At this point in time, Kevin Bacon was still pretty well a newcomer. He had roles in Animal House and Friday the 13th, but FOOTLOOSE really put the man on the map. It was essential to his career that this movie did well and luckily for him, it ended up producing ten times what it cost to make, grossing $80 million for a movie with a budget of $8 million. Itís kind of weird to see such a young Kevin Bacon after just finishing up watching X-Men: First Class. Bacon pours all he has into the role and with his smooth moves he set the hearts of young women everywhere a flutter.
Lori Singer is an equally gifted actress and breaks out in her role as Ariel, the troubled daughter of Reverend Moore. In addition to being a gifted actress, Singer is also an accomplished dancer and was a prodigal cellist (she was accepted into Julliard at the age of 14). She beat out Madonna for the lead role in FOOTLOOSEÖ like THE Madonna (not that Iím a big fan of Madonna, but still).
FOOTLOOSE is a classic for a variety of reasons, with each reason varying from person to person. Maybe itís because you related to the film because youíve felt oppressed in the past (apparently all you need to do is just drink and dance is out like Kevin Bacon). Maybe itís because youíve wanted something more from life, like Ariel in the movie. Or maybe itís because you just really like movies about dancing. Whatever your reasons are, the facts remain the same.
From Bomont to the Big Apple: An Interview with Sarah Jessica Parker: SJP talks about getting cast in the movie and the relationship she held with her costars. She talks about how working on FOOTLOOSE really taught her about show business and how things were then versus now.
Remembering Willard: A Tribute to Chris Penn: Interview with Chris before his death in 2006 (at the young age of 40), as well as interviews with the cast about what it was like working with him. Penn played the character of Willard in the movie and prior to being cast in the role, had (according to Sarah Jessica Parker) never danced a day in his life. Penn signed on to do the movie before he knew it was a dancing film and it took a lot of work for him to get the moves down. SJP goes on to talk about how Penn was her first love and she talks about their relationship together.
Kevin Bacon's Screen Test: Basically how Kevin Bacon ended up getting cast in the iconic role. He wasnít the studios first choice and they needed a lot of selling to get Bacon on board and the screen test was what sold them.
Kevin Bacon Costume Montage: This is basically exactly what it sounds likeÖ a series of clips and images of Kevin Bacon wearing various costumes from the movie.
Audio Commentary with Kevin Bacon
Audio Commentary with producer Craig Zadan and writer Dean Pitchford
Archival Features from the 2004 DVD Release:
ē Footloose: A Modern Musical Ė Part 1
ē Footloose: A Modern Musical Ė Part 2
ē Footloose: Songs That Tell a Story
ē Theatrical Trailer
Silly and a bit dated, FOOTLOOSE remains one of those films to brighten a day as needed. Good performances by the cast, fun story (albeit a bit hokey) and just an all round entertaining movie to be enjoyed by everyone.