238: Disco

Once again, your At The Flicks team bravely go where no other podcasters dare to follow.  For this mission we take on that mightiest of topics – the history of the DISCO MOVIE! 

At the Flicks · 238: Disco

Yes, Jeff and Graham are in their element talking once again about the 1970’s.  This time they have brought a friend.  BBC reporter and disco expert Steve Knibbs.

You may well ask how did the team prepare for this one?  Graham puts on his 70’s disco suit once again (that’s the decade and not his age), Jeff waxes lyrical about his favourite Thank God It’s Friday (he tells anyone who listens that it won an Oscar) and Steve adds some fascinating facts plus amusing stories about the music.

Apart from a burning desire to get out the Saturday Night Fever album for an urgent relisten, this show will tell you :

  • Which film was considered the first disco movie, but only in retrospect
  • The reality of the story that inspired Saturday Night Fever
  • The forgotten film in John Travolta’s early career
  • What sport took disco to its heart 

The team also discuss what happened to the disco movie once the craze was over.  What films since have been inspired by the life and times of the music? 

As you can guess, this is a comprehensive chat which we hope is as much fun for you to listen to, as it was for us to record.

So, put on your boogie shoes, stop jive talking and prepare to catch some night fever.

We’ll see you at the disco or At The Flicks


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Saturday Night Fever

The Making Of Saturday Night Fever

Thank God It’s Friday Extended Preview

Film List

Below is a list of all the films and TV Shows referenced in this Podcast.

  • 12 Angry Men
  • 54
  • Ben Hur
  • Blacula
  • Boogie Nights
  • Can’t Stop The Music 
  • Car Wash
  • Disco 9000
  • Disco Fever
  • Disco Godfather
  • Dracula
  • Drive-In
  • Grease
  • Grease 2
  • Halloween
  • Hell Night
  • I Wanna Dance With Somebody
  • Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Jukebox
  • Moment By Moment 
  • Night At The Roxbury
  • Predator
  • Roller Boogie
  • Saturday Night Fever
  • Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Heartclub Band
  • Shaft
  • Skatetown USA
  • Star Wars 
  • Stop Making Sense
  • Studio 54
  • Thank God It’s Friday
  • The Last Days Of Disco
  • The Last Starfighter
  • The Magic Roundabout (TV)
  • The Music Box
  • The Offence 
  • The Pawnbroker
  • The Saint Of Second Chances
  • The Wiz
  • Tommy
  • Welcome Back Kotter (TV)
  • Xanadu


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