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Musical Chairs (2011)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 24 September 2011 (USA)
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When, Mia, a dance teacher, lands in the hospital after an accident, Armando, a would-be dancer who admires her from afar, persuades her to train for an upcoming wheelchair ballroom dancing contest.

Director:

Susan Seidelman

Writer:

Marty Madden
6 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Leah Pipes ... Mia
E.J. Bonilla ... Armando
Priscilla Lopez ... Isabel
Jaime Tirelli ... Bernardo
Laverne Cox ... Chantelle
Nelson Landrieu Nelson Landrieu ... Wilfredo
Angelic Zambrana ... Rosa
Morgan Spector ... Kenny
Philip Willingham Philip Willingham ... Daniel
Auti Angel ... Nicky
Jerome Preston Bates Jerome Preston Bates ... Jimmy
Joey Dedio ... Chico
Dominic Colón ... Julio (as Dominic Colon)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joseph Basile Joseph Basile ... Car Accident Witness
Tommy Bayiokos ... Ballroom Dancer
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Storyline

A romantic tale of two New Yorkers, Armando Ortiz, from the Bronx, and Mia Franklin, from the Upper East Side, and their unlikely meeting. The story tells how the two of them come together through their love of ballroom dancing. Mia is a beautiful and vivacious professional dancer. Armando works at the midtown Manhattan dance studio in exchange for lessons and fantasizes of a time when he will dance with Mia. But a tragic accident forever changes Mia's life. True to his heart, Armando dedicates himself, along with a group of colorful misfits, to help Mia overcome her painful challenges and dance once more. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

Everybody dances to their own beat.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language, some sexual material and a brief drug reference | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 September 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dança das Cadeiras See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,092, 25 March 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$31,478, 19 April 2012
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

(2013) Won six awards at the Massachusetts Independent Film Festival, including Best Feature, Best Actress in a Feature (Leah Pipes), and Best Supporting Actress in a Feature (Laverne Cox). See more »

Quotes

Armando: [about the wheelchair ballroom dancing competition] So, if we decide to do this, we have six weeks. That's six weeks to get into shape, to learn new routines. So, I don't know; what do you guys think?
Kenny: [sullen] I don't know, man.
Chantelle: Honey, I'm in it to win it.
Armando: Right, so every wheelchair dancer's gonna need an able bodied partner.
Kenny: Yeah, man, where are we gonna get one of those?
Armando: Well, it just so happens, I may have a few volunteers.
[a montage set to the Debelah Morgan song "Dance With Me" follows]
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Connections

Referenced in Push Girls: Watch Me (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Lucha Por La Patria
Performed and Written by Coati Mundi Hernandez
Produced by Coati Mundi and Willie Martinez
Courtesy of Coati Mundi Productions and Rainbowphonic Music
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very original, inspiring movie!
10 November 2011 | by yewtsSee all my reviews

I saw this film at the Woodstock Film Festival. Before I saw it, the whole premise of the movie sounded rather implausible to make a great film. But the director, Susan Seidelman surprises you every steps of the way. The amazing ensemble cast and funny jokes keep you entertained. And the film has some of the best dancing scenes in the recent years. I am not going to spoil it here, but you'll be surprised! The main character Armando, played by E.J.Bonilla is not only a great actor, but he has a charisma that carries the film. It's a story that could be easily turned into a soap opera, but Musical Chairs avoids every sentimentality and still keeps it emotional. In the end, the film is very uplifting. A beautiful film!


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