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"A life lived in fear... ...is a life half lived"

Strictly Ballroom begins with our introduction to Scott Hastings, an Australian ballroom dancer who wants to win the Pan-Pacific Grand Prix Dancing Championship despite the fact that he is not the greatest ballroom dancer in the world, a fact he is constantly reminded of by his mother, who runs a dancing school. A few days later, due to Scott's original partner being unable to make it to the Pan-Pacific Grand Prix Dancing Championship, Scott is assigned a new dance partner, Fran, who is just beginning to dance. Fran's style differs from regular ballroom dancing, and Scott realizes that this is the style that he is really good at, much to the annoyance of his dance instructor mother.

While Scott is learning the dancing style, Barry Fife, who is the seedy man who runs the Pan-Pacific Grand Prix Dancing Championship, pulls Scott aside and tells him that his parents were dancing champions, but they lost the Pan-Pacific Grand Prix Dancing Championship because his father did what Scott is doing. Barry then scolds him for dancing with Fran and tells him to dance the right way. Scott resumes with Liz, much to Fran's annoyance.

At the Pan-Pacific Grand Prix Dancing Championship, Scott's father pulls him aside and tells Scott that what Barry told him was an out-right lie. Barry pulled the same trick on him and Scott's mother. His mother then chose a different partner, and that pair lost. Scott then tracks down Fran, and the two quickly begin dancing. Barry, furious, orders their disqualification, but the couple keeps dancing away, as nothing will stop them from dancing.

As they keep dancing, the onlookers (as well as Scott's parents, who finally get their chance to dance at the Pan-Pacific Grand Prix Dancing Championship) join them on the floor of the Pan-Pacific Grand Prix Dancing Championship, and the film ends with everyone dancing, all in love.

PG
| 1992 | 1 hr 34 min | 7.2/10 | 72/100
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Baz Luhrmann
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English, Spanish
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Also starring Paul Mercurio

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