Save the Last Dance

Save the Last Dance


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In this romantic drama, two teenagers in love struggle to look past their differences. After the unexpected death of her mother, Sarah Johnson (Julia Stiles) moves to Chicago to live with her father. Knowing no one at her new school and not at home in a gritty, inner-city high school, Sarah has trouble adjusting, but she soon becomes friends with Derek (Sean Patrick Thomas), who has talent and street smarts but a checkered past. Sarah was an avid student of ballet before her mother's death sidelined her studies, while Derek has some serious hip-hop moves, and their mutual love of dance leads their friendship into something deeper. However, since Sarah is white and Derek is black, they have more to contend with than the average high school couple; Sarah gets static from Nikki (Bianca Lawson), Derek's former girlfriend, while Derek has to deal with his friend Malakai (Fredro Starr), who is still deep in the thug life Derek is trying to avoid. Save the Last Dance was directed by Thomas Carter, who previously examined the sociopolitical side of dancing in Swing Kids.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/24/2017
UPC: 0032429257994
Original Release: 2001
Source: Paramount
Sales rank: 3,176

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Julia Stiles Sara Johnson
Sean Patrick Thomas Derek
Kerry Washington Chenille
Fredro Starr Malakai
Terry Kinney Roy
Bianca Lawson Nikki
Vince Green Snookie
Garland Whitt Kenny
Elizabeth Oas Diggy

Technical Credits
Thomas Carter Director
Duane Adler Original Story,Screenwriter
Peter E. Berger Editor
Lisa Campbell Asst. Director
Marie Cantin Co-producer
Robert W. Cort Producer
Randy Duncan Choreography
Paul Bryan Eads Production Designer
Cheryl Edwards Screenwriter
Fatima Choreography
Robbie Greenberg Cinematographer
Sandra Hernandez Costumes/Costume Designer
Diane Hughes Art Director
Mark Isham Score Composer
Craig Jackson Set Decoration/Design
Avy Kaufman Casting,Costumes/Costume Designer
Scarlett Lacey Associate Producer
David Madden Producer
Michael McQuarn Musical Direction/Supervision
David Obermeyer Sound/Sound Designer
Tricia Schneider Set Decoration/Design

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Save the Last Dance 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
save the last dance is the best movie i've ever seen i LOVE it.... i think it is really inspiring.... it teaches you to follow your dreams and it shows it doesn't matter what race or color but you can love anyone~!~!!~~!~~! HIGHLY HIGHLY recommended
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best movie I have ever seen in my WHOLE LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was the bomb! I loved it. It has everything! I liked everything in the movie, especially Sean, he is soooooo hot! I can't imagine anybody not liking this movie. If anybody doesn't like it then you better take it up with me and I'll knock some sense into you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
save the last dance was and awsome movie and really played out my beliefs on interracial dating! it expresses in a very good way so that young kids and teens can understand that it is ok to be atracted and have a relationship with someone of a different race if you love them because the color of your skin doesnt mean anything!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was the best movie of all time. I love it so much iv'e got the dvd and i watch it over and over again. Sean Patrik Thomas is so hot, he is a good actor. Julia Stiles is a good actress.This movie was GREAT.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Save the Last dance because it is dance related, and it shows you the theme of the movie, that color or race don't matter,and to let you true colors shine through!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I used to tell my friend that there is no true love in this world.But SAVE THE LAST DANCE proved me wrong. People there is true love and if you wanna see it or feel it you must watch this movie it is the best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was excellent!!! The story focuses around a high-school prima ballerina who moves into the Chicago ghetto to live in with her musician father after her mother dies in a car wreck. Sarah feels responsible, because her mother had been on the way to her Jillard's dance try out. The story revolves around her emotional battles and the controversial issue of her relationship with Darian, an African-American hip-hop dancer. I really liked the dance choreography in this movie, especially the final dance. I also apprieciated how many of the movie's morals hold true to life. Save the Last Dance is definitly an all-time favrite movie for me!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
man i just loved this movie. have you ever wanted to see a movie so bad and you talked about it for ever that when you finally went to go see it,it wasn't all that. not this movie. i hyped it up and when i saw it, it was better than i thought. see this if you haven't and if you did watch it again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was excellent. The plot and drama was captivating. Sean Patrick Thomas delivered a fantastic performance, and Julia Stiles did pretty well. There were some scenes that irked me, however; scenes that obviously showed Julia Stiles is not that great of a dancer. For instance, ''Sarah Johnson'' did not turn her palms inwards as she was doing her chainés in her room. And as she was in her Pointe class, there was a very short scene of her full body. The ballet teacher had said, ''...and stretch through the toes...'' Sarah's foot was not pointed and her arabesque was low for a dancer who was aspiring for Julliard. These are just the little details I see, being a dancer, and though they seem insignificant, these details are the difference between a dancer with technical training, and someone who has either just started, or has not had very much training. Overall, this is an amazing movie, and I suggest it to anyone. There are happy scenes, sad scenes, dramatic scenes, and there are scenes that make you want to bang your head against your remote and say, ''Did she just do that? I can't believe she just did that!'' (esp. when Sarah was dancing at Steppes for the first time. That was bad, but of course, it was choreographed to be like that.) Save The Last Dance is a great movie and it deals with life and growing up in the ''real world.''
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think it was just terrible how what you think is a dance movie turns out to be an all out full fledged pornographic film. Horrific, absolutely horrific!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm not understanding what the first review is stating. There was not much nudity in this film. This movie was an excellent inspiration to anyone that wants to accomplish their dreams, but has doubts because of a tragedy in their lives.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I saw this movie I was only expecting a fluffy teen movie but this was one of the greatest movies I have seen ever. The acting was terrific the story was realistic it was just wonderful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent movie, the actors put on a great performace. A MUST see!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this movie is inspiring to everyone who watches it. It shows that if you try you can acheive your dreams. And the dance moves work with the songs. The chemistry rocks between Juila Stiles (Sarah) and Sean Patrick Tomas (Derik).
Guest More than 1 year ago
To me, I think this was the best movie I have ever seen, because of the point this movie focused on, and about two teenagers achieveing their dreams and to being faithful to their relationship! It inspired me in every single way! I started watching this movie every since I got home, and I watched it everyday during my vacation on DVD! Why, because it's a ''SLAMMING!'' movie! Two strangers sharing their love for dancing eventually falls in love, and faces over their friends just to be together! Such strong emotions! I don't know how to explain this anymore, but I think it's a great movie because I myself loves hip-hop music, dance, and inspiring, achieving movies! That's partly one of my reasons I liked this movie so much! NOTE:(Julia Stiles), (Sean Patrick Thomas),(Kerry Washington), (Bianca Lawson), Freddro Starr) are great, and amazing actresses, so you should definitely buy this DVD and start enjoying!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best movie I have ever seen. It is teen spirited and is wonderful. All the actors and actresses did a great job. YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS MOVIE AND RECOMMENDED BUY IT URSELF!!! TWO THUMBS UP FOR THIS MOVIE!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was so cool. Sara (Julia Stiles) worked really hard to achieve her dreams and Derik (Sean Patrick Thomas) supported her all the way. This movie is what inspired me to start dancing again. I LOVED IT!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Most people I've come in contact with feel the same way that this was an 'entertaining film'. It was not oscar material but in the end everyone liked the film to their suprise. It is a feel good film that in some ways is a modern day ''Dirty Dancing'' with a hip hop twist. Love overcomes adversity and you just want to get up and dance at the end. All in all its worth seeing with fresh faces and some good music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie was da bomb movie!! every one should see it!!! plus sean patrick thomas looks really great in this movie!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I personally think this movie was very inspiring. It help show that it not always about black and white but it's about following your dreams. And I thank the director and the famous actors and actress Julia and Thomas. Your the best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie that I saw was great because it shows you the real life between the diffrent races at the school the girl is goin to after her mother died and she moved to her fathers house. She met a guy who she liked and who tought her to dance and they both went out to with each other. The movie shows how the guy and the girl do things to be with each other with waterver it takes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best movie I have ever seen. It is teen spirited and is wonderful. All the actors and actresses did a great job. YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS MOVIE!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is the best film i have ever seen i really like it because i am into all the dance films!! after i saw save the last dance it got me more into dance!! the film is excellent and is the best ever!!i think nis has a good story line and the cast is gorg i.e sean patrik thomas oh my god! The dance moves are amazing!! the very last dance is an excellent finish to the film! I want a save the last dance 2 to come out!! thanks!!i nwould reccomend it to anyone who enjoys a great film!