Footloose with Kevin Bacon

Footloose with Kevin Bacon

Reunions & Retrospectives
Feature | 107 MINUTES

Footloose, (United States). A 1984 American musical drama film directed by Herbert Ross. It tells the story of Ren McCormack (Kevin Bacon), a teenager from Chicago who moves to a small town, where he attempts to overturn the ban on dancing instituted by the efforts of a local minister (John Lithgow). A Paramount Pictures release. 

After the movie: A conversation with Kevin Bacon.

Cast & Credits
Herbert Ross
Dean Pitchford
Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, Dianne Wiest, John Lithgow, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Chris Penn

Kevin Bacon

Kevin Bacon

Kevin Bacon is one of the foremost actors of his generation. His talent for balancing starring roles with powerful supporting characters in film, television and on stage has allowed him to build a varied and critically acclaimed body of work.

With the support of his parents, Bacon left his native Philadelphia to become the youngest student at Circle in the Square Theatre in New York, where he studied until he made his film debut as “Chip” in National Lampoon’s Animal House. This led to roles in Diner and Footloose, the latter of which propelled him to stardom.

Bacon has starred in a wide range of film genres, from action thrillers to romantic comedies to heavy dramas, and even the occasional musical. Just some of Bacon’s film credits include John Hughes’ She’s Having a Baby, The Big Picture, Tremors, Flatliners, Oliver Stone’s JFK, Rob Reiner’s A Few Good Men, The River Wild for which he received a Golden Globe Award nomination, Murder in the First for which he was named Best Actor by The Broadcast Film Critics Association and received Best Supporting Actor nominations from The Screen Actors Guild and the London Film Critics Circle, Ron Howard’s award-winning Apollo 13, Clint Eastwood’s Academy Award-nominated film Mystic River and The Woodsman for which he received an IFP Spirit Award nomination.

Additional film credits include Barry Levinson’s Sleepers, with Brad Pitt and Robert De Niro; Balto; Picture Perfect, with Jennifer Aniston; Telling Lies in America; Wild Things; David Koepp’s Stir of Echoes; the sleeper hit My Dog Skip; Hollow Man; Trapped, with Charlize Theron; Beauty Shop; Atom Egoyan’s Where the Truth Lies; The Air I Breathe; Death Sentence; Rails & Ties; My One and Only, with Renée Zellweger; James Gunn’s Super; and Frost/Nixon, which reunited him with Apollo 13 director Ron Howard, Crazy, Stupid, Love; Jayne Mansfield’s Car by director Billy Bob Thornton, and Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class.

Bacon starred in Greg McLean’s horror film The Darkness. He also appeared in Scott Cooper’s Black Mass opposite Johnny Depp; he starred in the indie thriller Cop Car from Jon Watts, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival; and he co-starred in Patriots Day alongside Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman and J.K. Simmons.

In 2017, Bacon starred in Jill Soloway’s Amazon series I Love Dick alongside Kathryn Hahn. His portrayal earned him a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy. Later that year, Kevin also starred in the television movie Story of A Girl, which marked the directing debut of his wife Kyra Sedgwick.

In 2020, he starred in the thriller movie, You Should Have Left alongside Amanda Seyfried. Bacon also ventured into the world of podcasts with Spotify and Funny or Die, releasing The Last Degree of Kevin Bacon, a scripted comedy podcast series in which Kevin satirized himself.

On the small screen, Bacon recently starred in the hit Showtime series, City on a Hill alongside Aldis Hodge. In addition to starring in the show, Bacon served as an executive producer and directed the first episode of the second season. On the film side, Bacon recently starred in Space Oddity for director Kyra Sedgwick, They / Them for Peacock, the action thriller One Way opposite Travis Fimmel and Colson Baker, and the Netflix film Leave the World Behind.

Upcoming, Bacon will be seen in MaXXXine, the third and final installment in A24‘s first major horror franchise films, following X and Pearl. Bacon will also star in the Blumhouse action horror series The Bondsman, in the fourth installment of the Beverly Hills Cop film series titled Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley, and in Legendary Picture’s reboot The Toxic Avenger.

Bacon starred for three seasons on the hit Fox series The Following. In 2009, he starred in the cable movie Taking Chance, for which he won a Golden Globe Award and a SAG Award. His other television credits include the public television staging of Lanford Wilson’s play, Lemon Sky, a production that teamed him with his then-future wife, Kyra Sedgwick; The Gift, the cable film Enormous Changes at the Last Minute, Will & Grace, HBO’s Bored to Death, and he got his start on The Guiding Light.

In 1996, Bacon made his directorial debut with Losing Chase, starring Kyra Sedgwick, Beau Bridges and Helen Mirren. The film was honored with three Golden Globe Award nominations. Bacon directed his second film, Loverboy, which he also produced. Bacon also directed several episodes of Sedgwick’s hit show, The Closer.

Bacon’s stage work includes off-Broadway productions such as Album, Poor Little Lambs and Getting Out. He made his Broadway debut in 1983 with Sean Penn in Slab Boys, and starred in the 1986 production of Joe Orton’s Loot. He also starred in Theresa Rebeck’s comedy Spike Heels. In 2002, he starred in the one-man show An Almost Holy Picture, written by Heather McDonald.

Bacon was seen onstage in the celebrated Los Angeles reading of Academy Award winner Dustin Lance Black’s play, 8. The reading was a benefit for the American Foundation for Equal Rights and Broadway Impact to raise funds to overturn California’s Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage. Bacon starred alongside George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Martin Sheen, Jane Lynch, John C. Reilly, amongst others.

With his musician brother, Michael, Bacon is the other half of The Bacon Brothers, a successful band with a sound that he describes as “Forosoco” (which is the title of their first album) – Folk, Rock, Soul and Country. Already highly regarded and hugely successful on the national club circuit, they have recorded eight CDs and a concert DVD.

At the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, Bacon launched, an organization that encourages people to become a celebrity for their cause by raising funds with a social fundraiser. The site connects people with celebrities to arrange drop-ins or shout-outs for their charity or cause. is social networking with a social conscience. With the support of, Kevin launched his podcast, Six Degrees with Kevin Bacon, this year. In the podcast, Kevin has fun conversations with his celebrity connections about their lives, passion projects and favorite charitable causes. Every episode also features the extraordinary changemakers behind these charitable organizations, who share inspirational stories about their efforts to motivate and bring about positive change in their communities.

Bacon received the 2010 Joel Siegel Award from the Broadcast Film Critics Association in recognition of his outstanding film career and his charitable work with In 2000, the Film Society of Lincoln Center honored Bacon for his extraordinary career in the film industry.

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