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Take the Lead (2006)

PG-13  |   |  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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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  »

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Originally, Antonio Banderas turned down the part of Pierre when he looked at the script and realized the whole film was about ballroom dancing. The producers begged him for a few minutes for them to explain the story. After hearing this, viewing a documentary on and meeting the real Pierre Dulaine, Banderas signed on. See more »

Goofs

When Augustine follows Pierre outside after the first meeting, there is a green bungee cord visible pulling the door closed. When some students enter the door, the bungee cord is gone. See more »

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Principal: For these kids life is a fight to stay alive, and a hustle to make ends meet.
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Chop Chop
Written by Scott Storch, Jeffrey Grisby, Sean Paul (as Sean Paul Joseph) and William Holmes
Performed by Youngbloodz
Courtesy of LaFace Records/Zomba Label Group by arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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Editing is excellent

Saw this movie at River Run Film Festival. The editing is incredible. Liz constantly inter-cuts between several stories at the same time, all in beat with the background music. Her background in music videos really shows in this film. Bandaras does a good job in this role. But the really significant aspect of this movie is the realistic portrayal of the lives of the high school students. I've never seen a movie with such believable gritty realism. At first, I was put off by not being able to understand every word of dialog but realized I didn't need to. This was another aspect of the realism of the film. Very creative storytelling.


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