Strictly Ballroom (1992)

PG   |    |  Comedy, Drama, Music

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A maverick dancer risks his career by performing an unusual routine and sets out to succeed with a new partner.




  • Paul Mercurio and Tara Morice in Strictly Ballroom (1992)
  • Paul Mercurio and Tara Morice in Strictly Ballroom (1992)
  • Paul Mercurio in Strictly Ballroom (1992)
  • Antonio Vargas in Strictly Ballroom (1992)
  • Paul Mercurio and Tara Morice in Strictly Ballroom (1992)
  • Pat Thomson in Strictly Ballroom (1992)

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25 October 2009 | lepoisson-1
| This is a satire! And a really fun movie.
I sure enjoyed it despite the complete lack of explosions or car chases.

Where I'm coming from: I'm a 54 year old male who has danced for 15 years. My girlfriend has danced since she was 3. We don't compete because it would make our relaxing hobby a pressured nightmare (and, frankly, because I'm not very good). My daughter competed and did very well.

Some reviewers apparently missed that this movie is a satire and it's supposed to be dumb and funny. Having sat through more competitions than I can count, I can state this movie hits the nail on the head. The parents, the kids, the beginners, the prima's all true. Yes, it's really campy and schmaltzy, the plot has holes you could drive a truck through, the acting is sometimes marginal, but we both enjoyed it and laughed out loud.

And what's the best part of this movie? The dancing. It is photographed and edited such that you can really see and enjoy the dancing without having constant cutaways to the judges or the audience (as in current American TV dance competitions. I don't know about you, but I watch dance shows for the dancing).

There are no deep plot twists to be analyzed, no characters I need to understand better...but we definitely plan to watch this again because the dancing is really good.

If you liked this, you will enjoy Best in Show.

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AUD3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$145,977 15 February 1993

Gross USA:


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