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High Strung (2016)

PG | | Drama, Music, Romance | 8 April 2016 (USA)
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When a hip hop violinist busking in the New York subway encounters a classical dancer on scholarship at the Manhattan Conservatory of the Arts, sparks fly. With the help of a hip hop dance ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Keenan Kampa ... Ruby
Nicholas Galitzine ... Johnnie
Sonoya Mizuno ... Jazzy
Jane Seymour ... Oksana
Richard Southgate ... Kyle
Paul Freeman ... Kramrovsky
Marcus Emanuel Mitchell ... Hayward (as Marcus Mitchell)
Maia Morgenstern ... Markova
Anabel Kutay Anabel Kutay ... April
John Silver John Silver ... Krispy
Ian Eastwood Ian Eastwood ... Rik
Comfort Fedoke ... Poptart
Corinne Holt Corinne Holt ... Jett
Lorenzo Cammarota Lorenzo Cammarota ... Tiptoe
Tom Russell Tom Russell ... Jaxson


When a hip hop violinist busking in the New York subway encounters a classical dancer on scholarship at the Manhattan Conservatory of the Arts, sparks fly. With the help of a hip hop dance crew they must find a common ground while preparing for a competition that could change their lives forever. Written by Anonymous

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See the music. Hear the dance.


Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some thematic elements and mild language | See all certifications »

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Romania | USA



Release Date:

8 April 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Free Dance See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »


Box Office

Gross USA:

$45,255, 10 April 2016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,000,000, 13 January 2017
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Michael Damien,the director of the film appears in one of the scenes where Johnny is busking on the subway.He is seen throwing money in the basket and complimenting Johnny's music while Johnny seems ungrateful and he sarcastically tells Johnny"you're welcome" as if Johnny thanked him See more »


Johnnie: [Dancing tango] Yes, I've been humble since our last meeting which I want to apologize for.
Ruby: You don't have to do that; I was being pushy, when I don't even know you.
Johnnie: [Pulls her close] Do you want to?
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Performed by Ian Mohr & Hope Stroupe
(P) & © 2016 High Strung LLC
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Not bad at all once you get pass the fact that all the kids are annoying stereotypes
10 April 2016 | by subxerogravitySee all my reviews

High Strung was not the movie I planed to see, but the projector was broken on the movie I paid money for and I had limited options, so I gave it a try thinking the movie was this generation's version of Fame, but it looks and feels more like a spin-off of the Step-Up Franchise.

First off, I really need to vent on how ticked I was that they thought Romania was a good replacement for Manhattan. This vent is actually important to the film's content cause as unrealistic as it is to see young and poor college students living in a Loft that looks like it cost 500 dollars a minute to live in, it really annoys me that this is suppose to be the poor rough section of Manhattan. I would not want any upcoming dancers to see this movie filled with stock footage of New York Landscapes inter cut with Eastern European streets and be inspired to come to the city and find the same thing.

One of the lead characters named Johnny Blackwell is a Brit who was inspired to come to New York to be a violinist. This character was kind of lame. He was a pretty white boy with a chip on his soldier who wanted to bring the Violin into contemporary times, as if though no one has ever done that before, His Edgy attitude made no sense for a dude living in such a seller loft in Manhattan.

Maybe it was the Multi ethic dance troop he live above that ticked him off. These cats were living and breathing dance. The only character that did not annoy me when she first came on the screen was Johnny's love interest, a good girl ballerina similar to Julia Styles in Save the Last Dance, who is at an art school in Manhattan on a dance scholarship. They were smart to keep whatever background on the character short, because the little I knew the more I like.

Then came the point in the film when a "dangerous" street gang got into a break dance battle with a group of New York city Construction workers, and that's when I realized, I'm taking this movie far too seriously.

I realized that all I'm doing is watching a large dance recital being composed with string instruments, just like the recital at the end of the movie, which Johnny enters at the end of the film to use the cash money to stay in the country. Once I got that into my head I began to enjoy the movie for what it was.

It was fun to watch the dance numbers, this combination of ballet and modern dance, once again the concept is not original, but they had some cool dance routines going on.

I wish I could say that I loved the sting instrument part as much as I loved the dancing, but more so, I really respect that High Strung seemed to use more original composing than contemporary radio hits, which is far better.

So in the end, I could not help but to laugh out loud in my seat at the Archetype characters (They even had the spoiled little rich girl with dark hair who hated the blonde good girl and the preppy White dude who thought he was better than "street hood" white boy because he had money (did I mention Johnny has a cute little beauty mark on top of his puffy lips?), but the main focus is on the dancing mixed with the music, and that was enjoyable

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