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Mad About Mambo (2000)

PG-13 | | Comedy, 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.


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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 | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language | See all certifications »


Official Sites:



Ireland | UK



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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$61,663, 13 August 2000
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »


Mickey: Danny, you've nothin' in common with her. She's a rich bitch; you're just a poor bastard.
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One Night
Performed by The Corrs
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Soft about Samba?
15 August 2001 | by carolyn-31See all my reviews

Okay, so young Danny actually takes samba lessons (maybe they just couldn't find as good an alliteration) but apart from that, this isn't so bad. There's a John Hughes-y atmosphere about the proceedings (and Hughes gets a thanks in the credits) and while the characters are for the most part cartoony (the bullying snob of a boyfriend and his unbearable mother; the nouveau-riche dad who remembers his roots; the necessary line-up of goofy sidekicks - why do lead characters never have completely ordinary friends?), they are played with honesty and charm. The soundtrack is a nice mix of styles, from Cuban to Irish pop. But the climactic dance scene is poorly done; after seeing numerous "Dirty Dancing"-style montages of the characters practicing, and stumbling, and trying again, it would have been nice to see them in full glory as they present the results of their hard work. Instead, there's a jumble of quick editing and close-ups that make it hard to tell what they're doing. Still, a harmless and enjoyable chick flick.

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