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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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$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$1,113,955 (New Zealand) (18 August 2006)
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The youthful members of cast worked with the real Pierre Dulaine to get their dance moves correct for the movie. See more »

Goofs

In a lot of the scenes in the cellar in which they keep the bad students, a microphone that appears to be on a track shows in most of the shots. See more »

Quotes

Pierre Dulaine: What if I said these dances would make you look cool?
Rock: I'd say you're full of shit.
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I Got Rhythm (Take the Lead Remix)
Written by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin
Performed by Lena Horne
Additional vocals performed by Q-Tip
Remixed by Swizz Beatz and Aaron Zigman
Courtesy of RCA Victor Group by arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
Q-Tip appears courtesy of Motown Records a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
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"To Sir With Love" meets "Dance With Me"
10 April 2006 | by (fairview, nj) – See all my reviews

TAKE THE LEAD (2006) *** Antonio Banderas, Rob Brown, Alfre Woodard, Dante Basco, Lyriq Bent, Brandon Andrews, Laura Benanti, Yaya DaCosta, Jenna Dewan, Elijah Kelley, Shawand Mckenzie, Marcus T. Paulk, Joseph Pierre, Katya Virshilas, Heidi von Palleske. "To Sir With Love" meets "Dance With Me" could've been the pitch for his entertaining melodrama based on the true-life account of Pierre Dulaine's (Banderas in one of his best performances) unorthodox method of communicating with Manhattan high school delinquents with teaching them ballroom dancing. While Dianne Houston's screenplay is riddled with clichés and formulaic storytelling, novice filmmaker Liz Friedlander, who cut her teeth on music videos, inhabits the film with a lot of style, panache and energy thanks largely to her unknown ensemble of willing young talent and stand-up and cheer moments including a ménage a trios tango that sizzles.


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