History Film / SaturdayNightFever

17th Oct '17 4:54:42 AM ClintEastwood
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* {{Bowdlerise}}: The movie was originally rated "R" in the United States, but after marketing research revealed that most people who were buying the soundtrack album were young children, the studio re-released it to theaters in a "PG" version with little to no profanity, drug use, and nudity. Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Saturday_night_fever_pg_version_movie_poster.jpg a picture]] of the poster that advertised it.
3rd Oct '17 5:28:22 PM ryanasaurus0077
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* ChoreographyPorn: In ''Staying Alive'', a large percentage of the screen time was of montages of dance rehearsals, as well as the finale Broadway show. All involved heavily choreographed dancing.
1st Oct '17 3:30:46 PM Macsen
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* CrowdSong: In the first visit to the club, Tony ends up spontaneously instigating a line dance to "Night Fever" by The Bee Gees.
2nd Sep '17 2:23:51 AM SeptimusHeap
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* CelebrityResemblance: This happens in-universe and is PlayedForLaughs. A drunken girl at the disco mistakes Tony for AlPacino and urges him to kiss her. {{Lampshaded}} when an incredulous Tony wakes up in the morning and asks himself point-blank: "Do I really look like Al Pacino?"

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* CelebrityResemblance: This happens in-universe and is PlayedForLaughs. A drunken girl at the disco mistakes Tony for AlPacino Creator/AlPacino and urges him to kiss her. {{Lampshaded}} when an incredulous Tony wakes up in the morning and asks himself point-blank: "Do I really look like Al Pacino?"
7th Jul '17 3:28:34 PM Brainbin
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* BookEnds: The film famously opens with Tony strutting down the streets of New York City to the tune of "Stayin' Alive". The sequel film ends on the exact same image, to the exact same tune.
19th May '17 7:10:11 PM OtterFish
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Not surprisingly, the soundtrack album to the film is one of the best-selling releases of all time, featuring tracks from Music/TheBeeGees, Walter Murphy, K.C. & the Sunshine Band, and others. It ended up as ''the'' most popular album in history for a while, only unseated after Music/MichaelJackson released ''Music/Thriller''.[[Note]]That's right, it took ''Thriller'' to top ''Saturday Night Fever''.[[/Note]]

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Not surprisingly, the soundtrack album to the film is one of the best-selling releases of all time, featuring tracks from Music/TheBeeGees, Walter Murphy, K.C. & the Sunshine Band, and others. It ended up as ''the'' most popular album in history for a while, only unseated after Music/MichaelJackson released ''Music/Thriller''.[[Note]]That's ''{{Music/Thriller}}'' (that's right, it took ''Thriller'' to top ''Saturday Night Fever''.[[/Note]]
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* NotSoDifferent: Stephanie and Tony realize that ''both'' of them are putting up fronts, as her pursuit of the celebrity-filled high-life has as much phoniness as Tony's dance-fueled hedonism.
19th May '17 6:04:11 PM OtterFish
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Not surprisingly, the soundtrack album to the film is one of the best selling of all time, featuring tracks from Music/TheBeeGees, Walter Murphy, K.C. & the Sunshine Band, and others.

Was adapted as a musical for the stage in 1998, which still runs in various productions.

A sequel titled ''Staying Alive'' was released in 1983. [[{{Sequelitis}} It didn't do as well with the critics,]] especially since director/co-writer Creator/SylvesterStallone also decided to heavily feature his brother Frank on the soundtrack.

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Not surprisingly, the soundtrack album to the film is one of the best selling best-selling releases of all time, featuring tracks from Music/TheBeeGees, Walter Murphy, K.C. & the Sunshine Band, and others.

Was adapted
others. It ended up as a musical ''the'' most popular album in history for the stage in 1998, which still runs in various productions.

a while, only unseated after Music/MichaelJackson released ''Music/Thriller''.[[Note]]That's right, it took ''Thriller'' to top ''Saturday Night Fever''.[[/Note]]

A sequel titled ''Staying Alive'' was released in 1983. [[{{Sequelitis}} It didn't do as well with the critics,]] especially since director/co-writer Creator/SylvesterStallone also decided to heavily feature his brother Frank on the soundtrack.
soundtrack. However, the original movie's adaption as a musical for the stage in 1998 became an international success, still running in various productions. Has an unofficial quasi-sequel in 2008's ''Film/TonyManero'' as well, which is about a creepily obsessed fan of the original movie.
15th May '17 6:02:43 AM OtterFish
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* AntiHero: Some viewers feel that there's little to no redeemable qualities to Tony. [[Spoiler:While the film ends with him [[HeroicBSOD having a kind of psychological break]], riding around in graffiti-covered subways looking shattered, it's an easy sort of redemption. It's especially glaring for somebody who's spent a whole movie as a violent misogynist with a buttload of other flaws.]]

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* AntiHero: Some viewers feel that there's little to no redeemable qualities to Tony. [[Spoiler:While [[spoiler:While the film ends with him [[HeroicBSOD having a kind of psychological break]], riding around in graffiti-covered subways looking shattered, it's an easy sort of redemption. It's especially glaring for somebody who's spent a whole movie as a violent misogynist with a buttload of other flaws.]]



* BenevolentBoss: Tony's job may stink but his boss seems like a nice enough guy, giving him a raise and even rehiring him after Tony violently quits.

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* BenevolentBoss: Tony's job may stink be tedious, with long hours, but his boss seems like a nice enough guy, giving him a raise and even rehiring him after Tony violently quits.angrily quits. The store manager makes a point of how he's had other employees working for him for years upon years. Tony's gratefulness at his boss' actions also softens his character a bit.



* CelebrityResemblance: In-universe. A drunken girl at the disco mistakes Tony for AlPacino and urges him to kiss her. {{Lampshaded}} when Tony wakes up in the morning and asks himself point-blank: "Do I really look like Al Pacino?"
* CommitmentIssues: Tony and his friends.

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* CelebrityResemblance: In-universe.This happens in-universe and is PlayedForLaughs. A drunken girl at the disco mistakes Tony for AlPacino and urges him to kiss her. {{Lampshaded}} when an incredulous Tony wakes up in the morning and asks himself point-blank: "Do I really look like Al Pacino?"
* CommitmentIssues: Tony and his friends.friends have this in spades.



* {{Deconstruction}}: The film is a deconstruction of the hedonistic culture of the 1970's. Sure, there were beautiful clothes, music, and lots of dancing, but there was [[HiddenDepths a dark side]] to the life led by such people like Tony and his friends. For example, Tony has no thought for the future (and the culture as a whole didn't either), and his friends are involved with [[SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll drugs, drinking, and casual sex]] which causes them many problems. See also UnbuiltTrope.

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* {{Deconstruction}}: The film is a deconstruction of the hedonistic culture of the 1970's. Sure, there were beautiful clothes, music, and lots of dancing, but there was [[HiddenDepths a dark side]] to the life led by such people like Tony and his friends. For example, Tony has no thought for the future (and the culture as a whole didn't either), and his friends are involved with [[SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll drugs, drinking, and casual sex]] which causes them many problems. See also The fact that later films called back to ''Saturday Night Fever'' with complex results makes it fundamentally a UnbuiltTrope.



** Also subverted because one girl begs him to kiss her, and she believes she kissed Al Pacino (even though Tony looks nothing like him).
* FeetFirstIntroduction: This is how we meet Tony. Contrary to rumor, that's all the real Travolta strutting down the streets, with the lone exception of one quick moment (the comparison of Tony's shoe to a shoe in a store window).

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** Also subverted because one This is played with as much as its played straight. One girl begs him to kiss her, and she believes she kissed Al Pacino apparently "Al Pacino" (even though Tony looks nothing like him).
him). Tony spends a moment joking with a poster of Pacino later.
* FeetFirstIntroduction: This is how we meet Tony. The man's strut is a defining character trait, often parodied in later works. Contrary to rumor, that's all the real Travolta strutting down the streets, with the lone exception of one quick moment (the comparison of Tony's shoe to a shoe in a store window).



* FriendsRentControl: That's a hell of a nice apartment Stephanie has on a dance teacher/secretary's salary. Even in the 70's, it's a little implausible.

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* FriendsRentControl: That's a hell of a nice apartment Stephanie has on a dance teacher/secretary's salary. A lot about her background is left often, but she's clearly not ''that'' well off. Even in the 70's, it's a little implausible.



* HeroicBSOD: Tony gets hit hard [[spoiler:by his friend's death. It's especially stark since he stood there ''just a few feet away'' during the fatal fall.]]



* IFeelGuiltyYouTakeIt: Tony and his partner win a dance competition, but he thinks another couple was better and only lost due to being Puerto Rican (in a context judged by Tony's fellow Italian-Americans), so he gives them the top prize.
* IHaveNoSon: After Frankie [[spoiler:leaves the priesthood]], his parents are heartbroken (especially his mother), and eventually disown him.
* {{Irony}} Tony's friends, and a lot of the general crowd of his favorite nightclub, show a lot of prejudice against other races, but none of them seem to have any problem dancing to songs by African-American, LGBT, etc musicians.

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* IFeelGuiltyYouTakeIt: Tony and his partner win a dance competition, but he thinks another couple was better and only lost due to being Puerto Rican (in a context judged by Tony's fellow Italian-Americans), so he gives them the top prize. \n The contrast between him and his friends (who view this as something like a betrayal) shows Tony's CharacterDevelopment.
* IHaveNoSon: After Frankie [[spoiler:leaves the priesthood]], priesthood, his parents are heartbroken (especially his mother), and they eventually seem disown him.
him.]]
* {{Irony}} {{Irony}}: Tony's friends, and a lot of the general crowd of his favorite nightclub, show a lot display ''lot'' of prejudice against other races, ignorant prejudice, but none of them seem to have any problem dancing to songs by African-American, LGBT, etc musicians.



* {{Jerkass}}: Tony himself is quite a douchebag, but his friends are outright self-absorbed machos. Tony's parents are this as well.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: The film tries to set up Tony as this, but how well things work out depends on the viewer. It's undeniable, though, that he's the ''only'' one out his regular group of friends (and even his family, excepting his brother) to have some kind of a psychological depth to him. Tony takes dancing seriously enough that he's willing to invest a lot of time and effort to legitimately improve himself, and this bleeds into at least faking an interest in higher-class society more generally. [[Spoiler:His HeroicBSOD moment after Bobby C's death goes a significant way in making him even more sympathetic.]]
* KarmaHoudini: This largely applies to Tony's friends [[Spoiler:apart from Bobby C. Yes, they lose Bobby after he jumps off the bridge. Tony, their de facto leader, also abandons them completely after he decides to move out of Bay Ridge and start over. Yet nothing directly really happens to them.]]

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* {{Jerkass}}: Tony himself is quite a douchebag, douche, but his friends are outright self-absorbed machos. act like self-absorbed, macho idiots. Tony's parents are this as well.
well to a large degree, especially when they start [[spoiler:acting like ''he's'' somehow at fault for his brother leaving the priesthood.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: The film tries to set up Tony as this, but how well things work out depends on the viewer. It's undeniable, though, that he's the ''only'' one out his regular group of friends (and even his family, excepting his brother) to have some kind of a psychological depth to him. Tony takes dancing seriously enough that he's willing to invest a lot of time and effort to legitimately improve himself, and this bleeds into at least faking an interest in higher-class society more generally. [[Spoiler:His [[spoiler:His HeroicBSOD moment after Bobby C's death goes a significant way in making him even more sympathetic.]]
* KarmaHoudini: This largely applies to Tony's friends [[Spoiler:apart [[spoiler:apart from Bobby C. Yes, they lose Bobby after he jumps off the bridge. Tony, their de facto leader, also abandons them completely after he decides to move out of Bay Ridge and start over. Yet nothing directly really happens to them.]]



* OnlySaneMan: Stephanie and Frank. Tony as well, at least compared to his friends.
* OnlyTheLeadsGetAHappyEnding: [[Spoiler:Tony leaves behind his phony life in Brooklyn, and heads to Manhattan to start over. He even gets back together with Stephanie! Unrequited love interest Annette, meanwhile, ends up having been treated like dirt, raped, and forgotten about. And Bobby C. has jumped to his death, leaving behind his Catholic girlfriend whom he wasn't going to marry that is carrying his child. This is heavily implied as a de facto suicide. Whew.]]
* RapeAsDrama: Annette is raped by two of Tony's friends. This is a... weird scene. It's subverted in the sense that her rape is more or less treated as a BigLippedAlligatorMoment. The lead character, who is sitting in the same car as it happens, decides on the spot to outright ignore it. When the whole group gets out of the car, it's basically as if the whole thing didn't happen. This can be seen as the ultimate dark side of "bros before hos", but then the story-line is more coherent if the whole thing is cut out.

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* OnlySaneMan: Stephanie and Frank. Tony has shades of this as well, at least compared to his thickheaded friends.
* OnlyTheLeadsGetAHappyEnding: [[Spoiler:Tony [[spoiler:Tony leaves behind his phony life in Brooklyn, and heads to Manhattan to start over. He even gets back together with Stephanie! Unrequited love interest Annette, meanwhile, ends up having been treated like dirt, raped, and forgotten about. And Bobby C. has jumped to his death, leaving behind his Catholic girlfriend whom he wasn't going to marry that is carrying his child. This is heavily implied as a de facto suicide. Whew.]]
* RapeAsDrama: Annette is raped by two of Tony's friends. This is a... weird scene. It's subverted in the sense that her rape is more or less treated as a BigLippedAlligatorMoment. The lead character, who is sitting in the same car as it happens, decides on the spot to outright ignore it. When the whole group gets out of the car, it's basically as if the whole thing didn't happen. This can be seen as the ultimate dark side of "bros before hos", but then the story-line overall film's story is more coherent if the whole thing is cut out.



* ShoutOut: "[[Creator/AlPacino AL PACINO!!! AL PACINO!!!]] [[Film/DogDayAfternoon ATTICA! ATTICA! ATTICA!]]

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* ShoutOut: "[[Creator/AlPacino AL PACINO!!! PACINO! AL PACINO!!!]] PACINO!]] [[Film/DogDayAfternoon ATTICA! ATTICA! ATTICA!]]ATTICA!]]"
** Tony and his friends have a quick conversation with Stephanie about [[Creator/DavidBowie David Bowie]].



* UnbuiltTrope: The movie's portrayal of disco lifestyle is decidedly unsentimental and depressing enough to be labeled as a grim {{Deconstruction}} of dance flicks and nightclub culture in general. The twist is that this film was the '''{{Trope Maker|s}}''' of TheSeventies' Disco craze. This somewhat counts as DoNotDoThisCoolThing as Tony's life choices make him ''miserable'' but look ''amazing''.

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* UnbuiltTrope: The movie's portrayal of disco lifestyle is decidedly unsentimental and depressing enough to be labeled as a grim {{Deconstruction}} of dance flicks and nightclub culture in general. The scene to scene contrast is MoodWhiplash to a T. The twist is that this film was the '''{{Trope Maker|s}}''' of TheSeventies' Disco craze. This somewhat counts as DoNotDoThisCoolThing as Tony's life choices make him ''miserable'' but look ''amazing''.



* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: "[[http://nymag.com/nightlife/features/45933/ Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night]]" by the New Yorker. Played with, since it's now known that the article itself was made up by Nik Cohn (who wisely added a disclaimer "Everything described in this article is factual and was either witnessed by me or told to me directly by the people involved. Only the names of the main characters have been changed", which basically said "If the people who told it to me are lying, then I'm blameless."[[note]]Said people, however, ''didn't exist''.[[/note]])

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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: The film originated from the article "[[http://nymag.com/nightlife/features/45933/ Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night]]" that was run by ''New Yorker''. While the New Yorker. Played with, movie itself used the magazine report as just a springboard, since it's now known that the article itself was completely fabricated, made up by famous journalist Nik Cohn (who Cohn. The writer wisely added a disclaimer covered himself with the disclaimer: "Everything described in this article is factual and was either witnessed by me or told to me directly by the people involved. Only the names of the main characters have been changed", which basically said "If the people who told it to me are lying, then I'm blameless."[[note]]Said people, however, ''didn't exist''. The most that Cohn did was walk around the Big Apple for a bit and look around.[[/note]])
14th May '17 11:24:02 AM OtterFish
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But the film is mostly remembered for being a reflection of the Disco era at its height in New York in TheSeventies, and the UnconstructedTrope of the modern dance flick. Subsequently, the film sparked a national Disco craze that didn't die out until the onset of TheEighties. Thus, ''Saturday Night Fever'' remains a late-Seventies [[UnintentionalPeriodPiece period piece]], such as it is. Critic Gene Siskel's favorite movie of all time, it's influence has been felt directly and indirectly across many later films, especially in terms of the poster's [[StayingAliveDancePose iconic finger-in-the-air pose]].

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But the film is mostly remembered for being a reflection of the Disco era at its height in New York in TheSeventies, and the UnconstructedTrope of the modern dance flick. Subsequently, the film sparked a national Disco craze that didn't die out until the onset of TheEighties. Thus, ''Saturday Night Fever'' remains a late-Seventies [[UnintentionalPeriodPiece period piece]], such as it is. Critic [[Creator/GeneSiskel Gene Siskel's Siskel's]] favorite movie of all time, it's influence has been felt directly and indirectly across many later films, especially in terms of the poster's [[StayingAliveDancePose iconic finger-in-the-air pose]].



* AntiHero: Some interpretations feel there's no redeemable qualities to Tony. [[Spoiler: While the film ends with him having a kind of psychological break, riding around in graffiti-covered subways looking shattered, it's an easy sort of redemption. It's especially glaring for somebody who's spent a whole movie as a violent misogynist with a buttload of other flaws.]]

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* AntiHero: Some interpretations viewers feel that there's little to no redeemable qualities to Tony. [[Spoiler: While [[Spoiler:While the film ends with him [[HeroicBSOD having a kind of psychological break, break]], riding around in graffiti-covered subways looking shattered, it's an easy sort of redemption. It's especially glaring for somebody who's spent a whole movie as a violent misogynist with a buttload of other flaws.]]



* DeliberateValuesDissonance: The racist and sexist attitudes of the times shine through in Tony and his crew. Even back then, their portrayal established them as working-class louts, and modern viewers are in for a shock if [[OnlyHereForGodzilla they're just here for the dancing]]. Note that the black couple is booed as much as the Hispanic one in the plot-crucial dance contest, and while Tony angrily decries how the non-Italian dancers were unfairly passed over for the top prize, he uses a racial slur when describing them.
* DontMakeMeTakeMyBeltOff: Tony's father often slaps him, even for minor things.

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* DeliberateValuesDissonance: The racist and sexist attitudes of the times shine through in Tony and his crew. Even back then, their portrayal established them as working-class louts, and modern viewers are in for a shock if [[OnlyHereForGodzilla [[JustHereForGodzilla they're just here for the dancing]]. Note that the black couple is booed as much as the Hispanic one in the plot-crucial dance contest, and while Tony angrily decries how the non-Italian dancers were unfairly passed over for the top prize, he uses a racial slur when describing them.
* DontMakeMeTakeMyBeltOff: Tony's father often slaps him, him even for minor things.



* {{Flanderization}}: The film is often boiled down to "that disco flick where Travolta dances to corny music and little else happens", ignoring its ''very'' mature themes and serious characterizations. The popularity of the softened TV edit (which, in a tweaked form, was even released in theaters) plays a role as well as the nostalgia filter. The fact that the sequel ''Staying Alive'' is LighterAndSofter (to the point that it went out with a PG rather than an R) may or may not be a factor.

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* {{Flanderization}}: The film is often boiled down to "that disco flick where Travolta dances to corny music and little else happens", ignoring its ''very'' mature themes and serious characterizations. The popularity of the softened TV edit (which, in a tweaked form, was even released in theaters) plays a role as well as the nostalgia filter. The fact that the sequel ''Staying Alive'' is LighterAndSofter (to the point that it went out with a PG rather than an R) may or may not be a factor.factor, with people mentally conflating the two movies.



* TheGenerationGap: Tony wants to enjoy being young and wild and free, while his parents (and, to a lesser extent, his girlfriend) encourage him to get a real job, move out, and marry a nice Italian girl.

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* TheGenerationGap: Tony wants to enjoy being young and wild and free, while his parents (and, to a lesser extent, his off-again/on-again girlfriend) encourage him to get a real job, move out, and marry a nice Italian girl.



** Tony himself is more sympathetic than the rest of them since he recognizes the futility of dumping on one group of people just because you've gotten dumped on first.



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: The film tries to set up Tony as this, but how well things work out depends on the viewer. It's undeniable, though, that he's the ''only'' one out his regular group of friends (and even his family, excepting his brother) to have some kind of a psychological depth to him. Tony takes dancing seriously enough that he's willing to invest a lot of time and effort to legitimately improve himself, and this bleeds into at least faking an interest in higher-class society more generally. [[Spoiler: His HeroicBSOD moment after Bobby C's death goes a significant way in making him even more sympathetic.]]

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: The film tries to set up Tony as this, but how well things work out depends on the viewer. It's undeniable, though, that he's the ''only'' one out his regular group of friends (and even his family, excepting his brother) to have some kind of a psychological depth to him. Tony takes dancing seriously enough that he's willing to invest a lot of time and effort to legitimately improve himself, and this bleeds into at least faking an interest in higher-class society more generally. [[Spoiler: His [[Spoiler:His HeroicBSOD moment after Bobby C's death goes a significant way in making him even more sympathetic.]]



* RapeAsDrama: Annette is raped by two of Tony's friends. Subverted, though, since her rape is more or less treated as a BigLippedAlligatorMoment. The lead character, who is sitting in the same car as it happens, decides on the spot to outright ignore the rape. The ultimate dark side of "bros before hos".

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* RapeAsDrama: Annette is raped by two of Tony's friends. Subverted, though, since This is a... weird scene. It's subverted in the sense that her rape is more or less treated as a BigLippedAlligatorMoment. The lead character, who is sitting in the same car as it happens, decides on the spot to outright ignore it. When the rape. The whole group gets out of the car, it's basically as if the whole thing didn't happen. This can be seen as the ultimate dark side of "bros before hos".hos", but then the story-line is more coherent if the whole thing is cut out.



* SecondActBreakup: Tony and Stephanie. [[spoiler: They get back together at the end of the movie, though.]]

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* SecondActBreakup: Tony and Stephanie. [[spoiler: They [[spoiler:They get back together at the end of the movie, though.]]



* TeenPregnancy: Bobby C's unseen girlfriend. The focus is more on [[PanickyExpectantFather Bobby's side of the story]]; he doesn't want to marry her, but she refuses to get an abortion.

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* TeenPregnancy: Bobby C's unseen girlfriend. The focus is more on [[PanickyExpectantFather Bobby's side of the story]]; he story]]. He doesn't want to marry her, but she refuses to get an abortion. He even goes so far as to speculate about bringing a special request to the Pope about it, showing a kind of naive ignorance that's downright painful to watch.



* WhatTheHellHero: Stephanie and Tony's friends didn't take too kindly to Tony [[spoiler: handing over the first-place dance contest trophy to the Puerto Rican couple who took second]].

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* WhatTheHellHero: Stephanie and Tony's friends didn't take too kindly to Tony [[spoiler: handing [[spoiler:handing over the first-place dance contest trophy to the Puerto Rican couple who took second]].second. From the audience point of view, though, they're in the wrong and he's in the right, so it counts as CharacterDevelopment]].
14th May '17 11:07:20 AM OtterFish
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The film centers around Tony Manero, a kid from Brooklyn who likes to spend nights dancing at a local nightclub; his would-be girlfriend and dance partner Stephanie; his unrequited love interest Annette; and their various friends and cohorts.

But the film is mostly remembered for being a reflection of the Disco era at its height in New York in TheSeventies, and the UnconstructedTrope of the modern dance flick. Subsequently, the film sparked a national Disco craze that didn't die out until the onset of TheEighties. Thus, ''Saturday Night Fever'' remains a late-Seventies [[UnintentionalPeriodPiece period piece]], such as it is.

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The film centers around Tony Manero, a kid young Italian-American from Brooklyn who likes to spend nights dancing at a local nightclub; his would-be girlfriend and dance partner Stephanie; his unrequited love interest Annette; and their various friends and cohorts.

But the film is mostly remembered for being a reflection of the Disco era at its height in New York in TheSeventies, and the UnconstructedTrope of the modern dance flick. Subsequently, the film sparked a national Disco craze that didn't die out until the onset of TheEighties. Thus, ''Saturday Night Fever'' remains a late-Seventies [[UnintentionalPeriodPiece period piece]], such as it is.
is. Critic Gene Siskel's favorite movie of all time, it's influence has been felt directly and indirectly across many later films, especially in terms of the poster's [[StayingAliveDancePose iconic finger-in-the-air pose]].



* AntiHero: Some interpretations feel there's no redeemable qualities to Tony.

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* AntiHero: Some interpretations feel there's no redeemable qualities to Tony. [[Spoiler: While the film ends with him having a kind of psychological break, riding around in graffiti-covered subways looking shattered, it's an easy sort of redemption. It's especially glaring for somebody who's spent a whole movie as a violent misogynist with a buttload of other flaws.]]



* BigApplesauce: It's a very N.Y. movie, and the setting is {{justified|Trope}} because The Big Apple was one of the places where the disco culture originated.

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* BigApplesauce: It's a very N.Y. movie, and the setting is {{justified|Trope}} because The the Big Apple was one of the places where the disco culture originated.



* CelebrityResemblance: In-universe. A drunken girl at the disco mistakes Tony for AlPacino and urges him to kiss her. {{Lampshaded}} when Tony wakes up in the morning and asks himself "Do I really look like Al Pacino?"

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* CelebrityResemblance: In-universe. A drunken girl at the disco mistakes Tony for AlPacino and urges him to kiss her. {{Lampshaded}} when Tony wakes up in the morning and asks himself point-blank: "Do I really look like Al Pacino?"



** Of course, [[MadonnaWhoreComplex you're also a cunt if you DO sleep with them]]. Apparently, you have to walk a very fine line to remain a "nice girl".

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** Of course, [[MadonnaWhoreComplex you're also a cunt if you DO ''do'' sleep with them]]. Apparently, you have to walk a very fine line to remain a "nice girl".



* DeliberateValuesDissonance: The racist and sexist attitudes of the times. Note during the dance contest, the black couple is booed as much as the Hispanic one, and even as Tony angrily decries how they were passed over for the top prize, he uses a racial slur when describing them.

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* DeliberateValuesDissonance: The racist and sexist attitudes of the times. times shine through in Tony and his crew. Even back then, their portrayal established them as working-class louts, and modern viewers are in for a shock if [[OnlyHereForGodzilla they're just here for the dancing]]. Note during the dance contest, that the black couple is booed as much as the Hispanic one, one in the plot-crucial dance contest, and even as while Tony angrily decries how they the non-Italian dancers were unfairly passed over for the top prize, he uses a racial slur when describing them.



* FeetFirstIntroduction: This is how we meet Tony.
* {{Flanderization}}: The film is often boiled down to "that disco flick where Travolta dances to corny music and little else happens", ignoring its ''very'' mature themes and serious characterizations. The fact that the sequel ''Staying Alive'' is LighterAndSofter (to the point that it went out with a PG rather than an R) may or may not be a factor.

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* FeetFirstIntroduction: This is how we meet Tony.
Tony. Contrary to rumor, that's all the real Travolta strutting down the streets, with the lone exception of one quick moment (the comparison of Tony's shoe to a shoe in a store window).
* {{Flanderization}}: The film is often boiled down to "that disco flick where Travolta dances to corny music and little else happens", ignoring its ''very'' mature themes and serious characterizations. The popularity of the softened TV edit (which, in a tweaked form, was even released in theaters) plays a role as well as the nostalgia filter. The fact that the sequel ''Staying Alive'' is LighterAndSofter (to the point that it went out with a PG rather than an R) may or may not be a factor.



* IFeelGuiltyYouTakeIt: Tony and his partner win a dance competition, but he thinks another couple was better and only lost due to being Puerto Rican, so he gives them the top prize.

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* IFeelGuiltyYouTakeIt: Tony and his partner win a dance competition, but he thinks another couple was better and only lost due to being Puerto Rican, Rican (in a context judged by Tony's fellow Italian-Americans), so he gives them the top prize.



* {{Irony}} Tony's friends, and a lot of the general crowd of his favorite nightclub, show a lot of prejudice against other races, but none of them seem to have any problem dancing to songs by African-American, LGBT, etc musicians.



* KarmaHoudini: Arguably, Tony's friends apart from Bobby C. Yes, they lose Bobby after he jumps off the bridge and Tony after he decides to move out of Bay Ridge and start over, but nothing directly happens to them.

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: The film tries to set up Tony as this, but how well things work out depends on the viewer. It's undeniable, though, that he's the ''only'' one out his regular group of friends (and even his family, excepting his brother) to have some kind of a psychological depth to him. Tony takes dancing seriously enough that he's willing to invest a lot of time and effort to legitimately improve himself, and this bleeds into at least faking an interest in higher-class society more generally. [[Spoiler: His HeroicBSOD moment after Bobby C's death goes a significant way in making him even more sympathetic.]]
* KarmaHoudini: Arguably, This largely applies to Tony's friends apart [[Spoiler:apart from Bobby C. Yes, they lose Bobby after he jumps off the bridge and Tony bridge. Tony, their de facto leader, also abandons them completely after he decides to move out of Bay Ridge and start over, but over. Yet nothing directly really happens to them.]]



* OnlyTheLeadsGetAHappyEnding: Tony leaves behind his phony life in Brooklyn, and heads to Manhattan to start over. He even gets back together with Stephanie! Unrequited love interest Annette, meanwhile, ends up having been treated like dirt, raped, and forgotten about. And Bobby C. has accidentally jumped to his death, leaving behind his Catholic girlfriend whom he wasn't going to marry that is carrying his child. Whew.

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* OnlyTheLeadsGetAHappyEnding: Tony [[Spoiler:Tony leaves behind his phony life in Brooklyn, and heads to Manhattan to start over. He even gets back together with Stephanie! Unrequited love interest Annette, meanwhile, ends up having been treated like dirt, raped, and forgotten about. And Bobby C. has accidentally jumped to his death, leaving behind his Catholic girlfriend whom he wasn't going to marry that is carrying his child.child. This is heavily implied as a de facto suicide. Whew.]]



* UnbuiltTrope: The movie's portrayal of disco lifestyle is decidedly unsentimental and depressing enough to be labeled as a grim {{Deconstruction}} of dance flicks and nightclub culture in general. The twist is that this film was the '''{{Trope Maker|s}}''' of TheSeventies' Disco craze.

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* UnbuiltTrope: The movie's portrayal of disco lifestyle is decidedly unsentimental and depressing enough to be labeled as a grim {{Deconstruction}} of dance flicks and nightclub culture in general. The twist is that this film was the '''{{Trope Maker|s}}''' of TheSeventies' Disco craze. This somewhat counts as DoNotDoThisCoolThing as Tony's life choices make him ''miserable'' but look ''amazing''.
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