alex is forced to work as a cabaret artist in the evenings, struggling against the odds to achieve her dream. Finally, in 'Save the Last Dance' (2000), would-be ballerina Sara (Julia Stiles) is forced to abandon her dancing plans when she leaves her small-town home and moves to live with her estranged father in the dangerous south side of Chicago. As a white girl in a predominantly black neighbourhood, Sara finds it a struggle to settle in, but when she meets black fellow-dancer Derek (Sean Patrick Thomas), she begins to feel much happier. The two set out together to realise their dreams, but as their relationship develops it brings forth major opposition from both their friends and their families, putting their future as a couple in jeopardy.