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Ballet Shoes (2007)

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The story of three orphan girls (Pauline, Petrova, and Posy), adopted by an eccentric explorer, Great Uncle Matthew, and his niece Sylvia, in 1930s London.



(novel), (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sylvia Brown
... Nana
... Pauline Fossil
... Petrova Fossil
... Posy Fossil
... Great Uncle Matthew
... Mr. Simpson
... Theo Dane
... Dr. Jakes
... Dr. Smith
... Madame Fidolia
Heather Nicol ... Winifred Bagnall
... Miss Jay
Teresa Churcher ... Clara
... Young Sylvia


Pauline, Petrova, and Posy Fossil live with Sylvia Brown, their guardian. Money is tight and as the story opens, three boarders - a garage owner, a retired English professor, and a dance teacher - come to stay. Theo Dane, the dance teacher, has the girls accepted at her school by the formidable Madame, and the three go on the stage to help raise money. Each discovers her talents - Pauline as an actress, Petrova in fixing engines, and Posy as a dancer. Written by Hilary Caws-Elwitt

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Dreams do come true...


Drama | Family

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Rated PG for smoking | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 December 2007 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Baletni copatki  »

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1.78 : 1
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Was originally made for as a British TV-Movie, and aired on British Television in Christmas 2007, but got a theatrical release in the states. See more »


The evening before Petrova and Pauline's early morning audition, Nana says she can't make new dresses for them, because she has no fabric. Petrova offers to pay for new fabric, and so we see the girls attend the audition in their new dresses. But how did Nana have time to buy the fabric, fit and sew two dresses overnight? See more »


[Miss Jay meets Pauline and Winifred after their Alice auditions]
Miss Jay: Well done, you two. Right, Pauline is to play Alice
[pauses as girls gasp]
Miss Jay: and Winifred is to be engaged as understudy.
Pauline Fossil: [starts to say] What?
Winifred: [interrupts] When I finished my dance, people clapped! Nobody clapped her, there was just silence!
Miss Jay: Dance is important, but Pauline looks right for Alice.
Winifred: She looks right for everything, she always will!
[looks at Pauline and murmurs]
Winifred: Pretty face... blonde hair...
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Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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A joy to watch
27 December 2007 | by See all my reviews

This reminded me of the Sunday afternoon dramas that the BBC used to show when I was young. There was nothing to dislike about this; it had charm, an improbable story, over-the-top characters and a real feel of the period it was set in - the thirties.

There were lots of familiar faces; it was good to see Peter Bowles back on TV and anything with Victoria Wood has to be good. Emma Watston sustained the reputation she built up in the Harry Potter films - she is definitely going to be a big-name actress in the future. My personal accolade of Best Actress, however, went to Yasmin Paige who played Petrova, the girl who wants to be the aviator. You heard it here first folks - she is going to be a famous actress - and I'm not even her mother!

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