Starring: Jennifer Beals, Michael Nouri, Lilia Skala, Sunny Johnson, Kyle T. Heffner, Lee Ving, Ron Karabatsos, Belinda Bauer, Malcolm Danare, Phil Bruns, Micole Mercurio, Lucy Lee Flippin, Don Brockett, Cynthia Rhodes, Durga McBroom, Stacey Pickren, and Liz Sagal.
Directed by: Adrian Lyne.
Released: April 15th, 1983.
Originally opening to bad reviews but eventually becoming a huge box office success, “Flashdance” became the third highest grossing movie of 1983 with a hit soundtrack and a lead actress (Jennifer Beals) whose career was launched to stardom. The message in “Flashdance” is simple – Follow your dreams and never give up – And so is the story itself – An exotic female dancer/blue collar worker aspires to make it big in the dancing industry while trying to have a successful relationship/affair with her boss who finds out that she’s an exotic dancer.
“Flashdance” presents a young and sexy Jennifer Beals who displays a natural and fresh acting performance, it’s good news that she is still on the Hollywood map and is still making movies after all these years. The film also contains some of the best on-screen dance sequences of the 1980’s. “Flashdance” is also widely known as being the very first collaboration between hit-making filmmakers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, both of whom went on to give us “Beverly Hills Cop”, “The Rock”, “Enemy of the State”, “Armageddon”, and many more Hollywood blockbusters.
The songs of “Flashdance” are presented in a style that is akin to a music video. Some might even go as far to say that “Flashdance” is one big music video itself. Don’t be fooled though as there is an equal amount of dance sequences and story sprinkled evenly throughout the film, thus making it of some worthwhile substance. Adrian Lyne’s direction in “Flashdance” is quite fitting for the film, Mr. Lyne has had a good string of hits under his belt such as “Fatal Attraction” (1987), “Jacob’s Ladder” (1990), “Indecent Proposal” (1993), and “Unfaithful” (2002), the latter of which he also produced.
“Flashdance” (among similar dance films in the 1980’s such as “Dirty Dancing” and “Fame”) is one of the many cinematic icons which numerous dance flicks today aspire to be but fail miserably. “Step Up”, “Save the Last Dance”, “Stomp the Yard”, “You Got Served”, the list goes on and on. This is one genre which the Hollywood of today has lost its touch with. When was the last time you saw a dance flick from the 2000’s that made you say ‘What a feeling’?