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Save the Last Dance (2001)

 -  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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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:

$1,162,372 (Italy) (7 September 2001)

Gross:

$2,153,586 (Italy) (14 September 2001)
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Made $27,526,443 its opening weekend, the largest opening ever for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Sarah breaks down about her mom and the accident after leaving the theater, Derek mentions Juiliiard before she does. See more »

Quotes

Derek: Let's put some S-E-X in those H-I-Ps!
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Followed by Save the Last Dance 2 (2006) See more »

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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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Throughout history there has been hardships for African Americans. Slavery, human rights, discrimination, and racism have been very obvious problems for them. Although they have gained their human rights and slavery has been abolished, discrimination and racism are still around in the twenty-first century. Within the romantic drama Save The Last Dance directed by Thomas Carter, 2001, it lets its viewers see and recognize what people are still like to this day when dealing with different races such as white and black.

Within this movie the main character Sara wants to be a ballerina. Her mother died in a car accident on her way to see her perform, in attempt to get into Sara Lawrence University. She had to move in with her father who is a struggling musician and live in a rundown apartment, in Chicago. Sara's new school is mainly of African American descent and she is the minority. She makes friends with a girl named Chenille and starts adopt some things that Chenille does in order to fit in.

Chenille has a brother Derek. Derek and Sara fall in love and it is hard for them because they get a lot of problems just because they are in interracial couple. Sara and Derek both get into fights defending themselves from their peers and friends. The explanation for Chenille to Sara about why she shouldn't be with Derek was because she was white. She said that since Sara was white, she was taking one of the only good men left for the black woman. This is complete discrimination against Sara, even thought Chenille is her best friend there in Chicago.

. Sara who grew up in the southwest, was not used to this ghetto Chicago area. She was taught how to dance like everyone else, and started to listen to the same music as they did, so she would fit in and have a good time. Her best friend from home doesn't think it's even possibly for Sara to find a guy down where she is because no one is white. She asks questions such as, "Have you seen anyone get shot yet?" Such questions and statements show that the low class status of this neighborhood is discriminated against.

Save The Last Dance portrays the discrimination that still going on during this day and age. Gun fights, death, clubs, music, romance, tragedy, dancing, and racism are all present within this movie. The lower class Chicago area shows how dangerous things can be. The events that happen between the Sara and Derek and other events within this movie truly show how America is still discriminatory towards people.


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