When I was twelve years old growing up in suburban Minneapolis, I thought this number in particular (especially when the second woman throws her head back and smiles) was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen in my life.
And now, I think it is almost transcendently kitschy.
|by Anonymous||reply 74||04/24/2013|
One of my all time so bad its good movies. The ending song and dance numbers are so inept and poorly done it has to be seen to be believed. Basically all of them in the movie were laugh out loud hilarious as was the dialogue. Gene kelly looked so out of this place in this. He must have been desperate for some bucks to take part in it. Loved the olivia and elo songs though!
|by Anonymous||reply 1||09/19/2012|
Huh... I always kinda liked it. Especially the toe tapping ending.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||09/19/2012|
I was around when this movie was released, and this soundtrack owned America at that time. It was a summertime soundtrack for sure. I had never seen the movie until a few years ago, and man is this thing a piece of shit. Like, high school play quality bad. There was a production of Annie Get Your Gun at my high school that was way more entertaining than this.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||09/19/2012|
I was 11 when this came out and was already a roller skating queen! One day I found a 20 dollar bill in the parking lot of the Sav-way and decided to take my whole family (incl. 3 brothers) to see it. I just about peed myself watching it! Olivia! Roller Skates! Colorful Special Effects!
My family hated me for weeks afterwards and still bring it up today.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||09/19/2012|
There are some pleasures in the film. Gene Kelly pushing 70 roller skating and showing kids how it's done with a really great song "All Over The World". Notice future Mr Olivia Newton John, Matt Latanzi in the turquoise knit shirt in the store window.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||09/19/2012|
"What the - ?" indeed.
WEHT the guy in the movie, anyway?
|by Anonymous||reply 6||09/19/2012|
Love Livvy & Gene's "Whenever You're Away from Me" number, good songs, some fun sequences. Wish the Broadway version had been a bigger budget affair, it looked really cheap.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||09/19/2012|
R6, he had been in "The Warriors" prior to "Xanadu" and has said taht The Warriors opened doors for him that Xanadu then promptly closed.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||09/19/2012|
Was there ever another movie like this when the soundtrack so outdid the movie? Did Xanadu make money or was it not only a critical bomb but a financial one?
Was there even a script?
|by Anonymous||reply 9||09/19/2012|
So why does Olivia's muse character cover her face when she "wakes," up? I also love that they have the professional dancers working all around her, while she basically just stands there!
|by Anonymous||reply 10||09/19/2012|
Love ONJ and love the soundtrack, but have never been able to sit through this whole movie. Oh, and I love ELO too.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||09/19/2012|
[quote]So why does Olivia's muse character cover her face when she "wakes," up?
So she can campily peek through interlaced "jazz hands", of course!
|by Anonymous||reply 12||09/19/2012|
Trent, where did you go to high school?
|by Anonymous||reply 13||09/19/2012|
My high school friends and I went to see XANADU at the Burlingame Drive-In. After fifteen minutes of watching this movie, we drove out.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||09/19/2012|
That bitch Olivia has got nothing on me in rolleskates! and Cher sang the theme song!
|by Anonymous||reply 15||09/19/2012|
Live this era between post disco and before Reagan came along.. Hope & fantasy seemed to be around..,
|by Anonymous||reply 16||09/19/2012|
[quote]So why does Olivia's muse character cover her face when she "wakes," up? I also love that they have the professional dancers working all around her, while she basically just stands there
She doesn't have to, she's Olivia Newton John!
|by Anonymous||reply 17||09/19/2012|
This movie started the lesbian rumors about ONJ and Sandahl Bergman. It's not a surprise since when Bergman is onscreen, you don't see anyone else.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||09/19/2012|
Oddly, it was directed by left wing activist Robert Greenwood, who later went on to direct the documentary "Outfoxed" about Fox News. He made one intelligent decision which was to let a then unknown Kenny Ortega choreograph the film. The script is pretty dumb, but the movie sounds cool and it looks cool, which is why it remains a gay classic.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||09/19/2012|
"In Xanadu did Kubla Khan a stately pleasure dome doth decree from the original ancient poem is Livvy's line.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||09/19/2012|
Saw it opening night and though the theater wasn't full, it wasn't empty either but I can say truthfully, during "Don't Walk Away" there was an audible groan through out the theater when it turned to a cheezy cartoon.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||09/19/2012|
[quote]I also love that they have the professional dancers working all around her, while she basically just stands there
My favorite part is at the end (in the title number) when all the muses and Olivia get up in tap dancing gear. Livvy executes the most basic few steps imaginable, and yet everyone acts like she's just executed some sort of incredibly complex Savion Glover routine.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||09/19/2012|
Whatever else you can say about the film, there aren't many movies that start with the lead female character rollerskating out of heaven while glowing orange.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||09/19/2012|
The soundtrack album was a big hit.. great songs. The album as I recall came out months before the movie. The movie might have been a late summer release which is usually dumping ground. I think the album came out in the spring. Songs were popular in the gay bars. "Magic" is still one of my all time favorites.
And the stage musical which is even campier got some decent reviews on Broadway and is being done in regional theatres.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||09/19/2012|
Magic was a huge hit for liv. #1 for 4 weeks in summer of 1980. Music from the film is really great pop. Xanadu might be the only soundtrack to be a hit despite the movie flopping. You light up my life was a huge #1 and the movie ignored but that was only one song not a soundtrack. But xanadu is wretched and yet entertaining.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||09/19/2012|
I think it would have been a better movie had they cast someone besides Michael Beck,he's not only dull but he's borderline cranky through the whole damn movie.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||09/20/2012|
I love the music but I can barely watch the movie since the script is so lame and Michael Beck makes me want to throw things at the screen. The end musical number still gives me chills, though.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||09/20/2012|
This is my favorite number, "Dancin'". Everyone involved with its conception and execution must have been on some sort of drug. For me, it's simultaneously a scene that works and doesn't work; isn't that the definition of camp?
|by Anonymous||reply 30||09/20/2012|
I thought it was the most brilliant, beautifull work of art I had ever seen in my 15 years of existence.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||09/20/2012|
Why was ever an entertainment fad? Roller skating is...roller skating. A source of fun for a child. Why did adults start doing it, all dressed up in revealing costumes?
I never saw this movie. I've heard a lot about it, though. It's in most "worst movies of all time" lists and books.
It finished Olivia Newton-John's film "career."
Poor Gene Kelly, that classic Hollywood star, in a campy piece of junk like this. I guess he just wanted to be back on the screen again. But didn't he read the damn script? Or WAS there a script? Or was everything improvised between snorts of coke?
About "Roller Boogie"...well, that was a piece of work. The title alone is enough to make people stay away. It was designed to cement Linda Blair as a sex symbol, but since she looked like a chubby, heavily made-up little girl that didn't pan out. The male lead in that film, some guy named Jim Bray, was astonishingly unattractive and unappealing. The tagline "it's love on wheels!" never ceases to crack me up. At least Xanadu had some good songs (the one Cher sings in Roller Boogie is garbage).
|by Anonymous||reply 32||09/20/2012|
Xanadu was amazing! Especially the main song.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||09/20/2012|
I remember seeing a segment on Roller Boogie/Disco on that old show Kids Are People Too and even as a small child I thought this is what adults do for fun?!?!?!
|by Anonymous||reply 34||09/20/2012|
R19, WOW! I didn't know that, makes me love this camp-classic even more!
|by Anonymous||reply 35||09/20/2012|
I was SUCH a skate queen when this film came out. I LOVED every minute of it. why, well, I guess because I was a little gaybee.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||09/20/2012|
Did ONJ ever comment about the movie? Was she embarrassed about it? I can sit through Xanadu easier than I can sit through Two of a Kind. I love ONJ and have most of her music but God she sucked as an actress. Except for Grease where she was really just playing herself.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||09/20/2012|
I heard that she loved working on the film and especially with Gene.
|by Anonymous||reply 38||09/20/2012|
My fabulous 13-year-old self was lip-syncing to "Xanadu" in front of the bathroom mirror, and nearly dislocated my elbow when I whacked my arm on the sink attempting that X-move.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||09/20/2012|
This is why they got Gene Kelly
|by Anonymous||reply 40||09/20/2012|
I lovedthe movie for it's visuals and musical numbers but the acting was off with everyone in the movie.Michael Beck was pissed off through the whole thing when he wasn't staring blankly at ONJ that is and ONJ is suppossed to be this wise and clever nearly omnipotent being but she seems to get dumber as the movie goes along.
|by Anonymous||reply 41||09/20/2012|
Olivia basically said she thought people should watch the musical numbers and not the other parts.
|by Anonymous||reply 43||09/20/2012|
Did she say anything about watching her terribly dancing skills?
|by Anonymous||reply 44||09/20/2012|
[quote]Did ONJ ever comment about the movie? Was she embarrassed about it? I can sit through Xanadu easier than I can sit through Two of a Kind. I love ONJ and have most of her music but God she sucked as an actress. Except for Grease where she was really just playing herself.
I met her while she was shooting the picture and she described it to me as and I quote "A roller disco movie". Now I'm sure she was disappointed that it wasn't a smash but because of Home Video which was taking off around then more and more people got to see and it definitely has a following today. She felt enough affection for it to go to the Broadway Stage show opening night which is actually hilarious and a fun show.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||09/20/2012|
I don't understand why they went to such special effect extremes for the Midnight Special, and used those ugly women to play the ONJ parts in "Dancin'" This would have been such a great addition to the movie.
|by Anonymous||reply 47||09/20/2012|
R37 She did comment on the film. In the billboard #1 hit book. "I certainly wouldnt die of overexposure in xanadu. It was a character building bomb. Not enough people saw it. I dont regret it or anything ive done. I learned a lot. And the music was successful. I would have been upset if the music flopped".
|by Anonymous||reply 48||09/20/2012|
That was marvelous, R47, they really really pushed that 1943/1980 vibe back then, didn't they?
|by Anonymous||reply 49||09/21/2012|
Xanadu was a hit to ONJs screen career, but it was "Two of a Kind" that was the final nail in the coffin. Heh.
|by Anonymous||reply 50||09/21/2012|
The best song from the movie. Unfortunately just a snippet was heard in the film and at the end over the closing credits. But I have always loved this.
|by Anonymous||reply 51||09/21/2012|
Here is "Magic" from the Broadway musical. Patti Muran and Curtis Holbrook. They got married after appearing in this. Show was a campy spoof of the movie with some Clash of the Titans thrown in.
|by Anonymous||reply 52||09/21/2012|
Damn that stage show was so much fun. The stage seats were the best. Saw it a few times with the best being when Whoopi Goldberg stepped in for two weeks for Jackie Hoffman.
|by Anonymous||reply 53||09/21/2012|
The musical was fun. It seems to be a favorite with regional companies too.
|by Anonymous||reply 54||09/21/2012|
I love reading the reviews of it on Amazon. It's funny as shit. Both the 5 stars and 1 stars write so passionately about it. My favorite line in one of the reviews was "It's a mixture of Saturday Night Fever and Cats."
|by Anonymous||reply 55||09/21/2012|
I saw Olivia perform a couple of weeks ago and she sang four songs from the soundtrack. Magic and Xanadu I was expecting but not Suddenly and Suspended in Time.
|by Anonymous||reply 56||09/21/2012|
How did she sound? Where was the concert? I saw her about 6 yrs ago in NYC and she was very good, better than I expected and even did a little bit of "Heart Attack" and "Twist of Fate" in a medley.
|by Anonymous||reply 57||09/21/2012|
Erm, no R30. That isn't the definition of camp.
|by Anonymous||reply 58||09/21/2012|
Not surprised she does songs from xanadu nowadays considering it gave her her second biggest song of her career with magic and two other top 20 songs-xanadu and suddenly.
|by Anonymous||reply 59||09/21/2012|
The movie came out 32 years ago; you can't judge it by today's standards. Even so, it was pretty craptastic even then. But the music was, like totally tubular!
|by Anonymous||reply 60||09/21/2012|
As another poster stated the music was UBIQUITOUS when it came out, like "call me maybe" literally everywhere. the movie probably bombed because of how fabulous the music was.
|by Anonymous||reply 61||09/21/2012|
32 years ago? are you sure? I can't be that fucking old!
|by Anonymous||reply 62||09/22/2012|
How come someone as beautiful as Olivia Newton-John has such an ugly kid?
|by Anonymous||reply 63||09/22/2012|
I wonder how many cocks Matt Lattanzi sucked on the set.
|by Anonymous||reply 64||09/22/2012|
Matt had the tightest little mouth.
|by Anonymous||reply 65||09/22/2012|
A place...WHERE NOBODY DARED TO GO!
|by Anonymous||reply 66||09/22/2012|
ONJ's grandpappy was a Nobel Prize in Physics. He was a good friend of Einstein. But ONJ is dumb. She had to drop out of high school because she was too stupid to find Australia, way up there on a map
|by Anonymous||reply 67||09/22/2012|
ONJ is a major lesbo. She was lez with Helen Reddy but Karen Carpenter tried to set her up with Richard, who ONJ hated.
|by Anonymous||reply 68||09/22/2012|
"Aw, what the hell. Guys like me shouldn't dream anyway." -- Sonny
|by Anonymous||reply 69||09/22/2012|
Kiera onj-"I'm a muse!" Sonny-"I'm glad someones having a good time."
|by Anonymous||reply 70||09/22/2012|
They are dumb dumbs, but pretty ones
|by Anonymous||reply 71||09/22/2012|
I'm sorry to say but all of those pretty clips from the movie have been taken down on Youtube.
|by Anonymous||reply 73||12/12/2012|
Livvy's sister Rona (once married to Jeff Conaway) has brain cancer. So she has postponed her Flamingo Casino dates in Las Vegas.
|by Anonymous||reply 74||04/24/2013|