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Strictly Ballroom (1992)

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A maverick dancer risks his career by performing an unusual routine and sets out to succeed with a new partner.



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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 19 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pat Thomson ...
Peter Whitford ...
Les Kendall
Doug Hastings
Ken Railings
Sonia Kruger ...
Tina Sparkle
Kris McQuade ...
Charm Leachman
Pip Mushin ...
Wayne Burns
Leonie Page ...
Vanessa Cronin
Antonio Vargas ...
Armonia Benedito ...
Ya Ya
Jack Webster ...


Scott Hastings is a champion caliber ballroom dancer, but much to the chagrin of the Australian ballroom dance community, Scott believes in dancing "his own steps". Fran is a beginning dancer and a bit of an ugly duckly who has the audacity to ask to be Scott's partner after his unorthodox style causes his regular partner to dance out of his life. Together, these two misfits try to win the Australian Pan Pacific Championships and show the Ballroom Confederation that they are wrong when they say, "there are no new steps!" Written by Rowena Young

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language and sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 February 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ballroom - Gara di ballo  »

Box Office


AUD 3,000,000 (estimated)


$11,738,022 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The trophies in Kendall's Dance Studio were real trophies borrowed from dance studios. See more »


When Shirley Hastings finally rips the calendar pages off in anger shouting, "It was his year," some of the pages underneath also show days marked off and the Pan-Pacific date circled in red. See more »


Fran: A life lived in fear is a life half lived.
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Referenced in Phenom: Strictly Lunchroom (1994) See more »


Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps
("Quizas, Quizas, Quizas")
Vocal by Doris Day
Written by Osvaldo Farrés
(c) Southern Music Publishing Co. Inc.
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28 January 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This was nothing like I expected at first. It's got the frenetic sense of humour that most Australian films of the period exuded, for one thing. And it's not a simple boy-meets-girl-and-they-dance story...that's the heart of it, but there's a lot of weirdness along the way. Basically, it's in-fighting backstage at Come Dancing. It begins Baz Luhrmann's ascent to greatness. And it features a truly odd performance from Barry Otto as Scott's father.

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