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Thank God It's Friday

4.2 out of 5 stars 184 customer reviews

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Donna Summer stars in this disco-musical from 1978. Following a dance contest at the local disco, THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY features early performances by Debra Winger and Jeff Goldblum. Musical support comes from Summer (singing "Last Dance") and the Commodores.

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An unusual collision of the innocent and the decadent, Thank God It's Friday captures the disco era in all of its naive glory. Multiple storylines twine through an enormous nightclub: Two underage girls (one of them Terri Nunn, future lead singer of new wave rock group Berlin) desperately want in so they can enter a dance contest; the club's owner (Jeff Goldblum, Jurassic Park, The Fly) makes a bet with his dj that he can woo a beautiful married woman--whose uptight husband ends up taking drugs and loosening up more than he ever expected; a klutzy girl (Debra Winger, Terms of Endearment, in one of her first film roles) gets ditched by her best friend and flounders around the club looking for love; and an aspiring singer (Donna Summer, whose "Last Dance" won the Academy Award for Best Song) pleads with the dj to let her sing. Though not as richly written as American Graffiti or Dazed and Confused, Thank God It's Friday aspires to a similar meandering mix of melancholy and hope. It ends up being a pretty honest snapshot of the disco era: Sweet, shallow, and not as campy as you'd expect. For all the sex and drugs, in the end it's all about getting your groove on. As one character puts it, "Dancing--Everything else is bulls**t!" --Bret Fetzer

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  • Actors: Donna Summer, Paul Jabara, Jacqueline Carlin, Christine De Lisle, Gregory V. Karliss
  • Directors: Robert Klane
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Japanese
  • Dubbed: Portuguese
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 4, 2006
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EAT23W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,387 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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By Gary F. Taylor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 18, 2002
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THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY was released just as the disco craze crested, when anything and everything might happen during a night on the town, when sex was casual, and drink and drugs were still regarded in a lighthearted manner, and music wailed and blared with the likes of Gloria Gaynor and K.C. & the Sunshine Band. Within a few years Disco would be publicly declared dead--but it still lives on in the recordings... and in Donna Summer's penultimate screen image of the Disco Diva, shimmering in the spotlight beneath the mirror ball with a hibiscus tucked into her hair as she belts out her megaton hit, "Last Dance."

TGIF is best regarded as a cultural artifact, an attempt to show everything that was shiny about the Disco world without any reference to its down sides of sexually transmitted diseases, next-morning-hangovers, and serious drug addictions. The story is slight: a disco is hosting a big dance contest, and every one arrives at the door with personal ambitions. There is, of course, the singer who hopes to hit it big; two underage teen girls hot to be Disco Queens; a sweet young thing who hates polyester and is looking for Mr. Right in the wrong place; and a ladykiller looking to score his next victim. The film is most memorable for the look of the disco, which is the real star of the film, and the cast, which includes several performers on their way up: Jeff Goldblum as the lady killer; Deborah Winger as the anti-polyester good girl; and of all people a very, very young Terri Nunn, who would later score big as the front singer for the band Berlin.

There are all the usual running gags, and as a whole the film is only mildly entertaining.
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...it's not the way the director meant the movie to be seen. Once again the studios have dupped the DVD buying public. This DVD version of the film is not a true widescreen of the movie (meaning as it was shown in theaters during its initial release). It is nothing more than a pan and scan version (full screen version that has been edited to fit a normal analog TV) that has been cropped at the top and the bottom. I began to notice something was askew and got out my well worn and well loved VHS edition and began to compare. (Yes, I love this cheesey movie) Well, to my suprise I was right! When are the studios gonna stop taking the cheap route and begin NOT to dupe the public. This really angers me. I have been waiting to see the movie in all its "glory". "Sony"/"Colmbia" has really lost their integrity with me and I'm sure a few others. What's with the cheap DVD edition -- no extra's -- not even a chapter index. NOT EVEN A PROPER DVD MENU! Generic garbage!Yes the DVD is in high definition (great picture and sound). Yes the price was great. Yes we finally have it on DVD. But I for one want to see the movies I buy in all their spender whather it be an "A" list movie or this one. It is a fond memory and a moment out of my past that was the best time in my life. Shame on "Sony" -- full of baloney.Shame on "Columbia" as well.Movie: ****DVD: *Sony/Columbia: zip! nada!
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Having come of age in the Disco Era, I and many people that I know can relate better to TGIF than Saturday Night Fever, or for that matter the more recent Disco Era Movies, Studio 54, or Last Days of Disco.

For many of us going to a disco was simply fun, we were not carrying the troubles of the world with us, we were not always looking for love, and so on. It may sound strange (and maybe boring to some) but for many of us going to Disco was about great music, great dancing and great people watching.

TGIF captures this to a tee, and makes me long to be 18 again

(back in the day the drinking age was 18 in many states).

The music of course makes this movie and remember, TGIF won an Oscar for best original song (Last Dance), you will also hear a number of songs through the film that were NOT on the soundtrack.

Donna Summer makes the film with her performance of Last Dance, but anyone who has seen Donna in concert lately will know that her current live readings of Last Dance blow the movie clip out of the water, and the producers of TGIF seemed a little too obsessed with make her look like Diana Ross.

ans yes WERE IS THE DVD of this film!
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This is not a great film, but it is a good fun B Film Miles ahead of the Village People's Can't Stop the Music. There are some gifted actors here; Goldblum; Winger Landsburg, et. al. And in a weirdly cheap way it has that Robert Altman multiple storylines and crossed characters, but it is fun to watch. Some good 70's music going on here, some fun stereotypes of the disco era, but it is never mean or overly campy. It just is what it is and that's not such a bad thing. A good nostalgic rainy day/Sunday movie.
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This is a fun movie, every bit as relevant as Saturday Night Fever in depicting the disco generation. Unfortunately the music here is not as good as in SNF's gripping soundtrack. Donna Summer is excellent as the aspiring singer getting her big break. Enough funny scenes hold the attention and it's perhaps a less sanitized view of the disco era than Saturday Night Fever, what with a transvestite shaving his beard in the men's and stuff like that. The actual disco here is much more impressive than in the other movie. Still worth a laugh or two.
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