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Story

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

DVD Features

  • Samba to Slow Fox Dance Featurette
  • 3D Gallery
  • Audio Commentary with Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin and John O'Connell

Cast

Bill Hunter
Paul Mercurio
Tara Morice

  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: Baz Luhrmann
  • Producer: Buena Vista
  • Length: 94 minutes
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaFeb 12, 1993
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaMar 19, 2002
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