Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School (2005)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Musical  |  12 January 2006 (Netherlands)
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A widowed man's life turns upside down when he embarks on a journey to find a dying man's long lost love.



(short film "Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing and Charm School"), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
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Young Lisa Gobar (as Kelley Parker)
Tommy Tanksley (as Michael Ray Bower)
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Lucy (as Karlyn Hayley Michelson)


Dance is a very powerful drug, if embraced judiciously; to reap its rewards, one must shoulder its challenges with intrepid countenance. Frank Keene, a grieving baker in a near catatonic state, happens on a car accident. The loquacious and insightful victim, Steve Mills, is on his way to an appointment in Pasadena with a years-ago acquaintance; he asks Frank to go in his place. It's a dance class. Frank goes, to find Steve's friend. The story moves back and forth among Steve's childhood, the scene of the accident, and the aftermath of Frank's first Lindy hop. Black eyes, group therapy, loneliness, boys being boys, roads not taken, and saying good-bye color the story. Written by <>

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When destiny leads, love follows.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature situations and language | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

12 January 2006 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

Ballroom Dancing  »

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Box Office


$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$92,668 (USA) (31 March 2006)


$247,141 (USA) (9 June 2006)

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2.35 : 1
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Elden Henson played two parts in this film, one being Samson, the other as young Steve Mills. The flashbacks are from a 1990 short film of the same name and Elden played the role of Steve as a 12 year old boy. See more »


When practicing the waltz, one boy counts off 1-2-3-4. The waltz is a three count. See more »


Steve Mills: In 1962, Pez were cool, Zagnuts, Bombpops and Good-n-Plenty were very cool. The gum in baseball cards still tasted good. Kennedy was president then. Bay of Pigs, nuclear testing in Nevada, the Red Scare. McDonalds only had a million served. I was twelve-years-old and I hated girls more than liver. I mean they weren't good at the really important things. They always lost in the cafeteria hotdog eating contest. Tommy Tanksley, he could unhinge his mouth like a snake or something. And in rope ...
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Wonderful Movie
16 March 2005 | by (kansas city, mo) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. It truly was a wonderful package. All parts come together. After the film, the audience gave it a standing applause. It was a hit with the audience, including myself. I would see it again. Robert Carlyle was very good as the sympathetic baker, consumed by his wife's death, and inadvertently drawn into an emergency situation. The director/writer incorporates his older film of a boy's experience of being forced to go to dance and charm school, melding it perfectly with the now adult man's perception played by John Goodman. Others in the film were Marisa Tomei, Mary Steenburgen, Donnie Wahlber, and Sean Astin, all giving a wonderful performance.

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