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Save the Last Dance (2001)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music, Romance | 12 January 2001 (USA)
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A white midwestern girl moves to Chicago, where her new boyfriend is a black teen from the South Side with a rough, semi-criminal past.

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Storyline

Sara wants to be a ballerina, but her dreams are cut short by the sudden death of her mother. She moves in with her father, who she has not seen for a long time. He lives on the other side of town, in a predominantly Black neighborhood. She gets transferred to a new school where she is one of the few White students there. She becomes friends with Chenille, and later, falls in love with Chenille's brother, Derek. Written by Kara

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The Only Person You Need To Be Is Yourself.

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Drama | Music | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for violence, sexual content, language and brief drug references | See all certifications »

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12 January 2001 (USA)  »

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Pasión y baile  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$27,526,443 (USA) (12 January 2001)

Gross:

$91,038,276 (USA) (6 July 2001)
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Trivia

Made $27,526,443 its opening weekend, the largest opening ever for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend. See more »

Goofs

When walking into Steppes with Sara, Derek passes a girl with long braided hair and a cowboy hat. When they make their way to the dance floor a couple of seconds later, the same girl is seen on the dance floor. See more »

Quotes

[after Sara and Nikki's fight]
Nikki: It ain't over, bitch.
Sara: I don't even know why it started, bitch.
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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Julia Stiles/Aerosmith (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Only You
by Sean Combs (as Sean "Puffy" Combs), The Notorious B.I.G. (as Christopher Wallace),
Marvin E. Scandrick III (as Marvin Scandrick), Michael Marcel Keith (as Michael Keith),
, Quinnes Dammond Parker (as Quinnes Parker), Daron Tavaris Jones (as Daron Jones),
, Steven Jordan, DJ Rogers, Harry Wayne Casey (as Harry Casey) & Richard Finch
Performed by 112 featuring The Notorious B.I.G.
Courtesy of Bad Boy Entertainment, Inc./Arista Records, Inc.
Contains sample from "I Get Lifted"
Performed by KC & The Sunshine Band (as K.C. & The Sunshine Band)
Courtesy of Rhino Entertainment Company
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products and Courtesy of EMI Records Ltd.
Under license from EMI Capitol Music Special Markets
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only my new favorite movie!
8 July 2004 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I just finished watching this terrific movie, I had always meant to see it but somehow never got around to it. This time when I came across it in the video store and saw that Julia Stiles was in it, I had to get it. I did not know who she was when the movie was released, but have since enjoyed her in Mona Lisa Smile and the Prince and Me and couldn't wait to see her in this film.

This was the best work I have seen her do to this point. It was so much better than I expected, based on the meager 6.1 stars it received overall on IMDb...Julia was wonderful in it, as was Sean Patrick Thomas. Their chemistry was terrific and the story was riveting and the dancing awesome (both the ballet and the dancing throughout the movie.) I don't know how much of the dancing Julia actually did, but all of it was beautifully done.

The film was sweet, touching and violent, and worked in all aspects. The rest of the casting was very good too, all the performances were terrific.

I will buy it on DVD asap...it was that good! I think it will be enjoyed by men and women, I can't wait to have my teenage son see it. Truly a must see!


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