"Roseland" is made up of three stories, sometimes connecting, all set in the famed New York dance palace, and all having the same theme: finding the right dance partner.

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May (The Waltz)
Lou Jacobi ...
Stan (The Waltz)
Don De Natale ...
Master of Ceremonies (The Waltz)
Louise Kirtland ...
Ruby (The Waltz)
Hetty Galen ...
Red-Haired Lady (The Waltz)
Carol Culver ...
Young May (The Waltz)
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Young Eddie (The Waltz) (as Danny Shearer)
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Marilyn (The Hustle)
Helen Gallagher ...
Cleo (The Hustle)
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Pauline (The Hustle)
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George (The Hustle)
Jayne Heller ...
Bella (The Hustle)
Annette Rivera ...
The Hustle Couple (The Hustle)
Floyd Chisholm ...
The Hustle Couple (The Hustle)
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Three separate stories of the hopes of the lonely are told, with the Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan as the setting. In "The Waltz", recently widowed May, a graceful woman who was married to her husband Eddie for thirty-five years, mourns the loss of dancing with her long time partner. Although she initially thinks him crass, May chooses as her new dance partner Stan if solely for what link Stan seems to be able to provide to her past. Stan tries to steer her away from that past and look to her future. In "The Hustle", a young man named Russel "works" as a full time gigolo for the wealthy Pauline, who is on the far side of middle age. Russel meets the shy Marilyn, Pauline's friend who was recently jilted by her husband, with whom there is a mutual attraction. Cleo, Russel's former dance teacher, wants Russel as her professional dance partner despite him treating dance now merely as a past-time. Both Marilyn and Cleo try to get Russel away from the life he leads with Pauline, which may ... Written by Huggo

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The film originated out of an attempt by Merchant Ivory Productions to adapt screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala's short story "How I Became a Holy Mother" which featured a scene at the Roseland Ballroom in New York. The financiers did not want to finance an adaptation of this but they were affectionate about a scene at the Roseland Ballroom dance palace. As suggested by Don De Natale, the team went to Roseland and conceived of a film to be set and shot at there. See more »

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Russel: You think Im vain. Cause I like myself? I like my suit. Dont you like my suit? You like my tie? Cute? How about the rest of me? My eyes, hair, profile. Legs long enough?
[Gestures at stomach]
Russel: Mmm, flat.
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Baubles, Bangles and Beads
By Bob Wright (as Robert Wright) and Chet Forrest (as George Forrest)
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bitter-sweet stories in the Ginger y Fred-style
21 July 2005 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Maybe I wouldn't have bought the movie if I'd seen the low voting-rate here. But I read the three bones in the Videohounds and got curious for Roseland, New Yorks famous old ballroom, filled up with mostly older dance-lovers, often looking for some company. Two bitter-sweet stories in the Ginger y Fred-style open and end. The middle part "Hustle" has Christopher Walken - who in his youth was dreaming of becoming a dancer

  • as the young darling gigolo for the older ladies. Walken plays a


brilliant part here (just before his Deer Hunter-fame), you believe him right away. As the younger Geraldine Chaplin offers her love, house and help, he gratefully accept it,but when she tries to force things and make him think of him and her alone she loses easily from a golden watch. We've seen a lot of dancing-movies alright, but especially the genuine atmosphere with regular customers as the extra's, gives Roseland some unforgettable moments. 9 out of 10 is rather high, but boy, you have to fight against these poor ratings!


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