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Save the Last Dance -- 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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Director:
Writers (WGA):
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Release Date:
12 January 2001 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The Only Person You Need To Be Is Yourself.
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
6 wins & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Trite and poorly written See more (317 total) »

Cast

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Julia Stiles ... Sara

Sean Patrick Thomas ... Derek

Kerry Washington ... Chenille

Fredro Starr ... Malakai

Terry Kinney ... Roy

Bianca Lawson ... Nikki
Vince Green ... Snookie
Garland Whitt ... Kenny

Elisabeth Oas ... Diggy

Artel Great ... Arvel (as Artel Jarod Walker)
Cory Stewart ... Lip
Jennifer Anglin ... Glynn
Dorothy Martin ... Momma Dean
Kim Tlusty ... Lindsay

Felicia Fields ... Woman on Train
Ora Jones ... Mrs. Gwynn
Tab Baker ... Mr. Campbell
Kevin Reid ... Wonk

Andrew Rothenberg ... Stern Judge
Mekdes Bruk ... Lakisha
Ronnie Ray ... Stepps Slacker (as Ronald Ray)

Tai'isha Davis ... Tiffnee

Karimah Westbrook ... Alyssa

Erica Hubbard ... Jasmine
Richmond Talauega ... Stepps Dancer

Whitney Wellner ... Toni (as Whitney Powell)

Brenda Pickleman ... Older Disgusted Woman

Julie Greenberg ... Gymnastics Teacher
Anna Paskevska ... Ballet Instructor
Malaika Paul ... Basketball Player

Jennifer Echols ... Lavatory Girl

Ellie Weingardt ... Ballet Judge's Assistant
Earl Manning ... Hip Hop Dancer
Latisha Oliver ... Hip Hop Dancer
Nefertiti Robinson ... Hip Hop Dancer
Roland Tabor ... Hip Hop Dancer (as Roland 'Ro Ro' Tabor)
Anthony Talauega ... Hip Hop Dancer
Richard Whitebear ... Hip Hop Dancer
Earl Wright ... Hip Hop Dancer
Ariane Dolan ... Ballet Dancer

Chryssie Whitehead ... Ballet Dancer
Sarita Smith Childs ... Ballet Dancer
Trinity Hamilton ... Ballet Dancer
Randy Herrera ... Ballet Dancer
Audrey Leung ... Ballet Dancer
Katrina Oeffling ... Ballet Dancer
Joanna Wozniak ... Ballet Dancer
Maia Wilkins ... Sea Shadow Dancer
Davis C. Robertson ... Sea Shadow Dancer
Michael Anderson ... Les Presages Dancer
Deanne Brown ... Les Presages Dancer
Deborah Dawn ... Les Presages Dancer
Nicole Marie Duffy ... Les Presages Dancer
Sam Franke ... Les Presages Dancer
Jennifer Goodman ... Les Presages Dancer
Taryn Kaschock ... Les Presages Dancer
Stacy Joy Keller ... Les Presages Dancer
Calvin Kitten ... Les Presages Dancer
Michael Levine ... Les Presages Dancer
Pierre Lockett ... Les Presages Dancer
Suzanne L. Prisco ... Les Presages Dancer (as Suzanne Lopez)
Brian McSween ... Les Presages Dancer
Jeremiah O'Connor ... Les Presages Dancer

Emily Patterson ... Les Presages Dancer
Domingo Rubio ... Les Presages Dancer
Tracy Shields ... Les Presages Dancer
Patrick Simonello ... Les Presages Dancer
Guoping Wang ... Les Presages Dancer
Teanna Zarro ... Les Presages Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jerod Howard ... Club Patron (uncredited)

Milauna Jackson ... Hip Hop Dancer (uncredited)
Safia Jalila ... Portia (uncredited)

Maureen Mendoza ... Club Goer (uncredited)

Marcello Robinson ... Student (uncredited)
Lora Starkman ... Hip Hop Dancer (uncredited)

Alice L. Walker ... Dancer (uncredited)
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Directed by
Thomas Carter 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Duane Adler (story)

Duane Adler (screenplay) and
Cheryl Edwards (screenplay)

Produced by
Marie Cantin .... co-producer
Robert W. Cort .... producer
Scarlett Lacey .... associate producer
David Madden .... producer
Douglas Curtis .... co-producer (uncredited)
Douglas Curtis .... line producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Mark Isham 
 
Cinematography by
Robbie Greenberg (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Peter E. Berger 
Jeff Canavan 
Fritz Feick 
 
Casting by
Avy Kaufman 
 
Production Design by
Paul Eads 
 
Art Direction by
Diane Hughes 
 
Set Decoration by
Tricia Schneider 
 
Costume Design by
Sandra Hernandez 
 
Makeup Department
Eadra Brown .... hair stylist
Lun Yé Hodges .... hair supervisor (as Lun Yé Marsh)
Claudia Moser .... key makeup artist
Cheryl Pickenback .... hair stylist
Anne Scheeley .... first assistant makeup
Marsha Shearrill .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Dan Dugan .... unit production manager (as Daniel S. Dugan)
Nan Morales .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lisa Campbell .... first assistant director
Robert A. Hudecek .... second unit director
Jon Mallard .... assistant director
Michael J. Moore .... second assistant director
Noel Olken .... additional second second director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Wendy Bonn .... club designer
Joanna S. Frank .... set decorator/props coordinator (as Joanna Mickey)
Robert Gau .... stand-by painter
Michael D. Gianneschi .... assistant property master
Veloz Gomez .... props
Anthony A. Ianni .... set designer
Craig Jackson .... set designer
Blake E. Matthys .... on-set dresser
Michael Williams'Willis' .... carpenter
Mike Monckton .... swing grip
Glenn Stevens .... carpenter
Timothy W. Tiedje .... property master
Gary E. Wamhoff .... carpenter
 
Sound Department
Zack Davis .... adr editor
Jason England .... dialogue editor
Tammy Fearing .... adr editor
Dana LeBlanc Frankley .... adr assistant (as Dana LeBlanc)
Lisa Gillespie .... music playback
David K. Grant .... sound recordist: second unit
Robin Harlan .... foley artist
Gregory King .... sound re-recording mixer
Andy Koyama .... sound re-recording mixer
Susan Kurtz .... dialog editor
Susan Kurtz .... sound editor
Jeff Kushner .... sound effects editor
Ron Meredith .... assistant sound editor
Jon Michaels .... assistant sound editor
Sarah Monat .... foley artist
Ronnie Morgan .... assistant sound editor
David Obermeyer .... production sound mixer
Sarah Payan .... sound editor
Vic Radulich .... dialog editor
Blair Scheller .... boom operator
Randy Singer .... foley mixer (as Randy K. Singer)
Beth Sterner .... supervising sound editor
David E. Stone .... sound effects editor
Mike Szakmeister .... supervising sound editor
Robert Ulrich .... supervising adr editor
Ronald L. Wright .... second boom operator
Joe DeAngelis .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Bill Meadows .... dubbing recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Ryan Evans .... special effects
Rodman Kiser .... special effects foreman
John D. Milinac .... special effects coordinator
 
Visual Effects by
Jennifer Law-Stump .... digital effects artist: Pacific Title Digital
 
Stunts
Nicole Callender .... stunts
Tobiasz Daszkiewicz .... stunt driver
Erica Grace .... stunts
Rick Le Fevour .... stunt coordinator (as Rick LeFevour)
John 'Punch' Lewis .... stunts
Tom Lowell .... stunts
John Moio .... stunt coordinator
Linda Perlin .... stunts
Gene Williams .... stunts
Spitfire Brown .... stunt actor: car driver (uncredited)
Daniel Maldonado .... stunts (uncredited)
Angela Meryl .... stunts (uncredited)
Larry C. Tankson .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Sam Bertone .... electrician
Alphonse Blumenthal .... chief lighting technician (as Al Blumenthal)
Kelly R. Borisy .... first company grip (as Kelly Borisy)
Fernando M. Briones .... grip (as Fernando Brienes)
Makiko Carlson .... assistant camera (as Makiko Watanabe)
Robert C. Carlson .... first assistant photographer (as Robert Carlson)
Paolo Cascio .... first assistant photographer: "b" camera (as Paul Cascio)
Chad Cutuara .... electrician (as Chad Catuara)
Gerrit Dangremond .... Steadicam operator
Gerrit Dangremond .... camera operator
Peter J. Donoghue .... chief rigging electrician (as Peter Donoghue)
Robert W. Faison .... first assistant photographer: "b" camera
Fred Folmer .... best boy grip
George A. Folmer .... grip
John P. Friday .... chief rigging technician (as John Friday)
Christopher Glasgow .... grip (as Christopher J. Glasgow)
Bob Gomez .... rigging electrician
Ron Goodman .... camera operator: SpaceCam
Jim Handley .... grip (as James Handley)
James Hartnett .... second company rigging grip (as James M. Hartnett)
James Haworth .... electrician
Rory Herbster .... electrician (as Rory E. Herbster)
Brian Kelly .... grip
Michael Kohnhorst .... camera operator: "b" camera
Kelly Krotine .... film loader
Julie 'Doc' Lindstrom .... additional grip
Anthony J. Lullo .... assistant chief lighting technician (as Anthony Lullo)
Michelle Mann .... second assistant photographer: "b" camera
Donna McLain .... electrician
Kira Parser .... assistant camera
Rick Rios .... electrician
James F. Roorda .... first company rigging grip
Chris Ryerson .... grip
Chris Stloukal .... electrician
Jason Storandt .... dolly grip operator
Michael Tackett .... still photographer
Park B. Taylor .... electrician
Thomas E. Whalen .... video assist operator
Steven R. Wojcik .... camera operator: "b" camera
 
Casting Department
Beth Bowling .... casting associate
Kim Coleman .... casting associate: Los Angeles
Nina Henninger .... casting scout
Nina Henninger .... search casting
Darlene R. Hunt .... extras casting associate
Karen Peake .... extras casting
Claire Simon .... location casting
Teresa Thoma .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gordana Golubovich .... costumer
Sukari McGill .... set costumer
Sandra J. White .... wardrobe coordinator
Katherine Wright .... costume shopper
Michelle Martini .... assistant costume designer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Kenny Becker .... color timer
Chris Boscardin .... assistant editor
Jeff Canavan .... additional editor (as Jeff W. Canavan)
Alexander Garcia .... first assistant editor
Sean Menzies .... assistant editor
Jason Wasserman .... apprentice film editor
David Young .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Joie Binns .... music coordinator
Thomas A. Carlson .... music editor (as Tom Carlson)
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor (as Sandy De Crescent)
Norman Dlugatch .... music technical engineer (as Norm Dlugatch)
Dominic Gonzales .... music floor person
Janice Hayen .... music preparation
Stephen Krause .... music mixer
Stephen Krause .... music recordist
Ken Kugler .... conductor
Ken Kugler .... orchestrator
Suzan Mann .... music clearance (as Suzán Mann)
Michael McQuarn .... music supervisor
Cindy O'Connor .... music assistant
Michael T. Ryan .... supervising music editor
Don 'One Eye' Saunders .... composer: additional music
Paul Wertheimer .... music recordist
 
Transportation Department
George DiLeonardi .... transportation coordinator
Robert Wallace .... driver
 
Other crew
Kwame Amoaku .... production assistant
Natalie Angel .... assistant to line producer
Susan Becton .... production coordinator
Betsy Bottando .... location manager
Jennifer Byrne .... assistant to producer
Carol Sue Byron .... production accountant
Paul Capalbo .... production assistant
Randy Duncan .... ballet choreographer
Jana Fain .... development for Thomas Carter
Jay Floyd .... clearance administrator
Karin Fong .... title designer
Karen Garlich .... office production assistant
Sherri Robin Goldman .... payroll accountant
P.J. Haines .... chef
Eric Hetzel .... assistant to producer
Ross L. Kulma .... first aid (as Ross Kulma)
Linda Leifer .... script supervisor: second unit
Sean Lynn .... assistant chef
Peter Madamba .... script researcher
Ernie Malik .... publicist
David Malley .... production assistant
Pat McCarthy .... production coordinator: pre-production
Ray McCort .... aerial coordinator/pilot
David Mendoza .... production assistant
Catherine Middleton .... assistant accountant
Leslie Mikol .... production assistant
Stefan Nikolov .... location assistant
Carrie Oviatt .... assistant production coordinator
Fatima Robinson .... choreographer (as Fatima)
Ian Smith .... prep assistant location manager
Rick Tropasso .... first assistant accountant
Dan Urbain .... remote head technician
Wendy Bonn .... location assistant (uncredited)
Arif S. Kinchen .... voice-over (uncredited)
Denise Mora .... second assistant accountant (uncredited)
Monica Timmel .... stand-in (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Gleb Klioner .... special thanks
 

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Rated PG-13 for violence, sexual content, language and brief drug references
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112 min
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Trivia:
The film makers originally wanted to film at Mount Assisi Academy, an all-girls Catholic school in Lemont. When they asked the school if they could remove the religious decorations, the president of the school refused.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the break-up, Sara, seated, has a sweat spot on her sweater. After walking across the room, the spot has disappeared.See more »
Quotes:
Chenille:And this is Diggy. She thinks she's down.
Diggy:Excuse me? I am down, okay?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Slim Susie (2003)See more »
Soundtrack:
BounceSee more »

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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Trite and poorly written, 12 August 2006
Author: segacs from Montreal, Canada

This movie is a sort of updated Romeo and Juliet- meets- Dirty Dancing, and attempts to take on the complex issues surrounding racism and stereotypes while showcasing some fun dancing. Unfortunately, it fails on every level, thanks to a poor script that allows this movie to lapse into the many stereotypes it was hoping to dispel.

The two leads - Julia Stiles and Sean Patrick Thomas - do what they can, but nobody could sell this drivel. The writing is cringe-worthy in many, many spots. At times, even the actors seem to be unable to believe that they're actually require to say some of the things that they say. Everyone in the film besides the leads speaks in the sort of "gansta" talk that seems like a Hollywood/MTV notion of how kids really speak. Then there are the clichés: the teenage mothers, the drive-by shootings, the drug dealers and pretty much everything else you could think of.

Even the dancing - the film's supposed highlight - is poorly shot, so you don't get to see the sequences properly. Stiles insisted on doing all her own ballet, rather than using a body double - an admirable sentiment, perhaps, but someone should've noticed that it made the whole subplot of her being good enough to audition for Julliard rather unbelievable when she's shown stumbling over even simple steps. The dance scenes at the club were so chopped up that the audience is denied even the simple pleasure of some great dance scenes to break up this saccharine, eye-rolling plot.

Save The Last Dance could never have been a truly excellent movie, but it could have at least been fun and entertaining. But the writing was so terrible, it doesn't even achieve this goal.

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