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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

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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
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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The flashback about Doug's past was originally planned as being realistic but due to budget constraints, the makers had to change it to the present cartoon version. See more »

Goofs

When Fran's Grandmother is beating the rhythm on Scott's chest, the neckline on his undershirt goes up and down between shots See more »

Quotes

Fran: A life lived in fear is a life half lived.
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Connections

Referenced in 20 to 1: World's Best Love Songs (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Is In The Air
Vocal by John Paul Young
Written by Harry Vanda & George Young
(c) 1978 J. Albert & Son Pty Ltd
by Courtesy of Albert Productions
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Dance!
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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