TAKE THE LEAD
Release Date: April 07, 2006
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 108 minutes
Distributor: New Line Cinema
Director: Liz Friedlander
Executive Producer: Mathew Hart
Writer: Dianne Houston
Address Comments To:Mark Ordesky, President
Fine Line Features
Robert Shaye and Michael Lynne
New Line Cinema
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Los Angeles, CA 90048
Phone: (310) 854-5811
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In this urban drama based on a true story, Pierre Dulaine (Antonio Banderas) is a celebrated dance instructor from Manhattan who volunteers to offer his expertise to a group of troubled high-schoolers in a rough part of the Bronx. The tough-minded principal, Augustine James (Alfre Woodard), isn't too open to the idea, but eventually she allows Dulaine to instruct a motley group of rambunctious hoodlums during their regular stay at detention. Likewise, Dulaine's subjects aren't thrilled with the idea of learning the fine art of ballroom dancing, but they warm up to his teaching after he demonstrates his moves with a beautiful dance partner.
As the students learn Dulaine's highbrow dance steps, they begin to incorporate their own hip-hop inspired swagger, giving them a style all their own. Their quick improvement compels Dulaine to enter them into a contest with the finest dancers in all of New York.
Most moviegoers have already heard the song TAKE THE LEAD sings, whether it was in LEAN ON ME, STAND AND DELIVER, TO SIR WITH LOVE, DANGEROUS MINDS, or even GOODBYE MR. CHIPS. Each of these movies features a fish-out-of-water character who reaches out to troubled kids by teaching them the importance of discipline, self-confidence and love. TAKE THE LEAD, which is inspired by the true story of Pierre Dulaine, simply adds a dancing twist to a common story. This type of story is often retold, of course, because it is an uplifting formula that audiences enjoy. And, audiences will enjoy TAKE THE LEAD.
Dulaine volunteers his time to instruct unappreciative, unloved teenagers; services for which he is well-paid in his Manhattan studio. He humbles himself for the sake of the less fortunate, and eventually wins them over and becomes their role model, the only positive role model they have. This Christ-like love is the focus on the movie.
TAKE THE LEAD contains plenty of foul language and mild violence, and is not suitable for children. However, with a light moral worldview and an inspiring message, TAKE THE LEAD dances to familiar steps worth taking.
Most moviegoers have already heard the song TAKE THE LEAD sings, whether it was in LEAN ON ME, STAND AND DELIVER or TO SIR WITH LOVE. TAKE THE LEAD dances to familiar steps, but it shares a positive story with an uplifting message of compassion and love. The movie contains plenty of foul language and mild violence, and is not suitable for children. However, with a light moral worldview and an inspiring message, TAKE THE LEAD tells a story worth repeating.