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John Badham

Saturday Night Fever

Norman Wexler, the reason I love Saturday Night Fever. He suffered from mental illness most of his life and was rumored to be the inspiration for Tony Clifton, Andy Kaufman’s stage alter ego.

But he turned a movie about nightclub dancing into a social commentary.

He was a screenwriter who twice was nominated for the Oscar for “Joe” and “Serpico”, two films dealing with the darker side of social commentary.  Then Wexler was tasked with turning a magazine article about Saturday night disco dancing into something more than a dance movie.