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Strictly Ballroom

Genre: Comedy, Musical; Starring: Paul Mercurio, Tara Morice, Gia Carides; Director: Baz Luhrmann; Author: Baz Luhrmann; Runtime (in minutes): 94; MPAA Rating: PG

STRICTLY BALLROOM Paul Mercurio, Tara Morice (1992, Touchstone, PG, priced for rental) Enormously entertaining, this larger-than-life tribute to ballroom dancing is the closest modern movies have come to comic-book romance. As the rebel hoofer (Mercurio) and the wallflower (Morice) step the night away toward a championship, the movie is like Rocky with dip and glide. Directed with a choreographer’s knowing and passionate eye by Baz Luhrmann, it may be diminished in size by video but not in spirit. It is just plain swell. A -LO’T

Originally posted February 18 1994 — 12:00 AM EST

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