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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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Dorothy Martin ...
Momma Dean
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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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


During Derek and Sarah's first dance practice in the school cafeteria, the entire scene was completely improvised, specifically by Sean Patrick Thomas as the cameras caught him muttering instructions to Julia Stiles, even though she already knew how to dance. See more »


The chair during Sara's final audition changes direction, depending on which side the camera shot is from. See more »


[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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Spoofed in Not Another Teen Movie (2001) See more »


Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Opus 64
Second Movement, Andante Cantabile
by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (as P. Tchaikovsky)
Performed by Budapest Orchestra
Conducted by Allan Lewis
Courtesy of Joffrey Ballet of Chicago
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Breaking down the barriers of racism.
20 February 2001 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This movie does what few movies over the past year or so have been able to do. It takes you to a place which actually exists and it takes real issues head on. Julia Stiles and Sean Patrick Thomas give real performances they do not come off as "cardboard" characters but as real human beings. The plot was simple enough to be good, it didn't require you having a past knowledge of the world of dance but yet didn't rule you out if you weren't black with a bunch of "black talk". This movie talks to teens. We are able to understand the pressures that surround us, the music we listen to, and just our world. Sure, you have your typical characters but what movie doesn't. Go see the film and then make up your mind. It is one of my favourite new films for the past few years.

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