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Flashdance Behind The Scenes

Flashdance Picture
... Who yearns to be a classical ballet dancer.
Go behind the scenes and learn what went on during the making of the 1983 Dance / Music movie starring Jennifer Beals, Michael Nouri, Lilia Skala et al.
Contributed by: Nick Napoliatano
Jennifer Beals had a number of body/dance/stunt doubles for the more complex dance moves. One of them was even a man! For the final audition scene, Jenny had three stunt doubles. One was Marine Jahan, who did the ballet-ish moves. Another was Sharon Shapiro, a record holding UCLA champion (having won all four events plus the all-around in 1980, best in vault, she did the diving in the air). The third was a male breakdancer called Crazy Legs, who obviously did the spin on the back --wearing a curly black wig!
Contributed by: Troy
During the fight scene between Richie (Kyle T. Heffner) and Cecil (Malcolm Denare), Denare accidentally punched Heffner in the face during the first take. Adrian Lyne shot as many takes as he could before Heffner's face was too swollen to match the other shots. The smack that you hear in the film of Denare's fist hitting Heffner is the actual sound of the blow.
Contributed by: Nick Napolitano
Jennifer Grey from Dirty Dancing auditioned for the part of Alex, and was crushed when she didn't get it.
Contributed by: Jennifer Wey
The woman who did most of the dancing for Jennifer Beals and the guy who did the dancing for Kevin Bacon in "Footloose" dated and are now married in real life!
Catherine Mary Stewart of "The Last Starfighter" fame auditioned for the role: she is a trained (classically) dancer and singer. It was cheaper to hire Beals and the three others (and not give them credit) then it would be to hire her.
Paramount tried very hard at one point to get David Cronenberg to direct the movie. He repeatedly turned it down, saying "You won't thank me! I would destroy this!"

Flashdance was a pet project of a female Paramount Pictures executive. The script went through about 4 screenwriters before being completely re-written from scratch. British director Lyne had to be asked 8 times by Paramount to direct before he finally relented. Seemingly, he hated the script (all the versions).
The only lighting on the set during the strobe dancing sequence was from 2 Norman studio strobe heads. As a result, the camera operator couldn't see anything in the viewfinder and a wire "sports finder" had to be rigged to the camera. A number of people had to leave the set because the strobes at 6 flashes per second caused them problems. This scene was probably the first time that strobe lights had been synced to a film camera in a major motion picture.
Brian DePalma was set to direct but dropped out to do "Scarface".
Contributed by: Sahara
The producers of the film couldn't decide on who to pick for the lead role, Jennifer Beals, Demi Moore, and another unknown actress, so they asked the male crew members to tell them who they would prefer to be with; Jennifer Beals won by a landslide.
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Deleted Scenes
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Alternate Versions
Sometimes, there will be several versions of a movie floating about on cable, tv or video etc. Other times, a Director may release a special cut of the movie.
Contributed by: Nick Napolitano
The original 1983 or 1984 network version had numerous cuts, alternate dialogue, and one alternate angle. First, in the scene where she comes home and asks Grunt if he got laid, the line is replaced with: "You're getting fat, Grunt. You gotta work out". Then, Richie's offensive Polish jokes are replaced with "this guy". Next, a very memorable one. When Alex and Nick are eating lobster and Katie asks if they went to the steel mill on their first date, instead of saying "I f****d his brains out", an alternate take was shot with her saying, "As a matter of fact, we made mad, passionate love!" When Alex goes to the Zanzibar, there is a new stripper with her long hair covering her breasts. When Alex pushes Johnny C. on the stage or whatever, there was an alternate shot where you can just see all the guys messing around. And finally, when Alex leaves with Jeanie, there is an alternate shot from behind them to hide Jeanie's breast exposure. Other cuts are just for language, including "p*ssed off" and "ass", two words that are very allowed on network today.
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