January 1, 2013
Warner Home Video
When teenager Ren and his family move from Chicago to a small midwestern town, he's in for a real case of culture shock. Though he tries hard to fit in, the streetwise Ren can't quite believe he's living in a place where rock music and dancing are illegal. There is one small pleasure, however: Ariel, a troubled but lovely blonde -- who also has a jealous boyfriend. In fact, it is Ariel's dad, a Bible-thumping minister, who is responsible for keeping the town dance-free. Ren and his classmates want to do away with this ordinance, especially since the senior prom is around the corner. When Ren's pent-up frustrations cause a confrontation with Rev. Moore, will things get worse? Or will he get the ban lifted -- and win Ariel's heart in the process?
A big city teenager moves to a conservative rural community where today's music and public dancing are prohibited. Together with the local minister's daughter, the young man struggles to revitalize the spirit of the townspeople. Academy Award Nominations: Best Song ("Footloose"), Best Song ("Let's Hear It for the Boy").
David Hasselhoff makes a cameo appearance in a diner scene.
"What did David do? What did David do? What did David do? David danced. Leaping and dancing before the Lord. There was a time for this law, but not anymore. This is our time to dance."--Ren (Kevin Bacon)
The hit movie was later turned into a successful Broadway musical.