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  • Actors: Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, John Lithgow, Dianne Wiest, Chris Penn
  • Directors: Herbert Ross
  • Writers: Dean Pitchford
  • Producers: Craig Zadan, Daniel Melnick, Lewis J. Rachmil
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, German, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, Dutch, Bulgarian, Icelandic, Hungarian, Turkish, Arabic, Romanian, Polish, Czech, French, Portuguese, Hebrew, Greek, Croatian, Italian, Catalan, Slovene
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Oct. 2002
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006IXEE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,063 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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An urban teenager who moves to a small town dominated by a fundamentalist preacher wages an ambitious war against adult repression.

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First released in 1984, Footloose now enjoys the same sort of semi-ironic nostalgic cachet as John Hughes' contemporary schlock-fests about angst-ridden teens with silly hair. This is partly due to the fact that, as breathtakingly predictable kids-against-the-squares romps go, it's really pretty tolerable, but it's mostly because of the soundtrack. The songs that appear in the film--notably Kenny Loggins' infectiously vapid title track, and gale-force screecher Bonnie Tyler's excruciating "Holding Out for a Hero"--are possessed of an awfulness so monolithic that they have transcended their era and become reliable floor-fillers at 80s nostalgia discos all over the western world.

The plot, such as it is, sees the eerily androidal Kevin Bacon playing a hip rock & roll youth from the big city rebelling against the strictures of the conservative small town in which he finds himself living. Inevitably, he falls for the daughter of his nemesis, the local preacher (the latter, it has to be said, is played with some aplomb by John Lithgow, who very nearly wrings depth from a character otherwise straight out of the colour-by-numbers guide to movie-making). Inevitably, there are some dance sequences. Inevitably, the kids win out, and the grown-ups realise that maybe they aren't so bad after all.

On the DVD: Footloose can be watched on disc, should you so desire, dubbed in German, Spanish, French or Italian. There also subtitles available in pretty well every European language, as well as Arabic, Hebrew, Russian and Turkish. Other than that there are no extras. --Andrew Mueller

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Jan. 2003
Format: DVD
There is only one word to describe this film. Fantastic. It's one of those films where you kinda know good will prevail, the baddies will get their dues, and the guy gets his gal, but it's the music that holds the film together.
The music keeps your feet tapping from start to finish, and the last few scenes of them dancing in the barn having been given permission to hold a dance is worth waiting for. Ok, so the dresses and the tuxes are 1980's and I wouldn't be buried in them, and Lori Singer is the worst actress ever, but the energy of the film and the feet stomping music makes you want to watch it again and again and again.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 21 Feb. 2005
Format: VHS Tape
I really like this film, because it feels like a nostalgic trip to the eighties, and the acting is great. I think the score is excellent, although the dance sequences could be better.That doesn't make the film any worse though, and I like the fact that the plot is all to do with the urge to dance. Kevin Bacon's particularly good as well. The reason I gave it four stars is because it might not be everyone's cup of tea.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Mar. 2005
Format: DVD
I think this film is brilliant. If you love dancing and 80s music and especially Kevin Bacon then this is the film for you. It is about a boy called Ren McCormick who has moved from the city to a Midwestern town where music, dancing and all youthful joy has been banned. He trys to prove to his town that music can bring out the good in people not the bad.
This is a great film and for people like me who love any dance films and films like Dirty Dancing they will love this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SilentSinger TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Sept. 2009
Format: DVD
My friend's a huge Kevin Bacon fan so when she bought this DVD and suggested that we watch it I thought it would be a good idea because I have a great love of 80s-themed stuff. The plot's pretty lame even by 80s standards - Kevin Bacon plays Ren McCormack, a dance-loving teen who's forced to move to a midwestern town which has banned music and dancing because of an unfortunate fatal accident a few years ago. He meets the local preacher played by John Lithgow and falls in love with his daughter, Ariel, played by Lori Singer. There's also excellent support from Sarah Jessica Parker as Ariel's best friend and Christopher Penn as Ren's physically dyslexic buddy. The outstanding soundtrack includes such classics as Kenny Loggins' title track, Bonnie Tyler's 'Holding Out for a Hero' and Deniece Williams 'Let's Hear it for the Boy'.

Although the majority of the film is fairly cheesy it's well worth watching for the dance sequences and the contemporary fashions which regularly turn up on international catwalks. I enjoyed it and at 103 minutes it's the perfect length for any girls' night in.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Aug. 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Completely agree with Tom, this film has got it all, actors before they were famous, some excellent 80's music (songs like the title track 'Footloose', 'Lets here it for the boy' and that classic by Bonnie Tyler 'Holding out for a hero'), some great tight jeans and amazing hairstyles. You won't find anything better from the 80's era.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Aug. 2000
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well tom and sarah's words are quite profound.The best of the 80's is all packed in here with krazeee comical performances from everyone's favourite jon lithgow.I just wonder whether it's all supposed to be funny.Only bettered by Back to the Future as a soundtrack as well as a film.A true gem!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gatekeeper197 on 1 April 2014
Format: DVD
Nowadays remakes tend to be very unpopular with film fans. However, the remake of Footloose is a surprisingly entertaining movie with decent performances and does a far better job of being faithful to the original and also being different compared to other recent remakes.

The remake was actually the first version I saw so when I decided to see the original I was unsure what to expect. However, the original is a very good movie with a great performance from Kevin Bacon who dances like a professional.

All in all the orginal is defiantly the better film, but the remake is still a good watchable version whether necessary or not.
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By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Sept. 2010
Format: DVD
From the opening sequence with the Footloose music and assorted dancing feet you know you are going to be in for one dated, but hell of a fun film and by the time the end credits roll you will have been proven right. This film follows Ren (played by Kevin Bacon) who is a city boy who moves to a small town, with all of it's small town mentalities. Loud music and dancing are banned and if you are an outsider you will be deemed suspect and a danger. The preachers daughter is the typical delinquent and creates a world of trouble for Ren and her father becomes his nemesis after Ren tries to organise a school dance. The scene where Ren dance's out his frustrations in an old railroad warehouse has become iconic and is a real highlight of the film, but Bacon's moves are pretty impressive throughout. This has gained minor cult status over the years and although it doesn't have any great depth and some of the performances are a little ropey (I`m thinking of the preachers daughter here), it is great fun to watch, has some awesome cheesy dance moves and is all backed up with a great eighties soundtrack, what more could you ask for?

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