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Shall We Dance? (2004 film)

Shall We Dance?
File:Shall we dance posterA.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Peter Chelsom
Produced by Simon Fields
Bob Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein
James Tyler
Written by Audrey Wells
Masayuki Suo (original screenplay)
Starring Richard Gere
Jennifer Lopez
Susan Sarandon
Stanley Tucci
Lisa Ann Walter
Sarah Lafleur
Richard Jenkins
Bobby Cannavale
Omar Benson Miller
Mýa Harrison
Ja Rule
Nick Cannon
Narrated by Richard Gere
Music by John Altman
Gabriel Yared
Cinematography John de Borman
Edited by Robert Leighton
Distributed by Miramax Films
Release dates
October 15, 2004 (2004-10-15)
Running time
106 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $50 million
Box office $170,128,460

Shall We Dance? is a 2004 American film that is a remake of the award-winning 1996 Japanese film of the same name.[1] The film made its US premiere at the Hawaii International Film Festival.[2]


John Clark (Richard Gere) is a lawyer with a charming wife (Beverly, played by Susan Sarandon) and loving family, who nevertheless feels that something is missing as he makes his way every day through the city. Each evening on his commute home through Chicago, John sees a beautiful woman staring with a lost expression through the window of a dance studio. Haunted by her gaze, John impulsively jumps off the train one night, and signs up for ballroom dancing lessons, hoping to meet her.

At first, it seems like a mistake. His teacher turns out to be not Paulina (Jennifer Lopez), but the older Miss Mitzi (Anita Gillette), and John proves to be just as clumsy as his equally clueless classmates Chic (Bobby Cannavale) and Vern (Omar Miller) on the dance-floor. Even worse, when he does meet Paulina, she icily tells John she hopes he has come to the studio to seriously study dance and not to look for a date. But, as his lessons continue, John falls in love with dancing. Keeping his new obsession from his family and co-workers, John feverishly trains for Chicago's biggest dance competition. His friendship with Paulina blossoms, as his enthusiasm rekindles her own lost passion for dance. But the more time John spends away from home, the more his wife Beverly becomes suspicious. She hires a private investigator to find out what John is doing, but when she finds out the truth, she chooses to discontinue the investigation and not invade her husband's privacy.

John is partnered with Bobbie (Lisa Ann Walter) for the competition, although his friend Link (Stanley Tucci) steps in to do the Latin dances. Link and Bobbie do well in the Latin dances, and while John and Bobbie's waltz goes well, John hears his wife and daughter in the crowd during the quickstep, and is distracted by trying to find them. He and Bobbie fall and are disqualified, and John and Beverly argue in the parking structure. John quits dancing, to everyone's dismay.

Paulina, having been inspired by John to take up competing again, is leaving to go to Europe, and is having a going-away party at the dance studio. She sends John an invitation, but he's not convinced to go until his wife leaves out a pair of dancing shoes that she bought him. He goes and meets Beverly at work, convinces her that while he loves dancing, he still loves her just as much, and they dance. They go to the party and John and Paulina have one last dance before she leaves.

The end scene shows everyone afterwards: Link and Bobbie are now together; Chic, who was actually homosexual, dances at a club with his partner; Miss Mitzi finds a new partner, and they are happy together; John and Beverly are back to normal and dance in the kitchen; Vern, newly married to his fiancée, dances with her at their wedding; the private investigator that Beverly hired, Devine (Richard Jenkins), starts up dance lessons; and Paulina, with a new partner, competes at Blackpool, the competition that she had lost years before.



  1. "Sway" - The Pussycat Dolls
  2. "Santa Maria" (Del Buen Ayre) - Gotan Project
  3. "Happy Feet" - John Altman
  4. "España Cañí" - John Altman
  5. "I Wanna (Shall We Dance)" - Gizelle D'Cole
  6. "Perfidia" - John Altman
  7. "Under The Bridges Of Paris" - John Altman
  8. "Moon River" - John Altman
  9. "Andalucia" - John Altman
  10. "The Book Of Love" - Peter Gabriel
  11. "The L Train" - Gabriel Yared
  12. "I Could Have Danced All Night" - Jamie Cullum
  13. "Wonderland" - Rachel Fuller
  14. "Shall We Dance?" - Gotan Project
  15. "Let's Dance" - Mýa


Shall We Dance received a 46% rating from Rotten Tomatoes based on reviews from 153 critics (Fresh: 70 Rotten: 83).[3] Roger Ebert gave the film 3 out of 4 stars, stating "I enjoyed the Japanese version so much I invited it to my Overlooked Film Festival a few years ago, but this remake offers pleasures of its own."[4]

Box office performance

The film debuted on October 15, 2004, grossing $11,783,467 in the opening weekend, placing fourth at the North American box office. Despite its 27% decline in gross earnings, the film managed to climb to the third spot the following week. The film ran for 133 days, grossing $57,890,460 in the United States and $112,238,000 in internationally, with an worldwide total of $170,128,460.


Parts of Shall We Dance were filmed in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in a dance studio located on campus at the University of Manitoba.


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