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Take the Lead (2006)

 -  Drama | Music  -  7 April 2006 (USA)
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The real story of a dance teacher who believed in the talent of a group of problem kids.

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In New York, the polite dance instructor Pierre Dulaine sees a black teenager vandalizing the car of the director of a public school and on the next day he volunteers to teach dance to students to give respect, dignity, self-confidence, trust and teamwork. The reluctant director Augustine James offers the troublemakers that are in detention expecting Pierre to give-up of his intentions. Pierre struggles against the prejudice and ignorance of the students, parents and other teachers, but wins his battle when the group accepts to compete in a ballroom dance contest. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated PG-13 for thematic material, language and some violence | See all certifications »

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7 April 2006 (USA)  »

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Opening Weekend:

$206,248 (South Africa) (7 July 2006)

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$1,113,955 (New Zealand) (18 August 2006)
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Trivia

Pierre Dulaine:  as one of the judges for the 25th Annual Grand Ballroom Competition. See more »

Goofs

In the dance scene with Pierre and Morgan during the detention, they dance Argentine tango, which is not considered a ballroom dance. American and international tango, both ballroom dances, are completely different. See more »

Quotes

Kurd: Why you gotta be such a ballroom weirdo?
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Featured in Best! Movies! Ever!: Dance Sequences (2007) See more »

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Written by LL Cool J (as J.T. Smith), Angelo Badalamenti, Albert Elias and Michael Oliver
Performed by LL Cool J featuring Freeway
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group under license from Universal Music Enterprises
Contains a sample of "Hot Wheels (Chase)"
Performed by Badder Than Evil
Courtesy of Buddah Records by arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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Great Film
4 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I, for one, thought this was an excellent movie! True, it does have a familiar plot, but that does not at all distract from the true intention of the film. If I had to categorize it, I would say it's a seamless mix between Dangerous Minds and Save the Last Dance. However, unlike those, this is a TRUE story. This is not some script that came from someone's head, it really happened. I would highly recommend this film to anyone who loves a great story. This movie is very inspirational and has phenomenal music to boot. I was dancing in my seat. So forget what you think you know, and just give this film a chance. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.


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