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Strictly Ballroom -- From Baz Luhrmann - the director of the award-winning hits ROMEO & JULIET and MOULIN ROUGE! - comes the hilariously funny romantic comedy that will leave you singing, laughing and cheering for more. Experience the magical story of a championship ballroom dancer who's breaking all the rules in a fantastic special edition, complete with a never-before-seen bonus feature!
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Strictly Ballroom -- special ed. dvd


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Release Date:
12 February 1993 (USA) See more »
There's something in the air. It might be love -- but it isn't. See more »
A maverick dancer risks his career by performing an unusual routine and sets out to succeed with a new partner. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 19 wins & 11 nominations See more »
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Bravo! A classic! Makes you feel great! See more (161 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Paul Mercurio ... Scott Hastings

Tara Morice ... Fran

Bill Hunter ... Barry Fife
Pat Thomson ... Shirley Hastings

Gia Carides ... Liz Holt
Peter Whitford ... Les Kendall

Barry Otto ... 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
Lauren Hewett ... Kylie Hastings
Steve Grace ... Luke
Paul Bertram ... J.J. Silvers, State Finals MC
Di Emery ... Waitress

Lara Mulcahy ... Natalie
Brian M. Logan ... Clarey
Michael Burgess ... Merv
Todd McKenney ... Nathan Starkey
Kerry Shrimpton ... Pam Short
Simone Gage ... Dancer at Kendall's Studio
Bradley Sabott ... Dancer at Kendall's Studio
Ray Mather ... Dancer at Kendall's Studio
Jo Shinta ... Dancer at Kendall's Studio
Peter Lynch ... Dancer at Kendall's Studio
Lee Becchiet ... Dancer at Kendall's Studio
Warren Ring ... Try-Out Coach
Jaja Jamieson ... Try-Out Coach (as Jaya Jamieson)
John O'Connell ... Try-Out Coach
Anita Curtis ... Try-Out Girl
Roxana Vella ... Try-Out Girl
Deanne Curtis ... Try-Out Girl
Ángel García ... Toledo Guitarist (as Angel Garcia)
Dene Kermond ... New Steps Family
Genevieve White ... New Steps Family
Lisa Ellis ... New Steps Family
Jacqueline Lendich ... New Steps Family
Bob Adams ... New Steps Family

Directed by
Baz Luhrmann 
Writing credits
Baz Luhrmann (original idea)

Baz Luhrmann (earlier screenplay) and
Andrew Bovell (earlier screenplay)

Baz Luhrmann (screenplay) and
Craig Pearce (screenplay)

Produced by
Antoinette Albert .... executive producer
Tristram Miall .... producer
Jane Scott .... line producer
Original Music by
David Hirschfelder 
Cinematography by
Steve Mason 
Film Editing by
Jill Bilcock 
Casting by
Faith Martin 
Fiona McConaghy 
Production Design by
Catherine Martin 
Art Direction by
Martin Brown 
Costume Design by
Angus Strathie 
Makeup Department
Rebecca Simons .... assistant hair stylist
Rebecca Simons .... assistant makeup artist
Lesley Vanderwalt .... makeup designer
Paul Williams .... hair designer
Production Management
Justin Plummer .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sue Andrews .... assistant director
Keith Heygate .... first assistant director
John Martin .... third assistant director
P.J. Voeten .... second assistant director
Art Department
Mary Baumont .... constructor
Tony Campbell .... art department runner
Guy Chapman .... construction assistant
Rebecca Cohen .... property buyer
Rebecca Cohen .... set dresser
Alan Craft .... scenic artist
Peter Grady .... constructor
Bill Marron .... assistant production designer
Bill Marron .... property buyer
Bill Marron .... set dresser
Terry Matthews .... constructor
Julieanne Mills .... art department coordinator
Elizabeth Mary Moore .... art department attachment
Michael Philips .... draughtsman
Michael Philips .... model maker
Lynn Rowland .... scenic artist
Steve Smith .... scenic artist
Duncan Stemler .... draughtsman
Duncan Stemler .... model maker
Justine Thompson .... property buyer
Justine Thompson .... set dresser
George Zammit .... stand-by props
Sound Department
Bruce Brown .... sound effects mixer
Steve Burgess .... foley recordist
Julius Chan .... sound effects editor
Michael Costa .... sound editor
Stuart Cottom .... sound department attachment
Andy Duncan .... boom operator
Jack Friedman .... playback operator
Antony Gray .... dialogue editor
David Grusovin .... assistant dialogue editor
Phil Judd .... sound mixer
Gerry Long .... foley artist
Ian McLoughlin .... sound mixer
Ben Osmo .... sound recordist
Wayne Pashley .... sound effects editor
Paul Pirola .... foley recordist
Roger Savage .... sound mixer
Simon B. Sheridan .... assistant sound engineer
Visual Effects by
Roger Cowland .... opticals
Camera and Electrical Department
Leah Ashenhurst .... clapper loader
Ross Berryman .... second camera operator
Alan Dunstan .... electrician
Reg Garside .... gaffer
Stephen W. Gray .... electrician
Al Hansen .... assistant key grip
Gary Hill .... best boy
Ian Jones .... Steadicam operator
Philip Le Masurier .... still photographer
Calum McFarlane .... additional focus puller
Andrew McLean .... second camera operator
John Platt .... focus puller
Paul Thompson .... key grip
David Woodward .... Steadicam operator
Casting Department
Faith Martin .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lyn Askew .... stand-by wardrobe
Kym Barrett .... wardrobe assistant
Kym Barrett .... wardrobe buyer
Peter Bevan .... wardrobe supervisor
Kym Bywater .... costume detailing
Christopher Essex .... costumer
Melissa Harrison .... costume detailing
Nola Lowe .... costumer
Anthony Phillips .... costumer
Suzette Waters .... costume detailing
Editorial Department
Arthur Cambridge .... color grader
Nick Cole .... second assistant editor
Adrian Hauser .... telecine assitant
Jane Moran .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Ric Formosa .... additional orchestrator
Phillip Hartl .... concert master
Gerardo Matos Rodríguez .... composer: tango "La Cumparsita"
Transportation Department
Jonathan Clouston .... vehicle rig
Jeremy Hutchinson .... unit driver
Other crew
Trish Cameron .... secretary to producer
Roger Cowland .... title designer
Michele D'Arcey .... production accountant
John Faithful .... caterer
Dina Gillespie .... unit publisher
Christine Gordon .... production secretary
Lisa Hennessey .... location manager
Amanda Higgs .... production assistant
Amanda Higgs .... runner
Sonia Kruger .... ballroom advisor
Claude Lambert .... safety officer
Bill Marron .... title designer
Catherine Martin .... title designer
Ray Mather .... assistant choreographer
Tania McGuinness .... double: Liz Holt
Paul Mercurio .... additional choreographer
John O'Connell .... choreographer (as John 'Cha Cha' O'Connell)
Ian Russell .... laboratory liaison
Nicole Sheridan .... copyright clearance
Rowena Talacko .... production coordinator
Antonio Vargas .... flamenco dance trainer
Jo Weeks .... continuity

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Dancing Hero" - Japan (English title) (video title)
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Rated PG for mild language and sensuality
94 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Original co-producer Ted Albert died suddenly from a heart attack during the early stages of production. Despite this, and with the blessing of Albert's wife Popsy, Ted's family company Albert Productions (which also produced the soundtrack) decided to stick with the production and put up $1 million of the $3 million budget.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
[repeated line]
Doug Hastings:Son, can I bend your ear for a tick?
Scott:Not now, Dad.
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Movie Connections:
Happy FeetSee more »


Chapter Headings, an official version:
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47 out of 59 people found the following review useful.
Bravo! A classic! Makes you feel great!, 19 May 2000
Author: nz man from New Zealand

Yes, yes, I agree with all of the wonderful comments below, but here are a few things nobody has mentioned:

1. The EDITING is superb. All too often we focus on the actors, music, or cinematography. This is natural, and in this film all of these are superb. But keep a close watch of the editing - wow, it is perfect and ties the whole film together flawlessly. There are so many cuts that make the perspective magical.(And no, I am not a film editor.)

2. Look at WHO is dancing together as couples, right at the end. This, like so many other fine details, carries lots of significance.

3. When Scott and Fran are practising on the deck at her house, under the instruction of her family, her Spanish father dances with her and says "Muy bien, muy bien, Fran. Very good!" Notice that he uses her Anglo name "Fran" rather than her Spanish name, and converts over to English. The look he gives her tells us that he is probably seeing his (deceased) wife, via his daughter whom he loves, and that he finally ACCEPTS her and her Anglo boyfriend. This is but one of many small scenes that have more depth than may be first apparent.

My wife and I grabbed this video to 'fill in time' during a quiet weekend. We were astounded at how it captivated us since we had already seen it when it first came out. Like other comments below, we have watched the end repeatedly, and it always 'revs us up' into the clouds. Bravo!

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