In Saturday Night Fever Anthony “Tony” Manero (John Travolta) is a 19-year old Italian American living in the Bay Ridge neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York City. He lives at home with his parents (Val Bisoglio and Julie Bovasso), and works a dead-end job in a small hardware store during the day But every Saturday night, Tony is “king of the dance floor” at 2001 Odyssey, a local disco club.
The 1977 film grossed $94,213,184 domestically. Toss in the foreign gross of $142,900,000 for a worldwide total of $237,113,184.
To call is it a blockbuster is an understatement.
But would SNF be such a smash hit in 2017? One columnist doesn’t think, and I think he’s onto something. Kyle Smith writes:
Saturday Night Fever reminds us that even blockbuster movies used to carry young people the news that life was fraught with error, anguish, and disappointment. Today if a major studio decided to bank on a film like it, the climactic dance contest would have to be a path to, at least, a transcendent moment of fame on a TV show, and romantic fulfillment would be a given.
Read his entire column here.