[Favourites Friday] Footloose

Footloose (1984)

Director: Herbert Ross
Starring: Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer and John Lithgow

“See, this is our time to dance. It is our way of celebrating life. It’s the way it was in the beginning. It’s the way it’s always been. It’s the way it should be now.”

I first saw Footloose a few years ago, and have loved it ever since. It even beats my beloved Dirty Dancing. Sorry, Johnny!

From the title sequence with the dancing feet to Kevin Bacon’s iconic dancing in the warehouse, there are many memorable scenes in this movie.

I’m not a dancer – I had quite a few ballet lessons as a child, though – but I really, really love Footloose. For those unfamiliar with Footloose, it is the story of Ren McCormack, a young man who moves with his mother to a small town to live with his uncle and aunt. To call the move a ‘culture shock’ is to put it lightly, especially when Ren finds out that dancing and rock music has been banned in the town.

In my opinion, Kevin Bacon epitomises rebellious Ren perfectly while John Lithgow fits the part as the town’s reverend, who believes he is protecting his town by banning dancing, very well.

While the plot may seem far fetched, according to IMDb, it is loosely based on events that took place in the small, rural, and extremely religious farming town of Elmore City, Oklahoma in 1978. Dancing had been banned for nearly 90 years until a group of high school teens challenged it.

Another thing I love about this movie is the killer soundtrack, featuring songs by Kenny Loggins, Bonny Tyler and Deneice Williams. This scene, featuring the late Chris Penn, where Ren teaches his friend Willard to dance, is one of my favourites from the movie.

As you may have guessed, after reading how much I love the original, 1984 version, I will not be watching the 2011 remake featuring Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough and Dennis Quaid. I have watched the trailer and it left me feeling very, very angry…

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5 thoughts on “[Favourites Friday] Footloose”

  1. Great clip. I love that dance training sequence – they don’t make music montages as well today as they did in the 80s! Great title sequence too. A really fun movie. Good choice Claire.

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