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Wayback Wednesday: Disco gets its day

Fresh off a made-for-TV movie about a boy who lived in a bubble and a stint as lead Sweat Hog Vinnie Baberino, John  Travolta was on the cusp of immortality.

"Saturday Night Fever" premiered on December 14, 1977 in theaters around the world. The film launched Travolta's career into a higher orbit and produced a soundtrack that had four No. 1 hits on American pop charts, including two by the Bee Gees.

The story of Tony Manero, an Italian American from Brooklyn turned Disco wunderkind, made $237 million at the box office on a $3.5 million budget.

Here's the trailer:

Don't ask Robin Gibb how deep his love is for SNF. The film made the Bee Gees loads of money, but he wasn't a big fan of the story. Gibb told the BBC in a 2008 interview that he could only make it through 30 minutes of the premiere and didn't see the movie in its entirety until decades later.

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Matt Patterson

Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun.... Read more ›