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Torrance Rises (1999)

A mockumentary chronicling the Torrance Community Dance Group (from Fatboy Slim's "Praise You" video) on their road to the MTV Video Music Awards.

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Lance Bangs, Spike Jonze (as Richard Coufey) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Spike Jonze ... Richard Coufey (as Richard Coufey)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michelle Adams-Meeker Michelle Adams-Meeker ... Herself
Ashley Barnett Ashley Barnett ... Herself
Dee Buchanan Dee Buchanan ... Herself
Roman Coppola ... Himself
Sofia Coppola ... Herself
Eminem ... Himself
Fatboy Slim ... Himself
Alvin Gaines-Molina Alvin Gaines-Molina ... Himself
Janeane Garofalo ... Herself
Michael Gier ... Himself
Renee Harbek Renee Harbek ... Herself (as Renee Diamond)
Richard Koufey Richard Koufey ... Himself
Byron S. Loyd Byron S. Loyd ... Himself
Allison Lynch Allison Lynch ... Herself
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A mockumentary chronicling the Torrance Community Dance Group (from Fatboy Slim's "Praise You" video) on their road to the MTV Video Music Awards.

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USA

Language:

English

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6 March 2012 (Canada) See more »

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This documentary is featured on the DVD for The Work of Director Spike Jonze (2003). See more »

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Features 1999 MTV Video Music Awards (1999) See more »

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Inspiring
19 October 2004 | by Harry_Lime04See all my reviews

Every once and a while in this world of cynicism and cruelty, a dreamer rises through and brings his courageous message to the masses. "Torrence Rises" chronicles one such occasion. Through sheer determination and a little bit of luck, Richard Koufay leads his dance troupe from small town Torrence, California to the Metropolitain Opera in New York City for the MTV music awards. A former New Yorker himself, Koufay uses the dance skills he learned on the street and blends it with expressive dance to form a beautiful dance but with attitude! After preforming in malls and other venues, Koufay and the Torrence Community Dance Group get the chance of a life time: To preform in the Fatboy Slim video "Praise You". The documentary begins when the group learns of the videos nomination for numerous awards, as well as their invitation to perform on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York.

The movie chronicles the groups preparation for the performance. I was just about in tears when they preform on stage to the applause of the entire audience.

A heart-warming film that gives hope to those in small towns who wish only to escape and do their thing! As Richard says when accepting the award for Best Choreography, "This is for Torrence!"


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