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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 18 wins & 11 nominations See more »
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Funny, inspiring, offbeat, creative See more (158 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?

Director Cameo: [Baz Luhrmann]the guy whom Scott pushes past while looking for Fran at the Pan Pacifics; he is carrying a silver dress over his shoulder.See more »
Continuity: When Doug Hastings begins improvising new steps in the flashback, there is a great deal of glitter on the floor in the close-up, but the floor is clean in the full-body shots.See more »
Fran:A life lived in fear is a life half lived.See more »
Movie Connections:
Os Quindins De YayaSee more »


Chapter Headings, an official version:
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28 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Funny, inspiring, offbeat, creative, 28 May 2003
Author: noleander from Spokane, WA

An outstanding movie in nearly every regard. Filmed in Australia on a tight budget, this movie succeeds in the one area that counts most: it _entertains_ the viewer.

A parody of "underdog makes good" movies, Strictly Ballroom is set in the competitive world of ballroom dancing. The movie educates (about ballroom dancing), amuses (especially with the bumbling bad guys), and uplifts (with the take-home message about following your dreams).

The show is stolen by Paul Mercurio, starring as the protagonist male dancer. His acting and dancing are superb.

A bit corny, a bit burlesque, but lots of fun! What more could you want?

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