Saturday Night Fever Starring: John Travolta, Karen Gorney, Barry Miller Director: John Badham The film: Little did the world know that when John Travolta sashayed down a crowded New York street, with the Bee Gees wailing away in his ears, that popular culture would be changed forever. But so it's proved - Hongkongers are this week lining up to see the stage version of the film, and the movie-soundtrack connection that Saturday Night Fever established is still going strong. Luckily, no one still tries to bust a move like Travolta did in 1977 - well, not many, anyway - and those flared crotch-crampers have also been consigned to history. After working his way through stage, TV (as the dim-witted Barbarino in Welcome Back, Kotter) and made-for-TV movies (The Boy in the Plastic Bubble), Travolta became a major star thanks to his role as wannabe dancer Tony Manero. He fits the role seamlessly, giving the disco era a hero and tapping into youth culture's inherent desire to break free from society's shackles. And such is his natural charm that you can forgive the character's failings, too - he's not a nice chap for the most part. Manero sees dancing as his ticket to the high life, but as his fame spreads, so do his choices, and his women, and we end up with a man who learns the hard way that it's hard to escape your roots. The film works its magic when Travolta is let loose on the dance floor - even now you can forgive all the dodgy haircuts thanks to the music and the moves. Director John Badham works wonders under the silver ball, capturing the pulse of the disco movement. And, more than ever before, that was what the film was about - the songs you hear were for the first time released as singles as part of the film's promotional push, and in doing so allowed the film to top the US$100 million mark, while the Bee Gees became multimillionaires. Travolta's career since has had its ups and downs, but the film had a strange effect on its supporting cast - most faded quickly in obscurity - and even Badham would never again scale the same heights, being confined these days to guesting as a director on TV series. Travolta is so good you can forgive him for reprising the role, under Sylvester Stallone's guidance, in 1983's woeful Staying Alive. The extras: The 25th anniversary edition is the one to opt for, but even then there are limited bonus features. Commentary from the director gives some interesting anecdotes (Barbarino made Travolta so popular in New York that filming sometimes had to be stopped as fans gathered), and Behind the Music is a gem that explores all the problems behind the scenes. There are also a few deleted scenes that, thankfully, stayed so.