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Stepping Out

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Time Out says

Schlepping out, more like. Another feel-good movie to follow Shirley Valentine, this is set in a New York dance class run by feisty coulda-been Mavis (Minnelli), who had her week of glory understudying on Broadway. Now, her career hampered by her boyfriend's ego, fulfilment lies in teaching a lovable bunch of stereotypes and social inadequates under the steely eye of cantankerous pianist Winters. Asked to stage a routine for a charity show, Mavis has to whip these no-hopers into a crack corps de tap. This isn't a Willy Russell job, but the rules are the same: plain folk overcome problems in one life-affirming moment, braving the disapproval of society and/or him at home. There's little room for a strong cast to manoeuvre. Minnelli plies her gamine act likeably, although when it comes to her big 'what good is it sitting alone in your room' closer, tacked on as a cynical box-office sop, she's the same old Liza with a Zzzz. Gilbert opens up Richard Harris' church-hall bound stage play with all the visual flair of a sitcom episode.
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Release Details

  • Duration:110 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Lewis Gilbert
  • Screenwriter:Richard Harris
  • Cast:
    • Liza Minnelli
    • Shelley Winters
    • Robyn Stevan
    • Jane Krakowski
    • Bill Irwin
    • Ellen Greene
    • Sheila McCarthy
    • Andrea Martin
    • Julie Walters
    • Carol Woods
    • Luke Reilly
    • Nora Dunn
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