Director: John Badham
Leading Actors: John Travolta, Karen Lynn Gorney, Barry Miller
NYC Neighborhoods Featured: Bay Ridge, Brooklyn; Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

Equal parts family tragedy and cult dance workout, a la Grease and Hairspray, Saturday Night Fever is half an affective narrative, half a struck pose. John Travolta's Tony is a trapped Brooklyn youth who looks to dancing as his one-way ticket out of a hum-drum existence. A human peacock, he's more interested in his hair, clothes, and strut than the people around him, to the point that he's blind to romance, friendship, and family. Beyond the story, the soundtrack and incredibly choreographed dance sequences helped calcify disco's power outside of New York. —GT