John Travolta is Tony Manero, a young man living at home and working in a hardware store in Brooklyn. Every Saturday, to escape his difficult relationship with his parents, his dead-end job, and his romantic struggles, Tony puts on his wide collared shirt, flared trousers and platform shoes and heads out to the only place where he’s seen as a god rather than some young punk – his local disco. Away from the strobe lights and glitter ball though, Tony’s story as a Brooklyn paint store clerk becomes one of tragic disillusionment, violence and heartbreak.
Far more complex and dark than might be realised by those who know the film only for its Bee Gees soundtrack and Travolta’s white suit. Highlighting issues of gang culture and racial tension, Saturday Night Fever remains a powerful and provocative tragedy that carries as much weight now as it did in 1977.
We’re thrilled to present this film in partnership with V&A Dundee, celebrating the new exhibition Night Fever: Designing Nightclub Culture. Visit their website to find out more and pre-book your visit.