Set in northern Australia before World War II, an English aristocrat who inherits a sprawling ranch reluctantly pacts with a stock-man in order to protect her new property from a takeover plot. As the pair drive 2,000 head of cattle over unforgiving landscape, they experience the bombing of Darwin, Australia, by Japanese forces firsthand.
Muriel finds life in Porpoise Spit, Australia dull and spends her days alone in her room listening to Abba music and dreaming of her wedding day. Slight problem, Muriel has never had a date... See full summary »
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
The most expensive costume was the jacket worn by Scott during the grand finale. It took over six weeks to make. Some of the ornaments, and the flamenco shoes, were imported from Spain. 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 »
[after berating Scott for leaving Tina hanging in order to find Fran]
And what about Les? He's taught you everything you know and you're just throwing it back in his face!
I'm bored with it!
I don't believe I'm hearing this! I have been with your father for twenty-five years - do you think I get bored? Of course I do!
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This movie is one of those rare pieces of cinema where it all comes together.
The style is consistent - campy. The acting is wonderful. The editing and rhythm are superb. The music engaging.
It is about ballroom dancing. It is a love story. It is about the love and pathos of life.
If you've not seen this movie and are in need of a smile, see this one. It is about a dance studio whose main dancer, a male, is in need of a partner for regional championships. He and his former partner have split, leaving an opening that is a challenge to fill. The do fill it, but not until the last moment, and when it comes together, it creates a finale that is among the best ever shot.
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