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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.


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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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At one point while Randall (Donnie Wahlberg) is warming up obnoxiously, Evrin (the elderly man) turns to Frank and says Randall thinks he's Lord of the Dance but isn't even Irish. The Wahlbergs are actually prominently of Irish decent. 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 »

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Steve Mills: In 1962, Pez were cool, Zagnuts, Bombpops and Good-n-Plenty were very cool. The gum in baseball cards still tasted good. Kennedy was president then. Bay of Pigs, nuclear testing in Nevada, the Red Scare. McDonalds only had a million served. I was twelve-years-old and I hated girls more than liver. I mean they weren't good at the really important things. They always lost in the cafeteria hotdog eating contest. Tommy Tanksley, he could unhinge his mouth like a snake or something. And in rope ...
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References Men in War (1957) See more »

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Baile Fresco
(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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Beautiful and charming film
13 June 2005 | by se7en187See all my reviews

I caught this film at the Waterfront Film Festival in Saugatuck Michigan. Directed by Randall Miller and a star filled cast, this film was the best of the festival, and may be one of my favorites of the year. The film begins with baker Robert Carlyle driving down a deserted highway. He comes upon a stranger in a car wreck, played by John Goodman, and the two talk with each other, waiting for the ambulance to arrive. Goodman tells Carlyle of his planned reunion with his childhood love at the place mentioned in the title.

This beautiful film is wonderfully acted, with such stars as Marisa Tomei, Mary Steenburgen, Sean Astin, Donnie Wahlberg, David Paymer, and Ernie Hudson. I loved the story, I didn't realize you could do so much with such a simple outline. I loved the structure of the film, the way it was edited and shot. There were some very funny moments, very touching moments, and overall it's just a great experience. Some of the filmmakers showed up for the festival and had some great stories to tell. The movie was originally made 15 years ago as a short film of the same title, and a lot of the scenes from the short film are used in the feature as flashback scenes (I knew I saw Donkeylips from Salute Your Shorts).

I think with such an all-star cast and such a good story, this film will at least get release in major cities. So if you get the chance, check this movie out.


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