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Dance 'til Dawn

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Little did NBC realise, when they first aired this little gem of a TV movie on 23rd October 1988, that a true cult classic was being born...

Unlike most of the latest movies released today with their storm of hype, this little movie is a genuine, honest-to-goodness legend in its own lifetime. More popular than last summer's megabucks overhyped event picture, this movie holds it's own nearly two decades later - and it never even got shown in theaters!

Why? Coz it's great, that's why!

Despite it's formula teen movie premise and blatant use of the era's favorite TV SitCom faces, there was real magic made under those studio lights in 1988 and "Dance 'til Dawn" warmly deserves it's deep cult success.
Before tonight I felt... kind of out of it...

...And now it's like, in one night, my whole life's changing. I feel like somebody...

...And it's all because of you.

Success of this magnitude, despite such humble beginnings is an exclusive club of movies with but a handful of members. Many members were disappointing for the studios at the box office -or, in this case, were never shown at all. In nearly every case, members of this club gained their legendary status through one medium: Cable TV.

You know the story... There's nothing particular on that you wanna watch or you've just got the TV on in the background. It's a cable TV station showing yet another movie you've never heard of with a some faces that are familar from TV. Then something happens.. Something that you never expected. Something that doesn't happen very often...

...You are drawn into watching. Maybe it was the soundtrack? A certain song? Or just one scene pulls you in. This is how the magic happens. Everyone would have their own story, but the point is, that like many others, this is one of those teen movies that you may never have heard of, but once viewed, you'll never forget...

The story? Basically, it's the story of one night. The senior prom night for the kids of Hoover High. -But what it's really about is popularity, love, the changes of adulthood and more.

The different people and their different stories. All coming together this one night. The cool kids, the nerdy kids. The popular kids and the unpopular kids. Their lives have been held rigidly apart by the conventions and cliques of high school until this one magical night where their lives will interwine and nothing will ever be the same again...

Verdict?

Okay, so there's no such thing as a perfect movie.

Despite it's huge poplularity, "Dance 'til Dawn" is not going to be for everyone. There's no action. There's no violence. There are no car chases. There's no explosions. It's a sensitive film that will leave adrenaline junkies bored to death. It's an unashamedly cheesy and sentimental movie that will leave the cynical viewer cold.

But if you're reading this page, you either know it already, or are on the verge of a great discovery.

Let me ask you a question: Do you like "Can't Buy Me Love"? If the answer is yes, you're bound to love this too.

Notice any mistakes? Review

Strengths: Great fun from an excellent and sensitive script with good characters. Moral fairytale. Good music

Weaknesses? Harsh realists and film critics will label this cheesy teen pap

Our rating: 9.6 out of 10


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