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Stepping Out (1991)

Stepping Out is a 1991 musical-comedy film directed by Lewis Gilbert, starring Liza Minnelli, written by Richard Harris and based on a play also written by Harris. Minnelli plays the role ... See full summary »

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Lewis Gilbert

Writers:

Richard Harris (play), Richard Harris (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robyn Stevan Robyn Stevan ... Sylvia
Jane Krakowski ... Lynne
Bill Irwin ... Geoffrey
Ellen Greene ... Maxine
Sheila McCarthy ... Andy
Andrea Martin ... Dorothy
Julie Walters ... Vera
Carol Woods Carol Woods ... Rose
Liza Minnelli ... Mavis Turner
Shelley Winters ... Mrs. Fraser
Luke Reilly Luke Reilly ... Patrick
Nora Dunn ... Pam
Eugene Robert Glazer ... Frank
Géza Kovács Géza Kovács ... Jerry
Raymond Rickman Raymond Rickman ... Alan
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Stepping Out is a 1991 musical-comedy film directed by Lewis Gilbert, starring Liza Minnelli, written by Richard Harris and based on a play also written by Harris. Minnelli plays the role of a has-been Broadway performer who gives tap lesson to a group of misfits who, through their dance classes, bond and realize what they can achieve. Written by Anonymous

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Your dreams are just a step away

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Comedy | Drama | Musical

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PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A scuola di ballo See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Gross USA:

$242,014
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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Broadway play on which this film was based, had no big musical number for the Mavis Turner character. See more »


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Mean to Me
by Fred E. Ahlert and Roy Turk
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"STEPPING OUT" revisited
29 January 2011 | by brookwriterSee all my reviews

There are movies they you just love.

This is one of them, for me.

Stupidly and ineptly "released" by Paramount Pictures in October 1991, "Stepping Out" is a movie that should have been a profound critical and commercial success. I'm not saying this film is anything more than it is. But "Rocky" and "Saturday Night Fever" mined this mother-lode with similar results. Alas, for "Stepping Out," the boxing and disco dancing flicks had savvy PR guys, and "Stepping Out" had--I dunno.

"Feel good" movie beyond completely applies to "Stepping Out."

This film, properly marketed, would have rejuvenated Liza Minnelli's film career.

And we would have had a wonderful Liza movie every few years or so, instead of--well, sequels.

Anyone reading this thread, who was or is still working for Paramount and could explain how they dropped the ball on this film's release? I'd love details.

UPDATE: I just stumbled upon an article about a theatre in Des Moines, the Varsity, that ran "Stepping Out" for a jaw-dropping TEN WEEKS. It was their Christmas release in 1991. The legendary theater owner, Bev Mahon, was undeterred about the unsuccessful platform release in October, and booked the movie anyway. He rewrote his own ad campaign (apparently he did this a LOT when he championed a movie underdog), and the movie was a big hit at this theatre. It would have run indefinitely (he ran "Doctor Zhivago" for 50 weeks in 1965), but Paramount wanted the theatre's print returned for another engagement. Since only 8 prints had been made of this film (what confidence, Paramount!), Bev Mahon had to comply, but since "Stepping Out" had been a bonafide smash at his theatre, Paramount did allow him to announce a final 2-week engagement. Nice story. Kind of vindicates Liza and her film and makes Paramount look even stupider than I thought they were back in 1991.


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