Classic tale of teen rebellion and repression features a delightful combination of dance choreography and realistic and touching performances. When teenager Ren and his family move from big-city Chicago to a small town in the West, 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 with a jealous boyfriend. and 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, but only Ren has the courage to initiate a battle to abolish the outmoded ban and revitalize the spirit of the repressed townspeople. Fast-paced drama is filled with such now-famous hit songs as the title track and "Let's Hear It for the Boy."
Lori Singer....Ariel Moore
John Lithgow....Reverend Shaw Moore
Dianne Wiest....Vi Moore
Chris Penn....Willard Hewitt (as Christopher Penn)
Sarah Jessica Parker....Rusty
Elizabeth Gorcey....Wendy Jo
Frances Lee McCain....Ethel McCormack
Jim Youngs....Chuck Cranston
Douglas Dirkson....Burlington Cranston
Lynne Marta....Lulu Warnicker
Arthur Rosenberg....Wes Warnicker
Timothy Scott....Andy Beamis
Alan Haufrect....Coach Roger Dunbar
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