• Flashdance (1983)


Release Date: 1983

DVD Release Date: October 8th, 2002

R |1 hr 35 min

Plot Summary

Alex Owens (Jennifer Beals) is a beautiful young woman who works a day job in a steel mill and dances in a bar at night. When Alex discovers that her handsome boss, Nick Hurley (Michael Nouri), is both interested in her and supportive of her performing career, she renews her efforts to get accepted into a prestigious dance conservatory. Although Alex is frightened of failure, she is cheered on by Nick, as well as by her mentor, former ballet performer Hanna Long (Lilia Skala).

Cast: Jennifer Beals, Michael Nouri, Cynthia Rhodes, Lilia Skala, Sunny Johnson, Kyle T. Heffner, Lee Ving, Ron Karabatsos

Director: Adrian Lyne

Genres: Drama , Romance

Production Co: PolyGram Filmed Entertainment

Keywords: Underdog, Bar, Love, Emotional, Spirited, 1980s, Transformation

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Gene SiskelChicago Tribune

    The dance sequences are sexy and energetic, more than compensating for a love relationship in the film that is thoroughly illogical and wooden. [22 July 1983]

  • 38
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    If Flashdance had spent just a little more effort getting to know the heroine of its story, and a little less time trying to rip off "Saturday Night Fever," it might have been a much better film. show more

  • 63
    Jay CarrBoston Globe

    Flashdance makes liberal use of jump cuts, strobe lighting and hard-edged, post-punk chic in its dance sequences, it registers as the end product of energy being released by an essentially lyrical temperament. It charms us, makes us want to refrain from scrutinizing it too closely. [31 Jul 1983, p.1]

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Nominated Original Song Written for a Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1983)
Nominated Film Editing
Nominated Sound
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1983)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Winner Best Original Song - Motion Picture
Winner Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1983)
Winner Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Nominated Score for a Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1983)
Winner Music (Original Song)
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Nominated Cinematography