Trivia: Saturday Night Fever

  • Bowdlerise: The movie was originally rated "R" in the United States, but the studio re-released it to theaters in a "PG" version with little to no profanity, drug use, and nudity. Wikipedia has a picture of the poster that advertised it.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!
    • John Travolta as Tony, obviously. But there's also a young Fran Drescher as Connie, whom Tony rebuffs on the dance floor.
    • The mom from Even Stevens gets date-raped.
    • Denny Dillon from Dream On and Saturday Night Live wants to wipe Tony's brow.
  • Hollywood Pudgy: Donna Pescow (Annette) gained 30 lbs to better fit the role, as well as training herself back to her Brooklyn accent. (Immediately after the film was done, she set to work losing the extra weight and the accent.)
  • The Red Stapler: As the main article say, the film created a nationwide craze for Disco music and Disco dancing (together with discotheques), while before Disco was mostly confined to the New York and Philadelphia black and gay communities. Also, Travolta's suit from the movie instantly became fashionable.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Fran Drescher's first film role, in a minor part.
  • Star-Making Role: For Travolta, obviously. Although he'd already made a name for himself in Welcome Back, Kotter, this movie pushed him into true superstardom almost overnight and, together with Grease and Pulp Fiction, remains his most memorable performance.
  • Unintentional Period Piece
  • Very Loosely Based on a True Story: "Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night", a 1975 New Yorker article. Ironically, it turns out that the article was completely fabricated (Nik Cohn actually based it on his memories of the 60s Mod scene in the UK).