Flashdance - Flashdance (1983)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Jennifer Beals
Michael Nouri
Lilia Skala
Lee Ving
Belinda Bauer
Movie Details
Genre Musical; Romance
Director Adrian Lyne
Writer Tom Hedley; Joe Eszterhas
Studio Paramount
Language English
Audience Rating 12
Running Time 95 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Plot
Flashdance was the aspirational feel-good movie of 1983, with its thudding Giorgio Moroder soundtrack, Fame-meets-An Officer and a Gentleman storyline and a doe-eyed but iron-willed heroine played by the promising Jennifer Beals. By day Alex (Beals) is a Pittsburgh welder. By night she dances self-choreographed pieces for beer swillers in a seedy nightclub. Then she goes home and dreams of entering the city's ballet school and a professional career.

Adrian Lyne's film is full of compromises. It never really gets to grips with Alex's misfit status in a male-dominated world. And in the end, she is given the leg-up she needs by her boss (Michael Nouri) who won't take "no" for an answer. That's called stalking these days. But Flashdance also has some fascinating surreal moments. The infernal qualities of life on an industrial site are well described by good lighting and the dances take on a bizarre life of their own within the film. Beals is often in shadowy long shot for these scenes and, in fact, most of the actual dancing was done by a more qualified stand-in.

On the DVD: Flashdance is presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen with a Dolby Digital 5.1 surround soundtrack. On disc the film still pulsates with that 1980s anything-is-possible energy. Apart from standard subtitle options and scene selections, there are no extras. --Piers Ford

Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 165
In Collection Yes
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 2
Layers Single side, Dual layer
Release Date 2002
Subtitles Deutsch; Englisch; Englisch für Hörgeschädigte; Arabisch; Bulgarisch; Finnisch; Holländisch; Isländisch; Norwegisch; Polnisch; Schwedisch; Tschechisch; Ungarisch; Russisch
Packaging Amaray schwarz
Audio Tracks Deutsch: Dolby Digital 2.0
Englisch: Dolby Digital 5.1
Franzsösisch: Dolby Digital 2.0
Italienisch: Dolby Digital 2.0
Spanisch: Dolby Digital 2.0
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
PAL