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Strictly Ballroom (1992)

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A maverick dancer risks his career by performing an unusual routine and sets out to succeed with a new partner.


Baz Luhrmann


Baz Luhrmann (original idea), Baz Luhrmann (earlier screenplay) | 3 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 19 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Mercurio ... Scott Hastings
Tara Morice ... Fran
Bill Hunter ... Barry Fife
Pat Thomson ... Shirley Hastings
Gia Carides ... Liz Holt
Peter Whitford ... Les Kendall
Barry Otto ... Doug Hastings
John Hannan ... Ken Railings
Sonia Kruger Sonia Kruger ... Tina Sparkle
Kris McQuade ... Charm Leachman
Pip Mushin Pip Mushin ... Wayne Burns
Leonie Page Leonie Page ... Vanessa Cronin
Antonio Vargas ... Rico
Armonia Benedito Armonia Benedito ... Ya Ya
Jack Webster Jack Webster ... Terry


Scott Hastings is a champion caliber ballroom dancer, but much to the chagrin of the Australian ballroom dance community, Scott believes in dancing "his own steps". Fran is a beginning dancer and a bit of an ugly duckly who has the audacity to ask to be Scott's partner after his unorthodox style causes his regular partner to dance out of his life. Together, these two misfits try to win the Australian Pan Pacific Championships and show the Ballroom Confederation that they are wrong when they say, "there are no new steps!" Written by Rowena Young

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


There's something in the air. It might be love -- but it isn't. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language and sensuality | See all certifications »

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

12 February 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ballroom - Gara di ballo See more »


Box Office


AUD 3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

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Technical Specs


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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Tara MoriceTara Morice, who plays Fran, sings the female lyrics in the cover version of Time After Time that's in the film. See more »


During one of the dancing on the roof scenes, a crew member's head can be seen. See more »


[last lines]
Doug Hastings: Shall we dance?
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Crazy Credits

Preceding the end credits is the note: This film is dedicated to Ted Albert See more »


Referenced in 13 Reasons Why: Tape 3, Side A (2017) See more »


Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps
("Quizas, Quizas, Quizas")
Vocal by Doris Day
Written by Osvaldo Farrés
(c) Southern Music Publishing Co. Inc.
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Starts off just weird, but then becomes a fearless fairy tale romance!
22 July 2010 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

Strictly Ballroom (1992)

A campy, glossy, colorful, surprising fairy tale, total romance, lots of dancing, and inventive through and through. No, director Baz Luhmann has not pulled off another Moulin Rouge, which is a whole other order of invention and beauty, but this is his first movie, and it's filled with idealism. And some people to root for and to hiss against--you know, heroes and villains.

It could have been tightened up, no doubt--there are times when I was a little impatient even though they were dancing away. But mostly I was happy to watch and wait for the next step toward the big climax.

The two young leads, interestingly, came from nowhere (the perfectly named Paul Mercurio and the understated Tara Morice both in their first films). They've gone on to largely television careers, and in part you appreciate how much Luhmann gets from them. The highly stylized approach helps avoid a need for real acting, per se, but Mercurio in particular really rises to the occasion. The whole affair is Australian, and it feels bright and original the way some of fellow Aussie Peter Weir's films do, or in another sense, Peter Jackson.

If you can summon up any innocence and romance and go for what really clicks here, be swept up and love it.

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