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That's Dancing! (1985)

The history of dance depicted on film.

Director:

Jack Haley Jr.

Writer:

Jack Haley Jr.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mikhail Baryshnikov ... Himself - Host
Ray Bolger ... Himself - Host
Sammy Davis Jr. ... Himself - Host
Gene Kelly ... Himself - Host
Liza Minnelli ... Herself - Host
Tucker Smith ... 'West Side Story' dancer
Tony Mordente ... 'West Side Story' dancer
David Winters ... 'West Side Story' dancer
Eliot Feld ... 'West Side Story' dancer
Bert Michaels Bert Michaels ... 'West Side Story' dancer
David Bean David Bean ... 'West Side Story' dancer
Robert Banas Robert Banas ... 'West Side Story ' dancer
Anthony 'Scooter' Teague ... 'West Side Story' dancer (as Scooter Teague)
Harvey Evans Harvey Evans ... 'West Side Story' dancer (as Harvey Hohnecker)
Tommy Abbott Tommy Abbott ... 'West Side Story' dancer
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A documentary film about dancing on the screen, from it's orgins after the invention of the movie camera, over the movie musical from the late 20s, 30s, 40s 50s and 60s up to the break dance and the music videos from the 80s. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 January 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

That's Dancing See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,506,802, 20 January 1985, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$4,210,938
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Tony Thomas' lavish companion piece, also called "That's Dancing!" and published to coincide with the film's release, is an indispensible resource for those attempting to gather clues as to what glories were left behind in the assembling process. In one instance, Thomas writes that "in putting together the ballet segments of That's Dancing! (1985), co-producers Jack Haley, Jr. and David Niven, Jr. chose one that was beautifully obvious: Tamara Toumanova's impression of the great Anna Pavlova's most famous dance, "The Swan," re-created in Tonight We Sing (1953), with Leo Mostovoy as her partner." In fact, this sequence does not appear in the release print. Rather, Haley and Niven ended up using footage of another Toumanova sequence, "Don Quixote," from the same film. See more »

Quotes

Gene Kelly: To save the movie musical, something drastic, something daring had to be done. One man seemed to have all the answers. He was a successful Broadway dance director who came to Hollywood and immediately laid down his own rules. "My girls must be beautiful and shapely," he insisted. "And I want close-ups. Lots of close-ups of those lovely faces." His name was Busby Berkeley and his arrival meant the movie musical would never look the same again.
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Connections

Features Cabaret (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Broadway Rhythm
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Performed by Eleanor Powell in 'Broadway Melody of 1936' (1935)
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Incredible Dancing, Brain Dead Narration
31 December 2005 | by cadmanduSee all my reviews

I can't add a whole lot of critical commentary to what's already written here, so let me say why I enjoyed this film. Would have gotten 10 stars if there hadn't been a lot of stupid narration. After you hear Liza Minelli's monologue, you'll know how she got her career; born to the right people.

Anyhoo . . . FANTASTIC dancing, and great clips, even if as others have said they are not necessarily the best of the performers. I was born in 48 so a lot of this was news to me. Shirley Temple dancing with her black partner (Bo Jangles somebody) alone was worth the price of admission. An interview with Busby Berkeley on set. Anne Miller doing her thing (remember her from Mulholland Drive?) A clip from the Wizard of Oz, which was edited out, of Ray Bolger dancing up a storm. On and on.

These people don't dance . . . they float, they fly, they defy gravity and all of Newton's laws. It's a sight to behold. Fred Astaire didn't have legs, he had springs. Some people did walk out of the theatre after a few minutes, but I'll tell you, I sat there with my mouth hanging open most of this flick.


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