• Center Stage (2000)

Center Stage

Release Date: May 12th, 2000

DVD Release Date: October 24th, 2000

PG-13 |1 hr 54 min

Plot Summary

A dozen adolescents have begun their training at the renowned American Ballet Academy, where they encounter tremendous physical and mental stress while vying for a coveted spot in a celebrated dance company. Jody Sawyer (Amanda Schull) has talent but the wrong proportions, the fiery Eva Rodriguez (Zoe Saldana) can't seem to get along with her instructors and Maureen (Susan May Pratt) is having a hard time enduring the emotional highs and lows that accompany ballet school.

Cast: Amanda Schull, Zoe Saldana, Susan May Pratt, Peter Gallagher, Donna Murphy, Debra Monk, Ethan Stiefel, Sascha Radetsky

Director: Nicholas Hytner

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Columbia Pictures, Laurence Mark Productions

Distributors: Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Keywords: Underdog, Engaging, New York City, School, 2000s, Rousing, Rivalry, Quest, Friend

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The movie uses the materials of melodrama, but is gentle with them; it's oriented more in the real world, and doesn't jack up every conflict and love story into an overwrought crisis. show more

  • 75
    Chicago Tribune

    Although the film's ending is a little too neat and happy to be realistic, it does leave you with the feeling of young girls taking charge of their lives.

  • 63
    Desmond RyanPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Modestly entertaining when it is engaged in such a celebration onstage, but it trips up when the action moves backstage, where bad dialogue ... lurks in the shadows.

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