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Dance with Me (1998)

PG  |   |  Drama, Romance, Music  |  21 August 1998 (USA)
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Young Cuban Rafael just buried his mother, and comes to Houston to meet his father John for the first time. The difficult part is that John doesn't know he is Rafael's father. John runs a ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ruby Sinclair
Rafael Infante
John Burnett
Bea Johnson
William Marquez ...
Scott Paetty ...
Rick Valenzuela ...
Julian Marshall
Chaz Oswill ...
Liz Curtis ...
Bill Applebaum ...
Don Harrington
Cuban Mailman
Victor Marcel ...


Young Cuban Rafael just buried his mother, and comes to Houston to meet his father John for the first time. The difficult part is that John doesn't know he is Rafael's father. John runs a dance studio, and everyone prepares for the World Open Dance championship in Las Vegas. It soon becomes clear Rafael is a very good dancer, and Ruby is the biggest hope for the studio at the championship. Written by Anonymous

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Dance with me See more »


Drama | Romance | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language and sensuality | See all certifications »




Release Date:

21 August 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Shut Up and Dance  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$4,507,663 (USA) (21 August 1998)


$15,814,088 (USA) (16 October 1998)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


John Burnett (Kris Kristofferson) and Rafael (Chayenne) share a scene where they discuss Rafael's mother writing a song. Burnett responds quickly with the line, "You're not gonna sing it, are ya?" Rafael laughs it off. This was an off-set joke considering that Chayenne has been a popular Latin singer since he was ten years of age. See more »


After Rafael and Ruby come home from dancing and the sprinklers come on the first steps that Rafael take, puddles of water are already visible under his feet. See more »


Rafael Infante: You need to talk to me?
Ruby Sinclair: I don't wonna be in love.
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Crazy Credits

Ending credits show scenes from the movie See more »


Referenced in In the Shadow of Hollywood (2000) See more »


Arrolla cubano
Written by Ignacio Piñeiro
Performed by Septeto Nacional
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JAW DROPPER dance scenes!!!
12 August 2004 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This movie was one of the greatest Latin dance movies. I myself dance and i love the way it focused around the fact of REAL Latin DANCING (afro-cuban) and ballroom Latin dancing.

The only thing that i could picture wrong with the film was not enough dancing, but i tell you, when the dance scenes hit the screen they REALLY hit it :). The great choreography, and great music, couldn't stop smiling.

Some low points of the film was with father son chats, which just seem like they were there to fill in time.

The cast was a great choice. Chayanne (Latin singer) who moves are unique and fun and that makes u smile. And Vanessa L. Williams, was trained to the extent of a real ballroom champion.

With all of this it included comedy, many funny lines which make it memorable, and a lasting feeling that will make you want to take up salsa dancing :)

If you enjoy this movie, rent out dirty dancing havana nights, forbidden dance lambada, salsa motion picture (oldie but a goodie)

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