Equal parts dance drama, coming-of-age film, and slice-of-blue-collar-New-York, Saturday Night Fever is buoyed by a smoldering performance from a young John Travolta and the pulsing sounds of the Bee Gees. Forty years after its release, the film continues, as film critic Pauline Kael wrote, to tap into “something deeply romantic: the need to move, to dance, and the need to be who you'd like to be.” (1977, dir. John Badham, 118 min.)
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