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You...unleashed a part..I never knew..about love!!
- Cuddly Cooper
Don't listen to the negative reviews on here. Heavenly Bodies is only available for purchase on full screen VHS (not sure why a DVD hasn't been released, though I suspect it may have to do with music rights), so the fact they have a widescreen print to show us is quite a treat for fans of the genre and those who haven't seen the film but want to. It's an inspirational film about a struggling, single mom (the great Cynthia Dale) overcoming the odds, taking the risk of escaping the drudgery of her boring office job (I can relate) and making her dreams come true, all the while falling in love along the way and coming against opposition. I personally enjoyed the soundtrack a lot. Although there are some mediocre songs, there's also some standout ones, notably the ones by Bonnie Pointer (of the Pointer Sisters), the Tubes, Marc Tanner, and Cheryl Lynn. I haven't seen Flashdance though I believe it has a similar plot. The cinematography and locations certainly prove it's a Canadian film however. If you're a fan of drama, love stories, aerobics, mid 80s fashion, and some titillation then check it out.Thanks TCM for bringing us rare films of different genres. Keep up the fantastic work
Sweat, Boobs and Ludicrous Dialogue
Ugh, not TCM worthy.I'm not sure the genre of: " 80s B-Movies I lusted for as a teenager, which had gratuitous booby shots" is a worthwhile genre for TCM.At one point I asked myself whether "Hot Dog" was going to be the next film up."H.B." relies heavily upon the same cheap potty humor and sex displayed abundantly throughout the 80s in cheap B-movies. Whereas a movie like "Revenge of the Nerds" can pull off the frivolous machismo in a semi-ironic fashion, thus giving the maligned underdog nerds something of a cult classic following, Heavenly Bodies falls way short of that. This is not a cult classic. The cinematography doesn't register as TCM worthy.The music soundtrack, while nostalgic for synth-pop, is not remarkable other than being kitschy. I mean, I could understand TCM showing Flashdance instead of Heavenly Bodies. Though, again, not certain if Flashdance is a classic in the sense of the TCM standard. Yet, since Flashdance pre-dated "H.B." by a year and likewise handled the same general themes and personal character growth for the heroine in a much better fashion, with better cinematography and dialogue, I'd basically call Heavenly Bodies a cheap, Canadian, rip/spin-off, inspired heavily by Flashdance. Oh, the scene where our heroine confronts the conniving broad who got the oldman moneybags to purchase the dance studio out from under her feet ... When in response to: "Hey, how does it feel to be out of a job!-?"The response was so hard to watch: "Hey, how does it feel to be an asshole!-?"It was a cringe-worthy moment. I felt sorry for the actress. It was not even delivered with the slightest air of refined acting. I ultimately blame the writers of the script. She did what she had to do. Yes she was beautiful & yes the outfits were sexy (so to speak for an 80s spandex fest), and yes, people still to this day pay good money to go and dance / exercise with untz music blasting.But not TCM worthy.
I'm a bit disappointed in TCM's decision to air Heavenly Bodies. Is it nostalgic -sure. A classic -far from! The acting isn't even enough to write home about. If anything it's a way for them to boost ratings by showing some smut in the late night hour. Honestly it's just too much skin for me on my beloved TCM. Save the skin for HBO, Cinemax or any primetime show and give me a well written storyline instead.
- Richard Goldstein
I love heavenly bodies. It represents the workout phenomenon of the 1980's.It has great soundtrack, great styles I miss when I was growing up! !.It is about the styles/lifestyle of a single mother trying to make it - in the ruthless business world. Cynthia Dale wad great/hot and represented what a lot of mom's/single women in the 80's went thru at that time! !.If you think this was garbage you are wrong! !.I watch it over and over! !.It looks like people forget the underground films that have a subtle messages of back in the day!!.The 80's was on one the decades where it was at!!.I outta know, I lived through it!!
Sad proof that TCM isn't what it used to be
This garbage isn't fit to show in the middle of the night on some cheap local channel, so why is it on Turner Classic Movies? If you want to see better performances, rent porn. TCM should be ashamed at how low they've stooped, scraping this from the bottom--no, make that the underside--of the barrel. Negative 5 stars.
She's a maniac
- keith abney
Get out of her way aerobisizers, she's got to dance! One of the worst and funniest films I've ever seen.When she alsmost collapses during the big dance/jump-off and then at the last minute gets her mojo back anddances into an uncontrollable frenzy, my stomach was hurting from laughing. If you want a reminder of how embarrasing the 80's could be, this is it. It's all there from the dramatic leggings and big sweaty hair to the killer drum machine soundtrack. Did anyones career survive after making this film?
why would you air this on TCM ?
- James Dodge
An incredibly cheesy dance work-out movie that would be better left to summer time Drive-in theaters .
Please show again!!
I missed it. :(Summer is a GREAT time for 80's Aerobics!p.s. YES this is a "classic" and belongs on TCM
heavenly bodies???????? classic???????????
how did this movie get on TCM?