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Take the Lead (2006)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music | 7 April 2006 (USA)
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The real story of a dance teacher who believed in the talent of a group of problem kids.

Director:

Liz Friedlander

Writer:

Dianne Houston
1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Antonio Banderas ... Pierre Dulaine
Rob Brown ... Rock
Yaya DaCosta ... LaRhette
Alfre Woodard ... Augustine James
John Ortiz ... Mr. Temple
Laura Benanti ... Tina
Jonathan Malen ... Kurd
Jasika Nicole ... Egypt
Shawand McKenzie Shawand McKenzie ... Big Girl
Dante Basco ... Ramos
Elijah Kelley ... Danjou
Jenna Dewan ... Sasha
Marcus T. Paulk ... Eddie
Brandon D. Andrews Brandon D. Andrews ... Monster
Lauren Collins ... Caitlin
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Storyline

In New York, the polite dance instructor Pierre Dulaine sees a black teenager vandalizing the car of the director of a public school and on the next day he volunteers to teach dance to students to give respect, dignity, self-confidence, trust and teamwork. The reluctant director Augustine James offers the troublemakers that are in detention expecting Pierre to give-up of his intentions. Pierre struggles against the prejudice and ignorance of the students, parents and other teachers, but wins his battle when the group accepts to compete in a ballroom dance contest. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Never Follow.

Genres:

Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material, language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dance with Me See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,775,000, 9 April 2006

Gross USA:

$34,742,066

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$65,742,992
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Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Antonio Banderas and Laura Benanti, who both star in this film together, were previously on Broadway together in the 2003 Revival of Nine the Musical. Banderas received a Tony Award nomination for his role in this production. See more »

Goofs

In a lot of the scenes in the cellar in which they keep the bad students, a microphone that appears to be on a track shows in most of the shots. See more »

Quotes

Ramos: I'm so fly I can make anyone look good.
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Referenced in Studio C: Episode #2.10 (2013) See more »

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Lil' Abner
from The Notebook (2004)
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Surprisingly really good!
16 March 2006 | by DenebSee all my reviews

I just returned from seeing this film at a preview/test screening.

This film was much better than I had expected. The story brings to mind movies such as Mad Hot Ballroom or Dangerous Minds, but is different enough that it is able to stand on its own.

Overall I thought the acting was well done. The dancing was great (both the hip hop dancing and the ballroom). And while I am not a huge Antonio Banderas fan, I thought he was excellent, and I really liked him. He was able to be the star of the movie, but not the center of attention at all times. He looked good and seemed to provide a different element to what could have been the same old "help the inner city kids find hope" story.

The script and dialogue had nothing too cheesy or corny, which is usually found in "feel good" films, or movies about highschool students. There are plenty of funny parts, as well as enough drama and interesting character conflicts to keep everything interesting.

My only complaint was that the ending didn't seem to wrap up everything - there were some back story lines and issues that weren't resolved. But a few unanswered questions can sometimes be better than a cheesy, unbelievable ending where suddenly all is right in the world. I'll be curious to see if they make any changes before it is released in theatres.

I give it an 8 out of 10, because I was genuinely entertained.


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