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Dancing at the Blue Iguana (2000)

A non-glamorous portrayal of the lives of people who make their living at a strip club.

Director:

Michael Radford

Writers:

Michael Radford (screenplay), David Linter (screenplay)
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlotte Ayanna ... Jessie
Kristin Bauer van Straten ... Nico (as Kristin Bauer)
W. Earl Brown ... Bobby
Daryl Hannah ... Angel
Chris Hogan ... Dennis
Sheila Kelley ... Stormy
Elias Koteas ... Sully
Vladimir Mashkov ... Sacha
Sandra Oh ... Jasmine
Rodney Rowland ... Charlie
Jennifer Tilly ... Jo
Robert Wisdom ... Eddie
David Amos David Amos ... Dave
Carolyne Aycaguer Carolyne Aycaguer ... Sophie
R.C. Bates R.C. Bates ... Jimmy (as RC Bates)
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Storyline

Angel is a dancer wishing to adopt a child. Stormy is a dancer with a secret with her brother Sully. Jasmine is a poetess who falls in love with Dennis. Jo is a dancer who became pregnant and Jessie is a woman fighting to survive in Hollywood. The link between them is the fact that they dance at Blue Iguana, a strip-club managed by Eddie. Their personal dramas are the theme of this movie. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

from the director of Il Postino See more »

Genres:

Drama | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive sexual content/nudity, language, some drug content and brief violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

11 October 2001 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

Dancing at the Blue Iguana See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,181, 21 October 2001

Gross USA:

$67,913

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$122,121
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Several of the poems used in the film were written by cast members ("I Was Driving on the 403" by Ellyn Maybe; "Gone" by Chris Hogan), and Jasmine's poem "It's Only Love" was written by director Michael Radford. See more »

Goofs

Jo frequently takes long swigs from her whiskey container, yet never swallows any drink and speaks immediately after taking the container away from her mouth. See more »

Quotes

Angel: [Whistling and waving] Officer? Officer, could... could you help me with... I... Could you help take a picture of my... I want to take a picture of myself in front of this billboard.
Officer Pete Foster: Is that you?
Angel: Yeah.
Officer Pete Foster: Really.
Angel: I'm a lot smaller in person.
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Alternate Versions

On the DVD commentary Michael Radford says there are enough deleted scenes to make 10 entire different versions of the whole movie. Each scene was re-filmed over 12 times as Dancing at the Blue Iguana was improvised and Michael got the actors to try each scene with alternate dialogue several times until the actors had no ideas left. However, only a select few deleted scenes/alternate takes are included on the DVD. See more »

Connections

References The Munsters (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Amazing Grace
Performed by Charlotte Ayanna
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After reading other comments on this film I feel I have to defend it
8 November 2002 | by badgirlkaneSee all my reviews

This movie is a film that has a lot of heart to it in a industry where most women are viewed as tramps and bimbos this movie actually shows that strippers have their ups and downs just like women in every other profession. The plot may have lacked at times as other commenters have stated but at least this film is a breath of fresh air from many of the typical strippers being stalked and killed and explotative Cine-porn films out there. Strong performances from Sandra Oh and Jennifer Tilly and up and coming actress Charolette Anyanna is a stand-out as well. Please before you judge this film too harshly look at the other films that represent strippers in cinema as nothing more than T-n-A and you'll realize this movie is just trying to show them as women with the same joys and heartbreaks of life as everyone else.


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