Strictly Ballroom Movie Review 1992

Information and Film Reviews for Strictly Ballroom the Movie

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Offbeat, cheerfully tacky dance/romance amusingly turns every movie cliche slightly askew. Scott (Mercurio) has been in training for the Pan-Pacific ballroom championships since the age of six. While talented, he also refuses to follow convention and scandalizes the stuffy dance establishment with his new steps. When his longtime partner leaves him, Scott takes up with a love-struck beginner (Morice), with some surprises of her own. Ballet dancer Mercurio (in his film debut) is appropriately arrogant yet vulnerable, with Morice as the plain Jane turned steel butterfly. Wonderful supporting cast; great debut for director Luhrmann.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 94 minutes.
Originally from Australian.

Cast and Crew

Romantic Comedy, Down Under, Dance Fever
Baz Luhrmann, Craig Pearce
Paul Mercurio, Tara Morice, Bill Hunter, Pat Thomsen, Barry Otto, Gia Carides, Peter Whitford, John Hannan, Sonia Kruger-Tayler, Kris McQuade, Pip Mushin, Leonie Page, Antonio Vargas, Armonia Benedito
Steve Mason
Baz Luhrmann
David Hirschfelder
Tristram Miall, Miramax Films


Australian Film Inst. 1992: Costume Des., Director (Luhrmann), Film, Film Editing, Screenplay, Support. Actor (Otto), Support. Actress (Thomsen).

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