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Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School (2005)

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A widowed man's life turns upside down when he embarks on a journey to find a dying man's long lost love.

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Randall Miller

Writers:

Randall Miller (short film "Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing and Charm School"), Randall Miller (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Goodman ... Steve Mills
Elden Henson ... Young Steve Mills / Samson
Robert Carlyle ... Frank Keane
Sean Astin ... Kip Kipling
Teresa Johnston Teresa Johnston ... Kate Collmary
Kelley Parker ... Young Lisa Gobar
Michael Bower ... Tommy Tanksley (as Michael Ray Bower)
Chance Michael Corbitt ... Peter Jelliffe
Joshua Horowitz ... Kenny Dulin
Philip Perlman ... Civil Defense Man (as Phil Perlman)
Maria Parkinson Maria Parkinson ... Miss Parkinson
Karlyn Michelson Karlyn Michelson ... Lucy (as Karlyn Hayley Michelson)
Camryn Manheim ... Lisa Gobar
Octavia Spencer ... Ayisha Lebaron
Marisa Tomei ... Meredith Morrison
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Storyline

Dance is a very powerful drug, if embraced judiciously; to reap its rewards, one must shoulder its challenges with intrepid countenance. Frank Keene, a grieving baker in a near catatonic state, happens on a car accident. The loquacious and insightful victim, Steve Mills, is on his way to an appointment in Pasadena with a years-ago acquaintance; he asks Frank to go in his place. It's a dance class. Frank goes, to find Steve's friend. The story moves back and forth among Steve's childhood, the scene of the accident, and the aftermath of Frank's first Lindy hop. Black eyes, group therapy, loneliness, boys being boys, roads not taken, and saying good-bye color the story. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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When destiny leads, love follows.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature situations and language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 January 2006 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Un toque de seducción See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$92,668, 2 April 2006

Gross USA:

$349,132

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$410,602
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Elden Henson played two parts in this film, one being Samson, the other as young Steve Mills. The flashbacks are from a 1990 short film of the same name and Elden played the role of Steve as a 12 year old boy. See more »

Goofs

In one scene, the entire adult dance class is waltzing to 4/4 music -- including the dance instructor. As noted above, waltz is in 3/4 time. See more »

Quotes

Marienne Hotchkiss: Dance is a very powerful drug Mr. Keane. If embraced judiciously, it can exorcise demons, access deep seated emotions and color your life in joyous shades of brilliant magenta that you never knew existed. But, one must shoulder its challenges with intrepid countenance if one is ever to reap its rewards.
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Connections

References Hellcats of the Navy (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Over the Rainbow
(1939)
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Courtesy of EMI Feist Catalog, Inc.
Performed by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole (as Israel 'Iz' Kamakawiwo'ole)
Courtesy of Big Boy Records Company/The Mountain Apple Company, Hawaii
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A great movie about human feelings
18 July 2006 | by dgcaseySee all my reviews

Being a ballroom dancer this was pretty much a "required viewing." It was a little different from what I expected, but it was still worth the time. I've read the feelings of a lot of dancers who have rated this movie lower than I did. I would guess that they come by their opinions based on the fact that dancing to them, is a competition sport and that's how they always look at it. My feeling towards dancing would probably be more in line with those of Mary Ann Hotchkiss and Mr. Keane. "Dance is a very powerful drug Mr. Keane. If embraced judiciously, it can exorcise demons, access deep seated emotions and color your life in joyous shades of brilliant magenta that you never knew existed. But, one must shoulder its challenges with intrepid countenance if one is ever to reap its rewards." Get this movie, curl up on the couch with your honey and enjoy a very nice, sweet movie about searching for, and finding reasons for going on, even when life seems so pointless.


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