Save the Last Dance

Synopsis: Sara wants to be a ballerina, but her dreams are cut short by the sudden death of her mother. She moves in with her father, who she has not seen for a long time. He lives on the other side of town, in a predominantly Black neighborhood. She gets transferred to a new school where she is one of the few White students there. She becomes friends with Chenille, and later, falls in love with Chenille's brother, Derek.
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Director(s): Thomas Carter
  6 wins & 8 nominations.
112 min

Yes, that's part of it.

That's all of it.

We got a debate going on now.

Capote wasn't first. Richard Wright

and James Baldwin did the same.

Wasn't nobody trying

to read them, though.

A lot of people read them.

A lot of people like who? You?

Didn't think so.

Hey, yo! Mr C, Mr C.

Your girl needs to bone up. You need

to give her a pass to the library.

We need to get a parent-teacher's

conference, something's going on.

Why don't you lend her yours?

'Cause obviously you don't ever use it.

Yo, Latrice! Mr Jackson's civics class,

you will have a pop quiz.

Do not front on it.

It's mad hard, all right?

That's how easy it is

to give to charity around here.


Don't put your shit on the floor.

So here I am trying to study,

and he's crying and crying...

Yo, where were you in maths class?

It was so hard. I didn't know

anything, I left it blank.

Had you been there,

I'd have had my notes.

I know you're new

to the table, but look...

We are the 2K generation,

and no one takes us seriously.

We don't even take ourselves

seriously. And look around.

Half the student body is D.O.A.

From the neck up, Clara.

Sara. It's Sara.

Yeah, it's Sara.

- You finished?

- Yes.

- Thank you so much.

- No problem.

Watch where you sit. Don't ever

let me catch you at that table.

And it's Chenille.

Put your tray here and I'll

introduce you to the ladies I roll with.

It's just a little hip hop. Come on.

Hold up, hold up, hold up.

Girls, this is Sara.

Sara, this is Portia and Tanisha.

And this is Diggy.

She thinks she's down.

- Excuse me, I am down, okay?

- Yes, whatever.

I thought you knew how to play?

Did it hurt?

Stick a pin through your eyebrow,

see if it hurts.


Who? 'Cause in this crowd you're gonna

have to be a bit more specific.

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Duane Adler

Duane Adler is an American screenwriter, director, and producer. He is best known for his work on romantic dance films Save the Last Dance (2001), Step Up (2006), and Make Your Move (2013). His other screenwriting credits include VH1's telefilm The Way She Moves (2001), Weinstein Co's Make It Happen (2008), Skydance's "Northern Lights," and Fox Atomic's Venice Beach.Duane Adler is president of Hungry Yak Productions and partner in Connect Entertainment. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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