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Release Date: 1984

DVD Release Date: October 8th, 2002

PG|1 hr 47 min

Plot Summary
Moving in from Chicago, newcomer Ren McCormack (Kevin Bacon) is in shock when he discovers the small Midwestern town he now calls home has made dancing and rock music illegal. As he struggles to fit in, Ren faces an uphill battle to change things. With the help of his new friend, Willard Hewitt (Christopher Penn), and defiant teen Ariel Moore (Lori Singer), he might loosen up this conservative town. But Ariel's influential father, Reverend Shaw Moore (John Lithgow), stands in the way.

Cast: Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, John Lithgow, Dianne Wiest, Chris Penn, Sarah Jessica Parker, John Laughlin, Elizabeth Gorcey

Director: Herbert Ross

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Paramount Pictures

Keywords: 1980s, Quest, Girlfriend, Best friend, Growing up, Small town, Underdog, Transformation, Inspiring, Mother, Spirited

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Footloose is a seriously confused movie that tries to do three things, and does all of them badly. It wants to tell the story of a conflict in a town, it wants to introduce some flashy teenage characters, and part of the time it wants to be a music video. It's possible that no movie with this many agendas can be good; maybe somebody should have decided, early on, exactly what the movie was supposed to be about. show more

  • 60

    The movie is predictable and formulaic and all of those things, but it's great in spite of itself. show more

  • Footloose is for an audience that wants something easy to think about, a conflict in which the two sides are easy to distinguish and an "enemy" who is easy to look down upon. It's for the folks who like to skip dinner and go right to the cream- filled finale, and though not quite evil, it's as silly as can be. [1 Mar 1984, p.D12]

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Nominated Music (Original Song)
Nominated Best Original Song - Motion Picture