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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.

Director:

Randall Miller

Writers:

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 ... Young Lisa Gobar
Michael Bower ... Tommy Tanksley (as Michael Ray Bower)
Chance Michael Corbitt ... Peter Jelliffe
Josh Horowitz ... Kenny Dulin (as Joshua Horowitz)
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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Trivia

The flashback scenes are taken from the short film Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School (1990). See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Meredith Morrison: You're a good man Frank Keane.
Frank Keane: I did it as much for me as for Randall. One thing bothers me though.
Meredith Morrison: What.
Frank Keane: What color is magenta?
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Connections

References The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
(1932)
Music by George Bassman
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Produced by Mark Adler
Courtesy of EMI Mills Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
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Worth forming your own opinion about
11 July 2006 | by turningwormSee all my reviews

This movie was savaged by every critic on earth, which pretty much confirmed my opinion that critics are all stupid. Yeah, it was kinda' sappy, but I thought it worked for the film. Contrary to many reviews, I thought John Goodman's performance was excellent. The ensemble cast carried the movie well. It wasn't "Becket", but it was totally watchable. You have to pay pretty close attention. They don't whack you over the head with exposition the way some films do. The one thing I will say is that there are a few plot and character elements that just seem to be thrown in there for no apparent reason. If you can get past that, the movie makes it's points well and clearly, if not completely originally.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 January 2006 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School See more »

Filming Locations:

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:

$349,132

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$410,602
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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