Take the Lead

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A ballroom dance teacher takes his classical training to an inner-city school and gives the students something to believe in - themselves.


Studio New Line
SKU 202716009
UPC 794043103636
UPC 14 00794043103636
Format DVD
Release Date 12/8/2009
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Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Name Banderas,Antonio
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Cast & Crew
Aaron Zigman - Original Music By
Alex Nepomniaschy - Cinematographer
Antonio Banderas - Actor
Christopher Godsick - Producer
Dianne Houston - Writer
Liz Friedlander - Director
Mathew Hart - Executive Producer
Ray Liotta - Actor
Rob Brown - Actor
Robert Ivison - Editor
Swizz Beatz - Original Music By
Yaya DaCosta - Actor
Nigel Churcher - Art Director
Paul D. Austerberry - Production Designer
Nominee (2007) Image Award, Dianne Houston, Outstanding Writing in a Feature Film/Television Movie - Comedy or Drama
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review "Take the Lead" begins with rudeness, ends with good manners, and argues that poor inner city schools can be redeemed by ballroom dancing. The only thing wrong with this vision, I suspect, is that it works for the ballroom dancers but not for the gangbangers, who continue on their chosen careers...The film is more fable than record, and more wishful thinking than a plan of action...That said, Antonio Banderas is reason enough to see the movie. There are some people who by their personal style can make us want to be better. "Whenever you're in doubt in a social situation," the director Gregory Nava once assured me, "just ask yourself, what would Fred Astaire do?"
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review 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...the dance numbers are spectacular, and the idea that one person can make a difference is stirring. If you want to be further inspired, rent "Music of the Heart," a far better movie on a similar subject with Meryl Streep in the Banderas role of someone who deeply cares about kids from the hood, and a violin stepping in for the two-step.
Reviewer Ruthe Stein
ReviewRating 9
Product Attributes
Actor Banderas,Antonio
Label Turner Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Jeffrey Lyons, NBC Exhilarating and enormously entertaining.
Jami Bernard, New York Daily News ...hits all the marks...done vibrantly and with warm-blooded characters....
M. E. Russell, Portland Oregonian Surprisingly charming and well-acted.

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