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The Dancer Upstairs (2002)

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Release Date
• USA: May 2, 2003
• UK: 6 Dec 2002
DVD Release Date
• R1: Sep 23, 2003
BoxOffice: $2.3M

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MPAA Rating
Rated R for strong violence, and for language.

Running Time
2 hours, 13 minutes

Country Spain, USA

Studio Antena 3 Television, Lolafilms, Mr. Mudd, Via Digital

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Other Titles
• The Dancer Upstairs
• Pasos de Baile

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Genre: Crime, Thriller, Drama, Terrorism, Suspense, Detectives, Political, Urban, Police, Marriage, Infidelity, Murder, Spy, Law

Tagline: An honest man caught in a world of intrigue, power and passion.

Plot: The directorial debut of John Malkovich, THE DANCER UPSTAIRS is a riveting political drama set in an undetermined Latin American city. A revolution has started, and the local police have been assigned to figure out who is leading it and what exactly the revolutionaries want. Agustin Rejas (Javier Bardem) is the detective leading the investigation. However, with the military involved and corrupt government officials making Rejas's job especially difficult, he faces constant frustrations. The leader of the revolution goes by the name Ezequiel, but the police cannot figure out his true identity. Even more beguiling are the increasingly violent terrorist incidents that appear to be carried out by children who swear their loyalty to Ezequiel with no explanation of why. Caught up in the middle of the revolution and Rejas's investigation are his wife, his young daughter, and his daughter's lovely ballet teacher, Yolanda (Laura Morante). One event after the next adds to the suspense and nagging anxiety felt by Rejas, until finally, with one shocking discovery, everything becomes frighteningly clear.

Combining a serious political drama with a tender and introspective look at a man in mid-life, THE DANCER UPSTAIRS has something for every viewer. Its scenes of violence and terror are

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 Directed by
John Malkovich
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 Written by
Javier Bardem
Collateral, The Sea Inside, Live Flesh
Juan Diego Botto
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Laura Morante
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Alexandra Lencastre
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Oliver Cotton
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Javier Manrique
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Abel Folk
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 Music By
Alberto Iglesias
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