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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.

Director:

John G. Avildsen

Writer:

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

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Cast

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
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Storyline

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

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From the director of "ROCKY" See more »

Genres:

Drama | Musical | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

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

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,335, 12 November 1978

Gross USA:

$1,576,500
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Company Credits

Production Co:

CIP See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The film's finale dance sequence was called "Visions of the Forest". See more »

Goofs

The name "David Falt" is incorrect, it is in fact "David Fatt" That's with two t's not LT. He can also be found in the credits of "Squirm". See more »


Soundtracks

I Feel the Earth Move
Words and Music by Carole King
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A Guilty pleasure
20 October 2002 | by Dr. CuminSee all my reviews

When you read about this film you wanna cringe. I have seen it countless times and yet I cringe myself! So what is the attraction here? I think that for me, it's the offbeatness of the romance. I find it super refreshing to have an oddball coupling between this NYC Jimmy-Breslin-like columnist and a down-on-her-luck (health-wise) ballerina. You feel embarrassed for Paul Sorvino at his unsubtle approach to wooing this woman. Like the guy in the bar who can't take a hint. He's a bit overweight (at least as a would-be suitor for a ballerina. Hope that doesn't sound unkind) and possibly a tad too old for her. Nice change of pace from Greek God wooing Super-model. The Bill Conti score has stuck in my head all these years later, which is a pretty good sign. However some of the acting is just dreadful. A subplot involving a young Puerto-Rican boy befriended by Sorvino's character is just hilariously bad. But the opening scene where Ditchburn is warming up to Carole King draws you right into this story. Good luck finding it. You'd think that Lifetime would be re-airing this or even WE, but I haven't seen it on in quite a few years.


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