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The Company (2003)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music, Romance | 20 May 2004 (Germany)
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Ensemble drama centered around a group of ballet dancers, with a focus on one young dancer who's poised to become a principal performer.

Director:

Robert Altman

Writers:

Neve Campbell (story), Barbara Turner (story) | 1 more credit »
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Neve Campbell ... Loretta 'Ry' Ryan
Malcolm McDowell ... Alberto Antonelli
James Franco ... Josh
Barbara E. Robertson ... Harriet (as Barbara Robertson)
William Dick ... Edouard
Susie Cusack ... Susie
Marilyn Dodds Frank Marilyn Dodds Frank ... Mrs. Ryan
John Lordan John Lordan ... Mr. Ryan
Mariann Mayberry ... Stepmother
Roderick Peeples ... Stepfather
Yasen Peyankov ... Justin's Mentor
Davis C. Robertson Davis C. Robertson ... Alec - Joffrey Dancer (as Davis Robertson)
Deborah Dawn Deborah Dawn ... Deborah - Joffrey Dancer
John Gluckman John Gluckman ... John - Joffrey Dancer
David Gombert David Gombert ... Justin - Joffrey Dancer
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Storyline

An inside look at the world of ballet. With the complete cooperation of the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Altman follows the stories of the dancers, whose professional and personal lives grow impossibly close, as they cope with the demands of a life in the ballet. Campbell plays a gifted but conflicted company member on the verge of becoming a principal dancer at a fictional Chicago troupe, with McDowell the company's co-founder and artistic director, considered one of America's most exciting choreographers. Franco plays Campbell's boyfriend and one of the few characters not involved in the world of dance. Written by Andrea Barney <andrea808@hotmail..com>

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Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 on appeal for brief strong language, some nudity and sexual content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 2004 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

A Companhia See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$93,776, 28 December 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,281,585, 9 May 2004
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS (8 channels)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Altman shot 10 ballets in full specially for the film. See more »

Goofs

At about 1h 45m into the film, during the curtain call, those dancers were standing at different positions from different angles. Watch for the two men who were wearing blue and red bodysuits, they were standing at different places. See more »

Quotes

Alberto Antonelli: Hit the wall! I want you to move!
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The title is not shown until the end of the opening credits. See more »

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Lowdown Thing or Two
Written by Billy Boy Arnold (as William Arnold)
Performed by Billy Boy Arnold
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The Blue Snake Bites
14 July 2004 | by chetleySee all my reviews

I'm no dance critic, but. . . I was very disappointed with the choice of "The Blue Snake" as the ultimate and climactic "number" in "The Company". To me, it really stood out as the least interesting and most cliched of all the dances in the film. Those outrageous costumes! That "Ice Capades" choreography! Altman & Co. really ought to have chosen a piece that would have shown the Joffrey's more adventuresome side.

I went into this film knowing that it was a "dance movie" with minimal storyline, and I was still disappointed. It's not a good sign when I start looking at my watch halfway through a film. It doesn't bother me that a "dance film" eschews the Melodrama of "The Turning Point" or "A Chorus Line." But "The Company" also eschews Interest! There was basically nothing to "hang onto" outside the dance sequences. Only Ry (Neve Campbell's character) was given any appreciable screentime, and aside from a few quiet moments, she wasn't given very much to do.

Okay, I admit that I liked one dramatic scene a lot: a flirtatious moment between Ry and Josh - the chef who looks like a male model - which takes place in a dive bar. There should have been more scenes like that.

I rate the film a 6 - dramatically disappointing, while the quality of the dance sequences varies from sublime to ridiculous.


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