Strictly BallroomDirector: Baz Luhrmann, Paul Mercurio, Tara Morice, Bill Hunter
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This wildly off-beat comedy is about a male dancer (Paul Mercurio) who refuses to follow the accepted rules of ballroom dancing and creates his own style of choreography, which infuriates the ballroom dancing establishment. Before he's scheduled to compete in the Pan-Pacific ballroom championships, he's forced to take up a new partner (Tara Morice), a beginner who initially seems without promise. With his help, she turns into an assured and wonderful dancer. Baz Luhrmann's visual style may be too bright, gaudy and exaggerated for some tastes, yet he treats his characters with compassion, which makes Strictly Ballroom such an engaging comedy.
What's best about the movie is the sense of madness and mania running just beneath its surface.
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Cast & Crew
|Paul Mercurio||Scott Hastings|
|Bill Hunter||Barry Fife|
|Barry Otto||Doug Hastings|
|Pat Thompson||Shirley Hastings|
|Gia Carides||Liz Holt|
|Peter Whitford||Les Kendall|
|John Hannan||Ken Railings|
|Sonia Kruger-Tayler||Tina Sparkle|
|Pip Mushin||Wayne Burns|
|Leonie Page||Vanessa Cronin|
|Kris McQuade||Charm Leachman|
|Paul Bertram||J.J. Silvers|
|Peter Lynch||Extra: Kendall's Studio|
|John O'Connell||Try-out Coach|
|Bob Adams||New Steps Family|
|Antoinette Albert||Executive Producer|
|David Hirschfelder||Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Phil Judd||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Bill Marron||Production Designer|
|Faith Martin||Art Director|
|Catherine Martin||Costumes/Costume Designer,Production Designer|
|Angus Strathie||Costumes/Costume Designer|
1. Opening Titles/Waratah Championship [:00]
2. Takes Two to Tango [:00]
3. Dance Your Own Steps [:00]
4. The Try-Outs [:02]
5. A New Partner [:00]
6. Tina Sparkle [:00]
7. Scott and Fran? [8:28]
8. Paso Doble [8:25]
9. "New Steps Rumored" [6:43]
10. The Truth About Doug Hastings [5:58]
11. Pan Pacific Grand Prix [3:47]
12. The Latin Finals [6:28]
13. Disqualification [7:43]
14. "Love is the Air"/End Credits [8:33]
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This is such a fun, uplifting, flowing enjoyable movie. The characters are spot-on and the music fits like a glove. The dance is part of the story, not a dance for the sake of dance. Absolutely loved this!
This is unquestionably my favorite movie. I'm not someone who can watch films over and over and over again, but I've seen this one at least 15 times and it never gets old. Part mockumentary, part romantic comedy, Strictly Ballroom never takes itself too seriously. Which means it comes on pretty strong the first time you see it---fairly standard Baz Luhrmann fare. But the dancing is always fun and occasionally even beautiful, the humor quirky and unpretentious, and the romance honest and fresh. Every time I watch it, I find something new, and I especially enjoy following the threads of love woven through every relationship, even the villain's.
I normally don't go for ''quirky'' as a genre, but I can honestly say I can almost quote lines from this movie. I first saw it on cable as an ''Import Special.'' I was floored and immediately started my search to find this wonderful movie. I even purchased the sound track that's how intrinsic the music is to this movie. This movie gets you so involved in Scott's (Paul Mercurio) and Fran's journey, you totally accept his over-the-top former ballroom queen mother, snotty dance partner, and his father's constant ''shuffling about.'' It also reminds me of how children can feel the responsibility of fulfilling dreams of parents. I love the way that relationship is handled and the ultimate understanding that only what your heart wants and fearlessness can shape who we become as people. I love, buy it, you'll love it. The music and dance sequences make you want to sign-up for lessons. My personal favorite sequence is performed to Doris Day's version of ''Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps.'' This movie has been on my shelf for years! I can not wait for the DVD!
This movie is an original. It was romantic, smart, and funny, how could anyone not love it? I loved this movie. It made me want to dance, to follow my dreams. And who wouldn't want to dance with such a great looking guy?
it is the most amazing film i have ever witnessed. it blows my mind. the pace and colour is exilarating! i cack my pants at the endless satirical aspects of australian people.i am addicted to baz and his creative film techniques. i want him, i need him.
a great movie a classic of its time
Great dancing and good acting. A feel good movie that makes you want to get up and dance with the one you love.
I wanted just-great!
This movie rocks!! I love australians and there similarities to the americans. This is Baz Luhrman's first big hit and in my opinion his best. It stays true to his home land and the characters have real chemistry. I also love the song 'Love is in the Air'. Great theme song!!!
I absolutely LOVED this movie. In the tradition of corny movies with heart, this is one movie you just can't stop watching. I've seen it over ten times (at least) by borrowing it and renting it, but now, at last, I will own it on DVD. It seems a little pricey at over twenty dollars, but I assure you, this movie is well worth it.
A wonderful story that tells the underdog tale in a fresh way. The dancing is wild, but my favorite scene is the true Spanish dancing on the porch of Fran's house...passion, drive, love, rhythm and dance all in one scene!
I loved this movie. Rooting for the underdog and Ballroom dancing combined - what's not to like? I really do consider it a classic because it is enjoyable over and over.
I love it and I enjoyed it. I plan to vacation to Puerto Rico and I am taking the movie so my family can enjoy it also.
The best dance movie in a very long time!! The cast was perfection and the intensely talented leads were electrifying!!!! It doesn't get better than this!! See it once, I suggest it won't be you last.
I had never even heard of this movie before today. I was flipping channels and saw it come on and i got interested. I love dancing of any kind. Latin is wonderful. I have fallen in love with this movie. It is excellent;andit being a love story helps a lot.
It is the greastest movie i have ever seen. I LOVE Paul Mercurio, and i LOVE dancing! It shows viewers how it's okay to follow what you know is right, and not just go along with what everyone else wants you to do. It also displays courage, self-esteem, and pride. Baz is the greatest director ever!