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Strictly Ballroom (1992)

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

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Leonie Page ...
Vanessa Cronin
Antonio Vargas ...
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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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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  »

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Box Office

Budget:

AUD 3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$11,738,022
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The film received a 15-minute standing ovation when it played at the Cannes Film Festival, where an agent of Rank Films promptly snapped up the UK release rights for a million pounds in cash. See more »

Goofs

Visible in the mirror at the end of Scott's solo dance. See more »

Quotes

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

Referenced in Dancing with the Stars: Episode #11.3 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

The Blue Danube Waltz
Composed by Johann Strauss
Performed by Wiener Philharmoniker as (Vienna Philharmonic)
Conducted by Zubin Mehta
(c) 1990 Sony Classical GmbH
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User Reviews

 
Never has a movie been so completely engaging
27 December 1999 | by 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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