Talk About A Lost Generation
Get ready to do the Time-Warp again: Generation Xers, bored with The Rocky Horror Picture Show, are turning to Saturday Night Fever as their midnight flick of choice. With the resurgence of 1970s music and fashion, a Los Angeles theater chain gave the John Travolta disco opus another spin earlier this year. And twentysomethings responded with gusto, dressing up as the characters, just as Rocky Horror devotees do. Trouble is, there have been so many requests for Fever, released in 1978, that Paramount must churn out dozens more prints. Right now, only a few copies exist. The young moviegoers want the raunchier R-rated version, instead of the PG-13 that's available. "It's not yet a cult movie, but it's moving in that direction," says a Paramount spokesman.
You can see why the studio wants Fever to keep stayin' alive. Rocky Horror, a flop in its 1976 release by 20th Century Fox, has grossed $100 million in midnight runs.