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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.

Director:

Randall Miller

Writers:

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

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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 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 January 2006 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Un toque de seducción See more »

Filming Locations:

Eagle Rock, 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:

$247,141, 11 June 2006
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Frank calls for help at the accident scene, he doesn't dial 911. You can hear two identical tones followed by a different tone as opposed to one tone followed by two identical tones. See more »

Goofs

When practicing the waltz, one boy counts off 1-2-3-4. The waltz is a three count. See more »

Quotes

Meredith Morrison: You're a good man Frank Keane.
Frank Keane: I did it as much for me as for Randall. One thing bothers me though.
Meredith Morrison: What.
Frank Keane: What color is magenta?
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Connections

References The Longest Day (1962) See more »

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Hollywood Glitter
Written by McGinnis / Robert J. Walsh (as Walsh)
Courtesy of Chappell Music (BMI)
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simple yet surprisingly introspective
31 January 2005 | by henrybermanSee all my reviews

Though certainly not about a new and unique topic in entertainment, this film presents a multi-dimensional perspective about experiences that we all, as human beings, can relate.

The films unique approach, and the actors sometimes subtle, sometimes dramatic execution causes a myriad of emotions to surface during the development of the plot. The audience laughs, cries, and I was personally touched by both the plot transitions and the elegant development of the characters and story line throughout the film.

The film provoked reflection in the audience by asking questions and allowing this moviegoer to connect many life experiences to the film. So many movies today are developed for entertainment purposes only, usually either through special effects or dark, dismal shock factor. This film differentiated itself by not wrapping everything up in a pretty little package, leaving room for discussion and interpretation. And Mary Steenburgen's performance was easily one of the best I've seen at the entire film festival.


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