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Can't Stop the Music (20-Jun-1980)

Director: Nancy Walker

Writers: Allan Carr; Bronte Woodard

Keywords: Comedy, Disco

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Tammy Grimes
30-Jan-1934 30-Oct-2016 The Unsinkable Molly Brown
Steve Guttenberg
24-Aug-1958   Police Academy
June Havoc
8-Nov-1912 28-Mar-2010 Gentleman's Agreement
David Hodo
7-Jul-1957   Construction worker, The Village People
Bruce Jenner
Track and Field
28-Oct-1949   US Olympic track and field star
Valerie Perrine
3-Sep-1943   Slaughterhouse Five
Barbara Rush
4-Jan-1927   The Young Philadelphians
Paul Sand
5-Mar-1935   The Hot Rock
Leigh Taylor-Young
25-Jan-1945   I Love You, Alice B. Toklas!
Jack Weston
21-Aug-1924 3-May-1996 Wait Until Dark


Review by jimbo (posted on 16-Jul-2009)

Definitely a dated film. It could not have taken place at any other time in history, but the 70s. Valerie Perrine is not in it for her acting talent -- actually nobody is in this flick to stretch their acting chops. Marilyn Sokol plays a poor-man's Bette Midler type of fag-hag. Tammy Grimes shows up with bad hair. Barbara Rush looks great as Bruce Jenner's mom. June Havoc... too old to play Steve Guttenberg's mom. Paul Sand plays a neurotic, Jewish Paul Sand. Speaking of eye candy -- putting Steve Guttenberg and Bruce Jenner in cutoffs and belly shirts was a stroke of brilliance. Jenner was movie star handsome and Guttenberg did a lot of cashing in on his adorably cute boy-next door charm during his career. Oh, yeah, the Village People are in it, too. The idea that they would be hired by the American Milk Association to film a commercial boggles the mind -- the song they sing during the commercial is annoying enough to play over and over in your head for days. Their regular music is recognizable to anyone with a radio or has gone to a wedding reception. The movie isn't hateful, however it sure would make a screamingly entertaining late-nite Rocky Horror-type cult film.

Review by anonymous (posted on 23-Jan-2007)

This is definitely one of those films which is so awful it's great. Look at all it offers: Bruce Jenner in a leading, first-billed movie role; the Village People, presented as a diverse group of straight men who come together, and under Bruce's auspices, become a singing group; Vallerie Perrine in the lead (famous mostly for being the first to show her nipples on t.v. three decades ago); Steve Guttenberg and Paul Sand, as the primary veteran actor and comedien presences; the long-in-tooth Tammy Grimes, longer-in-tooth Barbara Rush, and longest-in-tooth June Havoc; and foremost ---- Bruce, the gang, and "the People," working-out together, AT THE Y.M.C.A.!! A lot of people deride the music of the Village People, but I personally know of nobody - whether a young rock devotee, or an older fan of classical - who can keep from moving to their music. Every aspect of this movie is so bizarre and off-the-wall, that, while seeemingly warranting no stars, is so campy and deliciosly awful that you have to move tie dial one more notch backwards to the 4* mark.

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