->''Where time stops and the magic never ends.''
-->-- ''Xanadu'' tagline
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'''For the trope previously called Xanadu, please [[BuildingOfAdventure see here.]]'''

What has Olivia Newton-John, Creator/GeneKelly, that guy from ''Film/TheWarriors'', roller skates, lots of glowing blue people, quasi-disco music, and a continuous string of {{Big Lipped Alligator Moment}}s?

The 1980 movie musical ''Xanadu'' is a story about a frustrated artist named Sonny Malone (the guy from ''Film/TheWarriors'') who paints album covers for a living and is unhappy about it. By tossing some of his drawings into the wind, he somehow brings [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYWA2c5w5bw a painting on a wall of nine girls to life]] and one of them -- Kira -- finds and kisses him. Shortly after, he meets Danny [=McGuire=], a former big band leader. The two strike up a friendship and, with encouragement from Kira, make plans to convert an abandoned building (The Pan Pacific Auditorium) into a roller disco. Sonny and Kira meanwhile fall in love, with there being the slight complication that she's actually the Muse of Dance and Choral Singing (yes, really) and was only sent to bring Xanadu into creation. Soon, she will have to return home, just as Xanadu will be opening.

The roller disco (and film's) title comes from the poem "Kublai Khan" and refers to a province where Khan establishes his pleasure garden but completely ignores the irony of naming a movie about a muse with a notoriously unfinished poem.

Widely panned by critics, it found a cult audience. It has now been adapted into a stage musical that doesn't even ''bother'' to hide how camp the whole thing is.

* [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x7k0o3_xanadu-02-im-alive_shortfilms Here's]] a sample of ''Xanadu''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7m1UWSD-FaA Here's the title song]]
* [[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/thedudette/nostalgia-chick/8240-xanadu And here's]] WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick [[AccentuateTheNegative taking it apart]].
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!''Xanadu'' contains examples of:
* ActorAllusion: Danny's "oh, I've been known to twinkle a toe or two."
* BarSlide: During the big Xanadu opening number/medley, specifically during "Get on the first stage out of this town".
* BetweenMyLegs: A spider woman crawls through a tunnel of legs in the "All Over The World" segment.
* BreakawayPopHit: The title song, as well as "Magic", "All Over the World", "Alive", and "Suddenly".
* {{Camp}}: This movie has been described as unintentional early '80s John Waters.
* ClassicalMythology: [[SadlyMythtaken Loosely based on it]].
* CostumeTestMontage: When Sonny takes Danny to get some new clothes.
* ConspicuouslyLightPatch
* CostumePorn: Many of the numbers.
* TheEighties: The movie stands at the nexus between '70s cheese and '80s cheese.
* ExecutiveMeddling
* FantasticRomance: Sonny and Kira
* GenreBlending: Music-wise, anyway. The soundtrack veers from pop to disco to big-band-swing to rock.
** A good single-song example: "Dancin'".
* HollywoodCalifornia
* IAlwaysWantedToSayThat
-->'''Danny:''' Opening night...whatever you want, it's on the house! You know, I've always wanted to say that line!
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Danny and Sonny.
* JukeboxMusical: The stage musical version is essentially one for the ElectricLightOrchestra, whose leader, JeffLynne, produced most of the music for the film and the stage version adds "Evil Woman" and "Strange Magic."
* LandmarkOfLore: Pan Pacific Auditorium and the Hollywood Sign.
* MayflyDecemberRomance
* MediumShift: An interlude courtesy of DonBluth, his first post-{{Disney}} animation work.
* MoneyDearBoy: The reason for Gene Kelly's involvement. That and the job was close to his home. Still, Gene Kelly has stated that working with Olivia Newton-John was great.
* TheMusical: The only thing that was considered quality work was the music -- everything else, not so much. The Broadway version was a cheerfully absurd [[RuleOfFunny Refuge In Funny]][=/=][[RuleOfCool Refuge In Cool Music]] laugh-fest with a load of {{Take That}}s at the movie.
* NeverTrustATrailer: Sort of; in the opening title, there's a slight implication of aliens in the form of a UFO flying across a picture of Earth, which is further helped along by a robot-like thing showing up in a musical number. However, unless you're The Nostalgia Chick, you may not have noticed. The "robot-like thing" was likely supposed to be a train pulling in--though one could see how the Chick might've been seeking any respite at that point...
* NotableOriginalMusic: The soundtrack for this movie was a huge success and several cuts from album got air time on radio, including the BreakawayPopHit "Magic" (which topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart), "Suddenly" and "All Over The World".
* OldShame:
** For Electric Light Orchestra, who wrote and performed several of the songs. Jeff Lynne eventually came to terms with it, though, and released an album with rerecorded ''Xanadu'' tracks.
** Director Robert Greenwald, who's more recently made a name for himself as a left-wing muckraking documentary director (''Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism'', ''Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price'').
** Michael Beck (the guy from The Warriors).
--> '''Michael Beck:''' The Warriors [[StarMakingRole opened a lot of doors in film]] for me, which [[CreatorKiller Xanadu then closed]].
* PhosphorEssence: Olivia Newton-John's character, due to being TheMuse.
* ThePowerOfLove
* PresentDay: In 1980.
* ScreenToStageAdaptation: A Broadway musical in 2007 that, unlike most examples of the trope, had its tongue planted firmly in its cheek.
* SharedUniverse: Implied. Prior to this film, Gene Kelly also played a character named "Danny [=McGuire=]" in the film ''Cover Girl'' (no relation to the cosmetics company). This film is later referenced in ''Down To Earth'' (sequel to Here Comes Mr. Jordan), which features Rita Hayworth (who was also in Cover Girl) as "Terpsichore", but uses the name "Kitty" in her Earth form. It should be mentioned that all three of the films in question were released by Columbia, while this movie was released by Universal.
* ShoutOut: Gene Kelly's character has the same name and much of the same backstory as the character he played in the 1944 film ''Cover Girl''; Danny's backstory in Xanadu sounds suspiciously like a version of "Cover Girl" without the happy ending.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: As idealistic as it gets.
* SongStyleShift: "Dancin'" alternates between 40's-style swing and {{New Wave|Music}} rock.
* StepThreeProfit: 1) Meld GlamRock and BigBand. 2) ??? 3) Profit with a ''StarlightExpress'' {{Expy}}.
* StopTrick
* SugarBowl: This may be an adult version of this.
* TheTelevisionTalksBack
* TronLines
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: A veritable time capsule of late 70s - early 80s fads, fashion, and music styles.
* WhoWritesThisCrap: The musical version takes some scripted swipes at the movie and how lame it was.
* YouExclamation
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