A maverick dancer risks his career by performing an unusual routine and sets out to succeed with a new partner.

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Baz Luhrmann

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Baz Luhrmann (original idea), Baz Luhrmann (earlier screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Mercurio ... Scott Hastings
Tara Morice ... Fran
Bill Hunter ... Barry Fife
Pat Thomson ... Shirley Hastings
Gia Carides ... Liz Holt
Peter Whitford ... Les Kendall
Barry Otto ... Doug Hastings
John Hannan ... Ken Railings
Sonia Kruger Sonia Kruger ... Tina Sparkle
Kris McQuade ... Charm Leachman
Pip Mushin Pip Mushin ... Wayne Burns
Leonie Page Leonie Page ... Vanessa Cronin
Antonio Vargas ... Rico
Armonia Benedito Armonia Benedito ... Ya Ya
Jack Webster Jack Webster ... Terry
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Storyline

Scott Hastings is a champion caliber ballroom dancer, but much to the chagrin of the Australian ballroom dance community, Scott believes in dancing "his own steps". Fran is a beginning dancer and a bit of an ugly duckly who has the audacity to ask to be Scott's partner after his unorthodox style causes his regular partner to dance out of his life. Together, these two misfits try to win the Australian Pan Pacific Championships and show the Ballroom Confederation that they are wrong when they say, "there are no new steps!" Written by Rowena Young

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A life lived in fear... ...is a life half lived See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language and sensuality | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Thomas Lacey scored the role of Scott Hastings in the stage production. Tara Morice (Fran) worked with Lacey on Dance Academy (2010). See more »

Goofs

In the flashback sequence from 1967 Shirley and Doug dance to a boogie-version of John Paul Young's "Yesterday's hero", which was first released in 1978. However since this flashback turns out to be a lie by Barry Fife this could be deliberately. See more »

Quotes

Barry Fife: There are no new steps!
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Crazy Credits

Preceding the end credits is the note: This film is dedicated to Ted Albert See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Suite Life of Zack & Cody: Loosely Ballroom (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Espana Cani
Written by Pascual Marquina Narro (as Pascual Narro-Marquina) & Mariano Tallada-Marquina
Arranged by David Hirschfelder
Used by permission of AMCOS Ltd on behalf of S.G.A.E.
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Bravo! A classic! Makes you feel great!
19 May 2000 | by nz manSee all my reviews

Yes, yes, I agree with all of the wonderful comments below, but here are a few things nobody has mentioned:

1. The EDITING is superb. All too often we focus on the actors, music, or cinematography. This is natural, and in this film all of these are superb. But keep a close watch of the editing - wow, it is perfect and ties the whole film together flawlessly. There are so many cuts that make the perspective magical.(And no, I am not a film editor.)

2. Look at WHO is dancing together as couples, right at the end. This, like so many other fine details, carries lots of significance.

3. When Scott and Fran are practising on the deck at her house, under the instruction of her family, her Spanish father dances with her and says "Muy bien, muy bien, Fran. Very good!" Notice that he uses her Anglo name "Fran" rather than her Spanish name, and converts over to English. The look he gives her tells us that he is probably seeing his (deceased) wife, via his daughter whom he loves, and that he finally ACCEPTS her and her Anglo boyfriend. This is but one of many small scenes that have more depth than may be first apparent.

My wife and I grabbed this video to 'fill in time' during a quiet weekend. We were astounded at how it captivated us since we had already seen it when it first came out. Like other comments below, we have watched the end repeatedly, and it always 'revs us up' into the clouds. Bravo!


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Country:

Australia | UK

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

12 February 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Strictly Ballroom See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

AUD3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$145,977, 15 February 1993

Gross USA:

$11,738,022

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,749,595
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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