Flashdance

Depressing to think that this was a huge hit on the back of the Irene Cara hit single, since there's absolutely nothing to it, beyond Ms Beals cavorting in a leotard, lots of sheeny backgrounds courtesy of Lyne the former adman, and a Joe Eszterhas screenplay mixed through with cliché concentrate as female blue-collar worker proceeds from showgirl at a men's club to the big audition for the Pittsburgh ballet school. The star, it has to be said, is not at her most convincing as a welder (how does she afford an apartment the size of an aircraft hangar?), nor should we forget that most of the serious terpsichorean gymnastics were done by uncredited French dancer Marine Jahan. The snappily edited pop-video for the title tune renders the rest of this guff surplus to requirements.

Release details

Duration: 98 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Adrian Lyne
Screenwriter: Tom Hedley, Joe Eszterhas
Cast: Jennifer Beals
Michael Nouri
Lilia Skala
Sunny Johnson
Kyle T Heffner
Belinda Bauer

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5 / 5

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