May 14, 1979 12:00 PM

The ads for the new expurgated (from R to PG) version of the megahit that boosted John Travolta from Sweathog to Superstar urge “everyone to catch Saturday Night Fever!’ In fact, parents may still find the movie too Feverish for preteen audiences. Thanks to cutting and dubbing, some seven minutes (and all four-letter words) have been excised from the original—for example, a stronger epithet becomes “you fakers.” But scenes of violent backseat sex, a bloody gang rumble and a boy’s death in a fall from a bridge remain. Though Travolta’s performance is still powerful, the film succeeded so well in its first release that it has become almost a period piece.

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