A few words about…™ Can’t Stop the Music — in Blu-ray

Did I mention that I wish it were a better film? 4 Stars

There are rumors that the same casting agency that gathered the little people for The Wizard of Oz, was hired to bring together every gay, or able to play gay, actor in the continental United States, for the epic musical, Can’t Stop the Music, directed by Nancy Walker.

Yes, Nancy Walker.

That Nancy Walker.

The diminutive actress of M-G-M musical, Broadway and TV fame.

It has been said, that Steve Guttenberg, Tammy Grimes, Barbara Rush, Jack Weston, Leigh Taylor-Young, and Paula Trueman (as the stick-up lady), were never better, before or after.

June Havoc, ie. Baby June, of Let Me Entertain You fame, is the icing on the cake.

Bruce Jenner, in a break-out performance, steals the show.

But wait.

There’s more!

You get:

Ray Simpson, David Hodo, Felipe Rose, Randy Jones, Glenn Hughes, and Alex Briley –

The Village People.

Along with Valerie Perrine, swimming topless along with the aforementioned Village People.

Imagery is far better than necessary for government contract work, and audio is booming.

I just wish it were a better film.

What we do get, is the perfect record of New York City in 1980, and what could be better than that?

All courtesy of Shout Factory.

I’m not certain if this was meant to be a concert event.

It opened at the Ziegfeld in NY.

Fun idea.

Did I mention that I wish it were a better film?

On a side note, the film explains how the Village People were actually formed, as a group.

Apparently, they were each discovered around Manhattan.

Already in costume.

Indian Chief

Cop

Construction Worker…

For an evening of ’80s kitsch, or what have you, pick up a copy.

If you love Singin’ in the Rain, Casablanca, The Thin Man and War & Peace, you’ll love Can’t Stop the Music!

Image – 4

Audio – 5

Pass / Fail – Pass

Upgrade from DVD – Why not?

RAH

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Robert Harris

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87 Comments

  1. john a hunter

    Well I have fond memories of it but I'm in Australia -the only country in the world where it was a hit and a smash one at that!
    Must be all our sunshine!!!

    If memory serves John it played for around six months at the now gone Paramount Cinema in Sydney. I saw it several times there and many times over the years. Not a great film but tremendous fun and a Blu Ray that I look forward to upgrading to.

  2. Robert Harris

    What we do get, is the perfect record of New York City in 1980, and what could be better than that?

    I don't know about it being a perfect record of the time, but it's certainly a wonderful evocation of time and place and a world I wanted to live in from the first time I saw it (like many others) on HBO in the early 80's. I can't wait to upgrade. So much fun!

  3. I recall seeing this in L.A. in 1980 and there were perhaps three other people in the audience. Such a bad script but I do enjoy some of the musical numbers (YMCA is a lot of fun and The Milkshake – well – oh my) so I will pick this one up for nostalgia. It might have done better if released a little sooner; disco had pretty much rolled over and died by the time it came out.

  4. KPmusmag

    I recall seeing this in L.A. in 1980 and there were perhaps three other people in the audience. Such a bad script but I do enjoy some of the musical numbers (YMCA is a lot of fun and The Milkshake – well – oh my) so I will pick this one up for nostalgia. It might have done better if released a little sooner; disco had pretty much rolled over and died by the time it came out.

    Actually, the songs are fun, and the Village People add to the visceral environment. The only thing missing, is a script and viable dialogue.

    And lacking that, I’m out.

  5. The gayest movie ever made that doesn't mention "gay" at all. Did they even know what they were making?

    This is a wonderfully exuberant and alive movie. The opening scene with Steve Guttenberg roller skating up 6th Avenue says it all. Reminds me of being 30! The real star is NYC.

    Bring it on for another purchase.

  6. KPmusmag

    I recall seeing this in L.A. in 1980 and there were perhaps three other people in the audience. Such a bad script but I do enjoy some of the musical numbers (YMCA is a lot of fun and The Milkshake – well – oh my) so I will pick this one up for nostalgia. It might have done better if released a little sooner; disco had pretty much rolled over and died by the time it came out.

    Ditto that for NYC. On the day CSTM opened at The Ziegfeld, I called to see how much ahead of time I needed to get there to get a good seat. First there was a lot of hysterical laughing as my question was relayed to others in the box office, and then the lady who'd answered told me I didn't need to worry. They were still laughing when I hung. up.There were more customers that evening than in L.A., but not many. The place was pretty packed with at least a hundred people. By the end, we all looked like the audience in THE PRODUCERS, mouths hanging open in disbelief and total silence. Needless to say, I'll be picking this one up!

  7. PODER

    Ditto that for NYC. On the day CSTM opened at The Ziegfeld, I called to see how much ahead of time I needed to get there to get a good seat. First there was a lot of hysterical laughing as my question was relayed to others in the box office, and then the lady who'd answered told me I didn't need to worry. They were still laughing when I hung. up.There were more customers that evening than in L.A., but not many. The place was pretty packed with at least a hundred people. By the end, we all looked like the audience in THE PRODUCERS, mouths hanging open in disbelief and total silence. Needless to say, I'll be picking this one up!

    I remember when the film opened, as I was walking by Lincoln Center on the way home from work and they were having a Premiere party for CAN'T STOP THE MUSIC on the plaza by the Henry Moore sculpture. I went over to take a look. I remember there was a surfeit of gold lame and glitter. I believed it was catered by Mr. Chow's. I recognized the producer who was jubilantly walking among the throngs and shaking everyone's hand. Anyway, I mentioned this to my ex-wife who really wanted to see the film (at the time I managed a movie theater on 3rd Avenue) so the next day, which I think was a Saturday, I called the manager at the Ziegfeld to see if I could get comps. I apologized for calling so early in the run, and yes, he laughed and said if I ran into anyone on the way that was the least bit interested, I should bring them too. Anyway, we went to the 8 PM Saturday night show and there may have been 5 people there.

    Of course every review of the movie had to reference Ms. Walker's prior experience with the "quicker picker-upper" as an aspect of her directorial style. The only thing I remember from the movie is the robbery in front of the Erotic Baker on Christopher Street, the same building where an old friend of mine lived. Other than that, (& yes, Will Krupp, I'm talking to you) I don't think CAN'T STOP THE MUSIC at all expressed what it was like living in New York. At least, it wasn't the city I lived in. (& one of the Village People, I think the construction worker, used to go to the same coffee shop I went to, the late lamented Cherry, the only place in New York where you could get Chicken Teriyaki with a side order of blintzes. ) Anyway, things were still fairly gritty and surreal back then, much closer to Scosese's AFTER HOURS, as the city was less than a decade away from bankruptcy.

  8. It just amazes me to no end that Allan Carr used the money he made from Grease to make this film. Cocaine is a helluva drug.

    It's one of my favorite "So Bad, It's Good" films. Even though it starts to drag a bit towards the end, there is so much that is jaw-droppingly crazy in the film that it never fails to entertain everyone to whom I've shown it over the years. The two audio commentaries should be great!

  9. Robert Harris

    Actually, the songs are fun, and the Village People add to the visceral environment. The only thing missing, is a script and viable dialogue. And lacking that, I’m out.

    I like it better than Mamma Mia.
    (Which I absolutely abhor.)

    KPmusmag

    I recall seeing this in L.A. in 1980 and there were perhaps three other people in the audience.

    I saw it at the Paramount Theater (now the El Capitan) on Hollywood Blvd. when it came out and the theater was full. It was full again when I saw it a second time with some different friends who wanted to see it. So, there's that.

    KPmusmag

    It might have done better if released a little sooner; disco had pretty much rolled over

    That is true. I have an old Hollywood Reporter that I kept for reasons other than what I'm going to mention now, but it has a two page centerfold advertising the upcoming release of the film, which apparently was originally titled, "Discoland: Where the Music Never Ends."

    (And, interestingly, there is another full page ad with John Travolta being announced for the lead in the upcoming filming of Interview with the Vampire.)

  10. KPmusmag

    I recall seeing this in L.A. in 1980 and there were perhaps three other people in the audience. Such a bad script but I do enjoy some of the musical numbers (YMCA is a lot of fun and The Milkshake – well – oh my) so I will pick this one up for nostalgia. It might have done better if released a little sooner; disco had pretty much rolled over and died by the time it came out.

    I remember during the peak period for disco (early-mid 1979) buying the Just released Village People album (on vinyl) Go West and buying my tickets to the coming Village People concert in Cleveland (which I missed due to it being postponed and my entry into the USMC). The plan for a movie was being discussed then.

    As @KPmusmag so noted, disco was about to take a massive nosedive over the next 6 months so that by New Years 1980, disco was almost a dirty word which pretty much doomed any chance this film had of being a box office hit in the USA. It did much better overseas as @john a hunter mentioned it being a hit in Australia and I’m guessing probably Russia as disco lived on there forever.

    Well now all we need is a Blu release of Skatetown USA (1979) and my beloved collection of The Devils Unholy Collection of Gawd Awful Disco Films Designed to Forever Destroy Mankind’s Sense Of Good Taste will be complete.

    The List:
    Saturday Night Fever (1977)
    Thank God It’s Friday (1978)
    Skatetown USA (1979)
    Roller Boogie (1979)
    Xanadu (1980)
    Can’t Stop The Music (1980)


    I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the three other later films about the disco era which give insight into what the disco party life was like and social life in general.

    Boogie Nights (1997)
    Last Days Of Disco (1998)
    54 (1998)

  11. MartinP.

    like it better than Mamma Mia.
    (Which I absolutely abhor.)

    You and me both. The Mamma Mia sequel was even worse. The thing is, the play is actually a lot of fun. Mindless, but fun. The movie was just dull.

  12. Bernard McNair

    If memory serves John it played for around six months at the now gone Paramount Cinema in Sydney. I saw it several times there and many times over the years. Not a great film but tremendous fun and a Blu Ray that I look forward to upgrading to.

    Full marks Bernard. It was the Paramount and the film looked and sounded great there in 70mm Dolby.

  13. Kyrsten Brad

    …the coming Village People concert in Cleveland (which I missed due to it being postponed and my entry into the USMC).

    …thanks for your service…

    Kyrsten Brad

    As @KPmusmag so noted, disco was about to take a massive nosedive over the next 6 months so that by New Years 1980, disco was almost a dirty word which pretty much doomed any chance this film had of being a box office hit in the USA.

    In 1980 when Airplane! came out, remember the scene where the plane is flying over Chicago (I believe) and you see the broadcasting tower of a radio station (WXYZ for my purposes here) and you hear a radio DJ say: "This is station WXYZ, where Disco lives forever…" and then the plane runs into and knocks over the broadcasting tower. Heh! I remember the audience cheering when that happened!

    Kyrsten Brad

    I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the three other later films about the disco era which give insight into what the disco party life was like and social life in general.

    Boogie Nights (1997)
    Last Days Of Disco (1998)
    54 (1998)

    Of possible interest to you is a new documentary titled "Studio 54" by director Matt Tyrnauer who did the recent Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood documentary.

  14. We saw the Village People live at the Greek Theater in Hollywood just as production on CSTM began. Nancy Walker was there with the Village People and many production people, and many back up singers, and the scent of weed filled the air. But even then people were commenting in the audience that the Village People had better be saving their money.

  15. Tino

    I remember Allan Carr on a talk show at the time predicting Bruce Jenner would become the worlds biggest box office star because of this film. Yikes.

    Jenner's career was a bit longer that Mark Spitz' I remember seeing Mark on an episode of Emergency! and thinking to myself that he can't be that bad of an actor 🙁 if he wanted an acting carer …

  16. john a hunter

    Well I have fond memories of it but I'm in Australia -the only country in the world where it was a hit and a smash one at that!
    Must be all our sunshine!!!

    It was the same for SWEET CHARITY-longest run in a cinema in the world in Sydney.- 9 months

  17. lark144

    Other than that, (& yes, Will Krupp, I'm talking to you) I don't think CAN'T STOP THE MUSIC at all expressed what it was like living in New York. At least, it wasn't the city I lived in.

    Heheh. Well that's why I said it was an evocation more than a record. It was what a 13 year old gayling imagined it to be like and WANTED it to be like. I grew up two hours outside of the city but it was an important and, at that age, a seemingly insurmountable two hours. My love for it is certainly tied to nostalgia but I make no apologies!!! 😛

  18. I remember seeing the the movie with my friends on opening night in Louisville, Kentucky. There weren't more than 10 people in the audience, and even though the movie was admittedly not very good, it sure was a lot of fun. Revisiting it over the years just brings a smile to my face. It has a goofy likability, boundless energy in the musical numbers, a sense of fun from director Nancy Walker, and — as someone already pointed out in an earlier post — it's the gayest movie ever made without the word gay being spoken. As for interesting casting, not only have you got Bruce Jenner, but you've got June Havoc ( the real-life Baby June from "Gypsy".) And the title number, which ends the movie, is just a joyous celebration that goes on and on. It's indescribably delicious for those with an appetite for something campy and innocent. Do the "Milk Shake"!

  19. This movie occupies a very specialized and rarified genre for me… "WTF Movies". They're the sorts of films that you can't wrap your head around anyone making them or thinking there was an audience for it. But damn the torpedos, it got made and got made BIG! Lisztomania, Caligula, Skidoo, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Myra Breckenridge, Exorcist II, Can't Stop the Music… These aren't just bad movies, they're bad on an epic scale. If you like Can't Stop The Music, you'll probably also like Body Rock starring Lorenzo Lamas. It's not quite as lavish; but like all WTF Movies, it seems like it was shot in some alternate universe that never really existed. I like that.

  20. bigshot

    This movie occupies a very specialized and rarified genre for me… "WTF Movies". They're the sorts of films that you can't wrap your head around anyone making them or thinking there was an audience for it. But damn the torpedos, it got made and got made BIG! Lisztomania, Caligula, Skidoo, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Myra Breckenridge, Exorcist II, Can't Stop the Music… These aren't just bad movies, they're bad on an epic scale. If you like Can't Stop The Music, you'll probably also like Body Rock starring Lorenzo Lamas. It's not quite as lavish; but like all WTF Movies, it seems like it was shot in some alternate universe that never really existed. I like that.

    You can easily add Skatetown USA (1979) and Thank God It’s Friday (1978) to that list of WTF Movies of the era.

  21. It's not just good enough to be insipid and overly enthusiastic. You have to inject unconventional sex or hideous lack of taste and pretend it's all fine and dandy. The reset button has to be hit making the audience shake their heads and wonder how it got made. In Can't Stop the Music, that moment is the YMCA production number. In Caligula it was Malcom McDowell sleeping with a horse. Solange's Happiness, it's the scene with the father and his son discussing child molestation. Glen or Glenda whiplashes from transvestites to a hyped up Lugosi frothing at the mouth. The king of all WTF movies was Lisztomania. It hit every mark of bad taste from giant ten foot phalluses to armies of children dancing and marching in Nazi uniforms. Taxidermia runs a close second with an incredibly fat man participating in Olympic regurgitation events and becoming a bloated whale that is devoured by giant housecats. I wish all of these films were on blu-ray, but I think a lot of them are forever relegated to DVD.

    This would make a great film festival.

  22. Fun fact #1
    The only PG-rated film that shows full frontal male nudity.

    Fun fact #2
    The movie Cruising was filming in the Village at the same time and protesters confused them because they both had leatherman. Allan Carr finally had to tell the protesters: We’re the good guys making a good gay film. Cruising is the bad gay film, and they are filming three blocks that way! Go throws eggs and blow whistles there.

    Fun Fact #3
    Despite making their concert debut at the end of the film a majority of the audience is dressed up like the Village People.

  23. noel aguirre

    It really captures NYC in 1979 to a tea. And Bruce Jenner in Daisy Dukes! The YMCA number is hysterically closely gay.

    I don't know that I'd call it "closeted," as there are very few scenes that don't have some aspect that practically shouts "GAY!" They just never come out (pardon the pun) and explicitly use the word, "Gay." I do seem to remember, though, that a lot of Middle America didn't seem to catch on at the time that the Village People were Gay. I could be misremembering things, though, as I was still a kid during Disco's heyday.

  24. Brian Kidd

    I do seem to remember, though, that a lot of Middle America didn't seem to catch on at the time that the Village People were Gay. I could be misremembering things, though, as I was still a kid during Disco's heyday.

    I think certain people had major blinders on during that era. I recall my grandfather being a huge fan of Liberace without having the faintest clue that he might be gay (Liberace, not my grandfather).

  25. JoshZ

    I think certain people had major blinders on during that era. I recall my grandfather being a huge fan of Liberace without having the faintest clue that he might be gay (Liberace, not my

    Brian Kidd

    I don't know that I'd call it "closeted," as there are very few scenes that don't have some aspect that practically shouts "GAY!" They just never come out (pardon the pun) and explicitly use the word, "Gay." I do seem to remember, though, that a lot of Middle America didn't seem to catch on at the time that the Village People were Gay. I could be misremembering things, though, as I was still a kid during Disco's heyday.

    Sa me with me, except I was a teenager then.

  26. Malcolm Bmoor

    So far I've not noticed anyone remember that this rubbish, which had terrible reviews, was known as:

    CAN'T STAND THE MUSIC

    Never heard that and the film was definitely NOT rubbish.A review is only one person's opinion. None of my friends even read them. All the music numbers are now classics.

  27. MDS

    Fun fact #1
    The only PG-rated film that shows full frontal male nudity.

    What about Superman: The Movie? 😉

    But does CSTM really have a willie in it? Wow! I saw it once as a kid on BBC1 c.1983 and it was pre-9pm, so they'd have had to delete the shot.

  28. For anyone interested in the film, the documentary, "The Fabulous Allan Carr," is streaming for free on Amazon Prime right now. It has an interesting section on the film and interviews with several of the people in the production. It's a really cool film about a unique individual. The director of the doc has a commentary track on the Blu-ray as well as a second commentary by VP member, Randy Jones.

  29. JoshZ

    I think certain people had major blinders on during that era. I recall my grandfather being a huge fan of Liberace without having the faintest clue that he might be gay (Liberace, not my grandfather).

    Yup. Liberace and Paul Lynde, as well. I think that most people knew they were Gay, but it wasn't talked about in public, so the thinking was, "If they don't say it outright, assume they're straight." Liberace, especially, was a sex symbol in his heyday and had a huge female fanbase.

  30. Brian Kidd

    Yup. Liberace and Paul Lynde, as well. I think that most people knew they were Gay, but it wasn't talked about in public, so the thinking was, "If they don't say it outright, assume they're straight." Liberace, especially, was a sex symbol in his heyday and had a huge female fanbase.

    Same with George Michael when I was in high school. It seemed pretty obvious to me, but a lot of girls didn't seem to clue into the fact that he played for the other team.

  31. cinemiracle

    Never heard that and the film was definitely NOT rubbish.A review is only one person's opinion. None of my friends even read them. All the music numbers are now classics.

    Absolutely! In fact, a recent poll by major film critics and cineastes listed the 10 greatest musical numbers in film history:

    1. Gene Kelly singing and dancing the title number in Singin' In The Rain (1952).
    2. The barn raising dance from Seven Brides For Seven Brothers (1954).
    3. Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers "Never Gonna Dance" from Swing Time (1936).
    4. Judy Garland singing "Over The Rainbow" from The Wizard Of Oz (1939).
    5. "America" from West Side Story (1961).
    6. Liza Minnelli performing "Mein Herr" from Cabaret (1972).
    7. The American In Paris ballet from An American In Paris (1951).
    8. Judy Garland performing "The Trolley Song" from Meet Me In St. Louis (1944).
    9. Julie Andrews performing the title number in The Sound Of Music (1965).
    10 Village People performing YMCA from Can't Stop The Music (1980).

  32. Thomas T

    Absolutely! In fact, a recent poll by major film critics and cineastes listed the 10 greatest musical numbers in film history:
    […]
    10. Village People performing YMCA from Can't Stop The Music (1980).

    Fantastic!! I own the top NINE!!!:rock::dancing-banana-04::rock:

  33. Thomas T

    Absolutely! In fact, a recent poll by major film critics and cineastes listed the 10 greatest musical numbers in film history:

    10 Village People performing YMCA from Can't Stop The Music (1980).

    Oh no, I'm not falling for this, once was enough. I'm still trying to shake off getting caught up in the Vincente Minnelli LOST HORIZON musical fiasco 😛

    (Your wit is sharp as a ginsu knife and as dry as the Sahara and I NEVER know whether or not to believe you, lol)

  34. PMF

    Fantastic!! I own the top NINE!!!:rock::dancing-banana-04::rock:

    ON DVD or blu-ray I can say I own all of them… on Blu-ray I own 8 and during the Next sale of Criterion I shall own nine of the blu-rays.. that's assuming I can't stop buying CSTM before Swing Time …

  35. Will Krupp

    Oh no, I'm not falling for this, once was enough. I'm still trying to shake off getting caught up in the Vincente Minnelli LOST HORIZON musical fiasco 😛 I NEVER know whether or not to believe you, lol)

    You can believe me 99.8% of the time. It's that 2% you have to watch out for 😉

  36. Will Krupp

    Oh no, I'm not falling for this! Once was enough! I'm still trying to shake off getting caught up in that Vincente Minnelli LOST HORIZON musical fiasco 😛

    (Your wit is sharp as a ginsu knife and as dry as the Sahara and I NEVER know whether or not to believe you, lol)

    Vincent Minnelli did not direct Lost Horizon. It was Charles Jarrott

  37. B-ROLL

    If you don't count Never Cry Wolf… 😉
    [​IMG]

    MDS

    And the only DIsney movie that a mouse is eaten. 🙂

    Thankfully Charles Martin Smith wasn't slipped a Mickey.:D

  38. Will Krupp

    Oh no, I'm not falling for this! Once was enough! I'm still trying to shake off getting caught up in that Vincente Minnelli LOST HORIZON musical fiasco :razz:[…]

    I could've sworn that the LOST HORIZON credits included the name of Livza Ullmannelli.
    Guess I'll have to check, again.;)

  39. PMF

    I could've sworn that the LOST HORIZON credits included the name of Livza Ullmannelli.
    Guess I'll have to it check, again.;)

    Not to derail the topic, but to derail the topic, the first time watched Lost Horizon, it took so long to get to the songs that I forgot it was a Musical. When they started singing, I thought, "Oh, yeah! This is a Musical, isn't it? Here we go."

  40. PMF

    Thankfully Charles Martin Smith wasn't slipped a Mickey.:D

    I'm sure he may have had some help from a "bottle of Old Harper" 😉 … Back to the film Mrs. Morgenstern directed …

  41. MDS

    Vincent Minnelli did not direct Lost Horizon. It was Charles Jarrott

    Yes, I know. Thomas T, however, once posted (in the spirit of whatever thread we were in) that there had been a planned and cancelled Vincente Minnelli version at MGM in the 1950's starring (I think) Mamie Van Doren (among other outrageous casting choices) and I was the asshole who believed him, lol.

  42. Will Krupp

    Yes, I know. Thomas T, however, once posted (in the spirit of whatever thread we were in) that there had been a planned and cancelled Vincente Minnelli version at MGM in the 1950's starring (I think) Mamie Van Doren (among other outrageous casting choices) and I was the asshole who believed him, lol.

    Years ago, someone showed me vaulted illustrations and logos for some poster designs on other cancelled projects from the 1950's. One read as follows: "Minnelli. Mamie. Mame."
    Clearly, this concept was slightly ahead of its time, so they junked it.
    BTW, Will, I've got an investment for you that concerns the sale of a bridge down-ways of lower Manhattan.:D

  43. PMF

    Will, I've got an excellent investment for you that involves the sale of a bridge down-ways of lower Manhattan.:D

    Aww shucks, too late. I already bought one (from the NICEST man I met on the street!)

    Who needs two?

  44. Will Krupp

    Aww shucks, too late. I already bought one (from the NICEST man I met on the street!)

    Who needs two?

    These days, everyone here knows that if your into physical media then its always good to have a back-up of two players.
    Same goes for bridges; future proof thyself and Tapp in Zee accounts. Just ask DP John "Toll".

    Kyrsten Brad

    Hey, is that the same guy I bought Martian real estate from?

    Different group. Your investment was drawn up from the firm of de Milo & Sons.

    Brian Kidd

    You met Matt Damon?!? 😉

    I met him in the 90's at a Boston Pub. Recognizable, but he wasn't quite the Matt Damon yet. Nice guy, amiable and focused. Strangest thing, though, as he came into the place with a leashed duck. Bemused, I squatted down eye-level to this feathered being saying, "…and what's your name?". To my amazement the duck had answered me back and shouted "Affleck". With that, Matt had covered the bill. As I proceeded to move on, I said to the duo "Some stars are made and others are Bourne."

  45. PMF

    I met him in the 90's at a Boston Pub. Recognizable, but he wasn't quite the Matt Damon yet. Nice guy, amiable and focused. Strangest thing, though, as he came into the place with a leashed duck. Bemused, I squatted down eye-level to this feathered being saying, "…and what's your name?". To my amazement the duck had answered me back and shouted "Affleck". With that, Matt had covered the bill. As I proceeded to move on, I said to the duo "Some stars are made and others are Bourne."

    I'd like to present you with your award for winning the Internet on this day. You made me chuckle. That's a gift.

  46. Brian Kidd

    1980 was a watershed year for WTF Musicals. Xanadu, CSTM and The Apple, all released in a single year. All are perennial favorites of mine.

    And let's not forget Times Square- another WTF musical also set in decrepit 1979-80 New York City

  47. MartinP.

    I like it better than Mamma Mia.
    (Which I absolutely abhor.)

    I saw it at the Paramount Theater (now the El Capitan) on Hollywood Blvd. when it came out and the theater was full. It was full again when I saw it a second time with some different friends who wanted to see it. So, there's that.

    That is true. I have an old Hollywood Reporter that I kept for reasons other than what I'm going to mention now, but it has a two page centerfold advertising the upcoming release of the film, which apparently was originally titled, "Discoland: Where the Music Never Ends."

    (And, interestingly, there is another full page ad with John Travolta being announced for the lead in the upcoming filming of Interview with the Vampire.)

    Do you still have the ad for Discoland and if you do could you post it? Thanks

  48. MDS

    Do you still have the ad for Discoland and if you do could you post it? Thanks

    Michael, I do have it…but where…so many boxes in storage…I don't like to disappoint, but I doubt I'd find it anytime soon, if I even had time to find it. :unsure:

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    "This billboard, promoting the Village People disco-musical "Can't Stop the Music" graced Sunset Blvd. in 1980. The billboard itself actually had a traffic-stopping, star-studded, red-carpet, unveiling ceremony on "Can't Stop The Music Day" (Thank you, mayor Tom Bradley). The red carpet extended from the billboard all the way to the door of the famous Schwab's drugstore. Long after the movie – a monumental flop – had disappeared from theaters, this billboard was still up. For more info on the making of this memorably bad film, check out the book "Party Animals: A Hollywood Tale of Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll Starring the Fabulous Allan Carr" by Robert Hofler.

    This post on an L.A. photo discussion site (Noirish Los Angeles) prompted a poster who worked for a movie tie-in company that produced a photo book for this film. Here's a link to that post with a couple pictures:
    http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?p=8594180#post8594180

    FYI: If you look at posts before and after on that linked page there is a bit of other discussion about the film here and there.

  50. I watched the blu on the projector yesterday and IMO it looks great. Nice color and the grain seems right for 1979. I wish the sound had a little more oomph, but I recall thinking the same thing when I saw it 40 years ago. Although it says 5.1, I never got anything in the subwoofer, and I tried the 2.0 with Pro Logic and it didn't fire the sub, either. To be sure everything was working, I put in Jurassic Park and there was plenty of subwoofer activity. Anyway, I think the disco sound needs more "thump". Not a fault of the disc, just the way the sound was done originally I suppose.

    I also listened to the commentary which had some interesting tidbits. Apparently, the YMCA number was staged and filmed by Nancy Walker and company, but was rejected. It was then re-filmed, almost as a separate production, by a team that specialized in music videos. I would love to see that first version.

    I do enjoy the musical numbers.

  51. We watched it a couple of days ago. I totally concur with your assessment of the video/audio quality. I haven't gotten the chance to listen to the commentary yet, but I'm looking forward to it. My 15-year-old son saw it for the first time. The next day, we were grocery shopping and he said, "Don't forget to pick up two Snowballs and a Ding-Dong." 😆

  52. Worth

    Same with George Michael when I was in high school. It seemed pretty obvious to me, but a lot of girls didn't seem to clue into the fact that he played for the other team.

    Including George Michael. 😉 When his first single off Faith, the infamous I Want Your Sex, was released, much hubbub was made about his "girlfriend" Kathy Jeung appearing in the video to reinforce the importance of monogamy during the AIDS crisis.

  53. My favorite shot in the film is the look on the Leatherman's face when the guys first see the half-naked athletes in the YMCA. His eyes pop out like something from a Tex Avery cartoon!

  54. Saw this on its post flop appearance at our local budget theatre. I was only 12 but knew this was the gayest film ever made. I loved it for that. It's utterly ridiculous and the only thing that works is the delightful Paul Sand. Love the opening tho and Jenner's seduction scene is unarguably the worst in film history. The blu looks great and it's like cocaine without the negative.

  55. Brad here. Finally got to watch this one through. Some notes:

    1. Now I’m very much a straight guy but I must say that Randy Jones in his younger days was one helluva good looking guy. We’re Randy a st8 Guy, the ladies would’ve been all after him. It’s a mystery to me why Randy wasn’t a big Hollywood Star a little later like say Tom Selleck.

    2. Valerie Perrine in the pool/hot tub. Wowzer. Nuff said there.

    3. Felipe (our beloved Indian) looked a lot younger In this film than he did on the Village People album covers & posters. He looked a lot more serious & fearsome on the posters.

    All in all a fun film which would have done a lot better at the American box office had disco still been a big phenomenon in the early 80s instead of the big nosedive the genre took starting in late 1979.

    Oh and I’ll say again I’m very much and always was a str8 guy but I very much was a fan of the Village People back in the days right before I went to USMC Boot Camp in April 1979. Which mean’t I had to miss the Village People concert in Cleveland (which was postponed anyway).

  56. Kyrsten Brad

    Brad here. Finally got to watch this one through. Some notes:

    1. Now I’m very much a straight guy but I must say that Randy Jones in his younger days was one helluva good looking guy. We’re Randy a st8 Guy, the ladies would’ve been all after him. It’s a mystery to me why Randy wasn’t a big Hollywood Star a little later like say Tom Selleck.

    2. Valerie Perrine in the pool/hot tub. Wowzer. Nuff said there.

    3. Felipe (our beloved Indian) looked a lot younger In this film than he did on the Village People album covers & posters. He looked a lot more serious & fearsome on the posters.

    All in all a fun film which would have done a lot better at the American box office had disco still been a big phenomenon in the early 80s instead of the big nosedive the genre took starting in late 1979.

    Oh and I’ll say again I’m very much and always was a str8 guy but I very much was a fan of the Village People back in the days right before I went to USMC Boot Camp in April 1979. Which mean’t I had to miss the Village People concert in Cleveland (which was postponed anyway).

    I have friends who are friends with Randy (six degrees of separation, I guess) and they have nothing but positive things to say about the man. He's apparently just as nice as he comes across on film.

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