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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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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) (9 April 2006)

Gross:

$34,742,066 (USA) (1 June 2006)
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Trivia

Antonio Banderas and Laura Benanti, who both star in this film together, were previously on Broadway together in the 2003 Revival of Nine the Musical. Banderas received a Tony Award nomination for his role in this production. See more »

Goofs

When Morgan comes to the school to dance with Pierre for the students, she descends the steps to the room fully costumed, including her shoes. Ballroom dance shoes have soft suede soles that are are easily damaged by wet or dirty floors, so most dancers, especially serious ones like Morgan, will not put risk their shoes by putting them on at a non-competition venue until they are ready to step onto the dancing surface. See more »

Quotes

Caitlin: I'd kill to dance like that. It's like sex on hardwood.
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Connections

Version of Mad Hot Ballroom (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

I Like That You Can't Take That Away from Me
Written by George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Jae Millz (as Jarvis Mills),
Andre Lyons, Marcello Valenzano, Willian Griffin, Eric B. (as Eric Barrier), Bob James,
, Swizz Beatz (as Kasseem Dean), Mashonda Tifrere and Mel Small
Produced and Mixed by Grant McSleazy
Contains elements from "They Can't Take That Away from Me"
As performed by June Christy
Used courtesy of Capitol Records under licence from EMI Film & Television Music
Contains samples of "I Like That"
Performed by Jae Millz
Courtesy of SRC/Universal Records a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
Contains samples of "Follow the Leader"
Performed by Eric B. & Rakim
Courtesy of Geffen Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises
Contains samples of "Move Your Body"
Performed by Mashonda featuring Drag-On
Produced by Swizz Beatz
Drag-On appears courtesy of Ruff Ryders Entertainment
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Take The Chance
10 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First off, let me say this. You've seen this movie a million times before. From the 'Black Board Jungle' from the 50's, to 'To Sir With Love' in the 60's, 'Dangerous Minds' and 'Sister Act 2' in the 90's, the formula is exactly the same. Well meaning teacher, or non-teacher (usually Caucasian) goes into the inner city to help mold the lives of the usual assortment of troubled kids who just want to be noticed and loved. On a side note, I find it amazing that Hollywood continues year after year to make the same movie over and over again. Come to think of it, I really shouldn't be surprise. It is Hollywood after all, the land of originality. But back to my review. After having said all that, and knowing within my head that I've seen this story done so many times, I have to admit I really enjoyed the film. Don't ask me why. Maybe it was the mood I was in. I definitely wanted to see something light and breezy, because the rest of my day would be pretty hectic. Somehow the film affected me in unexpected ways. I tend to be an idealist, and freely admit that I'm the perfect sucker for this type of film.

My recommendation is for you to go and experience this film. Don't expect to see the finest film ever made. Just go in and let it wash over you. You'll be surprised.


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