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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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Kip Kipling
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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
Joshua Horowitz ...
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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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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References Men in War (1957) See more »

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Zip Gun Bop
(1991)
Written by Mando Dorame/Eddie Nichols
Published by Dorame Music (ASCAP)/Zip Gun Music (ASCAP)
Performed by Royal Crown Revue
Courtesy of Warner Brothers Records/Warner Strategic Marketing
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A great movie about human feelings
18 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

Being a ballroom dancer this was pretty much a "required viewing." It was a little different from what I expected, but it was still worth the time. I've read the feelings of a lot of dancers who have rated this movie lower than I did. I would guess that they come by their opinions based on the fact that dancing to them, is a competition sport and that's how they always look at it. My feeling towards dancing would probably be more in line with those of Mary Ann Hotchkiss and Mr. Keane. "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." Get this movie, curl up on the couch with your honey and enjoy a very nice, sweet movie about searching for, and finding reasons for going on, even when life seems so pointless.


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