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Xanadu (1980)




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In this film, the mysterious Kira (Olivia Newton-John) appears to assist and inspire a young artist, Sonny Malone (Michael Beck). When she helps him meet up with the rich Danny McGuire (Gene Kelly), the two join up together to create an artistic and business success, an unique club called "Xanadu."
Musical & Performing Arts , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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MCA Universal Home Video

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Gene Kelly
as Danny McGuire
Michael Beck
as Sonny Malone
Katie Hanley
as Sandra
Fred McCarren
as Richie
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All Critics (24) | Top Critics (2)

Here's another musical mishap that landed on Creative Loafing's list of The 10 Worst Rock Films Ever Made, taking the #3 slot just under Staying Alive and the champ, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Full Review… | March 12, 2016
Creative Loafing

Yup. This movie is stupid.

Full Review… | May 12, 2012
Sin Magazine

Look at Xanadu with an eye toward storytelling superiority and your head will explode. To appreciate the madness within, one must take in the blinding neon sights with an open heart and at least one nostril-coating line of cocaine.

Full Review… | June 29, 2008

While the movie is every bit as garish and overly shellacked as the other bomb musicals of its era, at least this one looks like irresponsible amounts of money were thrown around.

Full Review… | June 25, 2008
Slant Magazine

Semi-Gloss Newton-John, Gene Kelly fantasy musical is dated, but kind of fun.

February 17, 2008

Kooky abandon and unembarassed chutzpah make it a movie nobody dared to love

Full Review… | July 20, 2007
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This horribly dated 1980 fantasy is such a trashy mess with no structure that it doesn't surprise me that the script was written during filming, and even if it has some (few) nice songs, it is shocking how they threw so much money into something that looks so tacky and cheap.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Okay, it won't win any awards, but it's fun and it has a good soundtrack. That Dancin' sound is seriously stuck in my head. Why is this soundtrack not on iTunes?? The guy is seriously miscast as a romantic lead, though. They really should have had a rethink on that one. Maybe that's some of the failure with this.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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Deliciously bad and campy. An absolute delight!

Christian C
Christian C

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