That's Dancing 1985 G CC

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From the director of the acclaimed "That's Entertainment" series comes this star-packed anthology of films greatest dance numbers from ballet to the dance-craze of the 80s.

Starring:
Mikhail Baryshnikov, Ray Bolger
Runtime:
1 hour 45 minutes

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That's Dancing

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Genres Musical, Documentary
Director Jack Haley Jr.
Starring Mikhail Baryshnikov, Ray Bolger
Supporting actors Sammy Davis Jr., Gene Kelly, Liza Minnelli, Tommy Abbott, June Allyson, Ann-Margret, Fred Astaire, Lucille Ball, Robert Banas, Jennifer Beals, David Bean, Francesca Bellini, Busby Berkeley, Monte Blue, John Brascia, Lucille Bremer, James Cagney, Leslie Caron
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating G (General Audience)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
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It is a great dance movie.
true crime reader
When added to some special features that are available on this DVD their commentary makes this a must-have for those who love dancing.
Mike Billington
It is also a beautiful tribute to those who led the way and perfected this art form.
Barbara Neilson

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141 of 147 people found the following review helpful By Vernon L. Newhouse on March 3, 2002
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
This work, narrated by Gene Kelley, is devoted to the cinema musicals, starting with seldom seen footage of the silent era, and continuing with the fantastic dancing scenes of Busby Berkley. Next we move on to the Fred Astaire period, which centers attention on the individual dancer. We see beautiful performances from the likes of Ginger Rogers, Ruby Keeler as well as the incomparable Nicholas Brothers. With the advent of color, comes a never previously seen number on the 'yellow brick road' with Judy Garland and Ray Bolger. Not to forget a marvellous routine by Shirley Temple and Bojangles Robinson! Alltogether, this is the most memorable series of dance sequences that I have ever seen in half a century.
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89 of 94 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 29, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
This film is a must-see for any dancer. The clips used to showcase different types of dancing in film are creatively woven together and the commentary is very informative. Many famous scenes from the old MGM musicals to the water spray scene in Flashdance are used to illustrate how diversified dancing in films can be. For ballet dancers, there is a portion devoted solely to ballet in films which is hosted by Mikhail Baryshnikov. Scenes of Rudolph Nureyev leaping through the air compliment this section as well as scenes from various ballets. Liza Minelli hosts the Broadway inspirational portion which is shorter in length. I only saw this film once but I feel that it is a must-own selection for any dancer.
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63 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Mike Midler on June 23, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This video has gotten some play recently on TMC, but in the wrong format. It is so compressed on the screen that it is hard to appreaciate the great dancing. I would recommend buying your own copy as these are all the classic dances from the movies..from Cagney to Michael Jackson, you see some really great performances! I just watched it on TV and went right to the net and ordered it. The precision of some of these dances and the abilities of not just the stars, but the chorus dancers as well, left me in awe. You could run 27 takes with me dancing and still not come close to what the worst of these dancers can do! I understand they are adding some new footage of the St. Cyril Theatre Guild's Grease dances to the original video. Even without these new additions, That's Dancing is just marvelous!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 1, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
This is definitely one of the best films ever made! I loved this from the first five seconds on. I think that this is certianly a triuumph in the movie world. From ballet, to vaudeville and from Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers to Busby Berkley, this movie will have you tapping your toes and singing along to the beat. I never get tired of watching this!
Other good movies are the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movies from the thrities.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Autumn Maples on September 14, 2007
Format: DVD
I am certainly glad I purchased this DVD. There is footage that is historic as well as artistic, such as Bojangles' routine and some of the ballet dancers. I would have liked it even more if they'd done longer segments of some of the dances, rather than snippets, and if they'd chosen a better segment for Michael Jackson, such as his show-stopping live performance with his moon walk; also, I wish they'd shown Sammy Davis Jr's amazing live performance of "Mr Bojangles"--another show-stopper and awesome.

That being said, it is a superb compendium; I'm glad that it was created. It was quite an undertaking to sift through the vast array of recorded performances. The scope of the subject is so huge that there was no way they could cover everything, or please everyone. That they did such a great job is testimony to their dedication, skill, etc. I'm pleased that they included bits showing actors who weren't known for dancing; some were surprisingly good. I am especially thankful that it includes a segment showing Rudolph Nureyev leaping around the stage, leap after leap. My most treasured dance moment is/was watching him do so in a live performance, when he did seven fantastic leaps around the stage. It was the most beautiful and wonderful ballet moment I'd ever seen: power, grace, astounding height and width...

One final "I wish they'd...": Many consider the folk dance in The Sound of Music, when the Captain cuts in while his son is dancing with Maria, one of the most romantic moments ever in any movie. Too bad it wasn't shown here.

I do recommend this DVD, and have no regrets about buying it.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Anthony J. Adam on August 23, 2007
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Following the success of THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT!, the producers thought a feature devoted solely to great film dancing would be a smash. Unfortunately, THAT'S DANCING mixes classic scenes with some embarrasing moments--Gene Kelly praising breakdancing in a lengthy sequence, for example. On the plus side, it's wonderful to see not only Astaire and Kelly, but also Vera Zorina, Bill Robinson soloing, Eleanor Parker, etc. But where oh where are longer sequences with Bobby Van, Ray McDonald, or even co-host Liza Minelli (of course, these are primarily MGM musicals, which disqualifies a number of entries)? Every time I watch this collection, I want to put another, better one together myself!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By  R I Z Z O VINE VOICE on June 30, 2008
Format: DVD
How enjoyable 1985 That's Dancing is! And the special treat is that you get to see the complete dance performances. You will see the beginning era of dance and several entertainers who comment, Gene Kelly, Baryshnikov, Ray Bolger, Liza Minelli and Sammy Davis Jr.

Genres of Dance
You will see some entertaining black and white performances from the earliest choreographer, Busby Berkeley, and those beautiful, jovial dance numbers in Technicolor. Included are some wonderful tap dancing performances from the legends of the dance, especially a Nicholas Brothers tapdance; it is exuberant. Considered one of the best, a tap dance with Donald O'Connor and Gene Kelly. Plenty of time is given to Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers from "Gay Divorcee" and "Swingtime", plus Astaire's various partners. What is new to audiences is a scene that was cut from "The Wizard of Oz", a charming dance number with Ray Bolger. Too bad that was cut because it was so refreshing.

Baryshnikov comments on early ballet clips, and archive footage of Nureyev. From the colorful "Red Shoes" is Isadora Duncan. And not to forget the dance from Broadway which includes James Cagney in "Yankee Doodle Dandee" and more.

The latter part of dancing features that amazing dance from Flashdance, where the actual dancer, Marine Jahan, danced for Jennifer Beals. Michael Jackson's "Beat It" and John Travolta's "Saturday Night Fever" clips.

Special features - Yes...John Travolta was included as ONE of the GREATEST!???? Huh??

This extra includes info on selection process to include such astonishing performances, and how this search was conducted. There was a grand photo of the remaining dance greats that took place, and yes, don't ask me how, but John Travolta was included among the greatest dancers in entertainment. He was so honored, I think he was just wondering how he was ever to be included anyhow!

Enjoyable!!....Rizzo
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