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Center Stage [DVD]

Peter Gallagher , Amanda Schull , Eion Bailey    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Peter Gallagher, Amanda Schull, Zoe Saldana, Susan May Pratt, Donna Murphy
  • Directors: Eion Bailey
  • Producers: Geoffrey Simpson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: UCA
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Feb 2006
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CQK0L6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,679 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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

Product Description

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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable dance spectactular! 15 July 2004
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By AJ.
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Center Stage 27 Sep 2006
By Ayse
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutly mind blowing!! 28 Feb 2002
By A Customer
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!! 15 Sep 2003
By A Customer
this is an amazing film, its so moving and powerful, a mother living her dreams through her daughter, the formation of friendships and the anticipation of decision day!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best dance sequences since 'Dance With Me' 21 April 2003
By A Customer
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Lights, Camera, DANCE! 3 Mar 2003
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, ZoŽ 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars She is 'soo' like my mother!!! 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Dance Routines
storyline leaves a little bit to be desired I think (a bit like fame) but the Dancing is fantastic and really inspiring
Published 13 days ago by Sarah Hawkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Been dying to buy this!
Brilliant film! Had been trying to get it on dvd for a long time since throwing out all my old videos. Its one that you can watch more than once thats for sure! Love it
Published 18 days ago by Arcadia Lockhart
5.0 out of 5 stars center stage
I ordered this film because i like dance type of films. It was a great film and it is a film that you can watch more than ones. It also came 2 days early and it was a great buy.
Published 6 months ago by baby 19
3.0 out of 5 stars another movie
Another movie with dance and good looking people, good movie for teenage girly night, with lots of choc & popcorn.
Published 7 months ago by Jacqueline
5.0 out of 5 stars feedback
not saw this yet as it is a present for someone one but I am sure it will be great
Published 8 months ago by leechy//123
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this film!
Loved the dancing, music and plot line in this film. I would recommend it to anyone who liked dance flicks.
Published 11 months ago by Sophie
5.0 out of 5 stars good film!
watched this years ago in my childhood, got nostalgic and bought it again! good rom-com for a lazy night in, easy watch and basic storyline
Published 14 months ago by Kate Thornbury
5.0 out of 5 stars good
I really like the game and would recommened it to anyone who liked simular films as myself and its interesting
Published 15 months ago by Katiecoo
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant film
A very soul catching film, brilliant dancing in all scenes, a great story line and a wonderful portrayal of people's struggles in the dancing world. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Katie Louise Stride
5.0 out of 5 stars Girly film with great dances
If you like dance films then this one just has a different spin to the stories, there is no difference of circumstance that cause the drama, just the pressure and stress of ballet... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Katie Blackburn
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