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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.

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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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When destiny leads, love follows.


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

$2,500,000 (estimated)

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

Gross:

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

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 »

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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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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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Soundtracks

Over the Rainbow
(1939)
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Courtesy of EMI Feist Catalog, Inc.
Performed by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole (as Israel 'Iz' Kamakawiwo'ole)
Courtesy of Big Boy Records Company/The Mountain Apple Company, Hawaii
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enjoyed this movie!
28 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

saw it last nite at a complimentary screening. it was well worth seeing if only for robert carlyle's performance alone! he was absolutely extraordinary! i found mary steenburgen very affected, though, & was consciously aware that she was acting! i can't understand all the positive comments about her performance in this movie, though i absolutely adore her in other things (she was so great in joan of arcadia on TV, for example). i liked the interweaving of past & present & the way story lines played out & were connected eventually. it was well told. it integrated pathos with humor & had many unexpected touches. some of the acting was like caricature - e.g., donny wahlberg's, & i did not enjoy that type of aspect whenever it occurred. but on the whole i felt this was a well crafted film of value and substance. i'm glad i saw it.


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