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Flashdance (1983)

Jennifer Beals , Michael Nouri , Adrian Lyne  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (286 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jennifer Beals, Michael Nouri, Lilia Skala, Sunny Johnson, Kyle T. Heffner
  • Directors: Adrian Lyne
  • Writers: Joe Eszterhas, Thomas Hedley Jr.
  • Producers: Don Simpson, Jerry Bruckheimer, Jon Peters, Lynda Obst, Peter Guber
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: February 3, 2009
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (286 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001LL9YN6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #359,460 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Flashdance" on IMDb

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Genre: Drama
Rating: R
Release Date: 3-FEB-2009
Media Type: DVD

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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jennifer Beals- thank you!! September 7, 2003
Of the top five or so movies that have had the greatest impression on me, no movie had the personal impact as did "Flashdance." I was going through, what I like to call, a "character building" period in my life after having moved to California a little less than a year before this movie came out. Long story short: no job, no car, no money when a friend of mine called and said he wanted me to go see "Flashdance," with him- his treat. After a little coercing, I gave in.
Yes, the movie has a typical or predictable plot, but I would not call it weak because of the actors and the memorable characters they created. The viewer is bonded to the characters in this movie- one cares what happens to them. The cinematography in this movie is great, especially the opening credit scenes of Pittsburgh as Alex is riding her bike to work. No, this movie doesn't have "5-star" acting... I think that would have ruined this whole movie. It has, what I would call, "real-life" acting: not that polished and maybe stumbles a bit here and there. It gives this movie its strength, not a weakness.
Not only are the musical scenes great, the background musical interludes chosen also help set the feeling in many of the scenes... "Lady, Lady, Lady," sung by Joe Esposito playing during a tender romantic scene between Alex and her boss, and- my favorite- "I'll Be Here Where The Heart Is," sung by Kim Carnes played during one of Alex's low-points in the film.
The highlight of the film is its finale when Alex is auditioning in front of the Pittsburgh Dance and Conservatory Company's selection committee. I would call it one of the greatest movie moments of all time.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What a song! It carries the movie December 17, 2003
You just keep waiting for that Oscar-winning title song to come around again; it's gotta be the most joyful, uplifting, foot-stompin', head and hip swinging tune ever written for a movie. Jennifer Beals works as a welder by day, but does sexy dancing in a club at night, practicing constantly for a chance to audition for the formal dance school, tho she'd never had formal training and feels inferior to the others in the audition lines.
As reality, it won't float. But as an energetic and boisterous vehicle for a sweet story and some of the best music and dancing ever seen on screen, it's a five-star winner.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Take Your Passion and Make it Happen July 16, 1999
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Words can't describe how much I love this film. This was the film that made me want to become a dancer. I love the opening dance scene and I've always wanted to re-create it. Jennifer Beals is a great actress and it's hard to believe that she was only 18 years old when this film was made. Michael Nouri is great as well. This film also has an incredible soundtrack and the title song is one of my favorites. The story is one that any dancer can relate to. Before I go to an audition I always try to watch the end scene in this film or listen to the song "What a Feeling." I absolutely adore this film and I hope that many young dancers will enjoy it too.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars musical inspiration February 1, 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I remember when a group of friends went to see this film.... our lives changes (musicaly speaking)... Please realise it in DVD format! (excuse my english...I dont speak english everyday)
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Cinematography and directing April 2, 2001
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This movie has some good music and dancing, in a sappy plot. But the music and dancing are not integral to the plot development; they do not carry the film in the way dancing carries "Dirty Dancing" or "The Turning Point" (both of which have better dancing, by the way.)
But it's one of my favorite movies. Why? The director, Adrian Lyne, got his experience directing TV commercials, where the entire message has to be conveyed in 60 seconds, and in Flashdance every moment is contributing something. The key is the cinematography. Leonard Maltin calls Lyne a "visual stylist", and he is, but he's more. He takes Roman Polanski's cinematographic innovations and pushes them to new limits; the camera tells the story.
When you watch "Flashdance", watch how light and camera angle are used. Light: Pittsburgh light, hazy, smoky, dull, reflecting off puddles, blazing from lamps, dim, bright, strobe, whatever; lighting carries the mood of each scene. As for camera angle, in most movies we are observers, outside the movie, watching the actors. In some of "Flashdance" that is also true, but then in many places the camera angle shifts so we are inside the movie, seeing what one of the actors, or several of the actors, see at that moment. It just pulls you in. If you're not familiar with the film, the first time you watch it wait for the final "audition" scene, and watch how the camera is first an observer, before the dancer enters the audition room, then sees from the dancer's view as the audition begins, and then shifts to show us what the judges see, as the dancing becomes compelling. I don't know about you, but this grabs me and pulls me in; I could watch that scene five times running. And there are many other scenes in which camera angle is used similarly but not quite as obviously. I give this movie four stars; I would give it five if the music and dancing were as well integrated with the plot as in some other movies.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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As a little kid, I was inspired by this movie. It has music and funk. To sum it up in one word--GREAT! Any dancer would enjoy this film. It shows that she had to work hard and get up the courage to go to the audition. I don't think that I could've went! A lot of people drag about it's plot. I don't think that the plot is that important. Only guys want a good plot so they can follow the movie! But for real, watch the movie and see for yourself.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love dance!
Even though Jennifer didn't do the dancing, I don't care. The dancer who performed was fabulous. And the male lead is yummy!
Published 25 days ago by BrightM
5.0 out of 5 stars Flashdance
The Flashdance movie was produced in the 80's but it's still interesting. You see all kind's of autos from the 70's and 80's. The movie is interesting and entertaining.
Published 29 days ago by JMK
5.0 out of 5 stars good movie but couldnt watch it
I had seen the movie before but I watched 10 min of the movie and had to continually restart the movie cfause it would stop working because there was something wrong with the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by joe
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this movie as a kid
I love dance movies and this is no exception. The dvd still works great. I bought this a couple of years ago I think.
Published 1 month ago by purple flower
4.0 out of 5 stars Flashdance
Jennifer Beals is good in this movie the songs are really good. I like the dancing in it. I wish I could dance like they do
Published 1 month ago by Righty 13
5.0 out of 5 stars Another One of my Favorites Is Mine!!!
Loved this movie the 1st time I saw it and am delighted to be able to enjoy it over n over again! It arrived in excellent condition within the delivery window.
Published 2 months ago by Wanda Kelley
4.0 out of 5 stars watch a broad way production and had to watch movie again
good old classic that inspired many other movies, dance and music. we just went to a broad way production in sacramento ca and had to watch the movie again.
Published 2 months ago by granite bay kc
5.0 out of 5 stars the video
I like the dvd of Flashdance, I enjoyed the movie, I admired her for wanting to do something that she wanted to do....
Published 2 months ago by party
1.0 out of 5 stars DISAPPOINTED
Absolutely disappointed! I am a 16 year old girl and I was looking so forward to watching this movie. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jordan E Young
5.0 out of 5 stars My moms favorite movie
When I saw this movie I had to get it. It was one of my mom's all time favorite movies.
Published 3 months ago by mommabird
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