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Flashdance (1983)

aka Flashdance

"When the dancer becomes the dance."

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Details: 95 mins · English · R (USA)


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Poignant drama about following your dreams.

At first Flashdance just seems like a well-edited series of sultry, impeccably lit dance scenes loosely strung together into a narrative, but once the film actually gets into the meat of its story about young people chasing their dreams with varying degrees of success, it becomes a poignant drama about pursuing your passion with moving choreography set to memorable music destined to get stuck in your head for days after.

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Small Alex Owens
Small Nick Hurley
No_movie_poster Hanna Long
No_movie_poster Richie
No_movie_poster Jeanie Szabo
No_movie_poster Cecil
No_movie_poster Frank Szabo
No_movie_poster Pete
No_movie_poster Rosemary Szabo
No_movie_poster Johnny C.
Small Mawby's Regular
Small Stripper
Small Katie Hurley
No_movie_poster Woman at Hanna Long's
Small Tina Tech
No_movie_poster Secretary
No_movie_poster Dancer at Repertory #3
No_movie_poster Welder #1
No_movie_poster Margo


No_movie_poster Michael Kaplan Costume Design
Small Jerry Bruckheimer Producer
No_movie_poster Don Simpson Producer
No_movie_poster Charles Rosen Production Design
No_movie_poster Giorgio Moroder Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Adrian Lyne Director
No_movie_poster Gretchen Rennell Casting
No_movie_poster Marvin March Set Decoration
No_movie_poster Donald Peterman Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Joe Eszterhas Screenplay
No_movie_poster Thomas Hedley Jr. Screenplay
No_movie_poster Thomas Hedley Jr. Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Bud S. Smith Editing
No_movie_poster Walt Mulconery Editing


"When the dancer becomes the dance."

"Take your passion and make it happen"

"Every day, she works in a man's world. Every night, she dances through the universe that is her dream."

"Something happens when she hears the music...it's her freedom. It's her fire. It's her life."


Alexandra "Alex" Owens (Jennifer Beals) is an eighteen year-old welder at a steel mill in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who lives with her dog Grunt in a converted warehouse. Although she aspires to become a professional dancer, she has no formal education, and works as an exotic dancer by night at Mawby's, a neighborhood bar and grill which hosts a nightly cabaret.

Lacking family, Alex forms bonds with her coworkers at Mawby's, some who aspire to greater artistic achievements. Jeanie, a waitress, is training to be a figure skater, while her boyfriend, short-order cook Richie, wishes to become a stand up comic.

One night, Alex catches the eye of customer Nick Hurley (Michael Nouri), the owner of the steel mill where she works. After learning that Alex is one of his employees, Nick begins to pursue her on the job, though Alex turns down his advances at first. Alex is also approached by Johnny C. (Lee Ving), who wants Alex to dance at his nearby strip club, Zanzibar.

After seeking counsel from her mentor Hanna Long (Lilia Skala), a retired ballerina, Alex attempts to apply to the Pittsburgh Conservatory of Dance and Repertory. Alex becomes intimidated by the scope of the application process, which includes listing all prior dance experience and education, and she leaves without applying.

Leaving Mawby's one evening, Richie and Alex are assaulted by Johnny C. and his bodyguard, Cecil. Nick intervenes, and after taking Alex home, the two begin a relationship.

At a skating competition in which Jeanie is competing, she falls twice during the competition, and sits defeated on the ice and has to be helped away. Later, feeling she will never achieve her dreams, and after Richie has left Pittsburgh to try to become a comic in Los Angeles, Jeanie begins going out with Johnny C. and works for him as a Zanzibar stripper.

After seeing Nick with a woman at the ballet one night, Alex vandalizes his house, only to discover that it was his ex-wife (Belinda Bauer) whom he was meeting for a charity function. Alex and Nick reconcile, and she eventually gains the courage to apply for entrance to the Conservatory. Nick uses his connections with the arts council to get Alex an audition for the Conservatory. Alex is furious with Nick, since she did not get the opportunity based on her own merit and decides not to go through with the audition. Seeing the results of others' failed dreams and after the sudden death of Hanna, Alex becomes despondent about her future, but finally decides to go through with the audition.

At the audition, Alex initially falters, but begins again, and she successfully completes a dance number composed of various aspects of dance she has studied and practiced, including breakdancing she has seen on the streets of Pittsburgh. The board responds favorably, and Alex is seen joyously emerging from the Conservatory to find Nick and Grunt waiting for her with a bouquet of roses.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1983-04-15 : United States of America

DVD : 2002-10-08