Flashdance

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Released 1983

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Director:
Adrian Lyne
Released:
1983
Rating:
R

Flashdance is the 1983 American musical film that chronicles Alexandra Owens (Jennifer Beals) in her journey to becoming a professional ballet dancer. Alex and her best friend Jeanie Szabo (Sunny Johnson) work at a local steel mill in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Together the two aspire to greatness, but find themselves working as dancers at a club named Mawby's. When Alex goes to the Pittsburgh Conservatory of Dance and Repertory, she is distraught by the realization that she lacks any formal dance training. She then trains with retired ballet dancer Hanna Long (Lila Skala), who pushes her to pursue her dreams. Jeanie loses confidence and gets a job as a nude dancer at a local bar. Alex falls in love with her boss at the steel mill, Nick (Michael NourI), who coincidentally has connections at the Conservatory. Nick lands Alex and audition and she dances her heart out. Also starring Kyle T. Heffner and Lee Ving, Flashdance was the third most financially successful film of 1983.

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  • 40

    The New York Times Janet Maslin

    With a score by Giorgio Moroder, and with ingenious costumes that are utterly au courant, Flashdance contains such dynamic dance scenes that it's a pity there's a story here to bog...

  • 40

    Variety

    Watching Flashdance is pretty much like looking at MTV for 96 minutes. Virtually plotless, exceedingly thin on characterization and sociologically laughable, pic at least lives up ...

  • 38

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    If Flashdance had spent just a little more effort getting to know the heroine of its story, and a little less time trying to rip off "Saturday Night Fever," it might have been a mu...

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