Kick off your Sunday shoes with this Footloose quiz!

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Kick off your Sunday shoes with this Footloose quiz!
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About This Quiz

Dancing dates back thousands of years, and the practice has played a key role in ritual, tradition, ceremony and celebration for cultures around the world. With such deep roots, it's no wonder that the kids on "Footloose" weren't prepared to give up dancing without a fight! Take our quiz to see how much you know about this classic '80s film.
Which actor boogied his way into the spotlight as Ren in the 1984 flick?
Matt Damon
Patrick Swayze
Kevin Bacon
In one of his first starring movie roles, Kevin Bacon played dancing teen Ren McCormack in the original 1984 version of "Footloose."

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What is the name of the town where the film is set?
Bomont
Ren McCormack moves from big-city Chicago to middle-of-nowhere Bomont -- a town so ruled by religion that dancing and rock music have been totally banned by the town council.
York
Middletown

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What article of clothing cements the friendship between Willard and Ren?
boots
cowboy hat
New friends Willard and Ren meet when Ren accidentally runs into Willard in the hallway. The pair start off arguing, until Ren makes a comment about Willard's cowboy hat that helps break the ice. From there, the pair are best buds, and Willard is the one who informs Ren about the town's dancing ban.
flannel shirt

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Who is the cliched "rebellious preacher's daughter" in the film?
Ariel
Has there ever been a film about a preacher's daughter who wasn't trying to push the envelope? When the film opens, the Reverend's daughter is playing chicken with semi trucks and dating bad boy Chuck Cranston.
Rusty
Sally

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Which actor plays Reverend Shaw Moore?
Jeff Conway
Jeffrey Tambor
John Lithgow
It's John Lithgow who plays preacher Shaw Moore, with Lori Singer as his troubled daughter, Ariel -- who wants nothing more than to get away from her father and the small town where she was born.

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Who plays Ariel's BFF, Rusty?
Kristin Davis
Sarah Jessica Parker
It's young Sarah Jessica Parker, who would later hit it big on "Sex and the City," who plays Ariel's pal Rusty. Rusty also dates Ren's pal Willard, and even attends the big dance with him.
Kim Cattrall

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How does Chuck plan to get revenge after Ren insults him?
game of chicken
When Chuck and Ren exchange words at the start of the film, Chuck challenges the new kid to a game of chicken -- played on tractors. Ren wins the match after his shoelace gets stuck and he is unable to leap off the machine.
steal his car
tell his mom

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What tune plays as Ren teaches Willard to dance?
"Let's Hear It for the Boy"
WhenRen learns that WIllard can't dance, he sets out to teach his buddy to get down. Willard picks up the rhythm over an extended sequence, where Deniece Williams' "Let's Hear It For the Boy" plays in the background.
"Tell It to My Heart"
"Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"

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What is the name of the Reverend's wife?
Vi
Shaw Moore's wife, Vi, proves to be much more than just a preacher's wife -- forcing her husband to expand his mind and think beyond his tightly-held beliefs.
Wilma
Darla

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What is the name of Moore's son, who died in a car crash?
Daniel
Michael
Bobby
Five years before Ren came to town, dancing and music were banned in Bomont, under the guise of keeping teens safe. Part of the reason for the ban was the death of Bobby Moore, who was killed after a car he was riding in went off a bridge.

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Who beats Ariel up in the film?
Ren
Chuck
When Ariel decides to leave Chuck for Ren, Chuck attacks Ariel and leaves her lying in the dirt. She does manage to do some damage to his car before he drives off, however.
her father

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What does Ariel give to Ren right after she gets beat up?
her life savings
a ring
a music box
After Chuck brutally beats her, Ariel meets up with Ren and gives him a music box that plays "Almost Paradise." The new couple then share their very first kiss.

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What does Ren request from the town council?
a later curfew for teens
a prom
Ren boldly goes before the town council and requests that the dancing ban is lifted so the students at the high school can have a prom. Ariel is a big help - she tells all the teens to come to the meeting to support Ren.
lower drinking age

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Why does Ren want a prom so badly?
he wants to go with Ariel
he wants to be popular
he wants to make a difference
When Ren's father abandoned the family, he left Ren feeling like nothing he did mattered. The fight to bring dancing back to Bomont has restored Ren's belief that he can make a difference and do something for himself and others.

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Who forces the town council to listen to Ren?
Ariel
Vi
The preacher's wife, Vi, proves once again that she's no wallflower. She stands up for Ren at the town council meeting and forces the board members to let Ren speak.
Willard

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True or false: Ren is caught smoking marijuana.
true
false
Ren never uses drugs in the film. In fact, when a fellow student offers him a joint at school, he flushes it down the toilet to stay out of trouble.

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What does Ariel give Ren to use at the town council meeting?
a Bible
Ariel gives Ren a Bible with highlighted passages that reference music, dance and celebration. She and Ren hope that speaking straight from the Bible can convince the town council to permit a prom.
an airhorn
a list of rock singers who are Christians

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Where does Ren work?
flour mill
One of the first things Ren does when he comes to Bomont is take a job. He scores a position at a local mill, where he hauls heavy bags of flour and stacks them for shipping.
shoe store
malt shop

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True or false: Reverend Moore is so moved by Ren's speech at the council meeting that he approves the prom that same night.
true
false
Moore appreciates what Ren says at the meeting, but still feels that the prom is wrong for the town. He does promise to think about it, and Ren later comes to the Reverend's house to discuss the issue man-to-man.

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What book do the townspeople burn because it is a bad influence?
"Steal This Book"
"Go Ask Alice"
"Slaughterhouse Five"
The people in Bomont are furious that Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse Five" is being taught at the school. They organize an angry book burning, which Reverend Moore opposes. The entire event causes Moore to realize that he can't be a father to the entire town -- and leads him to approve the prom.

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Where is the prom held?
warehouse
It's Ren's boss who informs him that dancing is legal in Bayson, which is just over the tracks from the mill. Ren arranges to hold the dance in an old warehouse in Bayson.
school
church

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Who takes Ariel to the dance?
her father
Ren
Ariel sports an oh-so-'80s off-the-shoulder pink dress when Ren escorts her to the prom in his old VW Beetle.
Chuck

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Who shows up to cause trouble at the prom?
protestors from the church
Reverend Shaw
Chuck
Chuck and his buddies come to the prom to mess with Ren and Willard, but they manage to leave Chuck bloodied and bruised on the ground as they head into the dance with their dates.

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True or false: "Footloose" was inspired by a real story.
true
When Elmore City, Oklahoma, was founded, the town had a rule against public dancing. In 1979, students in Elmore petitioned to hold a school prom and were successful. The event served as the inspiration for the movie.
false

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True or false: Tom Cruise turned down the part of Ren.
true
Tom Cruise was offered the part of Ren, but had to turn it down because he was obligated to appear in the 1983 movie, "All the Right Moves." Actor Christopher Atkins was also briefly awarded the part, before it finally went to Kevin Bacon.
false

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Which singer auditioned for the part of Ariel?
Pat Benatar
Madonna
Madonna auditioned for the part of Ariel, but the role went to Lori Singer instead.
Cyndi Lauper

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True or false: The film was originally called "Cheek to Cheek."
true
Scriptwriter Dean Pitchford originally titled the film "Cheek to Cheek," but scribbled down "Footloose and Fancy Free" one day, which he later shortened to "Footloose."
false

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In what year did "Footloose" get a big-budget remake?
1991
2001
2011
The film got a major studio remake in 2011, but in this version, Ren moved to Bomont from Boston after his mother died of cancer. In the original 1984 version, his mom moved from Chicago to Bomont with her son.

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Who played Ariel in the 2011 "Footloose" remake?
Jana Kramer
Julianne Hough
Country singer and "Dancing With the Stars" celeb Julianne Hough played the rebellious Ariel in the 2011 remake, with Kenny Wormald as Ren.
Martina McBride

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Which actor played Reverend Shaw Moore in the 2011 "Footloose" remake?
John Lithgow
Burt Reynolds
Dennis Quaid
It was Dennis Quaid who played the stern preacher in the remake, with Andie MacDowell in the role of his surprisingly strong wife, Vi.

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