Writer: Thomas Hedley Jr. (screenplay), Joe Eszterhas (screenplay), Thomas Hedley Jr. (story)
Run time: 95 min
Awards: Won 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 14 nominations.
Alex Owens (Jennifer Beals) is an eighteen-year-old welder at a steel mill in Pittsburgh, who lives with her dog Grunt in a converted warehouse. Although she aspires to become a professional dancer, she has no formal education, and works as an exotic dancer by night at Mawby’s, a neighborhood bar and grill which hosts a nightly cabaret. One night, Alex catches the eye of customer Nick Hurley (Michael Nouri), the owner of the steel mill where she works. After learning that Alex is one of his employees, Nick begins to pursue her on the job. After seeking counsel from her mentor Hanna Long (Lilia Skala), a retired ballerina, Alex attempts to apply to the Pittsburgh Conservatory of Dance and Repertory.