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Save the Last Dance (2001)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music, Romance | 12 January 2001 (USA)
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A white midwestern girl moves to Chicago, where her new boyfriend is a black teen from the South Side with a rough, semi-criminal past.

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Thomas Carter

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Duane Adler (story), Duane Adler (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julia Stiles ... Sara
Sean Patrick Thomas ... Derek
Kerry Washington ... Chenille
Fredro Starr ... Malakai
Terry Kinney ... Roy
Bianca Lawson ... Nikki
Vince Green Vince Green ... Snookie
Garland Whitt ... Kenny
Elisabeth Oas ... Diggy
Artel Great ... Arvel (as Artel Jarod Walker)
Cory Stewart Cory Stewart ... Lip
Jennifer Anglin Jennifer Anglin ... Glynn
Dorothy Martin Dorothy Martin ... Momma Dean
Kim Tlusty Kim Tlusty ... Lindsay
Felicia Fields ... Woman on Train
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Storyline

Sara wants to be a ballerina, but her dreams are cut short by the sudden death of her mother. She moves in with her father, who she has not seen for a long time. He lives on the other side of town, in a predominantly Black neighborhood. She gets transferred to a new school where she is one of the few White students there. She becomes friends with Chenille, and later, falls in love with Chenille's brother, Derek. Written by Kara

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Taglines:

The Only Person You Need To Be Is Yourself.

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, sexual content, language and brief drug references | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 January 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pasión y baile See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,526,443, 14 January 2001

Gross USA:

$91,057,006

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$131,706,809
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

On Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003), Kerry Washington revealed that she saved her earnings from this film to buy her first laptop. See more »

Goofs

Large set lighting piece visible twice in Sarah's bedroom. Once, beginning of movie when she first arrives in Chicago. Again, very noticeably, when her father reveals the redecorated room. See more »

Quotes

Sara: You know Snook, you talk a lot of shit for someone who never says anything.
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Alternate Versions

The DVD features four deleted scenes:
  • Record Store: A scene after the first night at Steps. Snook tries to talk a girl and gets shot down. He gives Derek the last copy of a CD. Sara shops for some hip-hop CDs and flirts with Derek.
  • Jazz Club: Sara goes to see her father play.
  • Chenille's Apartment: Kenny and Chenille argue about their son and talk about their relationship before the baby.
  • Playground: Kenny and Chenille talk in a park.
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Connections

Featured in 2001 MTV Movie Awards (2001) See more »

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In for Cream
Written by Anthony President and Ainz Brainz Prasad (as Brainz Dimilo)
Performed by Presidential Campaign
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A very UNREAL and IDIOTIC film
29 January 2001 | by anthrokatttalesSee all my reviews

This movie went to see on a whim. When i viewed this picture, i thought to myself, i sure hope teenagers dont think life is really like this. The movie is alright as a movie to go and see, but anyone who thinks this movie is the best movie ever, should try looking into some other films,such as Citizen Kane.. and see what a true movie is. This movie is entertaining, but it is completely unreal. I'd like to see a white teen go into chicago and be a brother for one day.


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