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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 19 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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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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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  »

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

Paul Mercurio danced the final sequence with a sprained ankle. See more »

Goofs

At the Pan Pacific Grand Prix Les is seen standing next to Shirley Hastings on the dance floor cheering Scott on, yet momentarily, 6 shots later he is seen sitting second from the left on the high table on the stage with Barry Fife. He is in two places at one time. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Doug Hastings: Shall we dance?
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Connections

Featured in Showreel: Ready Freddie (2013) See more »

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Tequila
Written by Chuck Río (as Cuck Rio)
Arranged by David Hirschfelder
(c) Powerforce Music and Gulfstar 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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