Footloose (1984): Herbert Ross’ Oscar Nominated Musical, Starring Kevin Bacon

A classic fish out of water tale, Footloose, directed by Herbert Ross, centers on Ren McCormick, an energetic adolescent who loves musical, vividly played by the young and charming Kevin Bacon. An urban boy, McCormick tries to adapt to life in a small provincial Midwestern town.

Once there, he ends up leading the repressed teenagers into a rebellion against the town fathers, especially the local preacher (John Lithgow), who have outlawed rock roll and dancing.

Oscar Nominations: 2


Let’s Hear it for the Boy

Oscar Awards: None

Oscar Context:

The winner was Stevie Wonder’s I Just Called to Say I Love You from the movie “The Woman in Red.”


Running time: 107 minutes.

Directed by Herbert Ross

Written by Dean Pitchford

Released: February 17, 1984.

DVD: October 8, 2002