Herbert Ross (1984)

12A Certificate


Our Score
This is essentially a souped up Elvis Presley-style musical with a daft plot to match, as free-spirited teenager Kevin Bacon fights small-minded minister John Lithgow in a small town where rock 'n' roll and dancing are illegal. Bacon, Lori Singer, Dianne Wiest, Chris Penn and Sarah Jessica Parker perform wonders with a story that hits the drivel button and becomes overly sentimental far too frequently. While Kenny Loggins may not be the first composer you'd think of to write songs for a rock musical, his tunes aren't half bad (the title track got to number six in the UK charts), and the energy raised during the finger-snapping dance numbers is surprisingly infectious.


A rebellious, hip-swinging student from the city moves to a small religious community, where he instantly clashes with an old-school fire-and-brimstone preacher - who has banned dancing and rock 'n' roll because he considers them immoral. Drama, starring Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, John Lithgow, Chris Penn, Dianne Wiest and Sarah Jessica Parker.

Cast & Crew

Ren MacCormack Kevin Bacon
Ariel Moore Lori Singer
Reverend Moore John Lithgow
Vi Moore Dianne Wiest
Willard Chris Penn
Rusty Sarah Jessica Parker
Woody John Laughlin
Wendy Jo Elizabeth Gorcey
Chuck Jim Youngs
Ethel Frances Lee McCain
Burlington Douglas Dirkson
Lulu Lynne Marta
Wes Arthur Rosenberg
Andy Timothy Scott
Director Herbert Ross
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: U.I.P. (UK)Guidance: Edited for violence and language. Drug abuse and brief nudity. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray