Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School

Release Date: March 24, 2006
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Limited release

 You are now carrying my child. It is the magic of the dance!

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This romantic comedy with the unwieldy title follows the story of Frank Keane, trying to make sense of his life after the death of his wife. One day he happens on a car wreck and goes to help the driver, who sadly is already on his way to the River Styx. Before he dies, however, he tells Frank that he was going to the eponymous school he attended as a child for a reunion with his first love, Lisa. He begs Frank to keep the appointment for him and tell Lisa what happened and of his enduring love. For Frank, honoring the dying man’s last request becomes an odyssey of self-discovery and a reawakening of the feelings he thought had died along with his wife, and renews his joie de vivre, as well as opening him up to the possibilities of a new love.

Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing & Charm School premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, and it is based on a short film of the same name made by the same writer/director, Randall Miller, 15 years ago. Given the stellar cast and the genre, it should generate a fair amount of interest when it hits the art-house circuit. (Stephanie Star Smith/BOP)

Vital statistics for Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School
Main Cast Robert Carlyle, Marisa Tomei, Mary Steenburgen
Supporting Cast Sean Astin, Donnie Wahlberg, David Paymer, Camryn Manheim, Adam Arkin, Sonia Braga, Elden Henson, Ernie Hudson, Danny DeVito, John Goodman, Miguel Sandoval
Director Randall Miller
Screenwriter Randall Miller, Jody Savin
Distributor Samuel Goldwyn Co.
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Rating PG-13
Running Time 103 minutes
Screen Count 38
Talent in red has entry in The Big Picture

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