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Can't Stop the Music (1980)

A pseudo autobiography of disco's The Village People.


Nancy Walker


Bronte Woodard (as Bronté Woodard), Allan Carr

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Simpson ... Village People: Policeman
David Hodo ... Village People: Construction Worker
Felipe Rose ... Village People: Indian
Randy Jones ... Village People: Cowboy
Glenn Hughes ... Village People: Leatherman
Alex Briley ... Village People: G.I.
Valerie Perrine ... Samantha
Caitlyn Jenner ... Ron White (as Bruce Jenner)
Steve Guttenberg ... Jack Morell
Paul Sand ... Steve Waits
Tammy Grimes ... Sydne Channing
June Havoc ... Helen Morell
Barbara Rush ... Norma White
Altovise Davis Altovise Davis ... Alicia Edwards
Marilyn Sokol Marilyn Sokol ... Lulu Brecht


In this pseudo audio biography of the Village People, Jack Morell (a thinly disguised caricature of the group's founder, Jacques Morali) is a struggling composer desperate to gain fame with his songs, but all he needs is a group to sing them. With the help of his roommate Samantha and a lawyer named Ron, Jack forms a group of six "macho men" from his Greenwich Village neighborhood, and the rest of the film details their rise to fame from New York City to a climatic concert in San Francisco. Written by matt-282

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Release Date:

20 June 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Discoland: Where the Music Never Stops See more »

Filming Locations:

Glendale, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

EMI Films See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby (35 mm prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)


Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Producer Allan Carr once described this picture as "pure entertainment in the great MGM musical tradition". It was shot on two soundstages at the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Culver City Studios in Los Angeles, where many classic MGM musicals had been filmed. See more »


When Sam is at home with Jack and the Indian, she walks holding a spray bottle up to a plant. While she walks the shadow of the boom mic appears on the top of the wall. See more »


Ron White: Mother! What are you doing here?
Jack Morell: Mother?
Samantha: Mother?
Felipe: THAT's your mother?
Samantha: Gee, she looks better than I do.
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Alternate Versions

ABC edited 21 minutes from this film (including the "I Love You To Death" number) to fit the time slot for its 1984 network television premiere. See more »


Featured in Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The 1970s (2002) See more »


Give Me a Break
Music by Jacques Morali
Lyrics by Henri Belolo and The Richie Family
Performed by The Ritchie Family
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User Reviews

can't stop the music but give it your best shot
16 May 1999 | by Jamie-58See all my reviews

There is no doubt this film is a joy to watch. The reasons for this may vary from viewer to viewer, but chief among them for me is the sheer, exuberant awfulness of it. How could you not enjoy seeing Bruce Jenner metamorphose from button-down business type to overage crop-topped de-facto podium dancer? And him apparently unaware of how odd he looks in it? Any film that has a gravel-voiced Tammy Grimes poncing around in outfits rejected by Phyllis Diller as being too much can't be all bad. Among so many highlights - the 'I Love You To Death' sequence, where David Hodo understandably runs away from a bevy of carnivorous performance artists in red satin pillowcases (which raises the point: how come no-one on-screen mentions the word 'gay' when everything everyone does all the time in this film screams the word? Take for instance the walrus-moustached Village Person who, white-knuckled before the Big Show whimpers 'Leathermen don't get nervous', eliciting the catty aside from passing Construction Worker 'Oh yes they do'). Steve Guttenberg recovered from this false start to make the seminal Police Academy saga, and the Village People did what they do best for a few more years. A smash hit in Australia (and, I think, Iceland), this overlooked film deserves a reappraisal.

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