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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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(short film "Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing and Charm School"), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Young Steve Mills / Samson
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Kip Kipling
Teresa Johnston ...
Kate Collmary
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Young Lisa Gobar (as Kelley Parker)
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Tommy Tanksley (as Michael Ray Bower)
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Peter Jelliffe
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Kenny Dulin
Philip Perlman ...
Civil Defense Man (as Phil Perlman)
Maria Parkinson ...
Miss Parkinson
Karlyn Michelson ...
Lucy (as Karlyn Hayley Michelson)
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Lisa Gobar
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Ayisha Lebaron
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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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12 January 2006 (Netherlands)  »

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Un toque de seducción  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$92,668, 2 April 2006

Gross USA:

$247,141, 11 June 2006
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At one point while Randall (Donnie Wahlberg) is warming up obnoxiously, Evrin (the elderly man) turns to Frank and says Randall thinks he's Lord of the Dance but isn't even Irish. The Wahlbergs are actually prominently of Irish decent. 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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Marienne Hotchkiss: Dance is a very powerful drug Mr. Keane. If embraced judiciously, it can exorcise demons, access deep seated emotions and color your life in joyous shades of brilliant magenta that you never knew existed. But, one must shoulder its challenges with intrepid countenance if one is ever to reap its rewards.
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References The War Lover (1962) See more »

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Voices of Spring Op. 410
(1882)
Written by Johann Strauss (as Johann Strauss II)
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The Best Movie I've Seen All Year!!!!
17 April 2006 | by 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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