Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School


Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School

Critics Consensus

Clumsily staged and brimming with melodrama and trite self-help cliches, this dance movie stays stuck at amateur level.



Total Count: 58


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User Ratings: 4,956
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Movie Info

Randall Miller's Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School compiles an all-star cast to tell an unabashedly emotional story about life, love, and destiny. Robert Carlyle portrays Frank Keane, a man who has been in a deep depression ever since his wife passed away. One day while driving, Frank sees an accident. He investigates the scene to see if he can help and meets a dying stranger (John Goodman), who tells Frank that he was headed to a dance school in order to reunite with a woman he loved many years before. Frank decides to attend the dance school, and becomes involved with a variety of people. Originally beginning as a short film, Randall Miller's feature-length film was screened at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.

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Robert Carlyle
as Frank Keane
Marisa Tomei
as Meredith Morrison
Mary Steenburgen
as Marienne Hotchkiss
Sean Astin
as Kip Kipling
Donnie Wahlberg
as Randall Ipswitch
John Goodman
as Steve Mills
David Paymer
as Rafael Horowitz
Camryn Manheim
as Lisa Gobar
Adam Arkin
as Gabe DiFranco
Miguel Sandoval
as Matthew Smith
Patricia Fraser
as Marilyn Hotchkiss
Elden Henson
as Sampson/Young Steve Mills
Ernie Hudson
as Blake Rische
Teresa Johnston
as Kate Collmary
Kelley Parker
as Young Lisa Gobar
Michael Ray Bower
as Tommy Tanksley
Chance Michael Corbitt
as Peter Jelliffe
Joshua Horowitz
as Kenny Dulin
Maria Parkinson
as Miss Parkinson
Octavia Spencer
as Ayisha Lebaron
Ian Abercrombie
as Evrin Sezgin
Dawn Balkin
as Sally Ann
Maggie Baird
as Linda Sue
David St. James
as Cameron McGee
Tom Dahlgren
as Sy Cranwinkle
Kate Mulligan
as Mrs. Mills
Wendy Bowers Armagnac
as Mrs. Jelliffe
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Critic Reviews for Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School

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Audience Reviews for Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School

  • Sep 20, 2009
    Totally cute and funny.
    Leigh R Super Reviewer
  • Dec 08, 2007
    Great movie. Good story plot that follows a grieving baker who connects with a total stranger's story about ballroom dancing. Great cast. Definitely worthy.
    Leo L Super Reviewer
  • Nov 22, 2007
    Stars for having such a great cast. John Goodman plays a memorable character, and it has Ernie Hudson so you know you want some.
    Curtis L Super Reviewer
  • Sep 28, 2007
    I absolutely ADORE Mary Steenburgen but she is a horrible dancer. Carlyle was excellent. Rest of film was farfetched and flighty.
    Alice S Super Reviewer

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