- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 36 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: September 18, 2007
- Originally Released: 1977
- Label: Paramount
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround Mono - English, French, Spanish
- Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Mono - English, French, Spanish
- Subtitles - English, French, Spanish - Optional
- Additional Release Material:
- Audio Commentary: John Badham - Director
- Catching The Fever
- A 30-Year Legacy
- Making Soundtrack History
- Platforms & Polyester
- Deejays & Discos
- Spotlight On Travolta
- Back to Bayridge
- Dance Like Travolta With John Cassese
- Fever Challenge
- 70's Discopedia
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"Would ya watch the hair! Ya know, I spend a long time on my hair and he hit it--he hit my hair."
- Tony Manero (John Travolta) to his family
"Maybe if you ain't so good, I ain't so bad."
- Tony Manero to Stephanie (Karen Lynn Gorney)
New York Times - 12/16/1977
"...Travolta is deft and vibrant and he never condescends to the character....The music moves with a real spring it is step, and the movie does too."
USA Today - 10/11/2002
"...Among the definitive time-capsule pics of any era....It looks and sounds snappy..."
Entertainment Weekly - 10/18/2002
"...Travolta melds brute machismo and hidden yearning; it's little surprise FEVER made him a superstar and earned him an Oscar nomination..."
Premiere - 04/01/2004
"[G]iven a subtle sweetness and vulnerability by Travolta's layered performance."
Uncut - 11/01/2007
4 stars out of 5 -- "[The film] still plays like an impossibly bleak slice of kitchen-sink realism..."
Empire - 11/01/2007
4 stars out of 5 -- "[Travolta] pure, chest-out charisma. The camera loves him -- and he loves it right back."
Ultimate DVD - 12/01/2007
4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] mesmerizing portrait from Travolta ensures it stays evergreen."
The film that made John Travolta a household name is set in Brooklyn to the popular dance music of the Bee Gees. Tony Manero (Travolta) is a paint-store clerk who becomes the king of the discotheque when he puts on his polyester and gets down, with a little help from a social-climbing Manhattan secretary (Karen Lynn Gorney). This definitive portrait of a generation of disco dancers in the 1970s skyrocketed its young star to fame and further propelled the disco inferno infatutation.
Essential Cinema |
Personal Triumph |
- Theatrical release: December 16, 1977.
- Shot on location in Brooklyn, New York.
- Although John Travolta was already a teenage heartthrob due to his role as Vinnie Barbarino on the WELCOME BACK, KOTTER television series, it was SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER that made him a superstar.
- In 1983, Sylvester Stallone directed John Travolta in STAYING ALIVE, the sequel to SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER.
- Nik Cohen, who wrote the allegedly non-fiction magazine article on which SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER is based, admitted in 1996 that the piece was a "total fabrication." Cohen originally claimed to have met and interviewed the patrons of a real Brooklyn disco; but it turned out that his British friends were the story's true inspiration.
- John Travolta's sister appears as the pizza lady and his mother appears as the woman for whom he gets paint.