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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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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)


$2,153,586 (Italy) (14 September 2001)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The audition scene at the start of the movie was filmed at the Atheneaum Theater in Chicago. See more »


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 »


[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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What You Want
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Performed by Mase featuring Total
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Contains sample from "Right on for the Darkness"
Performed by Curtis Mayfield
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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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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