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Mad About Mambo (2000)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 14 July 2000 (Spain)
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A Catholic high school student, trying to perfect his soccer timing by practicing dance, falls in love with his dance partner.





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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maclean Stewart ...
Brother McBride
Russell Smith ...
Joe Rea ...
Brendan Morrissey ...
Referee 1
Inge Dorman ...
Hockey Goalie
Julian Littman ...
Rudi Morelli
Carlos Rega
Alan McKee ...
Frank Mallin
Terry Byrne ...
Gaelic Teacher
Aingeal Grehan ...
Mrs. Mitchell
Seamus Mitchell
Sidney McLoughlin
Rosaleen Linehan ...
Mrs. Burns


Danny Mitchell, a working-class Catholic high school student in West Belfast, Ireland, dreams of playing professional soccer, but first he has to perfect his timing. He starts taking dance classes, where he meets Lucy McCloughlin, an upper-crust Protestant, with whom he falls in love. Written by Anonymous

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Fall in love... With the beat.


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

14 July 2000 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

Perfect Timing  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$32,432 (USA) (4 August 2000)


$61,663 (USA) (11 August 2000)

Company Credits

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Was the last film to be released by Gramercy Pictures. See more »


In a bedroom scene, a cutaway to Spike shows him glaring up at Danny but wide shots show him concentrating on a drum he's banging. See more »


Rudi Morelli: Wise up. There's plenty more fish in the batter.
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Bay Bee Salsa
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Not celluloid history, but fun none the less
6 September 2001 | by (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

What immediately caught my attention was the setting. Not a glorified, beautiful city, but a real, human reflection of Belfast. In terms of the movie, I found the lead male fostered a positive cathartic relationship with the audience, without the stereotypical poor boy/rich girl sympathies. I found, despite my two left feet, the mix of football and samba to be perfect. Although I was drawn aback when actress Keri Russell took the screen, she delivered a thoroughly enjoyable performance. Don't expect cinematic genius, just enjoy the film and its down to earth story.

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