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Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School (2005)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Musical  |  12 January 2006 (Netherlands)
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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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Did You Know?


The flashback scenes are taken from the short film Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School (1990). 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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References Rodan (1956) See more »


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simple yet surprisingly introspective
31 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Though certainly not about a new and unique topic in entertainment, this film presents a multi-dimensional perspective about experiences that we all, as human beings, can relate.

The films unique approach, and the actors sometimes subtle, sometimes dramatic execution causes a myriad of emotions to surface during the development of the plot. The audience laughs, cries, and I was personally touched by both the plot transitions and the elegant development of the characters and story line throughout the film.

The film provoked reflection in the audience by asking questions and allowing this moviegoer to connect many life experiences to the film. So many movies today are developed for entertainment purposes only, usually either through special effects or dark, dismal shock factor. This film differentiated itself by not wrapping everything up in a pretty little package, leaving room for discussion and interpretation. And Mary Steenburgen's performance was easily one of the best I've seen at the entire film festival.

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