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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.

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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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$2,500,000 (estimated)

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

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$247,141 (USA) (9 June 2006)
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The flashback scenes are taken from the short film Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School (1990). See more »

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When practicing the waltz, one boy counts off 1-2-3-4. The waltz is a three count. 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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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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The Best Movie I've Seen All Year!!!!
17 April 2006 | by (New Haven, USA) – See all my reviews

The is by far the finest film that I have seen all year... Robert Carlyle was superb as the broken widower. I lost my wife to cancer four years ago and his portrayal was dead on. John Goodman was magnificent as were Mary Steenburgen as the beleaguered and out of touch Marianne Hotchkiss, the Grand Damne of the ballroom. And Donnie Wahlberg was brilliant in comic turn as Randall Ipswitch, the Lord-Of-The-Dance of the Pasadena ballroom. But finally the Marisa Tomei character, Meredith was perhaps the finest bit of acting in the bunch. Her work as the broken and beaten down sister of Donnie's character was dead on. I cannot recommend the film highly enough. GO SEE IT!!!!


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