The One and Only Flashdance Trivia Quiz

By: Julie Medina
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We​lder by day, exotic dancer by night. If we only realized what talents lie hidden under a welder’s mask... Enjoy the love story, music and amazing dances when you recall it all with the one and only Flashdance Trivia Quiz.

What is the name of the character who is a welder and a dancer?

The character’s name is Alex Owens, short for Alexandra. She is portrayed by Jennifer Beals. Alex is a welder by day and an exotic dancer by night at Mawby's, a neighborhood bar and grill which hosts a nightly cabaret. The nationwide search for a young actress for this role was narrowed down to three finalists: Leslie Wing, Demi Moore and Jennifer Beals.

What is the name of the character that owns the construction company?

Michael Nouri plays Nick Hurley, the owner of the construction company and Alex’s boyfriend and biggest fan. Kevin Kosner auditioned for the part but was bested by Michael Nouri. Kosner was first runner up.

What is the name of the waitress who is also an ice skater?

Sunny Johnson portrays Jeanie Szabo, Alex’s best friend, who can’t seem to achieve her dream of being a professional figure skater. All of her dreams were cut short, when the actress suffered a burst blood vessel in her brain. Sunny Johnson was 30 years of age at the time of her death.

What is the name of the character who plays the cook that wants to be a stand-up comedian?

Richie was portrayed by Kyle T. Heffner. Heffner also appeared in the films, The Woman in Red (1984), Runaway Train (1985), Spellbinder (1988) and When Harry Met Sally (1989). Heffner has appeared in numerous television series such as the CBS sitcom Rules of Engagement (2010), as well as television pilots, guest spots, commercials and more films.

Who is always complaining that “He hasn’t called.”

Tina, played by Cynthia Rose, is always worried because “He hasn’t called.” Towards the end of the movie he finally does call. While Alex constantly reassures her that he will, Tina is obsessed with asking. Cynthia Rose has continued acting since Flashdance in such films as Staying Alive (1983), Runaway (1984), Dirty Dancing (1987), and Curse of the Crystal Eye (1991).

Who is the elderly woman who wants Alex to be a dancer?

Hanna was a ballet dancer in her youth and encourages Alex. Hanna Long is portrayed by Lilia Skaia, a well-known actress who was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress for her most famous role as the Mother Superior in 1963's Lilies of the Field opposite Oscar-winning Sidney Poitier. Skala also appeared in Ship of Fools (1965), Charly (1968), Deadly Hero (1976), Eleanor and Franklin (1976), Roseland (1977), Heartland (1979) Flashdance (1983) and House of Games (1987).

Who is Margo?

Actress Stacey Pickren played Margo, the older exotic dancer who lost her dream of being a dancer. Stacey Pickren’s earliest roles were in film, including "Coming Home" (1978) with Jane Fonda, the drama "Sunnyside" (1979) "The Border" (1981) "Lookin' to Get Out" (1982) "Into the Night" (1985), and "Runaway Train" (1985). She also worked in television during these years, including a part on "Wings" (1989-1997). She also was featured in the TV movie "Penalty Phase" (CBS, 1986-87). Pickren most recently appeared in "Exit in Red" (The Movie Channel, 1996-97).

What was the name of Alex’s dog?

Although Grunt looks vicious, he just lays around and grunts most of the day. He does bark at Nick because Nick is a stranger but then gets accustomed to Nick as the movie continues. Grunt is a pit bull named Jumbo Red.

Who is Heels?

A & C. Lacking family, Alex forms bonds with her coworkers at Mawby's, including Heels, an exotic dancer. Durga McBroom portrays Heels and is well known for her singing. She has been a background vocalist for Pink Floyd from 1987 to 1994. Plus performed on their appearance at the 1990 Knebworth festival and provided vocals for Pink Floyd albums Delicate Sound Of Thunder, The Division Bell, Pulse and The Endless River, as well as David Gilmour's 2001 solo tour. She was also a member of the house music band Blue Pearl, best known for their hit single "Naked in the Rain".

Another actor in the film was also known for his singing. Who was it?

Lee Ving, the lead singer and guitar player of the band "Fear", played the sleazy club-owner, Johnny C. Lee Ving also appeared in the movie "Clue", where he played Mr.Boddy. Jake Mawby is a retired New Jersey cop.

Who says, “Oh what the hell. You bounce pretty good!”

Frank Szabo says this to his daughter to make her laugh and feel better after she falls down during her figure-skating competition. It does indeed make her laugh and Jeannie tells her dad that she loves him.

How does Alex get around?

Alex’s mode of transportation is her bike. When Nick offers her a ride home in his car, she says she has her own ride and Nick follows her in his car as she bikes home. The opening sequence of scenes with Alex riding her bicycle in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, starts on Warren Street at its intersection with Catoma Street. She rides south on Warren Street to Henderson Street, makes a hairpin turn from Henderson Street onto Fountain Street, and is next shown riding south on Middle Street.

Who is Alex talking to? Alex: “Did you get flowers like that? “Not always.” Alex: “But once, right? At least once. How does it make you feel?” “You will let me know.”

Hanna Long a retired ballerina, encourages Alex to apply to the Pittsburgh Conservatory of Dance and Repertory. Alex becomes intimidated by the scope of the application process, which includes listing all prior dance experience and education, and she leaves without applying. When Hanna dies, Alex becomes despondent but then decides to pursue her dream and applies for the audition.

Nick is seen by Alex at the ballet with a beautiful woman decked out in furs. Who is this woman?

Belinda Bair played Nick’s ex-wife, Katie. When Alex saw Nick with his ex-wife at the Opera, she thought it was a girlfriend, and threw a rock through the window of Nick’s house. Belinda Bauer's main title roles were in the television films, The Sins of Dorian Gray (1983), Starcrossed (198), Dean R. Koontz's Servants of Twilight (1991). Her last credited appearance was in the erotic thriller Poison Ivy II: Lily (1996).

Who says this, “Don’t you understand? When you give up your dream, you die."

Nick gives Alex valuable advice. Plus, Alex sees what happens to her girlfriend Jeannie ,when she gives up on her dream of figure skating and ends up at the strip club, Zanzibar.

The Zanzibar, run by Johnny C. also has dancers, but they are different than the Mawby’s bar where Alex dances, what is different?

Although the girls make more money than at Mawby’s, they are practically nude when they dance at the strip club, Zanzibar. Johnny C. is always trying to get dancers from Mawby’s to work for him at Zanzibar. Speaking of clothes (or lack thereof), Flashdance is often remembered for the sweatshirt with a large neck hole that Beals wore on the poster advertising the film. Beals said that the look of the sweatshirt came about by accident when it shrank in the wash and she cut out a large hole at the top so that she could wear it again.

Who says this, “See you later Izod.”

After Johnny C.’s bodyguard gives Richie a broken nose, Nick is there to stop Johnny C. from taking Alex with him. Since Johnny and Nick came from the same neighborhood, Johnny C. doesn’t mind calling him names, like Izod, a designer label.

Who says this, “You girls eat like pigs.”

Alex and Jeanie Szabo were eating at Jeanie’s parents’ house. They were stuffing their faces because they were hungry from their workout, and Jeanie's father made note of their table manners. Alex and Jeanie then went to the ice rink so Jeanie could practice. During the figure skating competition, the ice skating rink on which Jeanie falls was filmed at Monroeville Mall. This was the same ice skating rink used in the George A. Romero horror film Dawn of the Dead (1978).

Who says this, “I don't want you buying me anything. I don't want you buying me, period!”

Showing her independent, non-traditional character, Alex yells at Nick not to try to buy her and her affections. Jennifer Beals was just 19 when she won the role of Alex in the movie. Her independent character was part of her true character since after Flashdance, she turned down many roles and attended Yale majoring in American literature.

Who is talking to Pete? Pete: ”Number 174. 63.1503.” “Pete, I don't want her zip code.” Pete: “It's her Social Security number, asshole. She works for you.”

As Nick watches Alex perform a Cabaret performance at Mawby's Bar, he learns from Paul that Alex works for him. Alex doesn’t want to go out with her boss, as she doesn’t think that is a good idea. Nick pursues her until she relents.

Who says this? “Small? I’ll give you small. This place is so small you have to go outside to change your mind.”

Richie is practicing to be a stand-up comedian. He says the "small" joke when his boss, Jake Mawby tells him that they don’t let small people into L.A.. Although Richie eventually leaves to pursue his dream, he can't get a job as a stand-up comedian and returns to Mawby's bar.

What does Nick give Alex when she finished her audition?

Nick gives her a bouquet of roses that recalls a conversation Alex had with Hanna about what it feels like to be a lead dancer and receiving a bouquet of flowers. Alex, provides more evidence of her independent, non-traditional character, by taking one rose out of the bouquet and handing it to Nick.

A welder and dancer seems like an unlikely story, is it?

Flashdance was inspired by the real-life story of Maureen Marder, a construction worker/welder by day and dancer by night in a Toronto strip club. Like Alex Owens in the film, she aspired to enroll in a prestigious dance school. Tom Hedley wrote the original story outline for Flashdance, and on December 6, 1982, Marder signed a release document giving Paramount Pictures the right to portray her life story on screen, for which she was given a one-off payment of $2,300. Flashdance is estimated to have grossed more than $200 million worldwide.

What kind of reception did the film receive once it opened?

Flashdance opened to negative reviews by professional critics, but was a surprise box office success, becoming the third highest-grossing film of 1983 in the United States! It had a worldwide box-office gross of more than $100 million. The music was its own star with both fans and critics loving it. The soundtrack spawned several hit songs.

Jennifer Beals was nominated for which of these awards?

Jennifer Beals was nominated in the Best Actress in a Motion Picture-Comedy/Musical category for a Golden Globe Award. She was nominated and won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Motion Picture-Comedy Musical. However, only the music (Flashback … What a Feeling) won the Oscar.

Who sings the theme song to the movie, "Flashdance... What a Feeling"?

Irene Cara wrote the lyrics to the theme song in one day while riding in a car to the recording studio. That day she recorded the song. It reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in May 1983. Despite the song's title, the word "Flashdance" itself is not heard in the lyrics. The song is used in the opening title sequence of the film, and is the music Alex uses in her dance audition routine at the end of the film.

There were other hit songs from the movie, which of these were hits?

Another song used in the film, "Maniac", was also nominated for an Academy Award. It was written by Michael Sembello and Dennis Matkosky. Like the title song, it reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in September 1983. Other top songs in the film include "Lady, Lady, Lady", performed by Joe Esposito, "Gloria" and "Imagination" performed by Laura Branigan, and "I'll Be Here Where the Heart Is", performed by Kim Carn.

What awards did the music in Flashdance receive?

The theme song, “Flashback … What a Feeling” won an Academy Award for Best Original Song, as well as a Golden Globe . The soundtrack album of Flashdance sold 700,000 copies during its first two weeks on sale and has gone on to sell over 6,000,000 copies in the US alone. In 1984, the album won the Grammy Award for Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or a Television Special. Maniac was also nominated for an Academy Award.

How many body doubles were used to create Alex's audition dance?

The body double, Marine Jahan, was used for most of the ballet in the dance audition. Alex’s leap in the audition scene was done by gymnast Sharon Shapiro and the break-dance was done by Crazy-Legs who is seen earlier in the movie. It took three body doubles to complete one scene.

Why did Crazy Legs pretend to be a woman and play Alex’s part in the audition dance?

The man known as "Crazy Legs" is actually called Richard Colón. He had to do the spinning on his back scene because they asked him to teach that move in only one day! He said that it wasn't possible to learn that move so quickly, so he ended up doing it himself.

What other movies and series has Jennifer Beals starred in?

Besides Flashdance, Jennifer Beals has also starred in a 1995 film called 'The Devil in the Blue Dress' co-starring Denzel Washington. For that film she was nominated by the Image Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Motion Picture. She also starred in the Showtime Series, The L-word, and was nominated two years in a row for the Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series. She has also starred in Something More (1999) and A Wife’s Nightmare (2014).

Why was Flashdance different than other films of that year?

Flashback was the first collaboration of producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer. The presentation of some sequences in the style of music videos was an influence on other 1980s films, including Top Gun (1986), Simpson and Bruckheimer's most famous production. However, executives at Paramount were unsure about the film's potential and sold 25% of the rights prior to its release.

When did movie open in the theaters?

The movie aired in 1983, two years after MTV launched. In the mid-1980s, it became almost obligatory to release a music video to promote a major motion picture—even if the film was not especially suited for one. An example from the era is the song and music video "Take My Breath Away" from Top Gun (1986), also from Flashdance producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer. Giorgio Moroder composed "Take My Breath Away" and several of the songs for Flashdance.

When it came to advertising a movie why was shooting in the music video format a smart marketing tool?

The success of this film is attributed in part to the 1981 launch of the cable channel MTV (Music Television), as it was the first to exploit the new medium effectively. By excerpting segments of the film and running them as music videos on MTV, the studio benefited from extensive free promotion, and thus established the new medium as an important marketing tool for movies.

What animator paid homage to Flashdance?

After seeing the film Flashdance, Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz decided to draw a parody-tribute cartoon with Snoopy performing as the “flashdancer”, sporting the same dance clothes worn by the main character Alex. That comic strip later led to the idea of an animated TV special. Steve Resse is the animator for Invader Zim and Matt Groening is the animator for the Simpsons.

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