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

Ticket, please.

Have a good trip.

Excuse me, is this seat taken?


I love ballet.

I never had the body for it.

You dance?

I used to.

I've got something for you.

It's for love, not luck...

...because you don't need luck.

You dance like an angel.


You're the best luck

I'll ever have.

- Are you okay?

- I keep messing up the pirouettes.

It's frustrating, but it'll be okay.

My mom's gonna be there.

You have nothing to worry about.

You're the best dancer in Lamont.

This is not Lamont,

it's Julliard, New York City.

- Do you want to pray?

- What?

You're leaving for St. Louis.

I'm not gonna see you. We should pray.

Awesome Father, S.J. Auditions today,

let her do okay...

We've got the Carson wedding,

the Dankowski party, two funerals,

and Jill calls in sick

today of all days.

Sara, I'm sorry, I have to

handle this. There isn't anybody else.

- Mom, what about...

- Glynn, do they want roses in this?

Judy took that order, ask her.

Mom, this is the most important day

of my life. You have to be there.

You promised.

I know.

Excuse me, are you Sara Johnson?

You're next.

I'll be there. I promise.

Before you audition.

Is there anything you'd like to say

about your contemporary piece?

No, it's pretty self-explanatory.

Did you have a good ride?

I slept through most of it.

I guess you've got stuff. Baggage?

Three suitcases. One big one.

Sorry I had to split

so soon after the funeral.

If I could have gotten out of that gig,

I would have hung around longer.

Guess it was pretty tough

leaving all your friends.

Here we are.

Put them anywhere.

I'll give you the grand tour.

Not like what you're used to,

but the water's hot

and the mice are friendly.


Kitchen... big kitchen.

This is where I sleep.

I didn't get a chance

to make the bed today.

Where do I sleep?

Nixon was probably in office

when this was made, but...

...there's a brand-new mattress

in there.

Most of your clothes should fit here.

Put the rest in the hall closet.

I know it's a little bit

out in the open, but...

I didn't get a chance

to finish your room here.

Yeah, I'll fix that.

It's a work in progress.

I'll have it up and running

in no time.

A few minor adjustments.

Well, I guess

I'll let you get unpacked.

You don't have to come in with me.

I'm your father. I'm supposed to.

You don't know where to go.

It's okay. I mean, I have done

this before - gone to school.

All right, well,

this is the name they gave me.

Mrs Gwynn, main office.

I'll be back to pick you up at 3:30.

Okay, sure, whatever.

My door is always open and, contrary

to hall rumour, you can talk to me.

So, do you have

any questions or concerns?

No questions, no answers.

All right. This is Mr Campbell's class

and he's expecting you.

Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood"


a complete turning point

in American history and literature.

Do you want to take that cap off

and tell us why, Mr Ricard?

Gay rights?

- The Com-pote dude who wrote it...

- Capote.

- Capote?

- Capote.

Sweet tooth. Straight-up fag, Mr C.

- Flaming!

- Thank you, Mr Ricard.

We can now promote you

up to kindergarten. Anybody else?

Once, twice...

Miss Johnson, I apologise

if any of this is over your head.

If you see me after class,

I'll give you some chapters. Anybody?

It's a non-fiction novel.

Capote mixed true events with things

he couldn't know, so he made them up.

He created a new genre.

White folks back then felt safe.

Capote scared them. He took

hardcore crime out of the ghetto

and placed it in America's backyard.

That's what makes the book special.

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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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