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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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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:

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

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$247,141 (USA) (9 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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When practicing the waltz, one boy counts off 1-2-3-4. The waltz is a three count. See more »

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Meredith Morrison: You're a good man Frank Keane.
Frank Keane: I did it as much for me as for Randall. One thing bothers me though.
Meredith Morrison: What.
Frank Keane: What color is magenta?
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References Mothra (1961) See more »

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On the Sunny Side of the Street
(1930)
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Courtesy of Shapiro Bernstein & Co., Inc., EMI April Music, Inc. & Cotton Club Publishing (ASCAP)
Performed by Louis Armstrong
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Licensing
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masterful mingling of narratives
18 December 2006 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

The film's use of two voices relaying three narrative threads, artfully woven without confusion while maintaining audience interest and focus, could be used as a textbook for compound story structure. If the story hadn't been expanded from a short film thereby requiring this approach, I'd be heaping superlative praise on its inventiveness as well.

Entertaining, well-cast with excellent performances by its ensemble of seasoned character actors, and just quirky enough to offset its sometimes saccharin character, I think this will grow a deserved following when it airs on cable. A solid illustration of the possibility of 'charm' in contemporary cinema, it presented little violence beyond its illustration of an automobile accident site and the language of adolescent boys, and managed a passionate but never prurient love scene under cover of a liberal dusting of flour.

Enchanting!


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