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In this emotional drama, a team of young dancers are competing for places in a prestigious dance troupe. The dancers have to deal with the ups and downs of trying to find their place in the world, even as their profession also places an enormous physical and psychological challenge before them. They train with the rigor of championship athletes, and like most aspiring athletes, they know that only a tiny number of them will achieve the goal they've set for themselves. Director Nicholas Hytner cast young dancers ...
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In this emotional drama, a team of young dancers are competing for places in a prestigious dance troupe. The dancers have to deal with the ups and downs of trying to find their place in the world, even as their profession also places an enormous physical and psychological challenge before them. They train with the rigor of championship athletes, and like most aspiring athletes, they know that only a tiny number of them will achieve the goal they've set for themselves. Director Nicholas Hytner cast young dancers and athletes as his aspiring terpsichoreans, including Ilia Kulik, an Olympic gold medalist in figure skating; the cast also includes Peter Gallagher as the leader of the dance troupe, Susan May Pratt, Amanda Schull, Eion Bailey, Debra Monk, and Sascha Radetsky.
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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Reminiscent of Fame and Flashdance but unfolding in a more rarefied atmosphere, Center Stage trots out old cinematic platitudes regarding ambition, dedication, and self-realization -- but does so in a lively, engaging, thoroughly contemporary manner. Befitting its setting in the highly competitive world of ballet, Stage utilizes the talents of professional dancers who happen to be charismatic screen performers as well. San Francisco Ballet regular Amanda Schull stars as the talented but naive student who fears she won't meet the exacting standards required by the exclusive ballet school run by Peter Gallagher. The New York Ballet's Ethan Stiefel plays an up-and-coming choreographer and erstwhile ladykiller with a love-'em-and-leave-'em attitude. Also making powerful impressions are supporting players Susan May Pratt as a snobbish, bulimic student, Debra Monk her overbearing mother, and Donna Murphy a demanding teacher. Director Nicholas Hytner The Crucible lets the clich├ęs fall where they may while lavishing attention on the dance numbers, including a climactic extravaganza combining ballet and modern dance. He explains his choices in a commentary for the DVD, which also includes deleted scenes, extended dance sequences, a making-of featurette, a music video, an isolated music score, and theatrical trailers.
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What's fun, filled with buff bodies, and totally hardcore? Why, ballet, of course. This undeniably formulaic teen movie brings the competitive world of professional dance to center stage. While the ups and downs of ballet-school life (eating disorders, overbearing mothers, "bad feet") are portrayed with all the depth of an after school special, the en pointe posse gives the audience a surprisingly heartwarming sense of the bonds formed between fellow dancers. It's not that the acting is particularly good -- it isn't -- but it's the love of the craft that makes this movie charming. Perhaps it's due to the fact that the actors are largely professional ballerinas themselves (Amanda Schull, who plays Jody Sawyer, is an apprentice at the San Francisco Ballet; Ethan Stiefel, Cooper Nielson in the film, is famous in his own right within the American Ballet Theater). Dance fans and those with a soft spot for unlikely triumphs will cheer Jody in her end-of-term performance in the tradition of Flashdance and Fame.
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  • Release Date: 2/27/2001
  • UPC: 043396049512
  • Original Release: 2000
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Amanda Schull Jody Sawyer
Zoe Saldana Eva Rodriguez
Susan May Pratt Maureen
Peter Gallagher Jonathan Reeves
Donna Murphy Juliette Simone
Debra Monk Nancy
Ethan Stiefel Cooper Nielson
Julie Kent Kathleen
Eion Bailey Jim
Sascha Radetsky Charlie
Ilia Kulik Sergei
Shakiem Evans Erik
Elizabeth Hubbard Joan Miller
Victor Anthony Thomas
Technical Credits
Nicholas Hytner Director
Tariq Anwar Editor
Caroline Baron Co-producer
Michael Barosky Sound/Sound Designer
George Fenton Score Composer
David Gropman Production Designer
Carol Heikkinen Screenwriter
Sam Hoffman Asst. Director
Laurence Mark Producer
Ruth Myers Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter Rogness Art Director
Ken Ross Musical Direction/Supervision
Geoffrey Simpson Cinematographer
Susan Stroman Choreography
Daniel Swee Casting
Christopher Wheeldon Choreography
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Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    CENTER STAGE = AMAZING!

    this movie is one of my favorite movies! not only because it has dance in it... but because of the fact that it shows what the students in ABA have to go through. this is all very true. i really do reccomend this movie to everyone. it sends out an outstanding mesage.... never give up, dance from your soul. i love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    good but not that great

    the dancing was absolutly fantastic but the plot is a little hard to follow but other than that it was great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WOW!!

    Such a brilliant movie! im not a dancer personally but it made me want to become one! its such an addicting movie and the songs are great! i highly recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I'm a dancer. I danced ballet for 5 years, and jazz and tap for 4 years. I'm addicted to dance movies. This one is one of the best I've seen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Great Dancing Movie

    I've seen a lot of dancing movies, the reason this is my favorite is because I've been in tap for 9 years, jazz for about 6,and ballet for 3 years, these movies portrait great ballet and jazz shows, as well as the hardships of a dancers life and of any persons life, this is a great movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Movie ever made!

    I am a big fan of ballet dancing and ice skating that ties along with it bc thats what i do and i truly loved the movie. The dancers were unbelieveable and now that i know who they are, i hope to see them in a performance!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best!

    Center stage is one of the best movies around, especially if you love dancing. I dance Jazz, but I used to dance ballet when I was younger and one of my friends just started pointe. It's also just a good love story but come the dance is one of the best parts!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Center Stage!!

    I loved the movie! It perfectly displays the life of a dancer. I could relate to almost all the scenes. Center Stage is one of my personal favorites. All of the dancers are just amazing, and the music is awesome too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Center Stage is a Great Movie

    When I first saw the previews of Center Stage I thought it would be a joke! I thought that a movie about ballet would be extremely boring, but now I have to say that Center Stage is one of my favorite movies. Any athlete can appreciate the hard work and dedication that the dancers in this movie have. They are passionate and have high goals for themselves. The dance numbers are to die for, and the story line is great. I would recommend this movie to everyone- and it is a great date movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    LOVE IT!!

    I LOVE this movie!! I'm sucker for a good love story, and I love watching people dance! It's got a good story along with some GREAT talent! It's great!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Movie

    This is a great movie. Totally recommend it! It's worth getting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Center Stage Review

    I LOVE the movie Center Stage. It is my fav movie and I can watch it over and over.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2002

    A Great Movie for anyone who likes dancing!!!!

    I Love to dance! I've been dancing since I was 5. I enjoy this movie so much because it showed the good and bad things about dancing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Watched a MILLION times!!!

    Finally a movie for serious dancers which is almost completely accurate. Sascha R. Ethan S. and (of course) Julie Kent all show their talent of being principles at ABT (in real life). This makes for the thrill of being at the Met,seeing a ballet, but with a plot and character transformation which makes for an all around fabulous film!! Hard to put into words, go watch it...and if you have, go watch it AGAIN!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It Was Awesome!

    I personally loved this movie, where ever you were, even if you were in the theater, it gave you a feeling, that you just want to dance! I loved this movie, and it totally deserved the 5 stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My Favorite Movies

    This is the best movie ever! The first time I watched it I was with my cousin and was like... ''umm... I guess i'll watch it.'' And I ended up loving it. My cousin (the one I saw it with the first time) then bought ti for me. Everytime someone comes over, we watch Center Stage!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AWESOME

    This is a good movie for dancers. I loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    you cant keep your eyes off!

    The first time i saw this movie i only got to see the last 30min of it. But just those few minutes made me wanna watch it again! I never thought a ballet movie would be interesting...but it was unforgetable!If you get the chance watch it, do! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very inspiring

    I loved Center Stage! It gave you the feeling to get up and dance what ever you are doing. I am a dancer and loved it. It gives you the perspective on what it is like to be a dancer and you can always follow you dreams if you put you mind to it and are patient.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Centre Stage

    A most fantastic movie, I finally own it and have watched it a million times already! It is fantastic!!

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