Director: Nicholas Hytner - Director/"King George"
Theatrical Release: 2000
Rated: PG-13 (MPAA)
Length: 116 mins
Studio: Sony Pictures Home
All Jody Sawyer (Amanda Schull) has ever wanted is to be a ballerina in the American Ballet Company. Her dream begins to come true when she's accepted to the company's Academy in New York City. Along with street-smart Eva (Zo? Saldana), veteran student Maureen (Susan May Pratt), sensitive Charlie (Sascha Radetsky), and flamboyant Erik (Shakiem Evans), Jody embarks on the stringent Academy training program with the hope of being one of the select few chosen for the Company. But Jody has her own style and has to contend with criticism that she doesn't have good feet and her body type is wrong. In the meantime, she finds herself involved with Cooper (Ethan Stiefel), a talented Harley-riding dancer and choreographer. <BR><BR>The masterful dance sequences in Nicholas Hytner's CENTER STAGE are enriched by the performances of real-life American Ballet Theatre star Stiefel, and those of Schull, who was an apprentice at the San Francisco Ballet when she was cast. Peter Gallagher stars as the head of the ballet company, Donna Murphy is featured as an instructor at the academy, and Debra Monk portrays an overbearing mother to Maureen (Susan May Pratt), the best ballerina in the class who is also harboring a dark secret.;
|Language Usage||Closed Captioned|
|Rating Reason||Language and some sensuality.|
Debra Monk - Actress/...Madison County
Nicholas Hytner - Director/"King George"
Ruth Myers - Costume designer
Laurence Mark - Producer/Executive
Geoffrey Simpson - Cinematographer
David Gropman - Production Designer
Tariq Anwar - Editor
George Fenton - Composer
Caroline Baron - Producer
Carol Heikkinen - Screenwriter
Donna Murphy - Actress
Eion Bailey - Actor
Shakiem Evans - Actor
Ilia Kulik - Actor
Sascha Radetsky - Actor
Amanda Schull - Actress
Ethan Stiefel - Ballet Star
Susan Stroman - Choreography
Christopher Wheeldon - Choreographer
"...The movie is loaded with lively dance sequences....Ms. Schull [carries] the movie away with her energy and grace..."
"...Slick and enjoyable....The choreography is graceful..."
"...[The film has an] entertaining 10-minute finale."
"...A compelling look behind the perfect pirouette..." -- Rating: B
"...A CHORUS LINE'S charismatic Priscilla Lopez makes an exuberant impression..."
"...The movie casts real dancers in many of the roles, and that provides an obvious standard of excellence that gives the movie an underlying authenticity..."