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Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School (2005)

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A widowed man's life turns upside down when he embarks on a journey to find a dying man's long lost love.

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Randall Miller

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Randall Miller (short film "Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing and Charm School"), Randall Miller (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Goodman ... Steve Mills
Elden Henson ... Young Steve Mills / Samson
Robert Carlyle ... Frank Keane
Sean Astin ... Kip Kipling
Teresa Johnston Teresa Johnston ... Kate Collmary
Kelley Parker Kelley Parker ... Young Lisa Gobar
Michael Bower ... Tommy Tanksley (as Michael Ray Bower)
Chance Michael Corbitt ... Peter Jelliffe
Joshua Horowitz ... Kenny Dulin
Philip Perlman Philip Perlman ... Civil Defense Man (as Phil Perlman)
Maria Parkinson Maria Parkinson ... Miss Parkinson
Karlyn Michelson Karlyn Michelson ... Lucy (as Karlyn Hayley Michelson)
Camryn Manheim ... Lisa Gobar
Octavia Spencer ... Ayisha Lebaron
Marisa Tomei ... Meredith Morrison
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Storyline

Dance is a very powerful drug, if embraced judiciously; to reap its rewards, one must shoulder its challenges with intrepid countenance. Frank Keene, a grieving baker in a near catatonic state, happens on a car accident. The loquacious and insightful victim, Steve Mills, is on his way to an appointment in Pasadena with a years-ago acquaintance; he asks Frank to go in his place. It's a dance class. Frank goes, to find Steve's friend. The story moves back and forth among Steve's childhood, the scene of the accident, and the aftermath of Frank's first Lindy hop. Black eyes, group therapy, loneliness, boys being boys, roads not taken, and saying good-bye color the story. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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When destiny leads, love follows.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature situations and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 January 2006 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Un toque de seducción See more »

Filming Locations:

Eagle Rock, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$92,668, 2 April 2006

Gross USA:

$247,141, 11 June 2006
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Elden Henson played two parts in this film, one being Samson, the other as young Steve Mills. The flashbacks are from a 1990 short film of the same name and Elden played the role of Steve as a 12 year old boy. See more »

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When practicing the waltz, one boy counts off 1-2-3-4. The waltz is a three count. See more »

Quotes

Meredith Morrison: Cause I'm thinking I get 65% off on all excursions to the Iberian penninsula between September fifteenth and November first and I never have anyone to go with.
Frank Keane: I'll go with you.
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Merengue Pie
(2002)
Written by Scott Nickoley and Jamie Dunlap (as Ronald Dunlap)
Courtesy of One Music Library (ASCAP)/Jim Long Music (ASCAP)/Two Music Library (BMI)/First Digital Music (BMI)
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enjoyed this movie!
28 March 2006 | by carolepozSee all my reviews

saw it last nite at a complimentary screening. it was well worth seeing if only for robert carlyle's performance alone! he was absolutely extraordinary! i found mary steenburgen very affected, though, & was consciously aware that she was acting! i can't understand all the positive comments about her performance in this movie, though i absolutely adore her in other things (she was so great in joan of arcadia on TV, for example). i liked the interweaving of past & present & the way story lines played out & were connected eventually. it was well told. it integrated pathos with humor & had many unexpected touches. some of the acting was like caricature - e.g., donny wahlberg's, & i did not enjoy that type of aspect whenever it occurred. but on the whole i felt this was a well crafted film of value and substance. i'm glad i saw it.


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