Save the Last Dance (2001)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Julia Stiles Sara Johnson
Sean Patrick Thomas Derek Reynolds
Kerry Washington Chenille Reynolds
Fredro Starr Malakai
Terry Kinney Roy Johnson
Bianca Lawson Nikki
Vince Green Snookie
Garland Whitt Kenny
Elisabeth Oas Diggy
Artel Kayàru Arvel (as Artel Jarod Walker)
Cory Stewart Lip
Jennifer Anglin Glynn
Dorothy Martin Momma Dean
Kim Tlusty Lindsay Johnson
Felicia Fields Woman on Train
Ora Jones Mrs. Gwynn
Tab Baker Mr. Campbell
Kevin Reid Wonk
Andrew Rothenberg Stern Judge
Mekdes Bruk Lakisha
Ronald Ray Stepps Slacker
Tai'isha Davis Tiffnee
Karimah Westbrook Alyssa
Erica Hubbard Jasmine
Richmond Talauega Stepps Dancer
Whitney Powell Toni
Brenda Pickleman Older Disgusted Woman
Julie Greenberg Gymnastics Teacher
Anna Paskevska Ballet Instructor
Malaika Paul Basketball Player
Jennifer Echols Lavatory Girl
Ellie Weingardt Ballet Judge's Assistant
Earl Manning Hip Hop Dancer
Latisha Oliver Hip Hop Dancer
Nefertiti Robinson Hip Hop Dancer
Roland 'Ro Ro' Tabor Hip Hop Dancer
Anthony Talauega Hip Hop Dancer
Richard Whitebear Hip Hop Dancer
Earl Wright Hip Hop Dancer
Ariane Dolan Ballet Dancer
Movie Details
Genre Romance; Drama
Director Thomas Carter (II); Thomas Carter
Producer David Madden; Robert W. Cort; Duane Adler; Cheryl Edwards
Writer Duane Adler; Cheryl Edwards
Studio Paramount
Language English
Audience Rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Running Time 112 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Save the Last Dance enjoyed a profitable release in early 2001, with box-office earnings that exceeded anyone's expectations. Its performance illustrates the staying power of a formulaic movie that avoids the pitfalls and clichés that would otherwise render it forgettable. Since there's nothing new here, you'll appreciate the original quirks in a character-based plot that's just around the corner from Flashdance, and just as familiar. Sara (Julia Stiles) gave up a promising ballet career when her mother was killed while rushing to attend her daughter's crucial audition to Juilliard; Sara blames herself for the accident, and at her new, mostly African American high school in Chicago, she's uncertain of her future.

Derek (Sean Patrick Thomas) has no such doubts; his own future is bright, and his attraction to Sara is immediate; they connect (predictably), and Sara's dormant funk emerges, with Derek's coaching, as she learns hip-hop dancing in a local club. Obligatory subplots are equally routine: Derek's sister (Kerry Washington) is a single mom struggling with her child's absentee father; Derek's best friend (Fredro Starr) feels trapped in his gangsta lifestyle; and Sara's once-estranged father (Terry Kinney) is doing his best to correct past mistakes. Within the confines of this standard follow-your-dream drama, director Thomas Carter capitalizes on a script that allows these characters to be real, intelligent, and thoughtful about their lives and their futures. It's obvious that Stiles's dancing was intercut with that of a professional double, but that illusion hardly matters when the rest of the movie's so earnestly positive and genuine. --Jeff Shannon

Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 123
In Collection Yes
Owner David Cowley
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Layers Single side, Dual layer
UPC 097363345541
Chapters 18
Release Date 2001
Subtitles English
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Surround
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned
Internet Movie Database