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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
Rating:
R (adult situations/language)
Genre:
Drama , Romance
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Paramount Home Video

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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
Lucy Lee Flippin
as Secretary
Cynthia Rhodes
as Tina Tech
Liz Sagal
as Sunny
Norman Scott
as Normski
Marc Lemberger
as Mr. Freeze
Wayne Frost
as Frosty Freeze
Robert Wuhl
as Mawby's Regular
Kenneth Gabbert
as Prince Ken Swift
Steve Price
as Mawby's Regular
Richard Colon
as Crazy Legs
Matt Landers
as Mawby's Regular
David Dimanna
as Welder
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
Deirdre L. Cowden
as Stripper #2
Ernie Tate
as Ice-Rink Official
Bettina Birnbaum
as Stripper
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 (39) | Top Critics (7)

Unlike its grittily romantic predecessors, Flashdance is pure glitz.

Full Review… | March 25, 2013
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | April 30, 2009
ReelViews
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 23, 2008
Variety
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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.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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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.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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The story doesn't help Miss Beals either, because she's at her least convincing when having to register any emotion other than rapture.

August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

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

Super Reviewer

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

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