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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 Anonymousreply 7404/24/2013

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 Anonymousreply 109/19/2012

Huh... I always kinda liked it. Especially the toe tapping ending.

by Anonymousreply 209/19/2012

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 Anonymousreply 309/19/2012

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 Anonymousreply 409/19/2012

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 Anonymousreply 509/19/2012

"What the - ?" indeed.

WEHT the guy in the movie, anyway?

by Anonymousreply 609/19/2012

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 Anonymousreply 709/19/2012

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 Anonymousreply 809/19/2012

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 Anonymousreply 909/19/2012

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 Anonymousreply 1009/19/2012

Love ONJ and love the soundtrack, but have never been able to sit through this whole movie. Oh, and I love ELO too.

by Anonymousreply 1109/19/2012

[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 Anonymousreply 1209/19/2012

Trent, where did you go to high school?

by Anonymousreply 1309/19/2012

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 Anonymousreply 1409/19/2012

That bitch Olivia has got nothing on me in rolleskates! and Cher sang the theme song!

by Anonymousreply 1509/19/2012

Live this era between post disco and before Reagan came along.. Hope & fantasy seemed to be around..,

by Anonymousreply 1609/19/2012

[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 Anonymousreply 1709/19/2012

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 Anonymousreply 1809/19/2012

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 Anonymousreply 1909/19/2012

"In Xanadu did Kubla Khan a stately pleasure dome doth decree from the original ancient poem is Livvy's line.

by Anonymousreply 2009/19/2012

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 Anonymousreply 2209/19/2012

[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 Anonymousreply 2309/19/2012

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 Anonymousreply 2409/19/2012

Any Xanadudes out there?

by Anonymousreply 2509/19/2012

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 Anonymousreply 2609/19/2012

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 Anonymousreply 2709/19/2012

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 Anonymousreply 2809/20/2012

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 Anonymousreply 2909/20/2012

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 Anonymousreply 3009/20/2012

I thought it was the most brilliant, beautifull work of art I had ever seen in my 15 years of existence.

by Anonymousreply 3109/20/2012

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 Anonymousreply 3209/20/2012

Xanadu was amazing! Especially the main song.

by Anonymousreply 3309/20/2012

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 Anonymousreply 3409/20/2012

R19, WOW! I didn't know that, makes me love this camp-classic even more!

by Anonymousreply 3509/20/2012

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 Anonymousreply 3609/20/2012

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 Anonymousreply 3709/20/2012

I heard that she loved working on the film and especially with Gene.

by Anonymousreply 3809/20/2012

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 Anonymousreply 3909/20/2012

This is why they got Gene Kelly

by Anonymousreply 4009/20/2012

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 Anonymousreply 4109/20/2012

That was beautiful, R40

by Anonymousreply 4209/20/2012

Olivia basically said she thought people should watch the musical numbers and not the other parts.

by Anonymousreply 4309/20/2012

Did she say anything about watching her terribly dancing skills?

by Anonymousreply 4409/20/2012

[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 Anonymousreply 4509/20/2012

R9, Purple Rain.

R45, why the capitals?

by Anonymousreply 4609/20/2012

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 Anonymousreply 4709/20/2012

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 Anonymousreply 4809/20/2012

That was marvelous, R47, they really really pushed that 1943/1980 vibe back then, didn't they?

by Anonymousreply 4909/21/2012

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 Anonymousreply 5009/21/2012

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 Anonymousreply 5109/21/2012

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 Anonymousreply 5209/21/2012

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 Anonymousreply 5309/21/2012

The musical was fun. It seems to be a favorite with regional companies too.

by Anonymousreply 5409/21/2012

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 Anonymousreply 5509/21/2012

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 Anonymousreply 5609/21/2012

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 Anonymousreply 5709/21/2012

Erm, no R30. That isn't the definition of camp.

by Anonymousreply 5809/21/2012

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 Anonymousreply 5909/21/2012

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 Anonymousreply 6009/21/2012

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 Anonymousreply 6109/21/2012

32 years ago? are you sure? I can't be that fucking old!

by Anonymousreply 6209/22/2012

How come someone as beautiful as Olivia Newton-John has such an ugly kid?

by Anonymousreply 6309/22/2012

I wonder how many cocks Matt Lattanzi sucked on the set.

by Anonymousreply 6409/22/2012

Matt had the tightest little mouth.

by Anonymousreply 6509/22/2012


by Anonymousreply 6609/22/2012

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 Anonymousreply 6709/22/2012

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 Anonymousreply 6809/22/2012

"Aw, what the hell. Guys like me shouldn't dream anyway." -- Sonny

by Anonymousreply 6909/22/2012

Kiera onj-"I'm a muse!" Sonny-"I'm glad someones having a good time."

by Anonymousreply 7009/22/2012

They are dumb dumbs, but pretty ones

by Anonymousreply 7109/22/2012

Tuesday's Wednesday.

by Anonymousreply 7209/22/2012

I'm sorry to say but all of those pretty clips from the movie have been taken down on Youtube.

by Anonymousreply 7312/12/2012

Livvy's sister Rona (once married to Jeff Conaway) has brain cancer. So she has postponed her Flamingo Casino dates in Las Vegas.

by Anonymousreply 7404/24/2013
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