In Brooklyn's Bay Ridge section, John Travolta, 19, contends with a menial job at Sam P. Coppola's paint store and constant harassment from father Val Bisoglio and mother Julie Bovasso. Only on Saturday nights, when he dances at the 2001 Odyssey disco, can Travolta be his own boss. There, as king of the disco scene, he banters with disc jockey Monti Rock III and gives orders to his group of followers. He puts off girlfriend Donna Pescow, who'll do anything for him, and becomes interested in aloof Karen Lynn Gorney. Travolta and his group fight a Puerto Rican gang which they think has attacked his follower Bruce Ornstein. Travolta and Gorney team up to win a dance contest at 2001, but he knows that their Puerto Rican competition was better and only lost because of prejudice. Gorney fights off Travolta's advances and, later, follower Barry Miller falls to his death while trying to proclaim his manhood on the Verrazano Bridge. In Manhattan, Gorney agrees to help Travolta get a good job if they can just be friends.
RSO Records has the soundtrack album and Bantam Books has a paperback novelization of the screenplay. Posters, T-shirts and a Flik Wik Tote Lighter will help in the selling.
Catch the Fever...Where do you go when the record is over? Paramount 118 mins.