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The Last Dance (2000)

PG | | Drama | TV Movie 29 October 2000
Maureen O'Hara plays a retired school teacher whose past we learn about after she befriends one of her former students, Todd Cope.


Kevin Dowling


Todd F. Cope (based on "The Shift" by), Beth Polson (television story) | 1 more credit »
2 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Maureen O'Hara ... Helen Parker
Eric Stoltz ... Todd Cope
Trini Alvarado ... Denise Cope
Charles Robinson ... Ned (as Charlie Robinson)
Paul Johansson ... Charlie Parker
Deirdre Quinn ... Young Helen Parker
Matt Weinberg ... Alex Cope
Channing Carson ... Jill Cope
Lauren Birkell ... Ariel
Josh Hammond Josh Hammond ... Steve
Miranda Gibson Miranda Gibson ... Anna
Cooper Thornton ... Sean (as Ray Thornton)
Jerry Hauck ... Vendor
Raymond Guth Raymond Guth ... Mr. Pullman
Betty Carvalho Betty Carvalho ... Mrs. Martinez


Maureen O'Hara plays a retired school teacher whose past we learn about after she befriends one of her former students, Todd Cope.

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A retired teacher in need of a friend. A former student in need of guidance. Together, they discover that life is a lesson you learn by heart.




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Release Date:

29 October 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Última Dança See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

The Polson Company See more »
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This is Maureen O'Hara's final acting role. See more »

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Speaking of aging spectacularly
20 October 2006 | by 17268See all my reviews

Maureen O'Hara was one of the most spectacular beauties in Hollywood history. When she made "The Last Dance," she was 82--and still a stunning woman. Because many of her films were action films and westerns, it's easy to forget that O'Hara was also an excellent actress. Here she plays a retired Latin teacher--yes, Latin was once taught in public schools, folks--who reconnects with a former student who is now a male nurse. The plot is reminiscent of "Good Morning, Miss Dove," with Jennifer Jones, another beauty who has aged well.

The former student keeps an eye on the teacher when she leaves the hospital, and soon his family (wife and two children) becomes involved as well. The plot is interesting, and the movie is well-written and very well-acted by the cast. What could easily slide into bathos is genuinely moving as the film gradually reveals via well-integrated flashbacks the teacher's life, past as well as present. A bus trip and a day at the beach are extremely well-done.

"The Last Dance" is one of those films that really has to be seen to be appreciated; it's very quietly done but beautifully realized. When you watch O'Hara, think about what most of the current crop of "actresses" will look like and what their performances will be like when they are in their eighties--if any of them manage to maintain a career past the age of thirty.

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