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Jennifer Beals stars as Alex Owens, a Pittsburgh steel-mill welder by day, and bar dancer by night. Harboring dreams of a career in ballet, she is given financial support in this endeavor by her boss Nick Hurley (Michael Nouri) and moral support by demanding but big-hearted instructor Hanna Long (Lilia Skala). The film's signature scene is, of course, Alex's water-drenched dance audition, largely performed in long shot by her dance double Marine Jahan. Essentially an old-fashioned backstage
Jan 1, 1983 Wide
Oct 8, 2002
Paramount Home Video
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Flashdance might be considered one of the first signs of Hollywood's Apocalypse.
Depressing to think that this was a huge hit on the back of the Irene Cara hit single, since there's absolutely nothing to it.
Jennifer Beals shouldn't feel bad. She is a natural talent, she is fresh and engaging here, and only needs to find an agent with a natural talent for turning down scripts.
The story doesn't help Miss Beals either, because she's at her least convincing when having to register any emotion other than rapture.
Crudely-made in just about every possible way, Flashdance has only nostalgia going for it.
As far as date movies go, this is effective enough, especially the scene where Beals demonstrates how to change her top without taking off her sweater.
There's something real in here, and it could have made it to the screen, but the people involved were too shortsighted to see it through.
A simplistic fairy tale, directed by Lyne in a trashy, superficially glitzy style, with pretense to realism in its on-location shooting and a woman who works as a welder, and the kind of postmodernism that's mostly evident in the heroine's name, Alex.
Audience Reviews for Flashdance
- Alex Owens: You like phone booths? You probably just like doing it in the bed, right?
- Alex Owens: You call that dancing, rolling on the floor on your back?
- Jeanie Szabo: Yes! So what, I make good money!
- Alex Owens: Look at you! You call that dancing?
- Jeanie Szabo: Yes!
- Alex Owens: What's this shit? Huh?
- Jeanie Szabo: It's mine!
- Alex Owens: Why'd you come, here?
- Jeanie Szabo: Because, you're my friend. Jerk.
- Alex Owens: I don't want you buying me anything. I don't want you buying me, period.
- Nick Hurley: I'll bring him a doggy bag if you'll have dinner with me.
- Alex Owens: I told you, I don't think it's a good idea to go out with the boss.
- Nick Hurley: Ok. Have it your way. You're fired. I'll pick you up tomorrow at eight.
- Nick Hurley: When I was a kid all I wanted was to be able to afford to eat in restaurants like this.
- Alex Owens: Were you poor?
- Nick Hurley: I was so poor I had hand-me-down lunches.
- Nick Hurley: What was he before he was a dog?
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