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Xanadu (1980)

Cast: Olivia Newton-John, Olivia Newton-John, Gene Kelly, more...
Director: Robert Greenwald, Robert Greenwald
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Studio: Universal Studios
Genre: Fantasy, Musicals
Running Time: 96 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English
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In this film, the mysterious Kira (Olivia Newton-John) appears to assist and inspire a young artist, Sonny Malone (Michael Beck). When she helps him meet up with the rich Danny McGuire (Gene Kelly), the two join up together to create an artistic and business success, an unique club called "Xanadu." ~ Iotis Erlewine, All Movie Guide

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Dated but still good by thingstodo March 23, 2006 - 6:32 PM PST
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Fresh off of the set of "The Warriors," Michael Beck seems a bit awkward playing an idealistic and naive artist, always giving off that "rough-around-the-edges" vibe. Although towards the end he does soften up a bit. Maybe that was part of the magic of Kira, the mystical muse brought alive by apparently despair from a frustrated artist.

Although the producer would swear on the millions poured in to produce the special effects, by today's standard it's pretty lame. There's a sequence where they just don't bother and instead use good-ol fashioned stage props. And there's a delightful little sequence where they morphed into an animated sequence.

The music. Yes. The music. It is the best part of this movie. I'd say they built the movie around the music (mostly singing by the wonderful Olivia-newton John, ELO, and fancy footwork by Gene Kelly). And if you are a fan of the musical talents or in a mood for some nostalgic light-weight escapism, this would be a good investment.

I personally rented this guy for sentimental reasons (as I suspect most people would be) because I was mesmerized by it back in the early '80s. Two decades and a screwed-up illegal war can drain the lifeforce out of ya--but for a while I wandered back in time and caught my heart smiling.

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