Xanadu (1980) (part 1 of 7)

The Cast of Characters:
Olivia Newton-John as KiraKira (Olivia Newton-John). A muse. Supposedly Terpsichore, the muse of dance and dramatic chorus. But she doesn’t dance so much as skip about, and as for dramatic chorus… Well, there’s hardly any drama in this movie. But boy, can she sing. And sing. And sing.
Gene Kelly as Danny McGuireDanny McGuire (Gene Kelly). A clarinet player. Can out-dance and out-act most of the main cast, yet somehow spends the entire movie getting dissed by everyone instead.
Michael Beck as Sonny MaloneSonny Malone (Michael Beck). An artist. Spends half of the movie whining, and the other half obsessing over a woman who technically doesn’t exist. Beck doesn’t receive top billing, despite being the main character and having the most screen time. Which should tell you something right there.

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LaShawn Wanak

When not burying her face in a book or wiping snot off her preschooler, LaShawn can often be found hunched over her laptop, churning out short stories and cackling madly. She likens bad movies to fried twinkies--greasy, fattening, full of empty calories, and very, very addictive.

Multi-Part Article: Xanadu (1980)

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  • Mochamays

    i love xanadu. it’s a fun, happy movie with roller-skating, plenty of glitz and great music. it’s the perfect musical fantasy. and the fact that both olivia-newton john and the great gene kelly are in it doesn’t hurt! i feel that if it had been as successfull as grease, people would be talking about how great it is. if it didn’t do good in theaters and is labeled as a “cheesy” movie, then people with no mind of their own automatically hate it. there are so many bandwagon jumpers, it’s pathetic. to those people that still haven’t seen  it and actually make up their OWN minds about what they like or don’t like, give xanadu a chance!