Original Australian One sheet movie poster R Rated version. Saturday Night Fever is a 1977 American musical drama film directed by John Badham. It stars John Travolta as Tony Manero, Karen Gorney as Stephanie Mangano, and Donna Pescow as Annette. A huge commercial success, the film significantly helped to popularize disco music around the world and made Travolta a household name. The Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, featuring disco songs by the Bee Gees, is one of the best-selling soundtracks of all time.