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Footloose (1984) is the title of an American feature film that tells the story of a teenager, Ren (played by Kevin Bacon), raised in Chicago, who moves to a small town where the town government has banned dancing and rock music. Ren and his classmates want to have a senior prom, with music and dancing, and so must figure out a way to get around the law and Reverend Shaw Moore (Played by John Lithgow) who makes it his mission in life to keep the town dance and rock-free. The movie was loosely based on events that took place in the tiny, rural farming community of Elmore City, Oklahoma.
Dean Pitchford wrote the screenplay for the film and Herbert Ross directed. Paramount Pictures co-produced and distributed the film. Footloose also starred Lori Singer as Reverend Moore's independent daughter Ariel and Dianne Wiest as the Reverend's devoted yet sympathetic wife. Footloose is one of the earliest film appearances of Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker for which she was nominated for Best Young Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Musical, Comedy, Adventure or Drama at the Sixth Annual Youth in Film Awards,and Chris Penn as Willard Hewitt,Ren's friend,who doesn't know how to dance until Ren teaches him.
Two songs from the movie, Footloose and Let's Hear It for the Boy, received 1985 Academy Award nominations for Best Music (Original Song). The song Footloose also received a 1985 Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Original Song - Motion Picture.
"Footloose" is also a popular play. It is now no longer a broadway play, yet the spirit lives on!
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