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Footloose (1984)

aka Footloose

"The music is on his side."

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Details: 107 mins · English · PG (USA)


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this has become a cult movie - I agree it is good - fine dancing and music.

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Small Ren McCormack
Small Reverend Shaw Moore
Small Vi Moore
Small Willard Hewitt
Small Ariel Moore
Small Rusty
No_movie_poster Ethel McCormack
No_movie_poster Rich
No_movie_poster Chuck Cranston
No_movie_poster Wes Warnicker
No_movie_poster Woody


No_movie_poster Jane Feinberg Casting
No_movie_poster Mike Fenton Casting
No_movie_poster Marci Liroff Casting
No_movie_poster Ric Waite Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Gloria Gresham Costume Design
No_movie_poster Paul Hirsch Editor
Small Herbert Ross Director
No_movie_poster Dean Pitchford Screenplay
No_movie_poster Lewis J. Rachmil Producer
No_movie_poster Craig Zadan Producer
No_movie_poster Ron Hobbs Production Design
No_movie_poster Mary Swanson Set Decoration


"The music is on his side."

"He's a big-city kid in a small town. They said he'd never win. He knew he had to."


Ren McCormack (Bacon), a teenager raised in Chicago, moves with his mother Ethel to the small town of Bomont to live with his aunt and uncle. Soon after arriving, Ren makes a friend named Willard, and from him learns the city council has banned dancing and rock music. He soon begins to fall for a rebellious girl named Ariel, who has a boyfriend, Chuck Cranston, and an overprotective father, Reverend Shaw Moore (Lithgow), an authority figure in the town.

After trading insults with Ariel's boyfriend, Ren is challenged to a game of chicken involving tractors, and despite having never driven one before, he wins. Rev. Moore mistrusts Ren, forbidding Ariel to see him. Ren and his classmates want to do away with the no dancing law and have a senior prom.

Ren goes before the city council and reads several Bible verses to cite scriptural support for the worth of dancing to rejoice, exercise, or celebrate. Although Rev. Moore is moved and tries to get them to abolish the law, the council votes against him. Moore's wife Vi is supportive of the movement, and explains to Moore he cannot be everyone's father, and that he is hardly being a father to Ariel. She also says that dancing and music are not the problem. Moore soon has a change of heart after seeing some of the townsfolk burning books that they think are dangerous to the youth. Realizing the situation has gotten out of hand, Moore stops the burning.

On Sunday, Rev. Moore asks his congregation to pray for the high school students putting on the prom, which is set up at a grain mill outside of the town limits. Moore and Vi are seen outside, dancing for the first time in years.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1984-02-17 : United States of America

DVD : 2002-10-08