The 'Flashdance' Quiz

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What year did "Flashdance" come out?

"Flashdance" hit theaters in April 1983.

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Who directed "Flashdance"?

English director Adrian Lyne helmed "Flashdance."

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This is NOT one of the other movies that Adrian Lyne directed in the '80s.

Lyne did not direct "Angel Heart."

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"Flashdance" was the first collaboration for the famed production team of Don Simpson and _______.

Simpson and Bruckheimer would go on to produce "Top Gun," "Beverly Hills Cop" and "The Rock."

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True or false: The song "Maniac" was originally written for the movie "Maniac."

The song "Maniac" was a lot more brutal at first — it was written for the 1980 slasher of the same name.

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The "Flashdance" theme ("What a Feeling") and this song from the soundtrack both topped the charts in 1983.

Michael Sembello's "Maniac" also hit No. 1.

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Irene Cara, who sang "What a Feeling," also sang the theme to this other '80s film.

Cara hit it big in 1980 with "Fame."

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Who's the main character in "Flashdance"?

Alexandra "Alex" Owens is the heroine.

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What's Alex's day job?

Eighteen-year-old Alex is a welder by day.

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What's Alex's night job?

Alex is an exotic dancer by night.

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What's her dream job?

Alex aspires to be a ballerina.

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Where does "Flashdance" take place?

Alex lives in Pittsburgh.

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What is Alex's dog's name?

Alex's drooling pup answers to "Grunt."

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What's the name of the club where Alex dances?

Mawby's is a bar and grill by day, exotic cabaret by night.

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Who's Alex's best friend at Mawby's?

Jeanie is Alex's dancer girlfriend.

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And what is Jeanie's dream job?

Jeanie dreams of being a figure skater, but a fall puts an end to that.

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Who is Alex's boyfriend?

At the beginning of the movie, Alex is dating Richie, who wants to be a stand-up comedian.

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Who is Nick Hurley?

Alex is swept away by Nick Hurley, the owner of the steel mill where she works.

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How much older is Nick than Alex?

It's not spelled out in the movie, but Michael Nouri is 18 years older than Jennifer Beals.

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Who is Alex's mentor?

Alex receives sage advice from retired ballerina Hanna, who unfortunately dies suddenly.

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What's the name of the strip club that the evil Johnny C. owns?

Johnny C. wants Alex to dance at Zanzibar.

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Why does Alex throw a rock through Nick's window?

Alex does see Nick with another woman, but he tells her later it was a nonromantic encounter with his ex-wife.

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Does Alex finally become a ballerina?

Of course she does. Her wild and unconventional audition wins them over.

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Who was one of the finalists for the role of Alex?

Jennifer Beals reportedly beat out Demi Moore for the role.

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Which rock star was in the running to play Nick?

Gene Simmons apparently turned down the role of Nick because he didn't think it was tough enough.

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How many body doubles did Jennifer Beals have during filming?

Beals had three stand-ins for her dance scenes.

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How many of them were female?

Two of Beals' uncredited body doubles were women, and the other one was the break-dancer Crazy Legs.

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True or false: "Flashdance" received generally positive reviews from critics when it was released.

Roger Ebert didn't take favorably to the movie, and it's got a pretty bad rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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The "Flashdance" screenwriter paid a construction worker/dancer in Toronto named Maureen Marder for her life story. How much?

Screenwriter Tom Hedley claimed that he didn't use Marder's information, but she was paid $2,300 to sign over her life story.

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In 2003, Maureen Marder unsuccessfully sued this singer over her "Flashdance"-inspired video.

Marder claimed that she was a copyright holder on the film and that Jennifer Lopez's "I'm Glad" video violated the copyright.

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About This Quiz

"Flashdance" didn't exactly receive a warm reception from the critics back in the day, but it became a cult classic and survived as a fabulous relic of '80s dance and fashion. How much do you know about "Flashdance"? Take this quiz to find out.

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