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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.

Director:

Thomas Carter

Writers:

Duane Adler (story), Duane Adler (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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6 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Trivia

Director Thomas Carter cast Julia Stiles in the role of Sara after seeing her "table dance" in 10 Things I Hate About You (1999). See more »

Goofs

During the ballet lessons, the class is dancing. Although you hear the teacher saying exactly which movements the students should make, you do not see her lips move at all. The given instructions are synced with the visuals. See more »

Quotes

Derek: You can do it. Sara, you were born to do 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

Followed by Save the Last Dance (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

You Don't Really Want Some
Written by Anthony President and Ainz Brainz Prasad (as Brainz Dimilo)
Performed by Blackout
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The actress is clean
4 August 2020 | by eduardo-werneckSee all my reviews

And pretty. i like her. She has talent, but forced interracial. Story didn't need it.How many times should I say it?


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 January 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Save the Last Dance 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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