What it was like Growing Up in the Eighties (1980s)
  • Sun. Jan 29th, 2023

Footloose – 80s Movie

Footloose is a 1984 blockbuster film that tells the story of Ren McCormack (Kevin Bacon), a teenager from Chicago who moves to a small town, where he attempts to overturn the ban on dancing instituted by the efforts of a local minister (John Lithgow).

Footloose' has feet of clay: 1984 review - New York Daily News

Cast

Kevin Bacon
Lori Singer
Dianne Wiest
John Lithgow
Budget$8.2 million
Box office$80 million (domestic)

Plot

Classic tale of teenage rebellion and repression features a delightful combination of dance choreography and realistic and touching performances. When teenager Ren McCormack and his family move from big-city Chicago to a small Midwestern town, he’s in for a real case of culture shock. Though he tries hard to fit in, the streetwise Ren can’t quite believe he’s living in a place where rock music and dancing are illegal. However, there is one small pleasure: Ariel Moore, a troubled but lovely blonde with a jealous boyfriend. And a Bible-thumping minister, who is responsible for keeping the town dance-free. Ren and his classmates want to do away with this ordinance, especially since the senior prom is around the corner, but only Ren has the courage to initiate a battle to abolish the outmoded ban and revitalize the spirit of the repressed townspeople. Fast-paced drama is filled with such now-famous hit songs as the title track and “Let’s Hear It for the Boy”

Despite some critical reviews, the film did well at the box office and has gained a cult following over the years.

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