Charismatic tap dancing Sean tries to find a way out of working at the steel mill. When failure brings him home he starts his own dance group wearing hardhats. He must then find inspiration in the steel mill he once tried to escape.

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Cast

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Vaughan Sheffield ...
Christian Patterson ...
Lisa Perry ...
Sean & Mitchell's Mother
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Bruce Venables ...
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Catherine Ajaka ...
Walter's Tap Class
Luke Alleva ...
Walter's Tap Class
Kurt Bardrick ...
Walter's Tap Class
Danika Beckett ...
Walter's Tap Class
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Walter's Tap Class
Sam Buckley ...
Walter's Tap Class
Steve Coppin ...
Walter's Tap Class
Michael Edge ...
Walter's Tap Class
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Born charmer Sean Okden gave up tap-dancing when he started working in the steel mill, but as that's going down the hill he grabs his chance being the only candidate in his coastal Australian home town Newcastle selected for a Sidney show. Being sacked soon just for a row with the arrogant lead dancer, he returns to find his girlfriend in bed with his brother Mitchell, and decides to start his own tap-dance group wearing hardhats, which he soon gives an original edge when the steel mill inspires him to weld metal on their shoes and dance on industrial steel, so it the metallic acoustics fit well with a local rock group. Financing their local debut is so expensive, even when the mill allows them free us of its premises -opening some acrobatic perspectives- while even his father won't allow him to touch his mother's inheritance for the project, that the 'Bootmen' need to steal the cheerleaders' podium in a televised sports match to get media attention. Sean generously helps his brother ... Written by KGF Vissers

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When you don't know your next step... improvise.

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Opening Weekend:

$13,133 (USA) (6 October 2000)

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$21,172 (USA) (13 October 2000)
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Huey: You wanna work with me, you stay outta my fucking business, alright?
Mitchell: Yep.
Huey: Good.
Mitchell: Well, I don't work for you no more, you arse-wipe!
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Not just a dancing flick.
25 October 2000 | by (Newcastle, Australia) – See all my reviews

As a resident of Newcastle who is familiar with the Dein Perry story I was very interested in seeing this movie. The fact that it was shot in Newcastle and features a few Newcastle actors only increased my interest. As a local it was fantastic to see our often stereotyped city (we are the sixth largest Australian city) look as good as it does. They didn't just focus on the normal shots of the steel works or the beach, and they used references to places in Newie that only we could get. As a tap-dancing fan it was wonderful to see tap making its way into the cinema in a non-Fred Astaire way. As a movie fan it was great to note that something I assumed to be a chick-flick was actually a very blokey film with a bit of dancing thrown in. Perry and the crew have done a magnificent job in not only opening up the eyes of the world to tap-dancing they've also been wonderful in showing everyone a different side to Newcastle, while still maintaining what we are really about.


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