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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Every second chance begins with a first step.


Crime | Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


£4,386,801 (UK) (1 December 2006)

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Aspect Ratio:

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Did You Know?


Director of photography Michael Seresin has a cameo as the janitor who hands Channing Tatum a mop and bucket at the start of the film. See more »


When Nora is sitting at the lunch table and takes her hat off, the hat switches sided. It may even be a different hat altogether. See more »


Camille: Guess what she bought for us. Cap'n crunch. Peanut butter Cap'n crunch. I told you she liked us.
Camille: [takes bite of cereal]
Tyler Gage: Let me get a bite of that?
Camille: Okay. One bite, just one bite.
[Tyler takes the bowl and has a huge bite]
Camille: That's the biggest bite I've ever seen! Come on! Give it back!
Tyler Gage: [Tyler takes another bite]
Camille: Get your own! I spit on that spoon!
[Tyler pushes it back]
Camille: Oh yeah, now you give it back.
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Referenced in Allemaal film: Tussen kunst en kassa (2007) See more »


Written by R. Huggins and M. Espinosa
Performed by Deep Side
Courtesy of Jive Records
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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following in others footsteps
1 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Step Up is a fair dance film about some kids that get their big performance break. The film is average in every way with little more for the viewer. A jock fights external prejudices to become a dancer with an accomplished partner and a teach who sees something special. The acting was fine, but the dialog and directing had little to add to overcoming a predictable story. None the less you still feel quite good about the outcome of the film. There were some dark scenes and some typical generalizations about dancers that went a little overboard. This is a class B+ film with moderate continuity errors and dialog mishaps. The scenery was good and the characters held true to life. It is worth the watch if you like that kind of film.

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