Trivia: Flashdance

  • AFIS 100 Years 100 Songs:
    • #55, "Flashdance. . .What A Feeling"
  • Critical Dissonance: Critics, for the most part, didn't care for the movie when it came out (Roger Ebert especially ripped it a new one). Today however it's fondly remembered by many people as an 80s classic.
  • Dawson Casting: Alex is 18 years old, but played by then-20-year-old Jennifer Beals. Not as extreme as most examples, but still there.
  • Throw It In: The sweatshirt Jennifer Beals wanted to wear shrank in the wash, so she had to cut out the collar in order to put it on, even though it would keep slipping off her shoulder. This ended up creating a fashion craze for off-the-shoulder sweatshirts and T-shirts through the mid-80s, and which unexpectedly came back into fashion beginning around 2009.
  • What Could Have Been: The director's chair was originally offered to Brian De Palma. DePalma accepted, but a few weeks into pre-production, he left the film to direct Scarface1983 and was replaced by Adrian Lyne.
    • The role of Nick was offered to Gene Simmons, who declined it rather than compromise his onstage persona. (The post-1996 Gene would probably rethink it.)
    • Kevin Costner was the runner-up for the role of Nick.
    • Janice Dickinson, Andie MacDowell, Demi Moore, Leslie Wing, and Melanie Griffith were considered for the role of Alex.
    • One for the soundtrack, "Maniac" was originally a song made in tribute of the horror film Maniac before being reworked for this film.