Dance Movies
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Orange County, California

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Pierre Dulaine is a Manhattan ballroom teacher and competitor who volunteers his time to teach ballroom dancing to a group of New York inner city high school kids. Initially forced to participate as a form of detention, the kids reject Mr. Dulaine's efforts until his unwavering commitment and dedication finally inspires them to embrace the program, infusing it with their own unique hip-hop style while subconsciously learning valuable life lessons about pride, respect, self-esteem and honor.

Production Status: Released

Genres: Drama, Musical/Performing Arts and Biopic

Running Time: 108 min.

Release Date: April 7th, 2006 (wide)

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic material, language and some violence.


New Line Cinema

Production Co.:

Tiara Blu Films


New Line Cinema

U.S. Box Office: $34,703,228

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Canada

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Produced in: United States


A look inside the lives of New York City school kids on a journey into the world of ballroom dancing--a new and unexpected arena where they discover home truths about attitude, movement, style and commitment. Told from the candid, sometimes hilarious perspective of the boys and girls themselves, the picture chronicles their transformation from typical urban kids to "ladies and gentlemen," as their school teams aim towards a final citywide competition.

Production Status: Released

Genres: Documentary and Musical/Performing Arts

Running Time: 1 hr. 45 min.

Release Date: May 13th, 2005 (NY); May 20th, 2005 (select cities)

MPAA Rating: PG for for some thematic elements.


Nickelodeon Movies, Paramount Vantage

Production Co.:

Just One Productions

U.S. Box Office: $8,044,906

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

Produced in: United States


A romantic comedy where a bored, overworked Estate Lawyer, upon first sight of a beautiful instructor, signs up for ballroom dancing lessons.

Director: Peter Chelsom

Writers: Masayuki Suo, Audrey Wells (screenplay)

Stars: Richard Gere, Jennifer Lopez, Susan Sarandon

John Clark is a middle aged Chicago estate lawyer. He loves his family, which includes his wife Beverly, but their combined busy schedules and getting caught in a rut after two decades of marriage has left him feeling unfulfilled. While taking the el train home every night, he notices the same young, beautiful contemplative woman staring out of one of the windows of Miss Mitzi's Dance Studio, which specializes in ballroom. He is intrigued enough with her beauty and sadness to go in one evening on his way home. He learns that she is Paulina, one of the instructors and a former world class ballroom dancer. Because of her, he signs up for beginner group dance lessons, regardless of them being taught by Miss Mitzi herself, and not Paulina. As time progresses, John gets caught up in the lives of those students and the instructors.


United States, 2002

U.S. Release Date: 3/28/03 (limited)

Running Length: 1:54

MPAA Classification: R (Profanity, violence)

Theatrical Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Cast: Robert Duvall, Rubén Blades, Kathy Baker, Luciana Pedraza, Julio Oscar Mechoso, James Keane

Director: Robert Duvall

Producers: Robert Duvall, Rob Carliner

Screenplay: Robert Duvall

Cinematography: Félix Monti

Music: Luis Enríquez Bacalov

U.S. Distributor: MGM

When is a hit man a terrorist? That's a question discussed in the subtext of Robert Duvall's newest movie, Assassination Tango, a quirky drama that I admire. For this film, Duvall wears four hats: director, writer, producer, and star, ensuring that he will bear primary responsibility for the success or failure of the project. Like 1997's The Apostle, this is very much Duvall's movie from top to bottom.


Spain/Argentina, 1998

U.S. Release Date: beginning 2/99 (limited)

Running Length: 1:54

MPAA Classification: PG-13 (Sexual themes)

Theatrical Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1

Cast: Miguel Angel Sola, Cecilia Narova, Mia Maestro, Juan Carlos Copes, Juan Luis Galiardo

Director: Carlos Saura

Producers: Juan Carlos Codazzi, Carlos Mentasti, Luis A. Scalella

Screenplay: Carlos Saura

Cinematography: Vittorio Storaro

Music: Lalo Schifrin

U.S. Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

In Spanish with subtitles

It's said that the tango is a dance of passion, and nowhere is that more ably demonstrated than in Carlos Saura's involving new film, Tango. With only the thinnest of narrative threads linking scenes and moments together, this movie becomes a celebration of the dance from which it takes its name. Approximately three-quarters of the nearly two-hour running time is devoted to expertly-choreographed performances featuring dancers of exceptional skill, sensuality, and poise. In general, I do not identify myself as a connoisseur of any particular kind of dancing, but Tango captured my attention early and held it throughout.


United States, 1998

U.S. Release Date: 8/21/98 (wide)

Running Length: 2:06

MPAA Classification: PG (Mild profanity, mild sensuality)

Theatrical Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Cast: Vanessa L. Williams, Chayanne, Kris Kristofferson, Jane Krabowski, Beth Grant, Harry Groener, William Marquez, Scott Paetty, Joan Plowright

Director: Randa Haines

Producers: Lauren C. Weissman, Shinya Egawa, Randa Haines

Screenplay: Daryl Matthews

Cinematography: Fred Murphy

Music: Michael Convertino

U.S. Distributor: Columbia Pictures

Despite its many flaws, it's difficult not to like Randa Haines' latest film, the effervescent Dance with Me. As is true of most "performance" movies, the central attraction isn't the characters or the narrative. Instead, it's the look, the feel, and, most importantly, the music. Dance with Me isn't intended to be a deeply introspective look at the struggles of a man and woman to overcome their individual emotional troubles and find each other. Instead, it uses these familiar, lightweight plot elements as a foundation for the series of colorful, energetic dance sequences that represent the real reason to see this movie.


UK/France/Argentina, 1997

U.S. Release Date: beginning 11/97 (limited)

Running Length: 1:40

MPAA Classification: PG (Mature themes)

Theatrical Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Cast: Sally Potter, Pablo Veron

Director: Sally Potter

Producers: Christopher Sheppard

Screenplay: Sally Potter

Cinematography: Robby Muller

Music: Sally Potter

U.S. Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

In English, French, and Spanish with subtitles