SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER
1977, Paramount, 119 min, USA, Dir: John Badham

Plucked from the cast of the ensemble high-school sitcom “Welcome Back Kotter” for his first starring film role, this is the movie that made John Travolta a movie star and confirmed that the man can DANCE! Director John Badham, better known for action and war movies, here captures the connection between great dance music and the body. The story of a Brooklyn youth stuck in a working-class job, who finds that being king of the dance floor during the late-’70s disco craze might be his ticket to bigger things, SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER has it all: big hair, white polyester suits and the quintessential Bee Gees soundtrack.


WARGAMES
1983, MGM/Park Circus, 114 min, USA, Dir: John Badham

Gentlemen, please: no video-gaming in the war room. For Matthew Broderick's seminal teen computer hacker, coming of age, saving the world and getting Ally Sheedy mean accidentally triggering World War III (and causing big headaches for the likes of Dabney Coleman and Barry Corbin). Director John Badham's tale of a boy, his modem and Armageddon is as suspenseful - and unnerving - as ever. With a score by Arthur B. Rubinstein.


BLUE THUNDER
1983, Sony Repertory, 109 min, USA, Dir: John Badham

Déjà vu 1983! The government has unleashed its newest weapon: a heavily armed helicopter that can spy on civilians from 1,000 feet and incinerate entire city blocks. The only ones who can stop Big Brother (in the form of Malcolm McDowell’s fascist cop) from using it against us are Vietnam vet-turned-police chopper pilot Roy Scheider and his tech-savvy partner, Daniel Stern. Director John Badham's paranoid actioner flies high with stunning cinematography by John Alonzo and dazzling dogfights over downtown L.A.


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