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'Saturday Night Fever' spreads to the masses

Is this the new cult movie of the 1990s?

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show has been dethroned. The cult movie of the ’90s is…Saturday Night Fever? At least at Laemmle’s Royal Theatre in West Los Angeles, where twentysomethings turn up for Saturday’s midnight show to shout dialogue (”Attica! Attica!”), lambaste Donna Pescow with catcalls, and boogie a la John Travolta. ”People think everything from the ’70s was crap, but this is a great film,” says Feverphile Joe Moore, 21. ”It captured that period and preserved it.”

Commenting on the new fever, the Bee Gees’ Barry Gibb says, ”You can never tell what the public is going to embrace.” But SNF executive producer Kevin McCormick is more surprised: ”I thought it would be Grease.”