Strictly Ballroom


Strictly Ballroom

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As emotionally rich as it is eye-catching, Strictly Ballroom uses its infectious energy as the fuel for a modern dance classic with all the right moves.



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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.

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Paul Mercurio
as Scott Hastings
Bill Hunter
as Barry Fife
Barry Otto
as Doug Hastings
Pat Thomson
as Shirley Hastings
Pat Thompson
as Shirley Hastings
Gia Carides
as Liz Holt
Peter Whitford
as Les Kendall
John Hannan
as Ken Railings
Sonia Kruger-Tayler
as Tina Sparkle
Sonia Kruger-Taylor
as Tina Sparkle
Pip Mushin
as Wayne Burns
Leonie Page
as Vanessa Cronin
Kris McQuade
as Charm Leachman
Paul Bertram
as J.J. Silvers
Peter Lynch
as Extra: Kendall's Studio
John O'Connell
as Try-out Coach
Bob Adams
as New Steps Family
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"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
Jennifer D

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

Tim Salmons
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
Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

More screwball comedy than the rest of the Red Curtain Trilogy and I dig that.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

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