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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vince Green ...
Arvel (as Artel Jarod Walker)
Cory Stewart ...
Jennifer Anglin ...
Dorothy Martin ...
Momma Dean
Kim Tlusty ...
Woman on Train


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.


Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

12 January 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pasión y baile  »

Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


The blood on the corner of Malakai's mouth after Derek punches him in the face in Steppes (dripping down, then a very small amount, then back to dripping down again). See more »


Sara: You know Snook, you talk a lot of shit for someone who never says anything.
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Spoofed in Not Another Teen Movie (2001) See more »


Da Rockwilder
by Rockwilder (as Dana Stinson), Method Man (as Clifford Smith), Redman (as Reggie Noble),
B-Real, Brett Bouldin, Larry Muggerud, Gene Chandler (as Eugene Dixon),
, Earl Edwards & Bernice Williams
Performed by Method Man (as Methodman) / Redman
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Cheesy, but great dancing
8 April 2001 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Unless you like cheesy MTV-style teenage movies of the ilk of Flashdance, this may not be for you. If you do, it's a well-made piece of that easily digestible junk-food genre. For me, it was interesting mostly because of the dancing (fusion of hip-hop and ballet). There's some interesting performances, even if the editing is there to show the dancefloor moves to a perfection that might not have actually been achieved by Julia Stiles. The standard boy-meets-girl, gets-her-to-realise-her-dream-as-a-dancer-stuff is the stuff large buckets of popcorn were made for . . .

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