Three separate stories of the hopes of the lonely are told, with the Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan as the setting. In "The Waltz", recently widowed May, a graceful woman who was married to her husband Eddie for thirty-five years, mourns the loss of dancing with her long time partner. Although she initially thinks him crass, May chooses as her new dance partner Stan if solely for what link Stan seems to be able to provide to her past. Stan tries to steer her away from that past and look to her future. In "The Hustle", a young man named Russel "works" as a full time gigolo for the wealthy Pauline, who is on the far side of middle age. Russel meets the shy Marilyn, Pauline's friend who was recently jilted by her husband, with whom there is a mutual attraction. Cleo, Russel's former dance teacher, wants Russel as her professional dance partner despite him treating dance now merely as a past-time. Both Marilyn and Cleo try to get Russel away from the life he leads with Pauline, which may ... Written by
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According to Lorraine LoBianco at the TCMDb, the production was not allowed to alter anything in the ballroom. A local Teamsters Union "demanded that [director James] Ivory hire a scenic artist and an art director, which Ivory argued made no sense given the restrictions by the club. Nevertheless, the Union began to picket the production until a scenic artist and art director were hired to sit around and do nothing. Then, the Screen Actors Guild thought there were too many shots of the Roseland regulars, who were not in the Guild as extras. Ivory had to sign a contract that he would not have a non-Union extra be shown in a medium-shot or a close up with a SAG actor". See more
You think Im vain. Cause I like myself? I like my suit. Dont you like my suit? You like my tie? Cute? How about the rest of me? My eyes, hair, profile. Legs long enough?
[Gestures at stomach
Referenced in Yes Man
Stranger in Paradise
By Bob Wright
(as Robert Wright) and Chet Forrest
(as George Forrest) See more