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

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Also Known As:

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

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[Chenille picks up Sara's backpack off the ground and Sara turns around, confused]
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So Special
by George Acogny, Darryl Phinnessee, Kamil Rustam & Jess Willard III
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Produced by George Acogny & Kamil Rustam
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More Than I Expected

Okay, so it won't bring home a little golden guy. . .it's from MTV Films for crying out loud. But who says everything has to? I will say this; this movie actually had a little more substance than what I walked in expecting. I went to the theater on opening night with 5 girlfriends expecting to hear some good music and see some good choreography and scenery of Chicago--a city I dearly love. I got all of that. But I also got a glimpse of broken homes, the dynamic between a father and daughter who don't know each other, friends who've gone by the wayside that you still don't want to let go of, I could say more. Oh, and the thing that really still pisses people off though it's 2001. . .interracial relationships. I'm not saying the plot isn't a little rehashed, but there's not a whole lot that's new out there. No, it's not a great film--I give it a B, but I'd see it again. In fact I did see it again with another set of friends on Saturday night. All in all, I saw this movie with 10 friends of varying sex, age and race and all of us liked it. I think that's a pretty good showing.


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