Twenty-seven years ago today on February 17, 1984, one of the greatest works ever committed to celluloid premiered…Footloose. Starring a young Kevin Bacon as a rebellious, dance-loving teen who moves to a small town that’s outlawed dancing, Footloose was my generation’s Rebel Without A Cause. Except this rebel had a cause…defiantly dancing in old barns while employing impossibly fly moves that no normal teenager could possibly pull off (well, unless that teenager had Chuck Gaylord, brother of Olympic gymnast Mitch Gaylord, as his body double).
And yup, I was there 27 years ago on opening weekend—begged my uncle to drive me to the theater to experience 107 minutes of pure Bacon-and-Loggins-inspired awesomeness. I can prattle on and on about what makes this film so glorious, but I think the following videos can make my point much better:
“I thought this was a party. LET’S DANCE!” Hell yeah…!