In 1984, there was a new movie out that had everyone wanting to “kick off their Sunday shoes.” That movie was Footloose, which starred Kevin Bacon in the lead role as dance-lovin’ teen Ren McCormack.
Footloose is set in the fictional town of Bomont, Utah, a small, rural community with a strict set of rules. There is no dancing allowed within town limits, and rock music has been banned. In order to lift the ban, Ren and the rest of the town’s teens must prove themselves to the adults, especially Reverend Shaw Moore.
The original film’s soundtrack was full of outstanding music, including tunes such as “Let’s Hear it for the Boy,” “Holding Out for a Hero,” and the title song “Footloose.” Although most of the material on the soundtrack was rock, the songs are so iconic that they have since transcended time and genre.
Footloose gained a stronger country connection in 2011, when the film was remade with a more countrified soundtrack. Blake Shelton sang the title track, and country singer/professional dancer Julianne Hough starred in the film as Ariel Moore.
If it wasn’t for the 1984 film, we’d never have the great music that resulted from the remake. As memorable as the original movie was, we’re sure there’s a few things about it and its cast that you probably don’t know. Well, that’s what we’re here for!
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