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Footloose Academy Award Nomination! Academy Award Nomination! 

By Tom Keogh

Director Herbert Ross (The Turning Point) pulled a winning movie out of this almost self-consciously archetypal tale of teenage rock rebellion. Kevin Bacon stars as a hip city kid who ends up in a Bible-belt town after his parents divorce. An ill fit for a conservative community where rock is frowned upon and dancing is forbidden, Bacon's character rallies the kids and takes on the establishment. Between a good cast really embracing the drama of Dean Pitchford's screenplay, and Ross's imaginative, highly charged way of shooting the dance numbers, you can get lost in this all-ages confection, and you won't even mind Kenny Loggins's bubbly pop. Bonuses include one of John Lithgow's best performances (a bit reminiscent of Jimmy Stewart), and Christopher Penn (who sure doesn't look the same anymore) as a good-natured hick who learns to boogie.

Academy Awards

Footloose received Academy Awards nominations for Music Best Song (Tom Snow - Music & Lyrics, Dean Pitchford - Music & Lyrics) and Music Best Song (Kenny Loggins - Music & Lyrics, Dean Pitchford - Music & Lyrics).

 

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Director: Herbert Ross

Stars: Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, John Lithgow, Dianne Wiest, Christopher Penn, Sarah Jessica Parker, John Laughlin, Elizabeth Gorcey, Frances Lee McCain, Jim Youngs, Brian Wimmer

Released: February 17, 1984

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