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Take The Lead [DVD]

Antonio Banderas , Rob Brown , Katya Virshilas    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Antonio Banderas, Rob Brown, Yaya DaCosta, Alfre Woodard, Dante Basco
  • Directors: Katya Virshilas
  • Producers: Aaron Zigman, Christopher Godsick
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Eiv
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Sep 2006
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GHRCB2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,937 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Antonia Banderas stars as a committed dance teacher in this musical drama, based on a true story. Volunteering to teach dance in New York public schools, Pierre (Banderas) finds his background clashing with the underprivileged kids in his class, but out of the conflicts between them he manages to forge a completely new style.

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
When we read the description of this movie, the expectation is that we will get a story that has been told before, but this time using dancing as the motivator. Movies in a similar vein that came to mind were "Stand and Deliver", which uses math, and "Music of the Heart", which uses music. And in terms of the plot, there are not many surprises there. But the delivery is outstanding; the music and dancing are used perfectly to make us forget about the trite plot.

"Take the Lead" is based on the true story of Mr. Pierre Dulaine, a ballroom dancer and teacher who shows the traits of an old-fashioned gentleman and argues that the dancing cultivates these characteristics. This is a movie about contrasts and about how differences can be bridged. The music and dancing are used as a perfect metaphor for this idea. Right from the beginning we see people getting ready for a party at the beat of different music, hip hop on on side and a ballade on the other. The differences tumble down from there. From the clothing to the ambiance, the world of ballroom dancing and the world of a high school party dominated by hip hop, could not be farther apart.

The two worlds collide when Jason, a student at John Drake High School, is destroying the car of the principal of the school and Pierre comes along in his bike (and this is a bicycle, mind you) and inquires about Jason's acts. The next day, Mr. Dulaine shows up at the principals office and asks for a chance to teach these kids ballroom dancing. She laughs at him, but then decides to teach him a lesson and sends him to try his plan on a group of students on detention. Pierre, who we already suspect was yearning for a challenge, does not waver in his purpose.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
I went to see this film at the cinema, and thoroughly enjoyed it. All us ladies have seen how 'hot' Antonio Banderas was when he danced with Catherine Zeta Jones in Zorro, and with Madonna in Evita. He obviously enjoyed dancing as he chose to do this film and boy is he good!, and one cannot forget what fantastic dancers the whole cast were. This film will appeal to both the ladies and the fellas. The only reason why I have not given it 5* is because of the legendary Dirty Dancing (in the same genre). Dirty Dancing has survived the test of time. It is a film which continues to be extremely popular with each generation. However 'Take The Lead' is definitely my second favourite in this genre!

This film is better than 'Save The Last Dance', and it was so good that I'm buying it (forget renting - this ones for keeps), as it's one of those films you'll watch again and again.....and again.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rainy afternoon viewing! 8 Jun 2009
Take the Lead is a film to settle down to on a rainy afternoon. I am a dance film lover and though this doesnt disappoint, it doesnt have the wow factor for me. The story line is passable and keeps you watching moreso for the change in attitudes by the characters than for the actual dancing. Having said that, I was glued to the scene where Antonio Banderas dances the tango which was breathtaking, worth buying just for that.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Brilliant 5 July 2007
I loved the idea of this film, and having seen other "ballroom" based films such as the ultra-feelgood "Shall We Dance" I purchased this on the strength of that.
This film is a tad more "down to earth", rather than a total fantasy fairy-tale, it is based around troubled youth in a New York public school, and partly based on fact, which also makes it more intriguing.
The film had me absorbed and I thoroughly enjoyed it - the only criticism I would have was that due to the way the film was shot, you were not able to follow great parts of any routine - the shots kept cutting from one couple to another rapidly, which personally for me was quite annoying, but aside that the film as a whole was teriffic and well done. Enjoy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A feel good movie that will force you off the couch and doing the salsa! I mean it! The reason is by far the amazing music in the movie, mixing classic jazz with modern rap and hip hop. It's not a typical dance movie, as it also focuses on the lives and social stances of the main characters. It is however a movie worth seeing. As a dance movie enthusiast I would like to have seen more dancing and definitely more close-ups of dancing, but still - the group of young actors and actresses in the film give it what it need to excel.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A dancers delight! 5 Jun 2010
If you love dancing you'll probably like this film! It's excellent dancing throughout make this one of the actual decent dance films - with people that can actually dance in it :)

And you have to love Antonio Banderas, he's just HIM!

Plus the music in this film makes for a fab compilation album!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! 11 May 2009
A Kid's Review
Hi, i'm 11 years old and I gave my mom this movie for her birthday, when she recived it she was much delighted and later that night me, my brother and my mom all sat down to watch it.
We enjoyed it and wanted to watch it again and again and again it was that good. I personly think that this film is for people like my self who like dance movies and it has a mixture of hip-hop and ballroom dancing.

Thank you for reading this and if you do decide to by this film I fully recommend you to do so.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Antonio Banderas is very good in both the story and the dancing. Dancing is excellent and the whole film is very enjoyable and pacy with interesting angles on relationships... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Maddy
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable dvd
Turned on tv and saw end of film so decided to buy the dvd. Enjoyed the film and now have it to watch again
Published 6 months ago by Lindsey -Jane Lusty
4.0 out of 5 stars Take the Lead [DVD]
Based on a true story about trust and dance! What's not to enjoy with Antonio Bandreas taking the lead (excuse the pun).
Published 8 months ago by C. L. Podbery
5.0 out of 5 stars !!!!
I love that movie!!!
Everything that has dance inside it gets to me so this movie is one i wanted to buy!!!
Really nice price too!!
Published 10 months ago by Joanna
3.0 out of 5 stars dancing
Based on a true character its not very well acted or danced its ok if your bored and cant find anything else on the telly bu it would have to be a last resort
Published 12 months ago by denis knowles
3.0 out of 5 stars decent movie
have enjoyed this film very much,very good story very enjoyable,mite watch it again sometime in the future perhaps. Read more
Published 13 months ago by adrian watkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Well, I liked it very much
Yes, I liked it very much, even though it's not really my kind of subject matter, but Antonio Banderas absolutely pulls it off, quite perfect in the (true life) role. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mr. R. J. Alexander
4.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea
Not my type because of the my age range. Could not enjoy it, I had to quit watching. Maybe is good for teenagers.
Published 14 months ago by Brother Jung
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Antonio Banderas is brilliant in this film as dance teacher Pierre! The younger cast are all very talented and I love that it is based on a true story.
Published 14 months ago by Rebecca Yates
5.0 out of 5 stars My first Amazon review
I saw this film for the first time on Film 4(just like Coach Carter)
It made my night
I found it on Amazon on dvd(not on Blue ray :-( )
This film has got me. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Smiffy
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