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Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School (2005)

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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Young Steve Mills / Samson
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Young Lisa Gobar (as Kelley Parker)
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Tommy Tanksley (as Michael Ray Bower)
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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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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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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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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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simple yet surprisingly introspective
31 January 2005 | by 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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