12 certificateSave the Last Dance is a Film programme that first aired in 2001 and has been classified a 12 certificate.

Save the Last Dance is a 4 star programme

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Save the Last Dance (2001)

Directed by
Thomas Carter

Sara's (Julia Stiles) life is devoted to dance - she wants nothing more than to make it into New York's famous Juilliard School. But when tragedy strikes and she loses her mum, her hopes are dashed and she buries her dreams of ever attending the country's best dance school.

Without her Mum to support her, Sara moves to the tough streets of Chicago's South side to live with her Dad - a down on his luck jazz musician who she barely knows. Her new school's a totally different world from the small town she grew up in, but Sara's quick comebacks and sassy attitude earn her the quick respect and friendship of straight-talking Chenille (Kerry Washington). But it's Chenille's brother, Derek (Sean Patrick Thomas), the cool and good-looking star of the school, who grabs Sara's attention. He plays it up tough, but he also has the smarts and a plan to go to medical school.

When Chenille takes Sara to "Steppes", the local hang-out, she gets her first taste of hip-hop - and Derek's the one to show her the moves. When they discover they share a passion for dance, they discover that there's something deeper going on - a passion for each other. But they soon find out the hard way that they must not only overcome their own differences, but the resentment and bad blood of their friends and family. As the school year goes on, the couple find that their affection and devotion to each other could ultimately threaten Derek's hopes for a better life and Sara's rediscovery of her dance.

Yet against all the odds they overcome the obstacles to their dreams, and discover that ultimately the only person you have to be is ... yourself.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 110 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2001

4/5 Stars

Classification: 12 Certificate

Filmed in Colour


Image for Julia StilesJulia Stiles...Sara Johnson
Sean Patrick Thomas...Derek Reynolds
Image for Kerry WashingtonKerry Washington...Chenille Reynolds
Fredro Starr...Malakai
Terry Kinney...Roy Johnson
Bianca Lawson...Nikki
Vince Green...Snookie
Garland Whitt...Kenny
Elisabeth Oas...Diggy
Artel Jarod Walker...Arvel
Cory Stewart...Lip
Jennifer Anglin...Glynn
Dorothy Martin...Momma Dean
Kim Tlusty...Lindsay Johnson
Felicia Fields...Woman on Train