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Save the Last Dance (2001)

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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

Writers:

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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$91,057,006

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$131,706,809
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film makers originally wanted to film at Mount Assisi Academy, an all-girls Catholic school in Lemont. When they asked the school if they could remove the religious decorations, the president of the school refused. See more »

Goofs

The first scene at Steppes has several shots of the dance floor that are from the final scene of the movie. You see Diggy in the pink pants and Nikkie in the black skirt as well as the individual dancers. See more »

Quotes

Snookie: I'm free Saturday night.
Chenille: Why, is your hand busy?
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Connections

Referenced in The Daily Show: Julia Stiles (2016) See more »

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So Special
by George Acogny, Darryl Phinnessee, Kamil Rustam, and Jess Willard III
Performed by The World Beaters featuring Jess Willard III, and Darryl Phinnessee
Produced by George Acogny and Kamil Rustam
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I loved it !!
10 April 2001 | by pri_eSee all my reviews

This made me want to dance, I thought that Julia Stiles and Sean Patrick Thomas had excellent chemistry and excellent moves. There were some stereotypes however involved, but nothing extreme that you could just sit there and point them out. I loved the music and I thought the clothes were kewl


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