It had to happen one of theses days. I had to feature the quintessential 70s disco flick here at Bionic Disco. Here today, we have the trailer for Saturday Night Fever.
Saturday Night Fever was released in December of 1977. The hugely successful film (a hit with critics and film-goers) was directed by John Badham and and stars John Travolta as the young and troubled Brooklyn stepper, Tony Manero. The film was based on a 1976 New York magazine article (which later turned out to be a fabrication, not based on real life) and launched Travolta’s star into the stratosphere.
The soundtrack for the film, largely featuring the music of the Bee Gees, sold over 15 million copies. The trailer below includes a sales clip for the L.P. at the end. If you haven’t seen Saturday Night Fever in a while you may have forgotten how dark and angst-ridden it is. It’s time for another viewing!
My personal anecdote: I’m 11. My sister, three years older than me at age 14, persuades my grandmother to take us to see Saturday Night Fever in late ’77 or early ’78. After becoming confused by the teenagers conversing onscreen I lean over and ask, “Grandma, what’s a blowjob?”
My sister cracks up laughing and my Grandma lithely side-steps and says something to the effect of, “Discuss that with your parents.”
Previously, on Trailer Tuesday: The Man with the Golden Gun