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->''And that sweet city woman,\\
She moves through the light,\\
Controlling my mind and my soul.\\
When you reach out for me\\
Yeah, and the feelin' is bright,\\
Then I get night fever, night fever.\\
We know how to do it.''
-->-- '''Music/TheBeeGees''', "Night Fever".

''Saturday Night Fever'' is a 1977 film starring Creator/JohnTravolta in the role that made him a superstar.

The film centers around Tony Manero, a 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. Critic [[Creator/GeneSiskel 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]].

[[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome And it's got Travolta dancing]].

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}}'' (that's right, it took ''Thriller'' to top this).

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. 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.

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!!''Saturday Night Fever'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* TheSeventies: And ''how''. You can't help but think of the 1970s when you see the film, and you can't help but think of the film when you remember the 1970s.
* 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.]]
* AutoErotica
** Gets averted when a drunk Tony makes a pass at Stephanie in the car.
** Played straight earlier when he has sex with Annette in the backseat, but doesn't finish.
** Also, played straight with one of Tony's friends and some girl he met at the disco. They have to finish while Tony and crew watch.
** Don't forget when Tony's {{Jerkass}} friends raped Annette.
* BenevolentBoss: Tony's job may be tedious, with long hours, but his boss seems like a nice enough guy, giving him a raise and even rehiring him after Tony 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.
* 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.
* BrooklynRage: Brooklyn gang violence is mentioned and even given screen time.
* CantGetAwayWithNuthin: {{Averted|Trope}}. When Tony and Annette have sex in the backseat before the first trip to the Bridge, he stops because she's not "fixed" and he's not wearing a condom.
* 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?"
* CommitmentIssues: Tony and his friends have this in spades.
* CountryMatters: It's treated as general rule of Tony's crew that if you don't sleep with them you're a cunt, and they'll tell you so to your face.
** 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".
* DancingIsSeriousBusiness: Quite possibly the TropeCodifier.
* DateRapeAverted: Tony tries to have his way with Stephanie, but she gets away.
* {{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. The fact that later films called back to ''Saturday Night Fever'' with complex results makes it fundamentally a UnbuiltTrope.
* 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 [[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 slaps him even for minor things.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Bobby C.]]
* DysfunctionalFamily: Just watch the dinner scene.
* {{Fangirl}}
** [[MrFanservice Tony]] has his fair share of these, most notably Annette, and the HollywoodHomely blonde woman that wiped his forehead after he danced.
** This is played with as much as its played straight. One girl begs him to kiss her, and she believes she kissed apparently "Al Pacino" (even though Tony looks nothing like 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).
* {{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, with people mentally conflating the two movies.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.]]
* IconicOutfit: Travolta's white outfit became synonymous with Disco culture and a sort of a uniform for {{Disco Dan}}s worldwide.
* 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. 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, his parents are heartbroken (especially his mother), and they eventually seem disown him.]]
* {{Irony}}: Tony's friends, and a lot of the general crowd of his favorite nightclub, display ''lot'' of ignorant prejudice, but none of them seem to have any problem dancing to songs by African-American, LGBT, etc musicians.
** 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.
* [[JewishMother Italian Mother]]: Tony's mother, always nagging and criticizing him, and doting on Her Son, The Priest (Tony's older brother Frank) [[spoiler:who ends up leaving the priesthood for unknown reasons and becoming estranged from his family.]]
* {{Jerkass}}: Tony himself is quite a douche, but his friends act like self-absorbed, macho idiots. Tony's parents are this as 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 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.]]
* TheKingOfDance: Tony. By day, he's a normal youth that goes to work but by night, he is the biggest celebrity in the nightclub.
* MadonnaWhoreComplex: Tony believes that a girl can be either a [[ProperLady "nice girl" you enter into a serious relationship with and maybe even marry eventually]] or a [[CountryMatters "cunt" that you sleep with]], not both.
* MoodWhiplash: The film alternates between dreamy, mesmerizing disco sequences and [[BrooklynRage shallow and violent everyday life of Brooklyn youth]]. This is kind of the point as Tony's nights spent clubbing are escapism from his everyday life.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: Tony strutting down the street... oh, yeah.
* NewYorkIsOnlyManhattan: Averted here, which focuses on Brooklyn.
* 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.
* NobodyTouchesTheHair: Tony!
* OneOfTheKids: Again, Tony.
* OnlySaneMan: Stephanie and Frank. Tony has shades of this as well, at least compared to his thickheaded 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 overall film's story is more coherent if the whole thing is cut out.
* RockMeAmadeus: "A Fifth of Beethoven" and "Night on Disco Mountain" are based on classical pieces by Beethoven and Mussorgsky, respectively.
* SecondActBreakup: Tony and Stephanie. [[spoiler:They get back together at the end of the movie, though.]]
* [[SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll Sex, Drugs, and Disco]]
* ShirtlessScene: Travolta shows his pectorals a lot. This continues in the sequel, in which he becomes a WalkingShirtlessScene in a ShowWithinAShow.
* ShotgunWedding: Bobby C is unhappy because he is about to be forced into one of these by his pregnant girlfriend's Catholic family and his own family.
* ShoutOut: "[[Creator/AlPacino AL PACINO! AL PACINO!]] [[Film/DogDayAfternoon ATTICA! ATTICA! ATTICA!]]"
** Tony and his friends have a quick conversation with Stephanie about [[Creator/DavidBowie David Bowie]].
* TallDarkAndHandsome: Young John Travolta as Tony Manero.
* 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. 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.
* [[ThereAreTwoKindsOfPeopleInTheWorld There Are Two Kinds of Girls in the World]]: Tony's philosophy is that a girl can either be a [[MyGirlIsNotASlut "nice girl"]] or a [[CountryMatters "cunt"]], but not both. He seems to have a case of the MadonnaWhoreComplex.
** [[DeliberateValuesDissonance He doesn't seem to be alone in that, either...]]
* 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''.
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: Annette.
* 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 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. The writer wisely 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]])
-->'''Nik Cohn:''' My story was a fraud. I'd only recently arrived in New York. Far from being steeped in Brooklyn street life, I hardly knew the place. As for Vincent, my story's hero, he was largely inspired by [[ScooterRidingMod a Shepherd's Bush mod]] whom I'd known in TheSixties, a one-time king of Goldhawk Road.
* WalkingInRhythm: Tony, to "Stayin' Alive" at the beginning of the film. One of John Travolta's most famous movie scenes, subject to much StockParody. This is revisited in the final scene of the sequel, creating BookEnds.
* 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. From the audience point of view, though, they're in the wrong and he's in the right, so it counts as CharacterDevelopment]].
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