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Bootmen (2000)

Charismatic tap dancing Sean tries to find a way out of working at the steel mill. When failure brings him home he starts his own dance group wearing hardhats. He must then find inspiration in the steel mill he once tried to escape.


Dein Perry


Steve Worland (story), Hilary Linstead (story) | 2 more credits »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vaughan Sheffield Vaughan Sheffield ... Young Sean
Christian Patterson Christian Patterson ... Young Mitchell
Lisa Perry Lisa Perry ... Sean & Mitchell's Mother
Sam Worthington ... Mitchell
Adam Garcia ... Sean Odken
Bruce Venables Bruce Venables ... Williams
William Zappa ... Walter
Catherine Ajaka Catherine Ajaka ... Walter's Tap Class
Luke Alleva Luke Alleva ... Walter's Tap Class
Kurt Bardrick Kurt Bardrick ... Walter's Tap Class
Danika Beckett Danika Beckett ... Walter's Tap Class
Angela Blake ... Walter's Tap Class
Sam Buckley Sam Buckley ... Walter's Tap Class
Steve Coppin Steve Coppin ... Walter's Tap Class
Michael Edge Michael Edge ... Walter's Tap Class


Born charmer Sean Okden gave up tap-dancing when he started working in the steel mill, but as that's going down the hill he grabs his chance being the only candidate in his coastal Australian home town Newcastle selected for a Sidney show. Being sacked soon just for a row with the arrogant lead dancer, he returns to find his girlfriend in bed with his brother Mitchell, and decides to start his own tap-dance group wearing hardhats, which he soon gives an original edge when the steel mill inspires him to weld metal on their shoes and dance on industrial steel, so it the metallic acoustics fit well with a local rock group. Financing their local debut is so expensive, even when the mill allows them free us of its premises -opening some acrobatic perspectives- while even his father won't allow him to touch his mother's inheritance for the project, that the 'Bootmen' need to steal the cheerleaders' podium in a televised sports match to get media attention. Sean generously helps his brother ... Written by KGF Vissers

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


When you don't know your next step... improvise.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some violence and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »



USA | Australia



Release Date:

5 October 2000 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Bakancstánc See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,133, 8 October 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$21,172, 15 October 2000
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


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Filmed in Newcastle. New South Wales, Australia See more »


Huey: You wanna work with me, you stay outta my fucking business, alright?
Mitchell: Yep.
Huey: Good.
Mitchell: Well, I don't work for you no more, you arse-wipe!
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Written by Phil Jamieson, Pat Davern' and Joe Hansen
Performed by Grinspoon
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Great dancing. Pity about the story.
1 October 2002 | by nick suessSee all my reviews

Yes, I thought the dancing was awesome. Just a pity to have to sit through such a tedious and poorly thought-out non-story to enjoy those few minutes of it.

Nothing fitted. Nothing added up. Sean set off from Newcastle to Sydney like he was going to the end of the world, when it's a journey he would do on his motorbike in well under the running time of the movie. He's landed a part performing in the chorus of a big dance show there - his big break towards stardom. Does his beloved Linda drive down in that fast sports car of hers to see him on opening night? No, she sits at home by the phone waiting for him to ring. Aaaaaaaaaaah! Sophie Lee as bimbo extraordinaire! Guess all she had to do was act naturally.

But it was all part of a plot that was totally pathetic. Just not credible. Right from the start of the movie the horrid nasty baddy and his gang of thugs had been in an escalating crime war with Mitch as their sole adversary. And this ends with a scene on a high overhead gantry with the baddie drawing a vicious knife and trying to gut the unarmed Mitch like a fish. Yet he is apparently horrified, remorseful even, when Mitch falls to his death in trying to escape him.

"Strictly Ballroom" wove a plot that had lots of elements of fantasy, but beautifully depicted them thus amidst the sequins and glitter. That was why it was able to succeed so very well as a dance movie with a story to tell and a tearjerker happy ending. "Bootmen" couldn't or wouldn't leave for single second the grim reality of its harsh meanstreets and decaying heavy industry backdrop, and asked us to accept strictly at face value a story that was just woefully full of holes. 1 point for the plot, 5 for the dancing. Total 6/10

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