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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  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Did You Know?


Although Chayenee plays Cuban in the film, he is actually from Puerto Rico. And even though the opening of the film is supposed to be in Cuba, it was actually shot in the Dominican Republic. See more »


In the final dance of the competition, when Ruby is imagining that Rafael is dancing with her, you see Julian's hand on her torso as Rafael's hand pulls away. See more »


Rafael Infante: You need to talk to me?
Ruby Sinclair: I don't wonna be in love.
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Ending credits show scenes from the movie See more »


Referenced in Hart of Dixie: A Better Man (2014) See more »


You Really Had Me Going
Written by Holly Dunn, Tom Shapiro, Chris Waters
Performed by Holly Dunn
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A Pleasant Surprise
2 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this film by chance on cable TV. I was captivated from the start and stayed with it to the end (a major feat for a remote "trigger finger" like me). I read the cable synopsis and thought, "Uh oh! Cliché city!" But, to my surprise, this film was not clichéd and the film was like a breath of fresh air. The performances, for the most part, were true and honest. Chayenne (as Rafael, a Cuban émigré) is charming and acts well in his English-language film debut. Vanessa Williams is stunning, as always. And the music! Picante! The dance sequences are excellent and Chayenne is an excellent dancer as is Vanessa. Chayenne has a soulful demeanor and with his eyes and subtle facial inflections, he made me feel his loneliness as a stranger in a new land. Many times, I thought the film would sink into gooey sentimentality, but again, to my surprise, it rose above such obviousness. The best scene in the film is when Chayenne is caught in a lawn sprinkler system that turns on unexpectedly. With great charm and wit, Chayenne does an excellent homage to Gene Kelly, but with his own style and grace. A wonderful and funny scene. I recommend this film if you want to hear some great Latin music, see some great dancing and be captivated by Chayenne and the beautiful Vanessa Williams. By the way, Kris Kristofferson is very good as the man who gives Rafael (Chayenne) a place to live upon arriving from Cuba and who plays a key role in Rafael's adjustment to a new life in America.

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