This supposed “British version of Saturday Night Fever” sticks to the Grease formula by casting an actor (Gerry Sundquist) and a singer (Nigerian-born Patti Boulaye) to do the dancing, although they hardly create any temperature together, let alone a fever.
Gerry Pearson (Sundquist) is a young Londoner who enjoys dancing the night away with his friends at the Music Machine in Camden Town. He’s a very likeable young man who is not at all bothered about being unemployed for two years and still living with his parents.
The film begins with two influential middle-aged men visiting the Music Machine. They are intent on making a movie which stars two young dancers, so they launch a disco dancing competition to find the most outstanding couple.
Gerry is an enthusiastic dancer but lacks real style. Despite this lack of style, he is out to impress the best dancer in the club, super ice-cool Candy (Mandy Perryment) and enters the contest to show Candy and her smooth boyfriend Howard (David Easter) what he’s capable of.
His determination leads him to seek dance tuition from his friend Laurie (Clarke Peters), a black DJ who sells records and dances on the side (Peters is undoubtedly the hit of the film), and it is through him that Gerry meets his elegant new dancing partner, Clare (Boulaye).
Naturally, they win the competition – where Esther Rantzen makes a cameo appearance as a judge – and dance to stardom.
Gerry Sundquist took his own life in August 1993 by jumping under a train at Norbiton railway station in southwest London, aged 37.