Stepping Out (1991)

Stepping Out (1991)

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Stepping Out might be considered a textbook exercise in screenwriting cliche: take Mavis Turner (Liza Minnelli), a woman who "coulda been a contenda" had she pursued her dreams of appearing on Broadway; give her an evening job at a converted church teaching tap; mix in a motley crew of left-footed cardboard-cutouts too rhythmically challenged for her to train; add a charity performance organized by a snooty old ruler-of-the-world-type (Nora Dunn) who thinks they're too klutzy to participate; watch the motley crew turn into a well-oiled dance machine in time to steal the show, prove the snob wrong and overcome their personal problems along the way (not to mention Mavis')...and somehow, in spite of it all, it actually manages to be a rather entertaining film. The entire production is so cheesy and exaggeratedly "Broadway" that it provides more than its share of amusement, intentional or otherwise; the fact that Minnelli turns in an infectiously good-humored performance doesn't hurt, either.
Rating:
PG
Genre:
Comedy , Musical & Performing Arts
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Studio:
Paramount Pictures

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Cast

Ellen Greene
as Maxine
Liza Minnelli
as Mavis Turner
Shelley Winters
as Mrs. Fraser
Nora Dunn
as Pam Leichner
Brian Leonard
as Bongo Player
Bill Irwin
as Geoffrey
Andrea Martin
as Dorothy
Dean McDermott
as Young Man at Bar
Robyn Stevan
as Sylvia
Geza Kovacs
as Jerry
Lili Francks
as Dancer
Luke Reilly
as Patrick
David Harvey
as Stage Door Keeper
Gladys O'Connor
as 2nd Patient
William Irwin
as Geoffrey
Kristi Breen
as Dancer
Angelo Colavecchia
as Electrician
Steve Girardi
as Dancer
Vanessa Harwood
as Ballerina
Janet Kloeble
as Dancer
Madeline Paul
as Dancer
Stella Sprowell
as 1st Patient
Tara Young
as Dancer
Peter Howard
as Master of Ceremonies
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Critic Reviews for Stepping Out

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Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for Stepping Out

½

Very likable little comic drama gives Liza a nice showcase for her considerable dancing skills, her singing is a matter of opinion but she can belt a number across like few others. The supporting cast is a good one all with little quirks, Shelley Winters stands out with some truly affecting moments.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

½

An enjoyable 'let's do the show right here' film based on a play. Gilbert is mostly remembered for his Bond films and Alfie but in the 80's and 90's he did a few adapatations of plays to films, including 'Educating Rita' and 'Noises Off'. This has a great ensemble and you end up caring for them and hoping they do well. It also ends with some brilliant dance routines. However it is Minnelli who shines here. She is adorable as the teacher and you can't help but warm to her. If you like dance and comedy with real heart you can't go far wrong with this.

David Sayers
David Sayers

Super Reviewer

½

5.5/10. The film tries and it does mean well, but has too many slow stretches. Also, some of the characters personal melodramas interfere with the film. Good closing number.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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