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A 1983 Creator/{{Paramount}} film directed by Adrian Lyne, scripted by Tom Hedley and Joe Eszterhas (from a story by Hedley), and produced by Don Simpson and Creator/JerryBruckheimer.

The film stars Jennifer Beals as Alexandra "Alex" Owens who, in quite possibly the [[RuleOfSexy greatest film premise ever]], works as a factory welder by day and an exotic dancer by night. Her aspiration, however, is to enroll in a prestigious dance conservatory. Dreams are chased, [[SignatureScene pull chains are yanked]], and tears (and sweat) are shed.

The film was a '''monster''' success (only Creator/RogerEbert dared to slam it) and a StarMakingRole for Beals. This is partly attributed to the then-newfangled {{Creator/MTV}}, which played excerpts from the film's dance numbers on a continuous loop. In effect, ''Flashdance'' became the standard for music videos produced in conjunction with big-budget movies.

The soundtrack sold over 20 million copies and produced two hit singles, Irene [=Cara=]'s "Flashdance...What a Feeling" and Michael [=Sembello=]'s "Maniac", both of which have remained in the pop culture consciousness.

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!!Tropes associated with Flashdance include:

* BasedOnATrueStory: The film is based on the biography of Maureen Marder. She was paid $2300 for the right to make a movie about her life story, and then [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flashdance#Legal_action_by_Maureen_Marder filed a lawsuit]] when Jennifer Lopez mimicked the film frame for frame and it was discovered that she did not secure licensing rights from Paramount Studios to use the story in her music video. As Marder signed only non-exclusive rights with Paramount, it seemed that Lopez had infringed on Marder's rights to her own life-story as well as infringing on Paramount's rights to the story in the film. The lawsuit was with Lopez, Sony, and Paramount to establish copyrights in the film. The wealthy studios and star won the case against a small, poor plaintiff of course, despite stellar representation by Marder's LA law firm.
* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler: Jeanie]]. Alex barely manages to bring her back to sanity.
* ButNotTooBlack: Beals to the point where many white viewers didn't know.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Alex hurls a rock through the window of Nick's house after she glimpses him entering a car with another woman.
* CoolCar: Nick's black Porsche.
* TheCorrupter: Johnny C. tries luring both Alex and Jeannie into being dancers in his armpit of a bar. Jeannie takes the carrot when Johnny flashes some cash.
* CrossCastRole: In a weird variation, a portion of Alex's climactic audition dance was actually performed by a teenage boy! The reason? Said teenager (name of Richard Colón, alias Crazy Legs) had invented a move the producers decided to include in the performance, and they believed he was the only one who could possibly pull that one off.
* DancingIsSeriousBusiness: Then again, Alex's goal IS to go pro.
* EightiesHair: Most prominently seen on the women, of course, but check out [[Music/{{Fear}} Lee Ving's]] pineapple forelock as the villainous Johnny C.
* EmpathicEnvironment: The interior of the Zanizbar has an infernal red glow.
* EroticEating: Alex's...erm, 'interesting' way of eating lobster.
* {{Fanservice}}: LOTS of it, since the main character is a pretty and very fit girl who trains a lot to be a dancer.
** Reportedly, according to screenwriter Joe Eszterhas, Jennifer Beals was cast by then Paramount president and COO Michael Eisner who showed pictures of the three finalists for the part -- Beals, Leslie Wing, and Creator/DemiMoore -- to "two hundred of the most macho men on the [Paramount] lot, Teamsters and gaffers and grips ..." and asking them "'I want to know which of these three young women you’d most want to f---'." However, other sources claim that Eisner benignly instead asked women secretaries at the studio to select their favorite after viewing screen tests.
** FanDisservice: [[spoiler: Jeanie]] dancing in the buff.
* FriendsRentControl: As the ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' Magazine's satire ''Flashdunce'': how can Alex live by herself in an expensive loft (even if it's a converted warehouse)?
* HardWorkFallacy: Underprivileged girl is ''finally'' given a chance to prove herself at a prestigious conservatory... and gets in. To do so, she hones her dancing skills and auditions.
* HeroicBSOD: Jeanie, when [[spoiler: she horribly loses the skating auditions]]. Alex herself, [[spoiler: when Hannah dies]].
* ImprobableAge: Many reviewers found it highly implausible that an 18-year old girl would be allowed to work full-time as a welder. This was another thing pointed out by ''MAD''!
* InterclassRomance: Working class Alex and wealthy Nick.
* LeotardOfPower: A famous, non-superhero example, especially in the SignatureScene.
* {{Love Interest|s}}: Nick, [[spoiler: who also happens to be Alex's boss]].
* MaleGaze: When a customer starts extolling the virtues of Alex's ass to his pals ("Soft... round... snug..."), the audience gets to see him groping it as well, in closeup yet. (Until she pours a beer into his lap.)
* MentorOccupationalHazard: Alex is stunned to learn that [[spoiler: Hannah died in the rest home while she was away]].
* NaughtyByNight
* NiceHat: Richie's porkpie hat.
* PluckyComicRelief: Richie.
* RedemptionInTheRain: When Alex [[spoiler: forcibly drags Jeanie out of the Zanzibar nudie bar]], the two girls tearfully embrace each other in a downpour.
* RichBitch: Nick's ex-wife.
* SelfMadeMan: Nick previously worked as a hoodlum for Johnny C. before going legit.
* SoUnfunnyItsFunny: Richie, an aspiring comic, should probably stick to flipping burgers. Most of his jokes revolve around non sequitur insults toward the Polish.
* SocietyMarchesOn: Richie's SoUnfunnyItsFunny humor definitely qualifies.
* SteelMill: Alex works as a welder in the local mill. The mill itself isn't portrayed as horrible, it's more to show her as a [[WrenchWench messy blue collar worker]] to contrast with her glamorous dance act.
* SweaterGirl: The famous cover photo.
* TalentDouble: Virtually all of Alex's dancing is courtesy of uncredited Marine Jahan, not Jennifer Beals.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Alex and Jeanie.
* TwoGirlsAndAGuy: Alex, Jeanie, and Jeanie's boyfriend Richie.
* WhatsAnXLikeYouDoingInAYLikeThis: Nick poses the question to his Exotic Dancer [[AccidentalInnuendo cum]] Welder.
* WomanScorned: [[spoiler: Jeanie leaves to work for the Zanzibar on account of Richie leaving her to chase his dreams in L.A. (Losing the skating auditions didn't help, either.)]]
* WrenchWench: Alex.
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