Saturday Night Fever (1978)
Saturday Night Fever is not the mirror ball bright kitsch treat that many perceive it to be. It's a downbeat story containing rape, violence, misogyny, racism, meditations on Catholicism,exploitation,crime and family dysfunction; hardly an evening of light entertainment.
No it’s not exactly Scorsese but it is a different take on the New York Italian American lifestyle; albeit with great music and elaborate dance moves.
Let's not forget it was originally released as an R rated movie in the states (an 18 certificate here in the UK) due to profanity and drug use alongside its other vices.
It was critically well received; even the notorious Pauline Kael advocated its qualities and it received acknowledgements that included Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations.
It is actually a film that has more in common with Mean Streets than it does with Grease.