Strictly Ballroom


A maverick dancer risks his career by performing an unusual routine and sets out to succeed with a new partner.

Release Year: 1992

Rating: 7.1/10 (13,242 voted)

Critic's Score: 72/100

Baz Luhrmann

Stars: Paul Mercurio, Tara Morice, Bill Hunter

Scott Hastings is a champion caliber ballroom dancer, but much to the chagrin of the Australian ballroom dance community, Scott believes in dancing "his own steps". Fran is a beginning dancer and a bit of an ugly duckly who has the audacity to ask to be Scott's partner after his unorthodox style causes his regular partner to dance out of his life. Together, these two misfits try to win the Australian Pan Pacific Championships and show the Ballroom Confederation that they are wrong when they say, "there are no new steps!"

Writers: Baz Luhrmann, Baz Luhrmann


Paul Mercurio

Scott Hastings

Tara Morice


Bill Hunter

Barry Fife

Pat Thomson

Shirley Hastings

Gia Carides

Liz Holt

Peter Whitford

Les Kendall

Barry Otto

Doug Hastings

John Hannan

Ken Railings

Sonia Kruger

Tina Sparkle

Kris McQuade

Charm Leachman

Pip Mushin

Wayne Burns

Leonie Page

Vanessa Cronin

Antonio Vargas


Armonia Benedito

Ya Ya

Jack Webster


There's something in the air. It might be love — but it isn't.

Release Date: 12 February 1993

Filming Locations: Marrickville, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Box Office Details

Budget: AUD 3,000,000


Gross: $11,738,022

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


The trophies in Kendall's Dance Studio were real trophies borrowed from dance studios.


When Fran's Grandmother is beating the rhythm on Scott's chest, the neckline on his undershirt goes up and down between shots


Barry Fife:
Well, of course, you can dance any steps you like! But that doesn't mean you'll…
[Slam into a close-up of Barry's mouth]

Barry Fife:

User Review

Bravo! A classic! Makes you feel great!

Rating: 9/10

Yes, yes, I agree with all of the wonderful comments below, but here are a
few things nobody has mentioned:

1. The EDITING is superb. All too often we focus on the actors, music, or
cinematography. This is natural, and in this film all of these are superb.
But keep a close watch of the editing – wow, it is perfect and ties the
whole film together flawlessly. There are so many cuts that make the
perspective magical.(And no, I am not a film editor.)

2. Look at WHO is dancing together as couples, right at the end. This,
like so many other fine details, carries lots of significance.

3. When Scott and Fran are practising on the deck at her house, under the
instruction of her family, her Spanish father dances with her and says "Muy
bien, muy bien, Fran. Very good!" Notice that he uses her Anglo name "Fran"
rather than her Spanish name, and converts over to English. The look he
gives her tells us that he is probably seeing his (deceased) wife, via his
daughter whom he loves, and that he finally ACCEPTS her and her Anglo
boyfriend. This is but one of many small scenes that have more depth than
may be first apparent.

My wife and I grabbed this video to 'fill in time' during a quiet weekend.
We were astounded at how it captivated us since we had already seen it when
it first came out. Like other comments below, we have watched the end
repeatedly, and it always 'revs us up' into the clouds.