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Saturday Night Fever Details


John Travolta graduated from minor celebrity to superstar with Saturday Night Fever. Travolta plays Tony Manero, a Brooklyn paint-store clerk who'd give anything to break out of his dead-end existence. In life, Tony is a peasant; on the disco dance floor, he's a king. As the soundtrack plays one Bee Gees hit after another (including "Stayin' Alive"), we watch white-suited Tony strut his stuff amidst flashing lights and sweaty, undulating bodies. Tony's class aspirations are mirrored in his relationship with his dance partner, Stephanie (Karen Lynn Gorney), a secretary eager to move into the glamorous world of Manhattan. Saturday Night Fever's huge success grew meteorically thanks to the towering popularity of its soundtrack; during the first half of 1978, when the movie's disco songs saturated the singles charts up to four at a time, it was no longer clear whether the hit movie was feeding the hit songs or the hit songs were feeding the hit movie. This crossover between music and movies set the pace for many movies to come, as it also marked the rise and fall of 1970s disco culture. Two versions of this film exist: the original R-rated version and a PG version, edited down to more "family-friendly" fare and fed to the public with the tagline, "Because we want everyone to see John Travolta's performance." ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:December 16, 1977


Awarded by
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Barry Gibb Best Original Song 1977 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Barry Gibb Best Original Score 1977 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association David Shire Best Original Score 1977 Nominee
National Board of Review John Travolta Best Actor 1977 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association John Travolta Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1977 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Travolta Best Actor 1977 Nominee


John Travolta
as Tony Manero
Karen Gorney
as Stephanie
Barry Miller
as Bobby C.
Joseph Cali
as Joey
Paul Pape
as Double J.
Bruce Ornstein
as Gus
Donna Pescow
as Annette
Val Bisoglio
as Frank, Sr.
Julie Bovasso
as Flo
Nina Hansen
as Grandmother
Lisa Peluso
as Linda
Sam Coppola
as Fusco
Denny Dillon
as Doreen
Bert Michaels
as Pete
Donald Gantry
as Jay Langhart
Stanley de Santis
Robert Weil
as Becker
Martin Shakar
as Frank, Jr.
Fran Drescher
as Connie
Robert Costanzo
as Paint Store Customer
Shelly Batt
as Girl in Disco
Murray Moston
as Haberdashery Salesman
Ellen March
as Bartender
Ann Travolta
as Pizza Girl
Helen Travolta
as Woman in Paint Store


John Badham
Robert Stigwood
Kevin McCormick
Norman Wexler
Ralf Bode
Barry Gibb
Composer (Music Score)
David Shire
Composer (Music Score)
David Rawlins
Kevin McCormick
Executive Producer
Patrizia Von Brandenstein
Costume Designer
Les Lazarowitz
Sound/Sound Designer
John Reitz
Sound/Sound Designer
James Gambina
Lester Wilson
Paul Nuckles
Stunts Coordinator
Nik Cohn
Short Story Author