Xanadu

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Released 1980

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Director:
Robert Greenwald
Released:
1980
Rating:
PG

Xanadu is the cult 1980 musical fantasy romance from director Robert Greenwald (The Burning Bed, Steal This Movie), and featuring a glut of hit, highly singable songs. Sonny Malone (Michael Beck, The Warriors, Chiller) is an artist who's tired of conforming to other's ideas while subsuming his own. After ripping one of his materials in pieces, those pieces fly over to a mural of several women who all come to life and skate over to various places. Kira (Olivia Newton-John, Grease) is one of them and she glides to where Sonny is walking and kisses him before disappearing. She suddenly appears in his paintings and also in an old photo of former musician/now construction businessman Danny McGuire's (Gene Kelly) scrapbook. McGuire, being a kindly old man who befriends both Sonny and Kira, agrees to transform a closed Art Deco building into the title roller-disco dance hall. When Kira reveals the truth about herself, Malone gets depressed but eventually things turn out all right...

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Metacritic Score

  • 75

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    The film is too energetic, too jaw-droppingly campy, and too silly not to be enjoyed and celebrated on some level. "Cheesy" doesn't even begin to describe it, yet that's at the hea...

  • 50

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    A mushy and limp musical fantasy, so insubstantial it keeps evaporating before our eyes. It's one of those rare movies in which every scene seems to be the final scene; it's all en...

  • 40

    The New York Times

    Like "The Wiz," though, Xanadu is desperately stylish without having any real style. A dance number featuring two teams of dancers -one group dressed as punks, the other in 1940's ...

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    Arts, Drama, Music

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    Musicals, Love & Romance