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Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School (2005)

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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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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:

Un toque de seducción  »

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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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


In one scene, the entire adult dance class is waltzing to 4/4 music -- including the dance instructor. As noted above, waltz is in 3/4 time. See more »


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Emotional roller-coaster, Mary Steenburgen is amazing
7 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It took a while before i felt involved with the film and the characters. However, once more characters started joining the dance class i started to look forward to every scene in the ballroom. Robert Carlyle was obviously the lead role but Mary Steenburgen was fabulous. She was funny but serious and assertive, and her wardrobe throughout the movie evolved along with her character. A nice, subtle touch. As was the gentleman who starts and stops the music for her during the film, i think his name was Freeway? I started looking forward to every time he hit play on that tiny boom box and hearing the music boom through the theater sound. Overall i really enjoyed the film even though it started a little slow.

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