Out of all of the movies released in 1983,
Flashdance was probably the hottest. The movie’s plot revolves around
Alexandra, a character played by Jennifer Beals. Alexandra leads somewhat
of a double life. During the day, she works at a steel mill – at night
she’s an exotic dancer. Of course exotic dancing isn’t what she wants to
be doing with her life. Alex’s dream is to get a place at an elite dance
school in Pittsburgh.
It seems as though Flashdance is filled with a cast of dreamers. Jeanie,
Alexandra’s best friend, wants to be a professional ice skater and
Jeanie’s boyfriend wants to be a professional comedian. Whatever happened
to the old-fashioned aspirations of being a doctor or lawyer? Maybe they
were just to blasé for the Flashdance movie.
While Flashdance may not be full of the white-collar crew, it is
definitely filled with one common 80s theme –
legwarmers. Yes, Flashdance is one of the reasons legwarmers were such
a fashion hit in the 80s.
Within the Flashdance plot you have the basic “boy meets girl, boy gets
girl, boy pulls strings to help girl” thing going on, but it plays out
well. There are a bit of twists and turns, such as Alex finding out her
boyfriend has an ex-wife, her ballet teacher dying and the fact that she
has to stop Jeanie from dancing in the nude at an adult establishment.
At the end of Flashdance, Alex finally gets her audition at the school of
her dreams (thanks to the strings pulled by her boyfriend). Surprisingly,
we never find out whether or not Alex actually gets into the school. The
ending shows Alex running into the arms of her boyfriend with a smile on
her face (and he has roses waiting for her) but it is never said whether
or not she actually gets in. I guess Flashdance fans just get to picture
the ending of their choice in their own imaginations.
Flashdance Trivia: Jennifer Beals'
trend setting collarless sweater came about by accident. The sweater,
which Beals brought from home, had shrunk in the wash and she had to cut
the collar off in order to get it over her head. (Source:
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