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Despite this, Travolta's character has a Rocky poster in his room, a film directed by Avildsen. According to the DVD commentary for Saturday Night Fever , the producers intended to use the song "Lowdown" by Boz Scaggs in the rehearsal scene between Tony and Annette in the dance studio, and choreographed their dance moves to the song. However, representatives for Scaggs' label, Columbia Records , refused to grant legal clearance for it, as they wanted to pursue another disco movie project, which never materialized.
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Composer David Shire , who scored the film, had to in turn write a song to match the dance steps demonstrated in the scene and eliminate the need for future legal hassles. However, this track does not appear on the movie's soundtrack. The song "K-Jee" was used during the dance contest with the Puerto Rican couple that competed against Tony and Stephanie.
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Some VHS cassettes used a more traditional Latin-style song instead. The DVD restores the original recording. Two theatrical versions of the film were released: The R-rated version released in represented the movie's first run , and totaled minutes. After the success of the first run, in , the film's content was re-edited into a toned down, PG-rated version and re-released during a second run, not only to attract a wider audience, but also to capitalize on attracting the target audience of the teenagers who were not old enough to see the film by themselves, but who made the film's soundtrack album a monster hit.
The R-rated version's profanity, nudity, fight sequence, and a multiple rape scene in a car, were all de-emphasized or removed from the PG version. Saturday Night Fever", about the PG version:.
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The PG-rated version was minutes. Numerous profanity-filled scenes were replaced with alternate takes of the same scenes, substituting milder language initially intended for the network television cut. The PG-rated version of the film was also paired by Paramount in a double feature along with its other John Travolta blockbuster, Grease.
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When the film premiered on network television, on ABC in , a new milder version was created to conform with network broadcast standards. To maintain runtime, a few deleted scenes were restored including Tony dancing with Doreen to " Disco Duck ", Tony running his finger along the cables of the Verrazano—Narrows Bridge , and Tony's father getting his job back.
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The last two deleted scenes were included in the director's cut. This was before switching to a hour-a-day operation, while still under their old broadcast standards concerning R-rated films.
The premiere of the R-rated edition occurred at midnight on January 1, Fathom Events hosted special screenings of this version in Both theatrical versions were released on VHS. But this TV edit included some of the innuendos from the original film that were edited or removed from the PG version. It is among the longest cuts of the film. This release retains the R-rated version of the film along with many special features new to home media.
The 4K director's cut minutes was released on Blu-Ray on May 2, This disc includes both the director's cut and the original theatrical version, as well as the bulk of the bonus features from the prior release. Saturday Night Fever received positive reviews and is regarded by many critics as one of the best films of The site's critical consensus reads, "Boasting a smart, poignant story, a classic soundtrack, and a starmaking performance from John Travolta, Saturday Night Fever ranks among the finest dramas of the s.
Film critic Gene Siskel , who would later list this as his favorite movie, praised the film: He struts like crazy.
These are among the most hypnotically beautiful pop dance scenes ever filmed Travolta gets so far inside the role he seems incapable of a false note; even the Brooklyn accent sounds unerring At its best, though, Saturday Night Fever gets at something deeply romantic: Nirvana is the dance; when the music stops, you return to being ordinary. American Film Institute Lists. Premium and top price tickets, Excl Fri 8. Where applicable fees and charges are included in the stated ticket prices.
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