Take the Lead

Take the Lead

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Director: Liz Friedlander

Cast: Antonio Banderas, Rob Brown, Lauren Collins

     
 
A teacher and his students open up new worlds for one another in this urban drama inspired by a true story. Pierre Dulaine (Antonio Banderas) is a prize-winning ballroom dancer and instructor from Manhattan who volunteers his services to a high school in one of the roughest neighborhoods in the Bronx. Principal Augustine James (

Overview

A teacher and his students open up new worlds for one another in this urban drama inspired by a true story. Pierre Dulaine (Antonio Banderas) is a prize-winning ballroom dancer and instructor from Manhattan who volunteers his services to a high school in one of the roughest neighborhoods in the Bronx. Principal Augustine James (Alfre Woodard) in turn gives Dulaine a tough assignment -- a detention class with some of the biggest troublemakers on campus. When the kids learn that Dulaine intends to teach them how to dance in the classic style, they're incredulous at best and dismissive at worst -- until Dulaine demonstrates his moves for the class. While Dulaine's charges -- including Rock (Rob Brown), LaRhette (Yaya DaCosta), Ramos (Dante Basco), Eddie (Marcus T. Paulk), and Sasha (Jenna Dewan) -- respect his talent, they have their own way of dancing, and as they mix hip-hop moves with ballroom discipline, they create an exciting new style. Dulaine also strives to instill self-confidence and a work ethic in his kids, insisting they can make their way out of the ghetto if they're willing to try. Screenwriter Dianne Houston based Take the Lead on the real-life story of Pierre Dulaine, who taught dance as a volunteer to at-risk students at New York elementary schools.

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Based on a true story, Take the Lead features Antonio Banderas as Pierre Dulaine, a dance instructor who made a unique contribution to the New York City school system. Inspired by the unnerving spectacle of a student (Rob Brown) pounding a teacher’s car with a golf club, he volunteers his services to the school’s hard-nosed principal (Alfre Woodard), offering to teach ballroom dancing to the underachieving, troublemaking regulars in detention. Not surprisingly, he initially meets with resistance from the kids. When joined by a sexy colleague though, Dulaine proves that such dances as the tango are far more sensual than popular hip-hop moves. At first recalcitrant, the vulgar, rebellious students eventually come to respect Dulaine’s passion for dance and embrace his transformative work ethic. Banderas holds the movie together and gives it strength: His compelling characterization of the committed instructor -- impeccably groomed, stylish, graceful, and resolute -- is further bolstered by fine performances by Woodard and Brown. Take the Lead, which contains more spirit than narrative surprises, climaxes with a dynamic ballroom dancing competition, highlighted by eye-popping choreography.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/29/2006
UPC:
0794043103636
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
PG13
Source:
New Line Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:58:00
Sales rank:
11,678

Special Features

Closed Caption; 7 deleted scenes; 3 trailers remixed by internationally known DJ's; 3 behind-the-Dance featurettes; You Take the Lead: interactive Tango demonstration; Commentary by director and editor ; and more!

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Antonio Banderas Pierre Dulaine
Rob Brown Rock
Lauren Collins Caitlin
Brandon D. Andrews Monster
Anna Demitrie Melamed Actor
Jenna Dewan Sasha
Alfre Woodard Augustine James
Katya Virshilas Morgan
Dante Basco Ramos
Marcus T. Paulk Eddie
Elijah Kelley Actor
John Ortiz Mr. Temple
Laura Benanti Tina
Yaya DaCosta LaRhette
Jasika Nicole Actor

Technical Credits
Liz Friedlander Director
Paul Denham Austerberry Production Designer
Swizz Beatz Score Composer
Nigel Churcher Art Director
Toby Emmerich Executive Producer
Walter Gasparovic Asst. Director
Christopher Godsick Producer
Jude Gorjanc Asst. Director
Michelle Grace Producer
Mathew Hart Executive Producer
Dianne Houston Screenwriter
Robert Ivison Editor
Joann Fregalette Jansen Choreography
Avy Kaufman Casting
Mark Kaufman Executive Producer
Ray Liotta Executive Producer
Matt Moore Executive Producer
Diane Nabatoff Producer
Alex Nepomniaschy Cinematographer
John Ross Sound/Sound Designer
Melissa Toth Costumes/Costume Designer
Aaron Zigman Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Take the Lead
1. Opening Credits [3:17]
2. Galas [4:14]
3. Justice [4:26]
4. A True Gentleman [6:10]
5. An Introduction [7:49]
6. Chance To Absorb [4:19]
7. Welcome To The Foxtrot [6:24]
8. Check This Out! [4:39]
9. White Bread [4:48]
10. Home Sweet Home [2:52]
11. Rip [12:33]
12. They Need Help [4:04]
13. Trust Is To Be Earned [10:21]
14. Concerned Parents [7:44]
15. Can You Feel It? [3:14]
16. You're Welcome [2:27]
17. Please Don't Freak Out [5:21]
18. Let's Walk (End Titles) [13:03]

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Take the Lead 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
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I love this movie.The story was told clearly.Characters,in no doubt are all good in dancing. But the story is quite short.It could've emphasized more how those hiphop kids has grown into an incredible ballroom dancers. Their hardships should've been stressed so we could realize how was it like to embrace a classical dance when you are a hard-headed kid who all wanted to do is to go to the club and dance hip hop.However the ending was great and impressive. One more thing I like about this film is the choreography and the soundtracks. All are good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Please understand that this movie is about the real-life story of Pierre Dulaine, who taught dance as a volunteer to at-risk students at New York elementary schools but Dianne Houston changed the setting to a high school to avoid the confusion of the indie film hit Mad Hot Ballroom. I liked the way Antonio Banderas portrayed Pierre Dulane & this character inspired me to have a loved for dancing again. this is a great movie that not only talks about ballroom dancing but it also deals with character & integrity as well. I highly recommend this movie to every ballroom & salsa dance fanic around the world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a great movie. Full of life and makes you want to move with the dance steps and the music. Antonio Bandras does an amazing performance as the instructor who inspires some troubled teens into believing dreams and going for them, by teaching them how to do ballroom dancing. At first they refuse to be part of anything he teaches. But after a sexy performance done by him and one of his students, he shows them that even "school-rejects" can show professionals what they are made of.
AtlAngelGA More than 1 year ago
My kids enjoyed the movie, it showed how diversity works in any form(dance, music,....) just give it a try.
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