Strictly Ballroom (1992)

Strictly Ballroom



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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 … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Craig Pearce, Baz Luhrmann, Andrew Bovell
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 19, 2002


as Scott Hastings

as Barry Fife

as Doug Hastings

as Shirley Hastings

as Shirley Hastings

as Liz Holt

as Les Kendall

as Ken Railings

as Tina Sparkle

as Tina Sparkle

as Wayne Burns

as Vanessa Cronin

as Charm Leachman

as J.J. Silvers

as Extra: Kendall's Stu...

as Try-out Coach

as New Steps Family
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Critic Reviews for Strictly Ballroom

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (11)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

July 15, 2005
San Jose Mercury News
Top Critic

so reserved for Luhrmann as a director, yet it is as fabulous and colorful as any other film out there

Full Review… | January 6, 2014
7M Pictures

A crow-pleaster hat took the inernational festival circuit by storm and put Aussie filmmaker Luhrmann on the map as a talent to watch.

Full Review… | July 22, 2011

Listen to the rhythm of your heart in Strictly Ballroom, where tears and laughter blend seamlessly in an extravagantly theatrical story about love, dreams and overcoming your fears.

Full Review… | October 3, 2008
Urban Cinefile

An Australian classic - and deservedly so!

July 23, 2008

Audience Reviews for Strictly Ballroom


"Vivir con miedo es como vivir en medias."
I thoroughly enjoyed this film!! It was bright! It was jazzy! It was fun! It was unique! And above all.... AUSTRALIAN! Baz Luhrmann will never cease to visually dazzle me. Gorgeous and sweet!

Jennifer D

Super Reviewer

Pretty enjoyable romantic dance movie, before it became a craze.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

A weird assortment of motley characters who don't really have a purpose in the story other than to be weird. I liked the dancing, and Baz Luhrmann's...don't know how to describe it, Japanese game show...? visuals were to say in the least, original. But, it's not much of a story, and I don't think it ever is with Luhrmann actually (Moulin Rouge = courtesan dies, Romeo and Juliet = they both die, this one = nobody dies but they hook up, which is good), and it's sort of funny sometimes but I guess I don't really GET Australian humor so I don't know. On the fence with this one. Paul Mercurio is super sexy, nevertheless.

Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

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