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Mad About Mambo (2000)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 14 July 2000 (Spain)
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A Catholic high school student, trying to perfect his soccer timing by practicing dance, falls in love with his dance partner.


John Forte


John Forte





Cast overview, first billed only:
William Ash ... Danny Mitchell
Maclean Stewart Maclean Stewart ... Mickey
Tim Loane ... Brother McBride
Russell Smith Russell Smith ... Gary
Joe Rea Joe Rea ... Spike
Brendan Morrissey Brendan Morrissey ... Referee 1
Inge Dorman Inge Dorman ... Hockey Goalie
Julian Littman Julian Littman ... Rudi Morelli
Daniel Caltagirone ... Carlos Rega
Alan McKee Alan McKee ... Frank Mallin
Terry Byrne Terry Byrne ... Gaelic Teacher
Aingeal Grehan Aingeal Grehan ... Mrs. Mitchell
Gavin O'Connor ... Seamus Mitchell
Brian Cox ... Sidney McLoughlin
Rosaleen Linehan Rosaleen Linehan ... Mrs. Burns


Danny Mitchell, a working-class Catholic high school student in West Belfast, Ireland, dreams of playing professional soccer, but first he has to perfect his timing. He starts taking dance classes, where he meets Lucy McCloughlin, an upper-crust Protestant, with whom he falls in love. Written by Anonymous

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Fall in love... With the beat.


Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


Was the last film to be released by Gramercy Pictures. See more »


In a bedroom scene, a cutaway to Spike shows him glaring up at Danny but wide shots show him concentrating on a drum he's banging. See more »


Sidney McLoughlin: You know, I knew a fella once, dreamt of bein' a pro footballer, just like you. He had talent, just like you. Maybe even could have made it, but he'll never know, 'cause he was scared. Wouldn't take a chance. Didn't take the risks. And do you know what? Even since then, he's taken every chance that's come his way. Took risks when everybody around him told him not ta, as if trying to make up for that decision all those years ago. Don't you make the same mistake that he did.
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One Night
Written by The Corrs (uncredited)
Performed by The Corrs
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pretty positive about it, reminded me of high school.. in a good way!!
19 May 2004 | by agnezfrankSee all my reviews

I don't know why everyone is so negative about this film. We just saw it on video and I really liked it. OK, so I don't know that much about dancing and what is what but apart from some cringe moments (like at the competition), I really really liked it!! Really good feel-good movie... My fav parts are when they dance in the pool and the final end dance.. ;o) He shows a lot of emotion and I guess it just brought me back to those highschool crushes.. those moments when it was just so.. wow... ;o)Really inspired us to take up dancing lessons again.. anyway, just a really fun feel-good movie and that fashion-concious friend was wonderful!! Maybe I just haven't been around enough Irish but I thought the accents were OK.. at least we could actually understand them!!

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Release Date:

14 July 2000 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Perfect Timing See more »

Filming Locations:

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$32,432, 6 August 2000

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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