Today’s highly interesting read (05/15/17): 40 years later, would Saturday Night Fever chill?

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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.

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