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USA: Buena Vista Pictures Distribution
UK: UIP (UK)
Cast: Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan, Rachel Griffiths, Mario, Dwight "Heavy D" Myers, Damaine Radcliff, Drew Sidora, De'Shawn Washington, Josh Henderson, Deirdre Lovejoy, Alyson Stoner, Tim Lacatena, Jane Beard, Carlyncia Peck, Richard Pelzman, Ryan Sands, DeLon Howell, Rana Poindexter, Frank Ferrara, Anne Fletcher, Natalie Steinberg, Isaiah Washington, Sheila Cutchlow, John Wolfe, Tom Quinn
Director: Anne Fletcher
USA & UK: 103 mins
USA Rated: PG-13 for thematic elements, brief violence and innuendo
UK Certificate: PG contains mild violence, sex references and language
USA Release Date: 11 August 2006
UK Release Date: 27 October 2006
He's a defiant rebel from the wrong side of Baltimore's tracks. She's a privileged dancer from an elite performing art school. Their worlds couldn't be more different but when their fates collide, the sparks between them fly, igniting an exhilarating hip-hop-fueled fairy tale about making your one shot at an improbable dream come true. Featuring an exciting cast of multi-talented young newcomers, STEP UP is a gritty story of transcendence driven by music and dance.
Tyler Gage (Channing Tatum) has grown up all his life on the rough streets of the city and he knows he's unlikely to ever make it out of there. But after a brush with the law lands Tyler with a community service gig at the city's Performing Arts High, everything changes. That's when he meets Nora (Jenna Dewan), the school's prima ballerina, an alluring diva who is desperately searching for someone to replace her injured partner before the school's all-important Senior Showcase. Spying Tyler's moves, Nora can't help but notice he's got a raw but natural gift. She decides to take a chance on Tyler, but as they begin to train, the tension between them, and their polar opposite backgrounds, skyrockets. With everything on the line, Tyler will have just one performance to prove to Nora, and to himself, that he can step up to a life for larger than he ever imagined.
STEP UP features the directorial debut of acclaimed choreographer Anne Fletcher, who came to the fore with the run away teen hit BRING IT ON. The film stars newcomers Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan, Academy AwardŽ-nominee and Golden Globe winner Rachel Griffiths, as well as R&B superstar Mario who appears as an aspiring musician. Also featured in the cast are rap legend Dwight "Heavy D" Myers, Damaine Radcliff, Drew Sidora and De'Shawn Washington. Written by Duane Adler (SAVE THE LAST DANCE) and Melissa Rosenberg (THE OC).