Worst Movie Ever?


I remember seeing this on bootleg video just about the time it came out when I was 17 and thinking it was simply the worst move I had ever, ever seen.
People complain about movies like 'The Apple', 'Phantom of Paradise' and other '70s-into-'80s dogs, but this calculating and cynical quickie rip-off of 'Flashdance' (ludicrously bad to begin with) makes everything else look like 'The Wizard of Oz'.

I'm surprised Cynthia Dale or anyone came out of that with a career.

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I don't understand how it's a ripoff??? I mean yeah it looks similar as in it's the whole 'jazzercise' era deal.. but in flashdance she was a stripper who aspired to be a dancer and was also a welder... in this one it's a single mother and her friends trying to own and operate and exercise studio who end up going up against an even bigger one. i'm not trying to argue and everyone is entitled to their opinions, i've always loved it but i do love my cheesy 80's movies, it reminds me of a fun time in my life. Anyways, just pointing out that it isn't really a ripoff persay... just the fashion, music and such, it was the era...





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I agree amber25. This is one of my favorite guiltiest pleasures. It's a fun, feel-good flick. It's not going for an Oscar or trying to prove anything. I actually can't stand Flashdance, Footloose and all those other dance films, but I love this one! It has a great soundtrack that sounds good even today. The actors are all very likeable especially Cynthia Dale. I love the story and the ending was awesome. This is definitely not one of the worst films ever made! There are hundreds of other films that deserve that honor, most of which are made today. Dale has been in the business since she was a child and is a trained singer, dancer and actress. She owns this movie! I believe she does mostly theatre now, and she has won a few awards for her work.

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I'm so glad someone agrees and it isn't just me! I agree about the other movies. I have to say I grew up on Flashdance and Footloose but none of them were even close to this one to me.. Flashdance bugged me in a way and I only liked a couple of scenes from Footloose but I can watch this whole movie over and over again!

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I agree! This movie is part of my childhood. And I really never cared for any of those other dance movies either. Heavenly Bodies, Tomboy, and My Chauffer are some of my faves from the 80s.

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No way. This movie kills. One montage after another. There's probably a total of ten minutes of dialogue... just the way God intended.

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Admiral Naismith: watching bootleg videos and then commenting on the films as if you knew what you were talking about is a dangerous approach -perhaps if you had seen a 35mm print of Heavenly Bodies in a screening room or perish the thought, in an actual movie theater, you might have something to go on. And to include De Palma's Phantom of the Paradise in your comparison roster just amplifies your ignorance. Dwelling on the worst of all time is a fruitless exercise, pretty much created as a timewasting sport by the righwing Medved brothers 25 years ago (with their foolish Golden Turkeys book). I suggest you focus on films you like and admire, rather than becoming a self-appointed know-it-all.

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Some have lambasted "Heavenly Bodies" as the "worst film ever made," "bad cinema" and "heavily campy," but actually none of these criticisms are true. Films should be evaluated according to what they aspire to be and, consequently, no genre is beyond redemption or beneath contempt. "Heavenly Bodies" never aspired to be "Ghandi" or "Out of Africa." It's a sports film focusing on dance-aerobics for cryin' out loud. The question is: Does it deliver on that level? Yes, in spades.

What is required in a aerobics sports flick from 1984? Quality characters, heavenly bodies (sorry), energetic music, kinetic direction, a story that keeps your attention and a film that generally gets your blood pumping, right? "Heavenly Bodies" scores well in all these areas. For instance, Cynthia Dale is a great protagonist for this type of flick; she's cute, winsome, sprightly and is insanely curvaceous. Although Jennifer Beals was fine in "Flashdance," Cynthia easily surpasses her. And Cynthia is only one of the numerous shapely women featured throughout. There are guys too, of course, for those who care.

The criticisms that "Heavenly Bodies" is "bad cinema" and "heavily campy" are based solely on the fact that the film is from 1984 and involves dance-aerobics. Aerobics was a fad that goes by different names today and the attire & hairstyles are naturally dated, which make the film an easy target for contempt. But this does not make it bad filmmaking or campy in the least. As far as "heavily campy" goes, there's nothing artlessly mannered or self-consciously artificial in the story or performances; and there's nothing remotely campy in the sense of, say, the 60's "Batman" tv series. The story and actors play it straight throughout. Do these critics even know what 'camp' is?

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Well said Durrkk. All genres are legit, it is the execution that makes or breakes a film. I for one had a blast watching this.

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Thanks, Dustbowler. It's interesting to note that not one person has agreed with the original poster since he first started this thread almost four years ago.

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I was entertained from beginning to end and that's the name of the game in filmmaking.

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No. This is not the worst movie ever. Don't be stupid.

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This movie blew me away. As an earlier post stated, there's about ten minutes of dialogue in it. It's got more montages than Rocky IV. Plus, there's the added benefit of having PumaMan in it.

Just when I thought I'd seen everything, I am greeted with the final 15 minutes of this thing, featuring a climax set around a work-out marathon, featuring play-by-play by an unseen commentator, clearly added in post-production to keep people from falling asleep. The best part of the commentary, though, is who is he talking to? Is he doing a radio broadcast? Of a work-out? For ten hours?

And there's a tv camera there, too, shooting the whole thing from one angle. On what channel is this airing? Public access wouldn't even carry such a thing.

Has to be seen to be believed. I loved it.


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well samantha's work out show apparently aired live (remember her classic Network-esque plea for the contest?) so im guessing the public demanded we see the marathon live as well! I don't know about you but I was spellbound

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The exercise-off is great. Samantha goes into the ZONE!!!

There was some very good dancing in this movie as well. Gave me goosebumps.

Saw it for the first time tonight and I plan to watch it again someday.

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No. Maybe you just don't like the 80's? It's my favorite decade. I liked this when I taped it off TCM a few weeks ago. Liked it enough to label it and make it a "keep tape". Also, The Apple is easily in my Top 10 favorite movies.
How can you not root for Alphie and Bibi, those crazy kids from Moosejaw, Canada.

My vote for the worst movie I've ever seen goes to G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. What an overblown covoluted mess, starting with the script, with truly bad acting from some actors and actresses that I know can act because I've seen them in other films.


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Have you seen The Apple? It takes a lot to win the coveted Worst Movie Ever title. This film doesn't come close. BTW have you seen Can't Stop the Music?

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The other movies I mention have been variously panned as bad movies. I say they showed some thought and effort (not much, but, you know...), but they are also as slack and dramatically inert as '...Bodies' is.

Heavenly Bodies fails in my mind because it goes through all the motions of a sports movie without any, ANY of the stakes.
When the heroine's big obstacle to winning is a minor scratch on her leg, I say 'work harder, movie'.
I maintain the premise is fairly awful and the execution severely lacking.
(As opposed to, say, 'Flashdance'. The premise there is fairly awful, too, but the execution at least adds SOME interest (and the music is actually memorable))

'Can't Stop the Music' is truly mis-conceived, too, but has the benefit of a young Bruce Jenner in tight pants. I'd put it right down there with '...Bodies'.


Look, the competition for 'Worst Movie' is a thousand titles long. I still find this to be one of the most futile attempts to cash in on a fad I've ever experienced.

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Put it on last Saturday for background noise while I read, Better than I thought it would be. Put the book down for the dance-off at the end. That's entertainment!

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