The film that launched a million leisure suits, John Badham's 'Saturday Night Fever' will forever be linked to the 1970s as both a chronicler of our culture's social mores and cultural benchmark. Based on the supposedly real profiles featured in "Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night," a 1975 article for New York magazine that writer Nik Cohn would later admit was fabricated, the film focuses on Tony Manero (John Travolta) a 19-year old blue-collar kid who lives to dance in the club. His outlet: 2001 Odyssey, a real nightclub that provided the setting for the film's most famous scenes. Looking back, it's hard to picture Tony without seeing the gaudy, garish Brooklyn club. We look back on its history.
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