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Take the Lead (2006)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music | 7 April 2006 (USA)
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The real story of a dance teacher who believed in the talent of a group of problem kids.

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Liz Friedlander

Writer:

Dianne Houston
1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Antonio Banderas ... Pierre Dulaine
Rob Brown ... Rock
Yaya DaCosta ... LaRhette
Alfre Woodard ... Augustine James
John Ortiz ... Mr. Temple
Laura Benanti ... Tina
Jonathan Malen ... Kurd
Jasika Nicole ... Egypt
Shawand McKenzie Shawand McKenzie ... Big Girl
Dante Basco ... Ramos
Elijah Kelley ... Danjou
Jenna Dewan ... Sasha
Marcus T. Paulk ... Eddie
Brandon D. Andrews Brandon D. Andrews ... Monster
Lauren Collins ... Caitlin
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Storyline

In New York, the polite dance instructor Pierre Dulaine sees a black teenager vandalizing the car of the director of a public school and on the next day he volunteers to teach dance to students to give respect, dignity, self-confidence, trust and teamwork. The reluctant director Augustine James offers the troublemakers that are in detention expecting Pierre to give-up of his intentions. Pierre struggles against the prejudice and ignorance of the students, parents and other teachers, but wins his battle when the group accepts to compete in a ballroom dance contest. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Never Follow.

Genres:

Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material, language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dance with Me See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,775,000, 9 April 2006

Gross USA:

$34,742,066

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$65,742,992
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Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Originally, Antonio Banderas turned down the part of Pierre when he looked at the script and realized the whole film was about ballroom dancing. The producers begged him for a few minutes for them to explain the story. After hearing this, viewing a documentary on and meeting the real Pierre Dulaine, Banderas signed on. See more »

Goofs

At the dance competition Dulaine lets Rock borrow his Tux coat. Dulaine is much smaller than Rock however, the coat looks over sized on Rock when he's on the dance floor. See more »

Quotes

[from trailer]
Pierre Dulaine: What I teach has value.
Ramos: Not where I live.
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Connections

Featured in Dancing with the Stars: Series 4 Grand Final (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

La Cumparsita (Tango Remix)
Written by Gerardo Matos Rodríguez
Vocals performed by Q-Tip
Remixed by Swizz Beatz and Aaron Zigman
Q-Tip appears courtesy of Motown Records a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
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A Motivational/Inspirational Film
31 March 2006 | by agobeySee all my reviews

Attended a premiere of the film yesterday without knowing anything about it, and I was pleasantly surprised.

Along the lines of similar films regarding inner city schools and the use of fine arts to motivate students, this film chooses dance as its educational medium. It provides a realistic examination of true life in the New York public school system, and of New York City in general...no "Sex and the City" or "Friends" glamor here. I applaud this film for its casting of Antonio Banderas as the teacher who really cares for his student's lives in a world of despair. He does a great job conveying the inner struggle of a person who yearns to offer their help despite limited resources and support. Meanwhile, the students that make up his class are relative unknowns, but all are fantastic dancers with acting skills to match.

Even if you are not a fan of either Hip Hop/Rap or Ballroom/Jazz/Ballroom styles of music and dance, this film will have your foot tapping and imagination wandering..."maybe after some lessons, I could dance like that". Both worlds are depicted with accuracy and realism, allowing followers of either genre to spy on the other.

For parents looking for the suitability of this film for their children, I would say the minimum age should be 13-ish. Other than the odd curse word or gun play, there is not much else to worry about. The benefits and moral lessons taught by this movie far outweigh the negative aspects.

If you've ever secretly wanted to join a dance class, this film will (hopefully) push you past your fears and have you dancing in no time.


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