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Take the Lead (2006)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music | 7 April 2006 (USA)
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The real story of a dance teacher who believed in the talent of a group of problem kids.

Director:

Liz Friedlander

Writer:

Dianne Houston
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Antonio Banderas ... Pierre Dulaine
Rob Brown ... Rock
Yaya DaCosta ... LaRhette
Alfre Woodard ... Augustine James
John Ortiz ... Mr. Temple
Laura Benanti ... Tina
Jonathan Malen ... Kurd
Jasika Nicole ... Egypt
Shawand McKenzie Shawand McKenzie ... Big Girl
Dante Basco ... Ramos
Elijah Kelley ... Danjou
Jenna Dewan ... Sasha
Marcus T. Paulk ... Eddie
Brandon D. Andrews Brandon D. Andrews ... Monster
Lauren Collins ... Caitlin
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Storyline

In New York, the polite dance instructor Pierre Dulaine sees a black teenager vandalizing the car of the director of a public school and on the next day he volunteers to teach dance to students to give respect, dignity, self-confidence, trust and teamwork. The reluctant director Augustine James offers the troublemakers that are in detention expecting Pierre to give-up of his intentions. Pierre struggles against the prejudice and ignorance of the students, parents and other teachers, but wins his battle when the group accepts to compete in a ballroom dance contest. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Never Follow.

Genres:

Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material, language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dance with Me See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,775,000, 9 April 2006

Gross USA:

$34,742,066

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$65,742,992
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Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The cartoon playing on the television is Terrytoons' 1944 short "Wolf! Wolf!" starring Mighty Mouse, which is in the public domain. See more »

Goofs

When Augustine follows Pierre outside after the first meeting, there is a green bungee cord visible pulling the door closed. When some students enter the door, the bungee cord is gone. See more »

Quotes

Pierre Dulaine: [watching Rock shooting hoops] Nice job. We could've used that in class today.
[Rock grabs his backpack and starts to leave]
Pierre Dulaine: Rock, just a second. The night you destroyed Miss Augustine's car, why did you do it?
Rock: Because it felt good.
Pierre Dulaine: That's all?
Rock: Why you in my business, man?
Pierre Dulaine: It's hard to lose someone you love. It hurts. It's easy to think that something on the street can fill the bad feeling inside, but you know what? It won't.
Rock: You need to stop acting like you know my life.
Pierre Dulaine: Stop assuming I was ...
[...]
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Connections

Featured in Profile of Pierre Dulaine (2006) See more »

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Mi Mambo
Written by Daniel Indart
Performed by Daniel Indart
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User Reviews

 
Antonio Banderas recital in an entertaining and good feeling story
27 November 2007 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

A good-hearted dance professor(Banderas) asks to Principal(Alfre Woodard)of a rough school the education of rebels students by the Dance-Studio, then he takes over a class of unteachable pupils(Reb Brown, DaCosta, among them).The novice teacher gradually earning respect from his pupils and he learns that turning their attitude requires an intense understanding of their hard-knock lives. Together these misfits attempt to win the championship of the ballroom. The film is based on real character , about Pierre Dulaine who appears uncredited as one of the judges for the grand ballroom competition.

This well-meaning film is an enjoyable retread on two sub-genre : a)about the professor teaching unteachable teens, such as ¨Dangerous minds¨(directed by John Smith with Michelle Pffeifer),¨To sir with love¨(James Clavell with Sidney Poitier)¨Blackboard Jungle¨(Richard Brooks with Glenn Ford) along with , b) about the spectacular ballroom, including championship of dancing-saloon, such as ¨Stricly Ballroom(Baz Luhrman with Paul Mercurio),¨ Dance with me¨(Vanessa Williams and Cheyanne) and ¨Shall we dance¨(Richard Gere,Jennifer Lopez).In the film is heard and splendidly danced several dance styles: Foxtrot,Tango,Chachacha,Rumba,Vals and Salsa. Well-acted by Antonio Banderas with experience at dancing in ¨Evita¨ and excellent supporting casting with extraordinary plethora of young people who make a nice work, in spite of mostly are newcomers. The movie is well produced by Toby Emmerich and the actor Ray Liotta. The story is professionally directed by Liz Friedlander in a great debut and his only film , he's usually video-maker, as REM, Celine Dion , among others. The flick will like to Antonio Banderas fans and youthful public. Hot music and dancing, as well as the charm of the leads, make this one well worth watching for any dancer fever enthusiastic.


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