STAY CLASSY: Flashdance



Year Released: 1983

How It Fared Back Then: The film received mostly negative reviews from critics, but was a major box office success. It became the third highest grossing film of 1983 in the United States and had a worldwide box-office gross of over $100 million. Overall, nearly every major film critic hated it. Roger Ebert even put it on his list of ‘Most Hated Films,’ but nonetheless, audiences loved it.

Why It’s Lasted: It’s hard to say. Probably because it’s shot almost like a series of rock videos-so while it is often referred to as a “musical”,’ it isn’t really. However, because it doesn’t have the firm label of “musical” that often drives a lot of viewers away if that isn’t their cup of tea; it’s a movie that’s accessible to both musical and non-musical movie lovers. Additionally, in a way, the movie sort of follows that classic Cinderella story plot–and who doesn’t love watching an underdog succeed?

Classic Moments:

  • What a FEELING!!!!
  • Alex exercising to “Maniac”
  • “When you give up on your dream, you die.”

Does It Hold Up? I think so. The movie is pretty much a staple of 80s culture now, and we’re in a period where “everything old is new again.” So the music and fashion from movies such as this one are all coming back in style.


kendallA student at Dalhousie University, Kendall is a musical theatre geek and a huge fan of singing in the shower. She is a bookworm, musician and that person who literally cries during every chick flick.

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