Flashdance

1983

Flashdance (1983)

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Critic Consensus: All style and very little substance, Flashdance boasts eye-catching dance sequences -- and benefits from an appealing performance from Jennifer Beals -- but its narrative is flat-footed.

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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 yarn, Flashdance was given a contemporary spin by its pulsating, musical score featuring the Oscar-winning Best Song, Flashdance...What a Feeling, (music by Giorgio Moroder, lyrics by Keith Forsey and Irene Cara). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Cast

Jennifer Beals
as Alex Owens
Michael Nouri
as Nick Hurley
Belinda Bauer
as Katie Hurley
Lilia Skala
as Hanna Long
Sunny Johnson
as Jeanie Szabo
Lee Ving
as Johnny C
Ron Karabatsos
as Jake Mawby
Philip Bruns
as Frank Szabo
Micole Mercurio
as Rosemary Szabo
Cynthia Rhodes
as Tina Tech
Liz Sagal
as Sunny
Norman Scott
as Normski
Marc Lemberger
as Mr. Freeze
Wayne Frost
as Frosty Freeze
Kenneth Gabbert
as Prince Ken Swift
Robert Wuhl
as Mawby's Regular
Steve Price
as Mawby's Regular
Richard Colon
as Crazy Legs
Matt Landers
as Mawby's Regular
Frank Pesce
as Mawby's Regular
Helen Dexter
as Dancers at Repertory
Mark Anthony Moschello
as Dancers at Repertory
Debra Gordon
as Dancers at Repertory
Erika Leslie
as Blonde Skater
Jim McCardle
as Ice-Rink Official
Ernie Tate
as Ice-Rink Official
Deirdre L. Cowden
as Stripper #2
Deidre Cowden
as Stripper
Colin Hamilton
as Maitre D'
Marjean Dennis
as Woman in Restaurant
Bob Harks
as Priest
Ann Muffly
as Woman at Hanna Long's
Hank Crowell
as Racquetball Player
Marine Jahan
as Dancer for Beals
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Critic Reviews for Flashdance

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (7)

Unlike its grittily romantic predecessors, Flashdance is pure glitz.

Mar 25, 2013 | Full Review…

Flashdance might be considered one of the first signs of Hollywood's Apocalypse.

Apr 30, 2009 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Virtually plotless, exceedingly thin on characterization and sociologically laughable, pic at least lives up to its title by offering an anthology of extraordinarily flashy dance numbers.

May 23, 2008 | Full Review…
Variety
Top Critic

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.

Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…

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.

Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

The story doesn't help Miss Beals either, because she's at her least convincing when having to register any emotion other than rapture.

Aug 30, 2004 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for Flashdance

½

Beals has talent and charisma but she cannot save a paper-thin plot (full of unnecessary scenes and secondary characters) that is only an excuse for a long series of music video scenes, and the upbeat last dance scene is only there to leave us with a satisfied heart.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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½

Montages! A soundtrack! A vague semblance of a plot! Yuck. So many movies have done the "working class kid has one dream and does everything for it" story better (Rocky, Billy Elliott, Rudy, even Saturday Night Fever...). Shows a flash (ha) of promise in its third act, but overall a randomly assembled compilation of music videos might appear to tell a more fulfilling story... not plausible, and doesn't allow you suspend your disbelief. A product of Reagan Era myth-making that should be forgotten long before it will be.

Daniel Perry
Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

Really is light on plot, but couldn't hate it. Cute 80's movie. Most of the dancing is cheesy, but some is interesting. Ending is cute. Extra star for the dog!

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Take your passion... And make it happen! Good movie! Flashdance is one of those must see movies if you wanna see the important films of the 80's. I just wanted to see what this movie was about since it's such a huge part of film culture. Jennifer Beals actually did a great job as Alex, she was absolutely beautiful and made the character very likable. While this film did not live up to my expectations, it still was a good film. It has an awesome sound track and really is a lot of fun to dance too. If you love the 80's movies and music you gotta see this one! Alex Owens is a female dynamo: steel worker by day, exotic dancer by night. Her dream is to get into a real dance company, though, and with encouragement from her boss/boyfriend, she may get her chance. The city of Pittsburgh co-stars. What a feeling!

Manu Gino
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

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