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Step Up (2006)

PG-13  |   |  Crime, Drama, Music  |  11 August 2006 (USA)
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Tyler Gage receives the opportunity of a lifetime after vandalizing a performing arts school, gaining him the chance to earn a scholarship and dance with an up and coming dancer, Nora.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nora Clark (as Jenna Dewan)
Nora's Mom / Katherine Clark
Jane Beard ...
Lena Freeman
Richard Pelzman ...
Bill Freeman
Carlyncia S. Peck ...
Mac's Mother (as Carlyncia Peck)


In Baltimore, the troublemaker and street dancer Tyler Gage lives with his foster parents in a lower class neighborhood. His best friends are Mac Carter and his little brother Skinny Carter and they used to hang around together, going to parties and stealing cars. After being expelled from a party, the trio breaks in the Maryland School of Arts and commits vandalism, destroying the stage. Tyler is arrested and sentenced to 200 hours of community service in the school and Director Gordon assigns him to help the janitor cleaning the place. One afternoon, the ballet dancer Nora Clark sees Tyler dancing in the parking area and when her partner Andrew has a strain and Tyler offers to help her in the choreography, she accepts the offer; they rehearsal and become close to each other while Tyler becomes friend of the students Miles Darby and Lucy Avila. When Andrew returns, Tyler that is known for quitting everything he starts gives up dancing and leaves Nora alone. After an incident, Tyler ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Every second chance begins with a first step.


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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, brief violence and innuendo | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 August 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Let's Dance  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$20,659,573 (USA) (11 August 2006)


£4,386,801 (UK) (1 December 2006)

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Did You Know?


Jenna Dewan Tatum later starred in She Made Them Do It (2013) with Mackenzie Phillips, while Channing Tatum appeared in Havoc with Bijou Phillips, her half-sister. See more »


When Mac discovers Tyler is dancing at the school for the first time and they go outside, Mac's shirt is buttoned on the lowest button. It then switches to being buttoned on the second lowest button, and then back to the lowest button. See more »


Miles Darby: [about Tyler and Nora no longer working together] Man I bet you've been moping around too.
Tyler Gage: [looking happy] She's been moping?
Miles Darby: I'm not saying anything
Tyler Gage: [laughing] Come on man! Tell me, have you seen a tear?
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Written by Swizz Beatz (as Kasseem Dean), T.I. (as Clifford J. Harris),
Dino Verde, Antonio Murri and Enrico Simonetti
Performed by T.I.
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
Contains portions of "Mollo Tutto"
Performed by Loretta Goggi
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STEP UP to a magical film of dance, diversity, rhythm and blues
4 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What a wonderful surprise to find such a terrific film of dance and music in STEP UP and the actors/dancers were out of this world. Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan are magic on the screen and the music is sensational. My friend, Alia, from UCLA, had raved about this film and wanted me to see it, and I am so glad that I did. I found not only the music and dancing, but the story set in the jungle of a big city of young black men and a young white man struggling to survive and come up with fulfilling lives, to be a journey that is true to the lives of so many young men and women today in metropolitan cities in the USA.

Duane Adler and Melissa Rosenberg have created a film in STEP UP that just hits your heart and soul with the character development created through the actors music and dance, and the sets and costumes which fit each character. I didn't want this film to end, but the last scene is just the one you wanted to see and feel. With STEP UP, you have a strong story, incredible music, wonderful young actors in a diverse world, and the hope that now their young lives can really begin. Loved this film.

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