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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 (Campbell) who's poised to become a principal performer.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Loretta 'Ry' Ryan
... Alberto Antonelli
... Josh
Barbara E. Robertson ... Harriet (as Barbara Robertson)
... Edouard
... Susie
Marilyn Dodds Frank ... Mrs. Ryan
John Lordan ... Mr. Ryan
... Stepmother
... Stepfather
... Justin's Mentor
Davis C. Robertson ... Alec - Joffrey Dancer (as Davis Robertson)
Deborah Dawn ... Deborah - Joffrey Dancer
John Gluckman ... John - Joffrey Dancer
David Gombert ... Justin - Joffrey Dancer
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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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Drama | Music | Romance

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

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20 May 2004 (Germany)  »

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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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Trivia

Robert Altman was initially not interested in doing a film set in the world of ballet, but his curiosity was piqued and he subsequently relented. See more »

Goofs

When Ry gets out of the bath behind the screen, it's clear she's wearing a body stocking. See more »

Quotes

Alberto Antonelli: Thinking about the motion isn't being the motion.
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Crazy Credits

After the closing credits begin rolling, the dancers continue to take their final bows, and the audience continues to applaud. See more »

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Referenced in Ti piace Hitchcock? (2005) See more »

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Lowdown Thing or Two
Written by Billy Boy Arnold (as William Arnold)
Performed by Billy Boy Arnold
Courtesy of Alligator Records
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The Blue Snake Bites
14 July 2004 | by See 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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