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PG-13| 1 hr. 57 min.

Plot Summary
When internationally renowned dancer Pierre Dulaine (Antonio Banderas) takes a teaching job in a New York City public school, he meets ridicule from the street-wise students, who scoff at the notion of ballroom dancing. Far from being discouraged, he melds their hip-hop moves with his classical style, helping them create a dance form and, in the process, becoming their mentor.

Cast: Antonio Banderas , Rob Brown , Alfre Woodard , Yaya DaCosta , Lauren Collins , Brandon D. Andrews , Elijah Kelley , Jonathan Malen

Director: Liz Friedlander

Genres: Musical, Drama

Distributor: New Line Cinema

Take the Lead (2006)

Release Date: April 7th, 2006|1 hr. 57 min.

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critic reviews ( 3 )
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • Inspired by a true story (translation: a lot of it is made up), the movie shucks its corn straight from the cob. But it's no less engaging for that, thanks to the enthusiasm of the young cast and the fusion of classic dance with hip-hop moves courtesy of Rich and Tone Talauega. show more

  • An energetic young cast, consisting of a mix of professional dancers and actors who do convincing imitations of Arthur Murray graduates, is positively inspired in numbers combining traditional ballroom steps with hip-hop. show more

  • The movie's best moments are between Banderas and the kids. When the plot shifts to reveal the students' back stories (one has a prostitute mother, another a drunken father), the story becomes a melodramatic rehash of other movies, like "Fame" or "Rent." show more

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