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Take the Lead (2006)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music | 7 April 2006 (USA)
The real story of a dance teacher who believed in the talent of a group of problem kids.

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Storyline

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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Dance with Me  »

Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,051,277 (USA) (7 April 2006)

Gross:

$34,703,228 (USA) (26 May 2006)
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Trivia

The youthful members of cast worked with the real Pierre Dulaine to get their dance moves correct for the movie. See more »

Goofs

After Mr. Temple's first argument with Augustine about detention, he leaves the main office and forcibly closes the door behind him. As the door closes, the supposedly solid structural wall shakes noticeably. See more »

Quotes

Rock: Hey man, this is just for the night, you know? Don't think I'm gonna come to your class or anything. We ain't kickin it, we ain't friends.
Pierre Dulaine: Got it.
Rock: And maybe I snore a little, I don't know...
Pierre Dulaine: That's okay, because I know *I* snore.
Rock: This is a nice place you got here. I'm gonna have me a spot like this someday. Someplace clean.
Pierre Dulaine: You can get whatever you want, Rock.
Rock: No, only some people get the shit they want.
Pierre Dulaine: That's true. Those are the people who show up to get it.
Rock: [pause] Anybody ever tell you you ...
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Connections

Referenced in Hart of Dixie: A Better Man (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

I Got Rhythm
Written by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin
Performed by Lena Horne
Courtesy of RCA Victor Group 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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