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Slow Dancing in the Big City (1978)

An aging out of shape reporter falls for a pretty but seriously ill ballerina.


John G. Avildsen


Barra Grant
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Sorvino ... Lou Friedlander
Anne Ditchburn ... Sarah Gantz
Nicolas Coster ... David Fillmore
Anita Dangler Anita Dangler ... Franny
Thaao Penghlis ... Christopher
Linda Selman Linda Selman ... Barbara Bass
Héctor Mercado ... Roger Lucas (as Héctor Jaime Mercado)
Dick Carballo Dick Carballo ... George Washington Monero
Jack Ramage Jack Ramage ... Doctor Foster
Adam Gifford ... Marty Olivera (as G. Adam Gifford)
Brenda K. Starr ... Punk (as Brenda Joy Kaplan)
Daniel Faraldo ... T.C. Olivera
Michael Gorrin ... Lester Edelman
Tara Mitton Tara Mitton ... Diana
Matt Russo Matt Russo ... Jeck Guffy


An aging out of shape reporter falls for a pretty but seriously ill ballerina.

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Release Date:

February 1979 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Ballando lo slow nella grande città See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,335, 12 November 1978, Limited Release

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Production Co:

CIP See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Not a classic, but Paul Sorvino is incapable of a bad performance
23 September 2002 | by stuhh2001See all my reviews

It's gratifying that this movie has so many fans. As I remember it, it was a critical and financial disaster, but is still worth seeing. It has one of the greatest sets ever constructed for a movie......New York City. There's something about NY.that always adds to my enjoyment of a film shot there. It would make a good trivia party game to name all the films shot there. I'll start, "Prince of the City," "Raging Bull," "Malcolm X," "Mean Streets." Your turn. Paul Sorvino is always on the verge of super stardom but can't come up with the right vehicle, like Brando in "Streetcar", or Al Pacino in "Dog Day Afternoon, but he's incapable of giving a bad performance. Several things about the film annoy me. Sorvino's character with his non stop manic babbling and joking can be a real turn off. But he did the role as written or directed, and I'm surprised this wasn't noticed during filming. Anita Dangler as the cloying Franny, is a bit too cloying, but she gives a good performance as the waitress who shares Sorvino's bed only when he needs a body there, and knows there is no hope for a future relationship. She also has a steady stream of meaningless babble that she knows will further alieanate him, but she can't help herself. He's probably the first man she's had that didn't use her for a punching bag, and spoken with a semblance of kindness to her. Anita Ditchburn who I'm told is a ballet star in Canada is a strange young lady. She plays the role with almost one expression...a constant pout. The plot is as phony as Hollywood can get. A reporter who wouldn't be caught dead at the ballet, falls in love with a dying ballerina. Are you kidding me!? An adorable little Puerto Rican kid is also in there somewhere. But guess what. I've seen it a few times and I still love the movie. Give it a viewing. You'll enjoy.

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