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Save the Last Dance (2001)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music, Romance | 12 January 2001 (USA)
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A white midwestern girl moves to Chicago, where her new boyfriend is a black teen from the South Side with a rough, semi-criminal past.

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Thomas Carter

Writers:

Duane Adler (story), Duane Adler (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julia Stiles ... Sara
Sean Patrick Thomas ... Derek
Kerry Washington ... Chenille
Fredro Starr ... Malakai
Terry Kinney ... Roy
Bianca Lawson ... Nikki
Vince Green Vince Green ... Snookie
Garland Whitt ... Kenny
Elisabeth Oas ... Diggy
Artel Great ... Arvel (as Artel Jarod Walker)
Cory Stewart Cory Stewart ... Lip
Jennifer Anglin Jennifer Anglin ... Glynn
Dorothy Martin Dorothy Martin ... Momma Dean
Kim Tlusty Kim Tlusty ... Lindsay
Felicia Fields ... Woman on Train
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Storyline

Sara wants to be a ballerina, but her dreams are cut short by the sudden death of her mother. She moves in with her father, who she has not seen for a long time. He lives on the other side of town, in a predominantly Black neighborhood. She gets transferred to a new school where she is one of the few White students there. She becomes friends with Chenille, and later, falls in love with Chenille's brother, Derek. Written by Kara

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Taglines:

The Only Person You Need To Be Is Yourself.

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, sexual content, language and brief drug references | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 January 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pasión y baile See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,444,930, 14 January 2001

Gross USA:

$91,057,006

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$131,706,809
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Kerry Washington's first major role. She was working as a substitute teacher at the time, and paid so little for the film that she had to return to that job. Consequently she switched to only elementary school positions because high school students would show up to "watch Chenille teach French." See more »

Goofs

When Sara first goes to the club, she is seen greeting Diggy and all their friends. In one of the next scenes in the club, on the same night, a break dancer is shown in the middle of a circle. Diggy is seen in the circle watching, with a completely different outfit on. See more »

Quotes

Malakai: This is an A and B conversation, so C yourself out of it.
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Alternate Versions

The DVD features four deleted scenes:
  • Record Store: A scene after the first night at Steps. Snook tries to talk a girl and gets shot down. He gives Derek the last copy of a CD. Sara shops for some hip-hop CDs and flirts with Derek.
  • Jazz Club: Sara goes to see her father play.
  • Chenille's Apartment: Kenny and Chenille argue about their son and talk about their relationship before the baby.
  • Playground: Kenny and Chenille talk in a park.
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Connections

Referenced in That's So Raven: Save the Last Dance (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

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by Raphael Saadiq, Battlecat (as Kevin Gilliam), Snoop Dogg, and Q-Tip (as Kamaal Fareed)
Performed by Lucy Pearl featuring Snoop Dogg, and Q-Tip
Courtesy of Pookie Records/Beyond Music
Snoop Dogg performs courtesy of Priority Records
Q-Tip performs courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
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Horrible!!
6 March 2004 | by PookyiscuteSee all my reviews

Possibly the worst movie Julia Stiles has ever made. She's not bad in the movie, although she could have been better, and even more to the point, they probably could have casted someone better than her in it.

The script should have been looked over a few more times before they actually went into production, and the plot was so distressing and horrible, that I wanted to cry because of what a bad movie this was. Sean Patrick Thomas, was really good and I thought that he did do a very convincing job in the film (but on the other hand, how hard was his character?). Stiles really needs to find better work than this. I really didn't like the transformation her character made from the beginning of the movie to the end of it. To me, she got worse not better by the end of the film, and she was supposed to seem 'helped'?

I give the movie a 3.5 out of 10. Some good scenes, boring parts with dancing, horrible script, trashy sexual sequences and not at all very realistic. But...if you like to watch freak dancing, be my guest. You'll enjoy it thoroughly in that case. But for real Stiles fans, don't get your hopes up for anything spectacular.


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