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Strictly Ballroom (1992)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  12 February 1993 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Mercurio ...
Pat Thomson ...
Peter Whitford ...
Les Kendall
Doug Hastings
Ken Railings
Sonia Kruger ...
Tina Sparkle
Kris McQuade ...
Charm Leachman
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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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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1.85 : 1
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Les: Come on now, Scott, Tina's waiting.
Scott: You're all so scared, you wouldn't know what you thought!
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Scott: [to Tina] I'm sorry, Tina, I'm not available.
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Funny, inspiring, offbeat, creative
28 May 2003 | by (Spokane, WA) – See all my reviews

An outstanding movie in nearly every regard. Filmed in Australia on a tight budget, this movie succeeds in the one area that counts most: it _entertains_ the viewer.

A parody of "underdog makes good" movies, Strictly Ballroom is set in the competitive world of ballroom dancing. The movie educates (about ballroom dancing), amuses (especially with the bumbling bad guys), and uplifts (with the take-home message about following your dreams).

The show is stolen by Paul Mercurio, starring as the protagonist male dancer. His acting and dancing are superb.

A bit corny, a bit burlesque, but lots of fun! What more could you want?

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