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The Big Shot-Caller (2008)

Not Rated | | Drama | 28 February 2008 (USA)
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An inspiring New York City story about a lonely outsider who rediscovers his self-esteem through salsa dancing.


Marlene Rhein


Marlene Rhein





Cast overview, first billed only:
David Rhein David Rhein ... Jamie
Marlene Rhein ... Lianne
Laneya Wiles ... Elissa
Leslie Eva Glaser Leslie Eva Glaser ... Rebecca
Robert Costanzo ... Rudy
Rodney Lopez Rodney Lopez ... Dance Instructor
Mariana Parma Mariana Parma ... Dance Instructor
Natasha A. Williams Natasha A. Williams ... Carol
Maria Soccor ... Veronica Colucci
Paul Borghese ... Victor
Stephanie Bush Stephanie Bush ... Sandy
Phil La Rocco Phil La Rocco ... Big Mike
Johnny Solo ... Gino
John Marean John Marean ... Weasel
Aliya Yasmeen Aliya Yasmeen ... Giselle


As a child, Jamie Lesser watched 'Strictly Ballroom' ninety-seven times a day and dreamed of becoming a salsa dancer. But in 'real life', his social awkwardness, failed love life and severe near-sightedness got in his way. After insurmountable disappointments, he turns to his estranged sister, Lianne, a streetwise, self-proclaimed hip hop dancing dynamo, inspires him to follow his dream, reclaim his self-esteem and become what he was truly meant to be. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Sometimes you have to break down to break through.




Not Rated


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Release Date:

28 February 2008 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA


Box Office


$350,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Color (HDCAM)
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Special Recognition - Feel Good Film Festival/Indieflix. See more »


La Lucha
Written & Arranged by Julian Silva
Performed by La Excelencia
Courtesy of Handle With Care Productions, Inc., USA
Published by SilVaz Publishing (ASCAP)
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An underdog loner finds self-esteem in Salsa dancing and his sister's companionship
13 November 2010 | by carlitasway77See all my reviews

I caught this film last spring at the Quad Cinema when another film I was going to see was sold out. I'm so glad it worked out that way. What I came upon was a beautiful little indie about the power of believing in yourself. Beautifully shot and genuinely written, this film is about real life and real people. Everyone I was with could relate to the main character and his difficulty in connecting. A poetic, intelligent and sincere attempt at inspiring the everyday person, this lovely little narrative has hilarious moments and wonderful quirks that you just don't see in the plethora of superficial Hollywood movies. It moves slowly at the beginning, and is somewhat reminiscent of Godard's "Masculine Feminine." With the intermittent Spanish voice-over, it had that "foreign film" feeling with a modern edgy New York style. Basically, it was refreshing and unique. It is heartwarming and somewhat spiritual, in a down-to-earth way. I would have liked to see more Salsa dancing, but I delighted in the relationship between brother and sister.

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