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Dance with Me (1998)

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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:
William Marquez ...
Scott Paetty ...
Rick Valenzuela ...
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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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  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,507,663, 23 August 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$15,814,088, 18 October 1998
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Screenwriter Daryl Matthews was himself a former professional ballroom and salsa dancer and teacher. 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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Lindo yambu
Written by Ignacio Piñeiro
Performed by Cachao
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Fun, sexy, great dancing and music is amazing!
27 May 2002 | by See all my reviews

A must see! Chayanne (Rafael) is incredibly sexy and Vanessa Williams (Ruby)looks amazing. Chayanne from Puerto Rico, who has been a singer for years, has proven himself multi-talented. Not only can he sing, he can DEFINATLY dance, and act too! Vanessa is one of those women you love to hate - especially in this movie. Utterly Gorgeous, she dances like a dream and in the duet with Chayanne "You are my home" she even sings great too! The Chemistry between the two leads is electrifying, especially evident in the Dance championships and in the club scenes. Well casted. Ruby's young son is irresistable and Bea is the grandma everyone wants. The music is so incredibly catchy - I have the soundtrack, which also contains a couple of songs not in the movie which should be, but unfortunatly leaves out some that are in the movie that should be on the CD as well! There is also "Dance with Me 2" which contains songs not in the movie but in the syle of. Features Chayanne and Vanessa Williams, Gloria Estefan, Sergio Mendes, DLG (who have a role in the movie performing at the club Rafael and Ruby go to), Ruban Blades and more! I think I must have seen this movie over 25 times and I never get sick of it! I've almost memorised the script! Would have been nice to embelish the father-son relationship of Rafael and John (Kris Kristofferson), but this may well have detracted from the dance scenes. And I definatly would have liked more on the romance between the two leads...! I hope Chayanne does more movies as he has a talent for it and I'm hanging out for more perving! Oh, and more dancing too!

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