Shall We Dance

October 15th, 2004


Shall We Dance

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A romantic comedy where a bored, overworked Estate Lawyer, upon first sight of a beautiful instructor, signs up for ballroom dancing lessons.

Release Year: 2004

Rating: 6.0/10 (19,695 voted)

Critic's Score: 47/100

Director: Peter Chelsom

Stars: Richard Gere, Jennifer Lopez, Susan Sarandon

John Clark is a man with a wonderful job, a charming wife and a 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, 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 dance lessons, hoping to meet her. At first, it seems like a mistake. His teacher turns out to be not Paulina, but the older Miss Mitzi, and John proves just as clumsy as his equally clueless classmates 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...

Writers: Masayuki Suo, Audrey Wells

Richard Gere - John Clark
Jennifer Lopez - Paulina
Susan Sarandon - Beverly Clark
Lisa Ann Walter - Bobbie
Stanley Tucci - Link
Anita Gillette - Miss Mitzi
Bobby Cannavale - Chic
Omar Benson Miller - Vern (as Omar Miller)
Tamara Hope - Jenna Clark
Stark Sands - Evan Clark
Richard Jenkins - Devine
Nick Cannon - Scott
Sarah Lafleur - Carolyn
Onalee Ames - Diane
Diana Salvatore - Tina

Taglines: A new comedy about following your own lead.


Official Website: Miramax [United States] |

Release Date: 15 October 2004

Filming Locations: Chicago, Illinois, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $11,783,467 (USA) (17 October 2004) (1772 Screens)

Gross: $170,128,460 (Worldwide) (7 March 2011)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

About $4,000 worth of jewelry worn by Susan Sarandon during the filming of the movie was stolen and recovered at murder scene in Winnipeg on 4 July 2003. According to news sources, the jewelry was stolen from a vehicle on the movie set and found in a downtown hotel room.

Factual errors: In the first ballroom lesson Miss Mizzie teaches standard slow waltz mirror-inverted: she teaches "left foot forward, right foot side, right close..." which are ladies 2nd part steps. Men's are "right foot forward, left foot side, right close".

John Clark: The one thing I am proudest of in my whole life, is that you're happy with me. If I couldn't, if I couldn't tell you that I was unhappy sometimes, is because I didn't want to risk hurting the one person I treasure most. I'm so sorry.

User Review

Shall We Dance? Of Course !

Rating: 10/10

What a match-up of performers! Richard Gere with Susan Sarandon - very strange initially, but very successful. While we typically identify Mr. Gere with younger, more stereotypically "beautiful" actors, his pairing with Ms. Sarandon was most fitting with his role in this film.

As he attempted to connect with himself, the natural entry of Jennifer Lopez into his life was perfect. It was great to see the two characters go from one end of the spectrum to another - hoping to see it go all the way. While initially disappointing (really wanted to see them together), it was a very do-able end result.

Of course, the dancing and music were a great focal point to the story -I loved seeing Mr. Gere and Ms. Lopez doing their "thing." The statistics of the voting on this site for this film were most puzzling. One can only surmise that there were a great many voters who lack a great deal of romance in their souls. Further, as many voters must have lacked an appreciation of great music and dancing.

Clearly, one of the most enjoyable films of 2004.


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