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Dance with Me (1998)

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Young Cuban Rafael just buried his mother, and comes to Houston to meet his father John for the first time. The difficult part is that John doesn't know he is Rafael's father. John runs a ... See full summary »

Director:

Randa Haines

Writer:

Daryl Matthews
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vanessa Williams ... Ruby Sinclair
Chayanne ... Rafael Infante
Kris Kristofferson ... John Burnett
Joan Plowright ... Bea Johnson
Jane Krakowski ... Patricia
Beth Grant ... Lovejoy
Harry Groener ... Michael
William Marquez William Marquez ... Stefano
Scott Paetty Scott Paetty ... Steve
Rick Valenzuela Rick Valenzuela ... Julian Marshall
Chaz Oswill Chaz Oswill ... Peter
Liz Curtis Liz Curtis ... Kim
Bill Applebaum Bill Applebaum ... Don Harrington
Angelo Pagán ... Cuban Mailman (as Angelo Pagan)
Victor Marcel Victor Marcel ... Fernando
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Young Cuban Rafael just buried his mother, and comes to Houston to meet his father John for the first time. The difficult part is that John doesn't know he is Rafael's father. John runs a dance studio, and everyone prepares for the World Open Dance championship in Las Vegas. It soon becomes clear Rafael is a very good dancer, and Ruby is the biggest hope for the studio at the championship. Written by Anonymous

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A story of hearts in motion. See more »

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Drama | Romance | Music

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

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 August 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shut Up and Dance See more »

Filming Locations:

Dominican Republic See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,507,663, 23 August 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$15,814,088, 18 October 1998
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Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Rick Valenzuela, who plays Julian Marshall in the film, is a professional Latin dancer and designed Vanessa Williams' dance costume for the championship scene. See more »

Goofs

After Rafael and Ruby come home from dancing and the sprinklers come on the first steps that Rafael take, puddles of water are already visible under his feet. See more »

Quotes

Rafael Infante: You need to talk to me?
Ruby Sinclair: I don't wonna be in love.
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Referenced in Na Tum Jaano Na Hum (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Romántica mujer
Written by Cachao (as Israel López 'Cachao') and Juanito Márquez
Performed by Cachao
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Excellent dance film a throwback
15 February 1999 | by SKG-2See all my reviews

The old dance films of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, and Gene Kelly, may have been a technical marvel, but they also understood that dancing was a form of communication, of things left unsaid. This film fits right in with that tradition, though of course it's using more modern dances, but I think Astaire would look at the chemistry between Chayanne and Williams when they're dancing, and approve. You can tell director Randa Haines is a fan of the dancing the way she lovingly photographs it, and gives all the dancers a chance to shine, especially during the long dance scene at the club. She's also the first director who really gives Williams a chance to cut loose and show her talent. I don't know much about Chayanne, but he's good too.

So the plot isn't much. Who watches musicals just for the plot? And actually, I liked how they handled certain aspects, like the dance competition and how Chayanne and Williams resolve their feelings for one another without even dancing together. The only real criticism I have is the movie is a little too long, but that's only a quibble.


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