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Shall We Dance (2004)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 15 October 2004 (USA)
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A romantic comedy where a bored, overworked Estate Lawyer, upon first sight of a beautiful instructor, signs up for ballroom dancing lessons.

Director:

Peter Chelsom

Writers:

Masayuki Suo, Audrey Wells (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Gere ... John Clark
Jennifer Lopez ... Paulina
Susan Sarandon ... Beverly Clark
Lisa Ann Walter ... Bobbie
Stanley Tucci ... Link
Anita Gillette ... Miss Mitzi
Bobby Cannavale ... Chic
Omar Benson Miller ... Vern (as Omar Miller)
Tamara Hope ... Jenna Clark
Stark Sands ... Evan Clark
Richard Jenkins ... Devine
Nick Cannon ... Scott
Sarah Lafleur ... Carolyn
Onalee Ames ... Diane
Diana Salvatore ... Tina
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Storyline

John Clark is a middle aged Chicago estate lawyer. He loves his family, which includes his wife Beverly, but their combined busy schedules and getting caught in a rut after two decades of marriage has left him feeling unfulfilled. While taking the el train home every night, he notices the same young, beautiful contemplative woman staring out of one of the windows of Miss Mitzi's Dance Studio, which specializes in ballroom. He is intrigued enough with her beauty and sadness to go in one evening on his way home. He learns that she is Paulina, one of the instructors and a former world class ballroom dancer. Because of her, he signs up for beginner group dance lessons, regardless of them being taught by Miss Mitzi herself, and not Paulina. As time progresses, John gets caught up in the lives of those at Miss Mitzi's: his two fellow classmates - overweight Vern who wants to learn to dance for his upcoming wedding, and Chic, who wants to impress the ladies - and two of the studio's ... Written by Huggo

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Step out of the ordinary See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual references and brief language | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 October 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shall We Dance? See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,600,000, 17 October 2004

Gross USA:

$57,890,460

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$170,128,460
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Miramax See more »
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Mya plays Vern's fiancée/dance partner and also contributed music to the soundtrack. See more »

Goofs

When John searches for ballroom dancing websites online, the search box says "ballroom dance" but when the search screen comes up, it reads "search results for ballroom dancing" See more »

Quotes

Bobbie: So why did you all start dancing?
Vern: I'm getting married in September. My bride said she'd like to see me lose a few pounds, thought the dancing might be good exercise. I told her it wouldn't work.
[waitress gives him a hamburger and fries]
John Clark: I think you're gonna win that bet.
Chic: I'm here for the ladies, you know what they say about guys that can dance...
Bobbie: Yeah, that they're great in bed.
Chic: Right.
Bobbie: Where do you hear this crap?
Chic: Everywhere, everywhere the guys that can dance get the pick of the litter.
Bobbie: I'm ...
[...]
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Connections

Referenced in Getaway: Episode #17.17 (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Perfidia
(1939)
Written by Alberto Domínguez
Arranged by John Altman
Produced by Ric Wake and Richie Jones for Wake Productions
Mixed by Dan Hetzel at Cove City Sound Studios, L.I., New York
Instruments & Programming: Eric Kupper & Richie Jones
Recorded by Dave Scheuer (as "Young" Dave Scheuer)
Production coordinator: Marc Russell
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Passing grade remake
4 November 2004 | by harry_tk_yungSee all my reviews

I should start by admitting that it was quite a while ago (New Years Day 1997, to be exact) that I watched the Japanese original, 'Shall We Dansu' (which, incidentally, IS THE ORIGINAL; the Astaire/Rogers 1937 flick, which happens to have the same name, IS NOT). However, although I don't remember every single detail, the essential feelings as well as some of the vivid images still seem fresh in my mind, particularly the glittering performance of Koji Yakusyo and Tamiyo Kusakari.

The Hollywood remake, while not as good as the Japanese original, is at least passing grade, in capturing the essence of the film, 'a man seeking not so much a woman as an answer to his question. Why is she sad? What is she thinking' (Ebert, on 'Shall We Dansu', NOT 'Shall We Dance'), as well as everybody's passion for ballroom dancing.

Richard Gere continues to exude his charm on the female audience. Jennifer Lopez, following Maid in Manhattan, continues to get more comfortable with more matured roles. Oscar best actress (and 5 times nominee) Susan Sarandon is dependable as ever. I'm trying very hard to think of a movie in which I can't find Stanley Tucci and …… darn it, the more I watch the guy, the more I like him!


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