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Strictly Ballroom
ID:
1993
Comments:
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Screenplay: Baz Luhrmann, Andrew Bovell, Craig Pearce
Producer: Antoinette Albert, Jane Scott, Tristram Miall
Cast: Paul Mercurio, Tara Morice, Bill Hunter, Pat Thomson, Gia Carides
Genre: Art House & International

Running Time: 94
Aspect Ratio:  1.85:1 (NTSC )
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: Spanish, French
Features:
Studio:  Miramax DVD Region:  1 PG
DVD Release:  Mar 2002 Discs:  1 (DVD) [$14.99]
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Reviews:  While the plot of this Australian film may seem a bit familiar ("The Ugly Duckling" meets "Dirty Dancing"), the whimsical tone and superb dance sequences will make you forget the movie's predictability. Scott (Paul Mercurio) is a champion ballroom dancer who wants to dance "his own steps." Fran is the homely, beginning dancer who convinces Scott that he should dance his own steps... with her. Complicating matters are Scott's domineering mother (Pat Thompson), a former dancer herself, who wants her son to win the Australian Pan Pacific Championship (the same contest she lost years ago), and a conniving dance committee that is determined that "there are no new steps!" The dancing is enjoyable, yet not overwhelming, and the movie strives hard not to take itself too seriously (the beginning of the film is even styled as a pseudo-documentary). "Strictly Ballroom," while not so subtly imparting its moral ("A life lived in fear is a life half-lived"), is a laughable romp that's sure to be a crowd pleaser. "--Jenny Brown"


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