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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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Derek
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Chenille
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Malakai
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Roy
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Nikki
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Kenny
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Arvel (as Artel Jarod Walker)
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Lindsay
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Storyline

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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Save the Last Dance  »

Box Office

Budget:

$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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Trivia

According to an early draft of the script, Sarah lived with her mother in Pennsylvania before moving in with her father in Baltimore. By the time the film was shot, the locations were Lemont, IL and Chicago, respectively. See more »

Goofs

Juilliard is misspelled as "Julliard" on the sign announcing auditions. See more »

Quotes

Sara: [when talking to her dad] It's not that I hate you, it's just that I miss her.
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Referenced in Gossip Girl: Save the Last Chance (2012) See more »

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When It Doesn't Matter
by Gen Rubin & Angela Ammons
Performed by Angela Ammons
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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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