Sleazy Movies of the 1970s

Saturday Night Fever (1977)

You probably remember the disco, but not the desperation.

Saturday Night Fever is a nuanced and gritty character study of Tony Manero (John Travolta, above) that unflinchingly depicts racism and sexual violence. Tony is deeply flawed, and no hero by today’s standards, but the movie tries to win back our affection for him by the end.

For such a successful film, it’s a very sleazy movie and a rough watch — but the dancing is fantastic, at least.

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