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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.

Director:

Baz Luhrmann

Writers:

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

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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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Taglines:

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 »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

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

Goofs

At the Pan Pacific Grand Prix Les is seen standing next to Shirley Hastings on the dance floor cheering Scott on, yet momentarily, 6 shots later he is seen sitting second from the left on the high table on the stage with Barry Fife. He is in two places at one time. See more »

Quotes

Wayne: What the hell was that all about?
Shirley Hastings: What?
Wayne: You know, with Fran?
Shirley Hastings: [uneasy laugh] Fran... Fran...
Tina Sparkle: Fran? Wasn't she the girl that um...?
Shirley Hastings: [laughs] Well, here we all are!
[Scott approaches the group]
Scott: Where is she?
Shirley Hastings: Who?
Scott: Fran.
[...]
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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 Masked Singer Australia: Episode #2.2 (2020) See more »

Soundtracks

Étude - Opus 10, No. 3 in E Major
Composed by Frédéric Chopin
Arranged by David Hirschfelder
(c) T.W.O./Polygram Music Publishing
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Best Dance movie ever, Greatest choreography and costumes; also a good Romance with its moments
13 October 2008 | by CihanVercanSee all my reviews

Waltz, Rumba, Samba, Tango, Cha Cha, Step Salsa... Never seen a movie with that much rich choreography before. That's Baz Luhrmann, who is an expert at swinging a visual feast; and Strictly Ballroom is his red curtain trio opening(together with Romeo+Juliet and Moulin Rouge!).

With his own style of cinematography and overdrive speed of camera work, it's impossible to watch a 94 minutes film in exact 94 minutes. Otherwise you'd be falling into anxiety saying to yourself: "Ooops! Did i just miss a scene?" I still rewind on many scenes each time I watch Strictly Ballroom and Moulin Rouge!

Here are some unforgettable and timelessly cult scenes and moments I most like:

1- Scott&Francesca dancing in front of the Coca Cola broad sheet at the roof 2- Scott&Francesca dancing with Doris Day's "Perhaps,Perhaps, Perhaps(1954 version)" behind the red curtain 3- Francesca and Scott's meeting scene and the way she introducing herself to Scott 4- Scott practicing his style of dance and watching himself by the mirror 5- Scott's father starting clapping in unison when Scott&Francesca turned back to the stage where they are banned 6- Francesca persuading Scott upon the choices they look forward to make beside the wire fences they walk through in the night

Strictly Ballroom is one of the best choices to watch and enjoy it with your beloved. It will keep you locked in a close embrace. It is also the best choice to start learning couples' dancing.

But, if you're looking for some silver screen accomplishment, which I mostly do for every movie I watched, there is only the noteworthy achievement of costume design. Directing-editing-screenplay are collaboratively proper since it is Baz Luhrmann's own project. I only disliked the sound editing.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

Australia | UK

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

12 February 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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:

$11,738,022
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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