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Thank God It's Friday (1978)

A Friday in the life of the disco club the Zoo, where the staff and clients meet and dance their their lives away.

Director:

Robert Klane

Writer:

Armyan Bernstein (as Barry Armyan Bernstein)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Valerie Landsburg ... Frannie
Terri Nunn ... Jeannie
Chick Vennera ... Marv Gomez
Donna Summer ... Nicole Sims
Ray Vitte ... Bobby Speed
Mark Lonow ... Dave
Andrea Howard Andrea Howard ... Sue
Jeff Goldblum ... Tony
Robin Menken Robin Menken ... Maddy
Debra Winger ... Jennifer
John Friedrich ... Ken
Paul Jabara Paul Jabara ... Carl
Mews Small ... Jackie (as Marya Small)
Chuck Sacci ... Gus
Hilary Beane ... Shirley
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Storyline

It's Friday and everyone is going to the hot new disco. The Commodores are scheduled to play if Floyd shows up with the instruments and Nicole dreams of becoming a disco star. Other characters are there to win the dance contest, or to put a little excitement into a fifth anniversary. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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After 5000 years of civilization, we all need a break. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

20 July 1978 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

T.G.I.F. See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,200,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The New York publication 'The Village Voice' reported that the picture had test screenings conducted in the USA's Midwest (aka the American Midwest aka the Midwestern United States of America). Of particular interest was any negative audience reaction to a scene where two men are seen disco dancing together. Test audience results showed that there were no significant negative responses to this scene and as such it remained in the picture. See more »

Goofs

During the dance contest, Frannie is dancing with Marv in blue platform-soled shoes. But after they win the contest and go to the stage to collect their prize, a wide shot reveals that she is barefoot. Probably most of the actual dancing was done this way, rather than in those dangerous platform soles. See more »

Quotes

Ken: Excuse me, I was wondering if...
Transvestite: [turns around] Oh, so was I.
[holding up a necklace]
Transvestite: Is this me?
Ken: I don't know.
[turns around walks away]
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Crazy Credits

In the closing credits, the name of actress Linda Cremeans is mis-spelled, as "Linda Creamans" See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Muppet Show: Lesley Ann Warren (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Masterpiece
Performed by Thelma Houston
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Today's fad is tomorrow's joke
7 May 2001 | by SchlockmeisterSee all my reviews

This is an easy movie to laugh at. It is very into it's time and it's music, fashion, the whole nine yards. This movie came out in 1978 when disco was at it's most popular. DJs who a few years later would get on the "Disco Sucks" bandwagon were still wearing their polyester suits and wearing gold chains, playing the soundtrack of "Saturday Night Fever" over and over again. It's easy to forget how big disco was and how serious it was for a brief span of time. This movie attempts to portray in a humourous way, a night at a very "cool" disco, presided over by a very "cool" owner and DJ, who played " cool" music all night long. It shows how a night at the disco affects several different kinds of people, from a couple whose marriage is on the skids to two underage girls trying to sneak in to enter a dance contest. The music is pounding, the drug use blatant, the clothes were wild, yes this was 1978. This was all a clever package, of course, to market the movie's fantastic soundtrack. Like the SNF soundtrack, this movie sold their double LP soundtrack like hotcakes. Live performances by Donna Summer and The Commodores add to this movies appeal. Recommended as a double feature with "Detroit Rock City" to show that there was two very divergent musical tastes amoung white kids in 1978.


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