They are the "Silver Belles," five women aged 84 to 96. They first met in the 1930's as chorus dancers at the Cotton Club and the Apollo Theater where they worked 15 hour days, rehearsing a new show every week. In their heyday they performed with legendary band leaders like Cab Calloway, Jimmie Lunceford and Duke Ellington. When the big band era ended, and with it the need for show dancers, they all went into other work. In 1985 they put their tap shoes back on, and are still performing regularly. But in one week, Cleo tumbles down the subway stairs and breaks her knee and arm, Marion gets a pacemaker, and Bertye is taken to the hospital. Is this the end of the Silver Belles? Written by
This is a wonderful film which I believe people of all ages and backgrounds would love. I saw it yesterday and find that today I am re-seeing it in my mind and laughing and crying all over again. It is beautifully shot and the characters are so wonderful. I feel that I know all of them and that they will always be a part of my life. These characters live their lives fully and dare to follow their dreams. I feel that anyone who sees this film will feel that their life has been enriched by it.Having lived in New York City for sixteen years, I also feel that this film captured on screen so many of the reasons I loved living in that city. Heather MacDonald and that fabulous cast of characters deserve many many congratulations and bravos.
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