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17 November 1993 (France) See more »
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The history of post-World War II popular dance up to the mid-sixties is explored with the focus being on the Twist. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cholly Atkins ... Himself

Frankie Avalon ... Himself
Hank Ballard ... Himself
Gary U.S. Bonds ... Himself

Chubby Checker ... Himself
Joey Dee ... Himself

Fats Domino ... Himself
Joe Fusco ... Himself

Buddy Holly ... Himself (archive footage)
Gladys Horton ... Herself
Susan Horton ... Dancer

Little Richard ... Himself
Mama Lu Parks ... Herself

Elvis Presley ... Himself (archive footage)
Dee Dee Sharp ... Herself (as DeeDee Sharp)

Directed by
Ron Mann 
Produced by
Don Haig .... executive producer
Sue Len Quon .... co-producer
Ron Mann .... producer
Ann Mayall .... associate producer
Original Music by
Keith Elliott 
Nicholas Stirling 
Cinematography by
Robert Fresco 
Film Editing by
Robert Kennedy 
Art Direction by
Gerlinde Scharinger 
Production Management
Ann Mayall .... production manager
Art Department
Lynda Nakashima .... set designer
Sound Department
Brian Avery .... sound recordist
David Evans .... sound editor
Wayne Griffin .... sound editor
Steve Munro .... sound editor
Daniel Pellerin .... sound re-recording mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Sarossy .... additional photographer
Editorial Department
Sue Len Quon .... assistant editor
Gordon McClellan .... supervising editor
Music Department
Dave Booth .... music consultant
Robert Kennedy .... music editor
Other crew
Wendy Rowland .... researcher: dance & music
David Segal .... researcher: dance & music
Sally Sommer .... consultant: dance

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Rated PG for mild language and some brief nudity
74 min
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If you ain't moving the hips, then it just ain't happening!, 26 October 2000
Author: Rusty-61 from United States

I never get tired of watching this great documentary on "The Twist" dance craze in the early 60's. The film covers the years leading up to it, the height of the craze, and the years afterwards, finishing up with how the twist evolved into go-go "freestyle" dancing.

The movie is broken up into eight different "Lessons", and contains documentary and newsreel footage in between interviews with singers such as (among others) Dee Dee Sharp, Cholly Atkins, Hank Ballard, and of course, Chubby Checker. They also interview some dancers from American Bandstand, and one of the go-go dancing waitresses at the Peppermint Lounge, who says they had the fringe on their skirts "clocked at 130 mph" when someone timed it once (how exactly they measured this, I don't know, but in the footage you see, it doesn't look too far off the mark).

I just can't put into words how much fun this movie is. If you love to dance, you'll understand and maybe get a little emotional like I did in parts. You can hear the passion in most of the dancer's voices when they talk about how dancing made them feel and/or how it changed their lives. Even without the narration, some of the footage speaks for itself- watch the faces of some of the couples doing the jitterbug and swing-dancing early in the film. I don't think I've ever seen bigger smiles on anyone in my life- they look like they're having so much fun they would have to look down to see cloud 9.

This movie is not only a great documentary, but educational. I learned the names of some of my favorite go-go dances (I had the The Frug confused with The Watutsi...well, those are harder ones to figure out than say, The Monkey, so sue me), and the week after I first bought this movie for my home collection and watched it a couple times, I won a dance contest using some of the moves from "Twist!". If you want to learn just a couple of basic dance moves (and don't mind them being what some people might think of as 'dated' ones), this is a great movie to watch. Pretty much anyone can do the Twist, as they show you- if you're really having trouble, just imagine you're smashing out a cigarette stub into the floor with your foot.

Whatever you do, don't turn this movie off after the credits start! When we saw it at a film festival, we left early and missed a group they show during the credits that called themselves "The World's Greatest Twisters", 3 men and 2 women that they interviewed earlier in the film. They named themselves that because they would go to every twist contest they could find and win every time- the women look they could have been Ikettes. When I first saw it, I thought the men were the same, but that they'd replaced the females with younger women from the way they were moving. Then I looked closer and realized that it was the same two women- they were probably at least in their early 50's, but watch them go- they can dance better and move faster than most women in their 20's! (partly because they've had much more time to work on it, I guess). Plus, they look like they can still wear their original dance outfits. Prepare to see them out-dance almost everyone in the movie put together.

If you loved "Hairspray", (and not just because you're a John Waters fan), loved dancing at any point in your life, or the music of the time period (especially if you're a fan of any of the artists interviewed), this movie is worth hunting down and owning. Just warm up first if you attempt to copy any of the dance moves in the last 15 minutes of the movie!

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