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Dancing at the Blue Iguana (2000)

A non-glamorous portrayal of the lives of people who make their living at a strip club.

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Jessie
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Nico (as Kristin Bauer)
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Bobby
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Angel
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Dennis
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Stormy
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Sully
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Sacha
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Charlie
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Jo
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Eddie
David Amos ...
Dave
Carolyne Aycaguer ...
Sophie
R.C. Bates ...
Jimmy (as RC Bates)
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Storyline

Angel is a dancer wishing to adopt a child. Stormy is a dancer with a secret with her brother Sully. Jasmine is a poetess who falls in love with Dennis. Jo is a dancer who became pregnant and Jessie is a woman fighting to survive in Hollywood. The link between them is the fact that they dance at Blue Iguana, a strip-club managed by Eddie. Their personal dramas are the theme of this movie. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated R for pervasive sexual content/nudity, language, some drug content and brief violence | See all certifications »

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11 October 2001 (Israel)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$30,181 (USA) (19 October 2001)

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$30,181 (USA) (19 October 2001)
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Trivia

Sheila Kelley originally conceived the idea for this film. It was supposed to be a story about incest between her character and the character played by Elias Koteas. Once the other actresses started improvising, it became more of an ensemble piece. See more »

Goofs

Jo frequently takes long swigs from her whiskey container, yet never swallows any drink and speaks immediately after taking the container away from her mouth. See more »

Quotes

Jo: You think you'r the only person with reproductive organs. I'm gonna have this fucking baby. I'm gonna have this baby and my baby is gonna sell drugs to your baby on the playground. Do you know that. You fucking bitch.
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References Pulp Fiction (1994) See more »

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Gimme One More Shot
Written and Performed by Scott Nickoley and Jamie Dunlap
Courtesy of Mastersource
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Bittersweet and Melancholic
16 March 2002 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

This movie is an outstanding example of "method" filmmaking -- in EVERY aspect: not only the actors, but the director, writers (which include the actors), and the crew all worked in this style, playing on instinct, on their gut reactions.

The performances are varied and uniformly excellent. The characters are intriguing and sometimes funny, though mostly sad. The actors all came up with their characters, did a lot of research and improvising, and the director supervised it all and brought it together (rather like a Mike Leigh film). The camera work is fine, as well, along with the sound, which incorporates a lot of overlapping dialog (rather like an Altman film).

Rent the DVD if you can and watch the documentary by Darryl Hannah, and listen to the TWO commentary tracks by some of the actors and by the director. It's all fascinating.


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