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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

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

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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There's something in the air. It might be love -- but it isn't. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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12 February 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ballroom - Gara di ballo  »

Box Office

Budget:

AUD 3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$11,738,022 (USA)
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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 »

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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 »

Quotes

Shirley Hastings: [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!
Scott: I'm bored with it!
Shirley Hastings: 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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Referenced in Phenom: Strictly Lunchroom (1994) See more »

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Time After Time
Vocal by Tara Morice & Mark Williams
Written by Cyndi Lauper (as Lauper) & Rob Hyman (as Hyman)
Arranged by David Hirschfelder
(c) Sony Music Publishing & Warner Chappell Music
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An All-Time Favorite
11 September 2004 | by (Seattle WA USA) – See all my reviews

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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