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‘Saturday Night Fever’ returns to the big screen for its 40th anniversary

John Travolta and Karen Lynn Gorney in “Saturday Night Fever,” which returns to theaters nationwide May 7 and 10.
John Travolta and Karen Lynn Gorney in “Saturday Night Fever,” which returns to theaters nationwide May 7 and 10. Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

John Travolta imprinted himself on the consciousness of a generation in 1977 as moody Tony Manero in “Saturday Night Fever.”

Growing up in working-class Brooklyn, Tony dreams of leaving the neighborhood behind even though he’s a prince at the local night club because of his dancing prowess. The Oscar-nominated performance is often most recalled for Travolta’s revelatory disco moves and the triumphant dance sequences set to the Bee Gees’ historic soundtrack. Those hits include “Stayin’ Alive,” “Night Fever,” “How Deep Is Your Love,” “More Than A Woman” and “If I Can’t Have You.” The album has sold more than 40 million copies.

There was a darkly tinged story beneath the flashy white suit though. For this 40th anniversary screening, director John Badham has restored the film by adding back in four short scenes that deepen Tony’s character but were cut just before the movie’s release.

Saturday Night Fever” returns to theaters nationwide May 7 and 10. Locally, it’s playing at the Regal Natomas Marketplace Stadium 16 and the Regal El Dorado Hills Stadium 14.

Marcus Crowder

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