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      Take the Lead

      2006, Musical/Drama, 1h 57m

      122 Reviews 250,000+ Ratings

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      Banderas is charismatic in the lead, and the dance sequences are captivating, but the story is too familiar and predictable. Read critic reviews

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      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.

      • Rating: PG-13 (Some Violence|Language|Thematic Material)

      • Genre: Musical, Drama

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Liz Friedlander

      • Producer: Christopher Godsick, Michelle Grace, Diane Nabatoff

      • Writer: Dianne Houston

      • Release Date (Theaters):  wide

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      • Box Office (Gross USA): $34.7M

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      • Distributor: New Line Cinema

      • Production Co: Tiara Blue Films

      • Sound Mix: Dolby SRD, DTS, SDDS

      • Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

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      • Oct 20, 2012

        The sole reason for seeing this film: Antonio Banderas in a charismatic lead role, and looking like he was born in a tuxedo. The dance sequences are captivating and entertaining to watch, but it's probably one of the most uninspired inspiring stories I've seen. It's full of cliches, and a formulaic plot line that couldn't hold my interest past an hour.

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      • Jun 23, 2011

        Another great dance film. The fact that it was a true story made me like it more. Made it much more honest and happier.

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      • Dec 19, 2009

        A nice depiction of a nice irony. It may seem to be a try hard dance movie but it's not. They delivered the movie well with a great story & great acting. Good film

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      • Sep 23, 2009

        This is a great dance flick. It's got such a good story, and i will say that the dancing isn't as amazing as the dancing i've seen in other movies, it's still fun to watch. Antonio Banderas is great in this film, and so are the other cast members.

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