The Footloose Quiz


By: J.P. Naomi

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

"Kick off your Sunday shoes" and take a break with this "Footloose quiz!" If you're ready to groove, prove that you have the moves with this quiz!

In 1984, a brand new musical was introduced to film. Written by Dean Pitchford and directed by Herbert Ross, the film follows a hip Chicago teen who tries to bring music and dance to a small, mid-western town. Played by Kevin Bacon, young teen Ren MacCormack tries to get his new town to lift their ban on dancing and rock and roll. How much of Ren's Bomont life do you remember?

What's the name of Ren's mother? What does Shaw Moore do for a living? What kind of job did Ren get when he moved to Bomont? If you're dancing through these questions, you're ready to get your feet loose!

The title song led this film to even greater heights. Not only did it become a #1 single, but it even gained nominations for "Best Original Song" at the Academy Awards and Golden Globes. The acting, dancing, and music of this film made it a memorable '80s classic that even got a 2011 remake.

Are you ready to kick off your Sunday shoes with this quiz? Only a dancing maniac could follow the choreography with the answers to these questions. Prove that you're ready to rock and roll!

Which famous actor plays the lead role of Ren McCormack?

Kevin Bacon earned great reviews for his role in Footloose and shortly after the release, he appeared on the cover of People magazine!


What is the occupation of Shaw Moore, the father of Ariel?

Shaw Moore is reverend of the local church in Bomont.


What activity is forbidden under local law of this small midwestern town?

The city council has banned dancing and rock music - leading the charge of this effort was Reverend Shaw Moore!


Dancing, like liquor and drugs, can lead to ____________ according to Reverend Shaw Moore.

Speaking to Ren, Moore says, "These dances and this kind of music can be destructive, and, uh, Ren, I'm afraid you're going to find most of the people in our community are gonna agree with me on this."


Chuck challenges Ren to a game of ...

Chuck and Ren play a game of chicken, each of them driving a tractor and Ren, who comes from a big city and had never driven a tractor, wins!


What is the name of Ren's new small town best friend?

Willard Hewitt is played by actor Chris Penn, brother of actor Sean Penn.


Where does Ren work in Footloose?

This warehouse location is where Ren plans to hold their dance despite opposition!


To where does Ren take Ariel, Willard and Rusty 100 miles away?

He wants them to experience the joy and freedom of dancing. When Willard refuses to dance, it's not long before Ren shows him some moves that he catches onto!


What does Ren read to the city council to convince them that dancing is right?

He reads several verses from the Bible to prove the point that dancing is to rejoice, exercise and celebrate!


"A time to laugh, a time to weep, a time to mourn and a time to ______."

This is part of the Ecclesiastes verse that Ren reads to the city council to reverse the ban on dancing. He is voted down.


Whose rock single was the title song, "Footloose"?

Kenny Loggins also had the hit single "I'm Free" on the movie's soundtrack.


Which character climbs out of one moving vehicle and ends up in another after playing a game of chicken with a truck?

In this daringly bold and dangerous move, Ariel ends up standing in between two moving vehicles with one leg in each window, meanwhile a 18-wheeler truck is approaching!


Which song plays during the famous tractor chicken scene?

This song was recorded specifically for the Footloose soundtrack in 1984. It was later included in Bonnie Tyler's 1986 album titled Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire.


What is Ren's response when Ariel asks if he wants to kiss her?

His explanation, "Well, it's just I get the feeling you've been kissed a lot, and I'm afraid I'd suffer by comparison."


What song does Ariel play on the boombox at the drive-in?

Footloose is categorized as an American musical drama. The song "Footloose" received the 1995 Academy Award nomination for Best Music (Original Song) and the 1995 Golden Globe Award nomination for "Best Original Song - Motion Picture!


In which more recent year was Footloose reproduced by Paramount Pictures?

In this second go-around, Footloose brought in more than $63 million worldwide. The lead role of Ren was played by actor Kenny Wormald.


As the movie begins, where are all of the residents of Bomont?

In the movie Footloose, Bomont is a small midwestern town which is very conservative and religious.


How was Reverend Moore's son killed?

It is said that Bobby's death lead to the banning of music and dancing in the Bomont community.


Where did Ren McCormack move from?

Ren left Chicago with his mother Ethel and moved to the Midwest.


Following Reverend Moore's sermon, some local residents take to the high school to burn what?

They were burning books that they felt were inappropriate and dangerous to the youth of the town!


Why does Ren visit Reverend Moore at his home?

By the end of the movie, Reverend Shaw Moore has come around. He and his wife Vi actually dance again for the first time in years.


At the end Footloose, what does Ren shout as he returns to the prom following a scuffle outside with Chuck?

After he shouts "Let's dance!", the theme song Footloose begins and the cast shares one big final dance scene.


What is the name of Ariel's abusive boyfriend who clashes with Ren?

Chuck and Ren battle it out at the end of the movie and Ren wins Ariel's heart for good.


What song is playing at the bar when Ren, Willard, Ariel and Rusty arrive?

"Hurts So Good" was recorded in 1982 as part of the album titled American Fool. It was used for the soundtrack of Footloose in 1984.


Who plays the role of Ariel's strict father and reverend of the local church?

John Lithgow has been acting since 1972. His most recent stints have been as Dick Solomon in 3rd Rock from the Sun and Arthur Mitchell in Dexter!


In which high school sport did Ren participate?

Ren was cut from the team though, because of the dancing controversy he was involved in!


Chuck thought that only ________ wore neckties.

Chuck heckles Ren, but Ren replies, "I thought only a^^holes used the word "pansy!"


What kind of car does Ren drive?

Ren drives a yellow Volkswagen beetle in Footloose!


Why does Ren get pulled over by the police?

Much to Ren's surprise and dismay, the policeman informs him that loud music is illegal in Bomont.


What is the name of Ariel's best friend?

Rusty is played by actress Sarah Jessica Parker. She was nominated for a Young Artist Award for her performance in Footloose in 1984.


In which year did Footloose open as a musical at Broadway's Richard Rodgers Theater?

It opened on October 22, 1998 in New York City and ran for 709 performances! It followed the same general plot of the original movie from 1984.


Which novel does Ren argue over with a group of Bomont locals?

Ren argues that Slaughterhouse-Five is a classic novel and Mrs. Allyson and Mr. Gurntz argue maybe in another town, but not Bomont!


What does it say on the shirt that Ariel flashes at the city council meeting?

Ariel opens her jean jacket and flashes her pink t-shirt to the crowd.


In which year was Footloose released?

Footloose was released on February 17, 1984 and grossed more than $80 million in its history!


Who sticks up for Ren at the town council and says he has the right to speak?

Vi Moore believes Ren should have his fair chance to speak to the council. She struggles throughout the movie to support her husband because she feels for the kids!


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