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Can't Stop the Music (1980)

Cast: Valerie Perrine, Ray Simpson, Ray Simpson, more...
Director: Nancy Walker, Nancy Walker
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Studio: Anchor Bay
Genre: Cult, Golden Turkeys, Musicals
Running Time: 123 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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Glitz producer Allan Carr tries to cash in on the late-'70s disco boom with Can't Stop the Music -- a film of such Brobdingnagian banality that it almost in itself stopped the disco movement cold. Comedienne Nancy Walker directed this musical chronicle, purporting to relate the legend of the formation of the disco group The Village People. Valerie Perrine is Samantha Simpson, a helpful ex-model who attempts to get her roommate, Jack Morrell's (Steve Guttenberg), songwriting career off the ground by assembling a motley group of her Greenwich Village friends (The Village People) together to cut a demo tape of Jack's ditties. All Samantha has to do is charm the square lawyer Ron White (Bruce Jenner) in order to get him to listen to The Village People's scintillating disco strains. ~ Paul Brenner, All Movie Guide

Special Features:

  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Gallery
  • Photo Essay: The Village People Story

GreenCine Member Reviews

Your Jaw Will Drop Out Of The Closet by randomcha July 3, 2005 - 5:25 AM PDT
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
This has to be the kinkiest, most perverse PG movie I've ever seen. Forget about gay "subtext": you won't have to do much reading between the lines when Village People break into their "Y.M.C.A." number, complete with naked boys frolicking in the pool and snapping towels at each other in the locker room. And that's only in the first half. Steve Guttenberg is clad in the tightest t-shirts this side of Chelsea, Judy Garland's name pops up SEVEN TIMES during the course of the movie, and Bruce Jenner sports Daisy Dukes. And it was directed by NANCY WALKER with a reported budget of $18 million! What the hell were they thinking? Must be seen to believed; will probably offend straight and gay audience members equally. However the film DOES offer a weirdly prescient view of what the 1980's would be like. After all, it's the fake story of a fake band which only exists so that it can merchandise itself. As Perrine says, "The 80's are gonna be DIFFERENT!" Have a BIG pitcher of Long Island iced tea ready for you and your friends, and enjoy.

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