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Strictly Ballroom (1992)

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



(original idea), (earlier screenplay) | 3 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 19 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
... Scott Hastings
... Fran
... Barry Fife
... Shirley Hastings
... Liz Holt
... Les Kendall
... Doug Hastings
... Ken Railings
Sonia Kruger ... Tina Sparkle
... Charm Leachman
... Wayne Burns
Leonie Page ... Vanessa Cronin
Antonio Vargas ... Rico
Armonia Benedito ... Ya Ya
Jack Webster ... Terry


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


There's something in the air. It might be love -- but it isn't. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

12 February 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ballroom - Gara di ballo  »


Box Office


AUD 3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Tara MoriceTara Morice, who plays Fran, sings the female lyrics in the cover version of Time After Time that's in the film. See more »


During one of the dancing on the roof scenes, a crew member's head can be seen. See more »


[repeated line]
Doug Hastings: Son, can I bend your ear for a tick?
Scott: Not now, Dad.
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Crazy Credits

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


Referenced in Dancing with the Stars: Viewers' Choice Night (2014) See more »


Os Quindins De Yaya
Stanley Black and his Piano Barroso
Written by Ary Barroso & Ervin Drake
(c) Irmaos Vitale
by Courtesy of Decca Record Company Ltd
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Never has a movie been so completely engaging
27 December 1999 | by See all my reviews

From beginning to end. Wow. This is the best Baz Luhrmann film, without a doubt. I've seen it maybe half a dozen times. The characters are hilarious, but even the most obvious parodies are real. They're all so absorbed in their crazy, strange, fantastic world of dancing, you can't help but get absolutely involved in what transpires onscreen. Fran's (Morice) 'transformation' is done very well, and she is possibly the only sane person in a world of over-the-top loons. Scott (Mercurio) is astoundingly handsome and believably self-involved. Go see it!

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