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  • Actors: Amanda Schull, Ethan Stiefel, Sascha Radetsky, Christine Dunham, Stephen Stout
  • Directors: Nicholas Hytner
  • Writers: Carol Heikkinen
  • Producers: Caroline Baron, Laurence Mark
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Icelandic, Hindi, Hebrew, Dutch, Bulgarian, German, Turkish, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Greek, Norwegian, Arabic
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Aug 2001
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005AVW0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,092 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Jonathan Reeves (Peter Gallagher) is the artistic director of the American Ballet Company and has a small collection of young students under his wing who face a long struggle for success. As well as growing up and facing adulthood and the onset of relationships, the main problem facing Reeves is what this group can achieve on the stage and whether they can deliver the goods.

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Directed by Nicholas Hynter, whose theatrical background provided a magnificent debut with The Madness of King George [1994], Center Stage is a drama set in the hugely competitive and pressured world of a New York Ballet company. By no means breaking any new ground, Hynter's movie dusts down the all-too-familiar staples of the likes of Fame and A Chorus Line and gives them a glamorous, energetic update. Fans of those classic "Backstage" movies can expect, and duly receive, all the usual clichés: the domineering stage mother; the dancer who risks health for success; the arrogant male lead dancer; the struggling newcomer; the imperious teacher; even the last-minute injury. Yet, like a guilty pleasure, it's hard not to enjoy Hynter's realistic and reverential glimpse of this ruthless, demanding world, never succumbing to overt soapy theatrics and filled with impressive dance sequences. While not as exuberant as Fame, it's still a fun, if depthless, look at the world of Ballet.

On The DVD: Hynter's commentary, while not brimming with technical detail or thrilling anecdote, allows him to expound on this particularly demanding profession, as well as his personal recollections of theatrical life. While the two deleted scenes are forgettable, Dance fans will enjoy the five extended performance sequences, while a making-of featurette and Mandy Moore video round off a slight package. --Danny Graydon

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Emma Hart on 15 July 2004
Format: DVD
I bought this film a few weeks ago and I've found it a pleasure to watch! The film manages to give a balance between dance and real life problems, and shows an insight into the life of a dancer at the American Ballet Academy.
Okay, the acting is not A* standard and perhaps the script is a little predictable (to say the least), but the dancing certainly makes up for this. The film provides the audience with an eclectic mix of modern and classical ballet, as well as some urban and latin dance influences too.
The ballet itself is beautifully performed, introducing some new talent, especially Amanda Schull who plays Jodie Sawyer. Each dancer has a different style and technique which gives the film such interesting dance sequences. My only criticism is that I felt that the dance students didn't show the level of commitment a real dance student would have, which somehow detaches the audience from being as emotionally involved as perhaps the director would have wanted us to be (due to the script), so this is why I haven't given the film the full 5 stars it would have otherwise recieved.
I found the soundtrack a pleasant surprise with music from Tchaikovsky to Jamiroquai (yes strange concoction) but this mixture of musical genres works very well.
I found the choreography refreshing and varied, and both the dancers and the different styles of dance make this film such a success and such an inspiration. The final dance sequence is the film's climax with bright costumes, great music, and of course, amazing dancing!
If you love to dance, this film is definately for you and if you don't, you might be surprised how much you enjoy it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By AJ. on 10 Aug 2009
Format: DVD
I enjoyed the film. It was at times predictable as most dance films are however there are wonderful routines and romance throughout. Worth watching.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Feb 2002
Format: VHS Tape
The film takes the viewers through the ups and downs of life as a dancer, highlighting the strengths and struggles of the individual. Ending in an absolutly mind blowing piece of choreography as the film draws to a close we see a contrasted piece of choreography with the dance styles of ballet and jazz juxtaposed with an upbeat aural setting.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ayse on 27 Sep 2006
Format: DVD
The dance scenes make up for everything that's less good! A must for everyone that loves to dance or is interested in dance, specially in ballet!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Feb 2002
Format: VHS Tape
I saw this movie advertised in a magazine months and months ago and knew I had to see it, unfortunately it wasn't showing at any cinemas near me so I waited and waited for it's release on video and I wasn't disapointed. You can't take your eyes of the fresh and new dancing, the actors are seriously hot and it has a soundtrack to die for. The plot, basically Jodie and a bunch of friends have been accepted into the American Ballet Company but at the end of the year only 6 places are available for a permanent place there.
There's heart break, eating disorders, love, determination and admiration as 100s of youngsters battle for that place they've dreamed of since they first put on their ballet shoes and tutus. A must see movie for all dance fans and girls who love to see men in tights.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "toots1010" on 13 Dec 2002
Format: VHS Tape
What can be said about this film, if you dance you'll recognise each sterotype and spend much of your time commenting that she reminds you of your own dancing teacher, mother and friends. It paints a ture picture of the cut-throat world of ballet, you have to suffer sacrifices for your art.
The dancing is good but it's nothing that hasnt been done before. As for the acting the less said about that the better. But I have to admit, you can't help but be taken in the predicatable and depthless storyline. The vitality and freshness of the performances brings an excitment that goes beyond the film. If you like dancing then you'll like this film, but if you don't you'll probably find it had a flimsy storyline and woodden acting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 April 2003
Format: DVD
this film does not break from the usual trends of dance movies but it is both entertaining and superbly coreographed. The final dance scenes are some of the best i have ever seen and will make you want to run out and learn ballet immediatly. Amanda Schull is both beautiful and extreamly talented and is the most convincing as an film actress out of the entire cast. The majority of the cast being professional dancers makes this film very credible and all the more enjoyable to watch.
This is one of my favourite movies and i hope this isnt the last we see of Amanda Schull and Ethan Steifel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "ajw999" on 3 Mar 2003
Format: DVD
Although Centre Stage is addressed to a younger audience, all admirers of dance and ballet can enjoy it. It presents all the problems of adolescence against a background of the American Ballet Academy. Love, conflicting emotions and pressure all hung over the ballet dancers heads as they try and get a spot into the coveted American Ballet Company. The movie contains strong performances from Ethan Stiefel, Zoë Saldana and the 1998 Olympic figure skating Champion Ilia Kulik. Whether you are a fan of traditional ballet or modern dance this movie will surely be to your likening.
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