That was the talk in Hollywood, Bill Oakes remembers, on September 25, , when his boss held a lavish press conference at the Beverly Hills Hotel to announce that the Robert Stigwood Organisation—RSO—had just signed John Travolta to a million-dollar contract to star in three films. Stigwood wanted Travolta to star in the movie version of Grease, the long-running Broadway musical in which Travolta had already appeared as Doody, one of the T-Bird gang members, in a road company. While they waited, Stigwood and his lieutenants began to look around for a new property. On an icy winter night in , Cohn had made his first trip to Bay Ridge with a disco dancer called Tu Sweet, who would serve as his Virgil. A brawl was in progress when they arrived at Odyssey.
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While in the disco, Tony is the champion dancer. His circle of friends and weekend dancing help him to cope with the harsh realities of his life: a dead-end job , clashes with his unsupportive and squabbling parents, racial tensions in the local community, and his general restlessness. A huge commercial success, the film significantly helped to popularize disco music around the world and made Travolta, already well known from his role on TV's Welcome Back, Kotter , a household name. The Saturday Night Fever soundtrack , featuring disco songs by the Bee Gees , is one of the best-selling soundtracks of all time. The sequel Staying Alive also starred John Travolta and was directed by Sylvester Stallone , but received less positive reception. In , Saturday Night Fever was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.
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To celebrate its 30th anniversary, Rhino reissues the classic soundtrack, the most popular document of the disco era. Disco's most popular document was, at the time of its release, also one of its least representative: Saturday Night Fever is disco for straight, white males. A phenomenon 30 years ago, John Badham's B-movie and its accompanying 2xLP soundtrack not only made John Travolta a star, but escorted the music out of gay discotheques and black nightclubs and into the glare of the mainstream.
Soldiers have begun patrolling poor neighbourhoods on the outskirts of Cape Town in a controversial move aimed at curbing gang violence. Bloodshed over the past seven months in mainly poor black and mixed-race areas has killed more than 2, people, almost half gang-related, provincial officials said. The South African National Defence Force said it was deploying a battalion of several hundred soldiers with support elements to back up the police, who have struggled to contain the violence. Critics say the move will do nothing to solve deep-rooted social and political problems in areas suffering high rates of unemployment, domestic violence and drug abuse.