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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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(short film "Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing and Charm School"), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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... Steve Mills
... Young Steve Mills / Samson
... Frank Keane
... Kip Kipling
Teresa Johnston ... Kate Collmary
Kellie Parker ... Young Lisa Gobar (as Kelley Parker)
... Tommy Tanksley (as Michael Ray Bower)
Chance Michael Corbitt ... Peter Jelliffe
Joshua Horowitz ... Kenny Dulin
Philip Perlman ... Civil Defense Man (as Phil Perlman)
Maria Parkinson ... Miss Parkinson
Karlyn Michelson ... Lucy (as Karlyn Hayley Michelson)
... Lisa Gobar
... Ayisha Lebaron
... 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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12 January 2006 (Netherlands)  »

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Un toque de seducción  »

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Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$92,668, 2 April 2006

Gross USA:

$247,141, 11 June 2006
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2.35 : 1
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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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In one scene, the entire adult dance class is waltzing to 4/4 music -- including the dance instructor. As noted above, waltz is in 3/4 time. 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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References The War Lover (1962) See more »

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Zip Gun Bop
(1991)
Written by Mando Dorame/Eddie Nichols
Published by Dorame Music (ASCAP)/Zip Gun Music (ASCAP)
Performed by Royal Crown Revue
Courtesy of Warner Brothers Records/Warner Strategic Marketing
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masterful mingling of narratives
18 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

The film's use of two voices relaying three narrative threads, artfully woven without confusion while maintaining audience interest and focus, could be used as a textbook for compound story structure. If the story hadn't been expanded from a short film thereby requiring this approach, I'd be heaping superlative praise on its inventiveness as well.

Entertaining, well-cast with excellent performances by its ensemble of seasoned character actors, and just quirky enough to offset its sometimes saccharin character, I think this will grow a deserved following when it airs on cable. A solid illustration of the possibility of 'charm' in contemporary cinema, it presented little violence beyond its illustration of an automobile accident site and the language of adolescent boys, and managed a passionate but never prurient love scene under cover of a liberal dusting of flour.

Enchanting!


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