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Fancy Dancing (2002)

Thirty year old Torontonian Asa Gemmill loves movie musicals of the 1930s and 1940s, especially little known Canadian movies starring Mar Stoddart, who he views as the Canadian Fred Astaire... See full summary »

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Brock Simpson

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Priestley ... Asa Gemmill
Tanya Allen ... Karen
Ewen Bremner ... Bernard Schiff
Dave Thomas ... Uncle Billy Gemmill
Dave Foley ... Nat Porter
Deborah Odell ... Charity
Connor Price ... Michael Pelham
Jack Duffy Jack Duffy ... Stan
Joyce Campion Joyce Campion ... Peg
Dan Chameroy Dan Chameroy ... Mar Stoddart
Stephanie Graham Stephanie Graham ... Doreen Gaynor
Clinton Walker Clinton Walker ... Randall Keenan Forbes
Naomi Gaskin ... Roxie Nightingale
Norma Edwards Norma Edwards ... Nana
Tracy Dawson ... Funny Singer
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Thirty year old Torontonian Asa Gemmill loves movie musicals of the 1930s and 1940s, especially little known Canadian movies starring Mar Stoddart, who he views as the Canadian Fred Astaire, and his regular partner Doreen Gaynor, most specifically one called "Fancy Dancing". He is irresponsible in the way he lives his life - living in the seedy Winchester Hotel where Stoddart once performed and where they still play big band and jazz standards, rooming with a fellow Scot named Schiff who is only understandable with subtitles, sleeping during the day, and trying to bed all the hotel club's aspiring Doreen Gaynors at night - at least in the eyes of his ex-wife, Charity, who he still loves. Charity threatens to cut off his access to their infant son Michael unless he gets his act together. Through an intervention, Asa ends up going to work at his Uncle Billy's small advertising agency. Although the nine to five life isn't for him, which isn't helped working under the supervision of anal ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Musical

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Country:

UK | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 October 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Au rythme de l'amour See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

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2.35 : 1
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Life's A Cabaret For Jason
24 May 2009 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Watching this Canadian film starring Jason Priestley with its north of the border cast I kept thinking how did Johnny Depp let this one slip by? The character of Asa Gemmill, a man who is a womanizing deadbeat dad who lives in a nostalgia world, but still maintains his likability seemed like a perfect fit for the quirky characters Johnny Depp loves to bring to the screen.

Still in Fancy Dancing Jason Priestley does a fine job in those two toned shoes that he sings and dances in. I have a soft spot in my heart for this film, it features the kind of music and entertainment that I like. And now that I'm retired I can listen and watch it all day long as Priestley does. But I had to work for over 30 years for New York State to have that leisure time.

And as a thirty something Priestley just hasn't grasped the fact that you've got to have work time to enjoy the play time. So Dave Thomas brings him into his advertising agency thinking maybe this is a place he might be useful.

For myself I certainly loved the music that writer/director Brock Simpson also wrote for this film. It sounded so period, I kept trying to think of where I might have heard it before. I do pride myself on my knowledge of these popular songs and only in the end did I learn there was a good reason I couldn't identify with them.

Priestley's best scenes are with his young son played by Connor Price, the two have a good chemistry together.

Fancy Dancing was a nice piece of entertainment from Canada and is in the running as the best Johnny Depp film, Johnny Depp never made.


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