|No, Olivia, take me! Take me!|
|Back cover, soundtrack album|
|Inside sleeve of soundtrack album|
|Original soundtrack album|
|The Xanadu disco|
|A cute couple|
|Gene on the clarinet|
I actually feel sorry for Beck. I know he had bitter feelings about this role, and probably still does. The debacle wasn't his fault, it would be like drafting Mickey Mantle to swim the 200-meter butterfly at the Olympics. Great guy, terrific at what he could do - but wrong guy in the wrong place at the wrong time.
|Gene can still dance, and Olivia keeps up nicely|
Another problem with the film was lack of preparation. That is deadly in almost every endeavor, and film-making is no exception. They had an idea when filming began, and little more. That is NOT the way to make a film, ever, for any reason. They wanted to rush this out, and it shows. When you are writing the script each night before filming, you are taking an awful chance. Sometimes, fantastically, it works. Here, the results were mediocre. Gene Kelly's only comment after this came out was that "something is wrong with the way they make films these days." Classy gentleman, he just got caught up in a dead zone of the industry that passed quickly, but swallowed his last great effort whole.
|Olivia in her Ming-the Merciless outfit|
|Olivia returning to Gene, still dressed in her WWII uniform|
You have to be in the mood. This is upbeat, lighthearted, completely family friendly (yes, unbelievably), and over-the-top in its excesses. Are you up for that? Then, watch it!
|The three leads, happy here|
Yes, I recommend it very highly, but only if you like something off-beat. Call it cheesy, call it what you will, but try and give this a chance, just once. This ranks No. 1 on my list of guilty pleasures.
Below is a 1980 trailer and one from an Australian cable network: