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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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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
John Hannan ...
Ken Railings
Sonia Kruger ...
Tina Sparkle
Kris McQuade ...
Charm Leachman
Pip Mushin ...
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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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

Budget:

AUD 3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$11,738,022 (USA)
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Pat Thomson, who plays Scott's mother, died before the film's premier. See more »

Goofs

When Doug leads Shirley onto the dance floor he asks, "Shall we dance", but his lips don't move at all. 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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Étude - Opus 10, No. 3 in E Major
Composed by Frédéric Chopin
Arranged by David Hirschfelder
(c) T.W.O./Polygram Music Publishing
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Never has a movie been so completely engaging
27 December 1999 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

From beginning to end. Wow. This is the best Baz Luhrmann film, without a doubt. I've seen it maybe half a dozen times. The characters are hilarious, but even the most obvious parodies are real. They're all so absorbed in their crazy, strange, fantastic world of dancing, you can't help but get absolutely involved in what transpires onscreen. Fran's (Morice) 'transformation' is done very well, and she is possibly the only sane person in a world of over-the-top loons. Scott (Mercurio) is astoundingly handsome and believably self-involved. Go see it!


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