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That's Dancing! -- From the director of the acclaimed "That's Entertainment" series comes this star-packed anthology of films greatest dance numbers from ballet to the dance-craze of the 80s.


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18 January 1985 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Mikhail Baryshnikov ... Himself - Host (also archive footage)

Ray Bolger ... Himself - Host (also archive footage)

Sammy Davis Jr. ... Himself - Host (also archive footage)

Gene Kelly ... Himself - Host (also archive footage)

Liza Minnelli ... Herself - Host
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tommy Abbott ... Himself (clip from "West Side Story") (archive footage)

June Allyson ... Herself, film clip (archive footage)

Ann-Margret ... Herself - film clip (archive footage)

Fred Astaire ... Himself (archive footage)

Lucille Ball ... Herself - film clip (archive footage)
Robert Banas ... Himself (clip from "West Side Story") (archive footage)

Jennifer Beals ... Herself (clip from "Flashdance") (archive footage)
David Bean ... Himself (clip from "West Side Story") (archive footage)
Francesca Bellini ... Herself (clip from "West Side Story") (archive footage)

Busby Berkeley ... Himself (archive footage)
Monte Blue ... Himself (clip from "So This Is Paris") (archive footage)
John Brascia ... Himself, film clip (archive footage)
Lucille Bremer ... Herself, film clip (archive footage)

James Cagney ... Himself (clip from "Yankee Doodle Dandy") (archive footage)

Leslie Caron ... Herself, film clip (archive footage)
Betty Carr ... Herself, film clip (archive footage)
Gower Champion ... Himself, film clip (archive footage)

Marge Champion ... Herself, film clip (archive footage)

Cyd Charisse ... Herself (clip from "Silk Stockings") (archive footage)

Joan Crawford ... Herself (clip from "Our Dancing Daughters") (archive footage)
Jacques d'Amboise ... Himself (clips from "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" / "Carousel") (archive footage)
Carole D'Andrea ... Herself (clip from "West Side Story") (archive footage)

Dan Dailey ... Himself (clip from "It's Always Fair Weather") (archive footage)
Leroy Daniels ... Himself (clip from "Band Wagon") (archive footage)

Doris Day ... Herself (clip from "Love Me or Leave Me") (archive footage)

Gloria DeHaven ... Herself, film clip (archive footage)
Norma Doggett ... Herself, film clip (archive footage)
Isadora Duncan ... Herself, film clip (archive footage)

Buddy Ebsen ... Himself - film clip (archive footage)
Taina Elg ... Herself (clip from "Les Girls") (archive footage)
Harvey Evans ... Himself, film clip (archive footage)
Eliot Feld ... Himself (clip from "West Side Story") (archive footage)

Margot Fonteyn ... Herself, film clip (archive footage)

Bob Fosse ... Hortensio (archive footage)
Loie Fuller ... Herself, film clip (archive footage)

Clark Gable ... Himself (clip from "Gone with the Wind") (archive footage)

Judy Garland ... Herself, film clip (archive footage)
Virginia Gibson ... Herself, film clip (archive footage)

Betty Grable ... Herself, film clip (archive footage)

Cary Grant ... Himself - film clip (archive footage)

Jack Haley ... Himself, film clip (archive footage)
Carol Haney ... Herself (clip from "Invitation to the Dance") (archive footage)
June Haver ... Herself, film clip (archive footage)

Robert Helpmann ... Himself (clip from "The Red Shoes") (archive footage)

Judy Holliday ... Herself (clip from "Bells Are Ringing") (archive footage)
José Iturbi ... Himself, film clip (archive footage)

Michael Jackson ... Himself - film clip (archive footage)
Marine Jahan ... Herself (clip from "Flashdance") (archive footage)

Van Johnson ... Himself, film clip (archive footage)

Ruby Keeler ... Herself (clip from "42nd Street") (archive footage)

Paula Kelly ... Herself (clip from "Sweet Charity") (archive footage)
Michael Kidd ... Himself (archive footage)
Nancy Kilgas ... Herself, film clip (archive footage)

Frances Langford ... Herself, film clip (archive footage)
Charles Laskey ... Himself (archive footage)

Ruta Lee ... Herself, film clip (archive footage)

Vivien Leigh ... Herself (clip from "Gone with the Wind") (archive footage)
Bambi Linn ... Herself (clip from "Oklahoma!") (archive footage)

Susan Luckey ... Herself (clip from "Carousel") (archive footage)

Shirley MacLaine ... Herself (clip from "Sweet Charity") (archive footage)

Dean Martin ... Himself (clip from "Bells Are Ringing") (archive footage)
Léonide Massine ... Himself (clip from "The Red Shoes") (archive footage)
Matt Mattox ... Himself (clip from "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers") (archive footage)
Joan McCracken ... Herself (clip from "Good News") (archive footage)
Ray McDonald ... Himself, film clip (archive footage)
Una Merkel ... Herself, film clip (archive footage)
Martha Merrill ... Herself (clip from "And She Learned About Dames") (archive footage)
Bert Michaels ... Himself (clip from "West Side Story") (archive footage)

Ann Miller ... Herself (clip from "Kiss Me Kate") (archive footage)

James Mitchell ... Himself (clip from "Oklahoma!") (archive footage)

Ricardo Montalban ... Himself - film clip (archive footage)
Annabelle Moore ... Herself, film clip (archive footage)
Tony Mordente ... Himself (clip from "West Side Story") (archive footage)

George Murphy ... Himself (clip from "Broadway Rhythm") (archive footage)

Gene Nelson ... Himself, film clip (archive footage)

Julie Newmar ... Herself, film clip (archive footage)
Fayard Nicholas ... Himself (clip from "Down Argentine Way") (archive footage)
Harold Nicholas ... Himself (clip from "Down Argentine Way") (archive footage)

Rudolf Nureyev ... Himself, film clip (archive footage)

Donald O'Connor ... Himself, film clip (archive footage)
Susan Oakes ... Herself (clip from "West Side Story") (archive footage)
Anna Pavlova ... Herself (clip from "Dumb Girl of Portici") (archive footage)
Marc Platt ... Himself (clip from "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers") (archive footage)

Dick Powell ... Himself (clips from "42nd Street" / "Dames") (archive footage)

Eleanor Powell ... Herself (clips from "Broadway Melody of 1936" / "Honolulu") (archive footage)

Jane Powell ... Herself (clip from "Royal Wedding") (archive footage)

Tommy Rall ... Himself (clips from "Kiss Me Kate" / "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers") (archive footage)

Debbie Reynolds ... Herself - film clip (archive footage)

Jeff Richards ... Himself (clip from "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers") (archive footage)

Chita Rivera ... Nickie (archive footage)

Bill Robinson ... Himself (clip from "The Little Colonel") (archive footage)

Ginger Rogers ... Herself (clips from "Gay Divorcee" / "Swing Time") (archive footage)

Mickey Rooney ... Himself - film clips (archive footage)
Wini Shaw ... Herself (clip from "Gold Diggers of 1935") (archive footage)

Moira Shearer ... Herself (clip from "The Red Shoes") (archive footage)

Frank Sinatra ... Himself - film clip (archive footage)

Red Skelton ... Himself (clips from "Bathing Beauty" / "Three Little Words") (archive footage)

Tucker Smith ... Himself (clip from "West Side Story") (archive footage)

James Stewart ... Himself (clip from "Born to Dance") (archive footage)

Lyle Talbot ... Himself (clip from "And She Learned About Dames") (archive footage)

Russ Tamblyn ... Himself (clip from "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers") (archive footage)
Tarita ... Herself (clip from "Mutiny on the Bounty") (archive footage)

Lilyan Tashman ... Herself (clip from "So This Is Paris") (archive footage)

Robert Taylor ... Himself (clip from "Broadway Melody of 1936") (archive footage)
Anthony 'Scooter' Teague ... Himself (clip from "West Side Story") (archive footage)

Shirley Temple ... Herself (clip from "The Little Colonel") (archive footage)

Tamara Toumanova ... Herself - film clip (archive footage)

John Travolta ... Himself (archive footage)
Gina Trikonis ... Herself (clip from "West Side Story") (archive footage)

Lana Turner ... Herself - film clip (archive footage)
Bobby Van ... Himself (clip from "Kiss Me Kate") (archive footage)

Vera-Ellen ... Herself (clip from "Three Little Words") (archive footage)

Ethel Waters ... Herself (clip from "Rufus Jones for President") (archive footage)
Bobby Watson ... Himself (clip from "Singin' in the Rain") (archive footage)

Esther Williams ... Herself, film clip (archive footage)

David Winters ... Himself (clip from "West Side Story") (archive footage)
Vera Zorina ... Herself (clip from "On Your Toes") (archive footage)

Directed by
Jack Haley Jr. 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jack Haley Jr. 

Produced by
Bud Friedgen .... associate producer
Jack Haley Jr. .... producer
Gene Kelly .... executive producer
David Niven Jr. .... producer
Original Music by
Henry Mancini 
Cinematography by
Andrew Laszlo 
Film Editing by
Michael J. Sheridan 
Costume Design by
Ron Talsky 
Production Management
Wally Samson .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Dreyfuss .... second assistant director
Ira Halberstadt .... first assistant director
Richard Hinds .... first assistant director
Paul Hornstein .... second assistant director
Joel Tuber .... first assistant director
Art Department
John Alvin .... poster artist
Sound Department
Lyle J. Burbridge .... sound re-recording mixer
Marty Church .... adr mixer
Ken Dufva .... foley artist
Paul Hochman .... sound editor
William L. McCaughey .... sound re-recording mixer
Ray O'Reilly .... sound re-recording mixer
Gregory H. Watkins .... ADR Mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Lohmann .... additional photographer
Editorial Department
Bud Friedgen .... supervising editor
James Seidelman .... assistant editor
Stephen R. Sheridan .... color timer
Music Department
Scott Perry .... music editor
William Saracino .... music editor
Greg Fulginiti .... music engineer (uncredited)
Other crew
Steve Fisch .... researcher
Howard Hays .... researcher
Alex Romero .... choreographer

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Additional Details

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105 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

A multitude of well-known players, such as Ann-Margret, Joan Crawford, Betty Grable, Cary Grant, Jack Haley, June Haver and Gene Nelson, James Stewart, Joan McCracken, Esther Williams, Frank Sinatra, Tarita, Taina Elg, José Iturbi, Doris Day, Judy Holliday and Dean Martin, Lucille Ball, Marge Champion, Gower Champion and the Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) dancers, appear only in brief film clips behind the opening credits, and nowhere else in the film, leading one to believe that a great deal of footage intended to be included never made the final cut.See more »
Title Card:This film is dedicated to all the dancers... especially those who devoted their lives to the development of their art long before there was a motion picture camera.See more »
Movie Connections:
Features Fame (1980)See more »
DamesSee more »


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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
That's Spectacular!!!!!, 1 March 2008
Author: dataconflossmoor from United States

This movie is a collaboration of copious dance scores that takes you through the entire historical duration of Hollywood producing movies!! "That's Dancing" is, without a doubt, one of the most entertaining films that I have ever seen!! Hosted by Gene Kelly, he itemizes the complete scope of dancing brilliance throughout all of movie and television history!! Gene Kelly is a legend on his own right! Other greats such as Elenor Powell, Ann Miller, John Travolta, Donald O'Connor, and, of course, the ultimate dancing dream team of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers had dance routines which were depicted in this film.. Besides the all time classics, this film takes you through the myriad of talented dancers that Hollywood has manufactured with an utterly boastful showmanship!! This film ran the gambit from classical dance, to ballet, to tap dancing, to disco, and so much more!! This does include Busby Berkeley, he became a legend with his choreography in the 1930's, so much so that dance ensembles were never looked at the same way ever since!! The free expression of dancing represents a titillation with the audience, as well as with the performers who have nonchalantly made intricate dance numbers look like a total breeze.. The glamor, the fabulous moments of fame, and the recognition of raw physical talent, all bring on an exuberance that only professional dancing can provide!! There is a free flowing addiction to dancing which has consistently energized the silver screen!! Show business has always had the auspicious reputation to perennially cultivate a plethora of fame and applause as necessary affinities in it's industry for purposes of brandishing their high profile acting and dancing performances!! I for one, viewed this film "That's Dancing" with a pleasantly candid recognition of how dancing talent in Hollywood is one of the critical components to arousing the moviegoer's interest!! This compendium of dance numbers enhances the entire genre of flippant, yet intense talent in the existing cinema of yesteryear, as well as today!! Films like "Singin in the Rain" and "Swing Time" have scores that evoke an unprecedented amount of professional dancing talent!! Modern break dancing (Especially, very modern for 1985) illustrated how the legend of dancing prevails in present movie making times as well!! It is so wonderful to see this film, I can see it time and time again and never be bored!! I feel that the movie "That's Dancing"t is one of the best films I have ever seen, however, in making this film, I realize that it cannot receive critical acclaim, as it is just a matter of a snippet here and a snippet there... In so reminiscing about the remarkable dancing talent which Hollywood has provided it's movie viewers throughout history, it just simply astounds me!! I definitely recommend seeing this film!! I give it five stars, and, a totally perfect ten!!

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