A Time for Dancing

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  • PG-13
  • Genre(s): Drama Musical
  • Release year: 2002
  • Running time: 100 min
A Time for Dancing is a 2000 American drama film starring Larisa Oleynik, Shiri Appleby and Peter Coyote, and directed by Peter Gilbert. The movie is an adaptation based on the novel of the same title by Davida Wills Hurwin. The movie was not released... read more

A Time for Dancing is a 2000 American drama film starring Larisa Oleynik, Shiri Appleby and Peter Coyote, and directed by Peter Gilbert. The movie is an adaptation based on the novel of the same title by Davida Wills Hurwin. The movie was not released theatrically in the United States or United Kingdom. Nonetheless, it became a blockbuster in Italy reaching the top position for several weeks. It was released on Showtime, and was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in 2004. Sam Russell (Shiri Appleby) tells the story of her best friend Jules Michaels (Larisa Oleynik). They met at the age of 6 in a dance class. Over the years they had become best friends. Sam dances, but Jules is a true dancer,with true passion towards it and views it as important as life itself. Unfortunately, her passion becomes impossible when it turns out she has cancer. Even after the bad news has been confirmed, Jules has a hard time dealing with it and still insists upon going for dance. To decrease the rate of which the cancer is spreading, she started going for chemotherapy, which leaves her very exhausted after each time. It also causes her hair to drop out, as such, Jules gradually has no choice but to start accepting the fact and that she has to stop dance because her body is always too lethargic. However, Jules stops the chemo to dance once more and auditions for Juilliard in NYC as it has always been a dream of hers to get in. It took a lot out of her but it paid off and she got accepted. Not long after though, Jules lost the fight to cancer and died. Sam opens the letter from Juilliard and replies: "Jules Michaels won't be attending Juilliard 'cause she died".

Original Release

09/06/2002

Cast

Larisa Oleynik Juliana 'Jules' Michaels
Shiri Appleby Samantha 'Sam' Russell
Peter Coyote Wyn Michaels
Patricia Kalember Sandra Michaels
Amy Madigan Jackie Russell
Shane West Paul, the DJ
Scott Vickaryous Eli
Anton Yelchin Jackson Michaels
Lynn Whitfield Linda Derricks, the Dance Teacher
Barbara Eve Harris Dr. Conner
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Peter Gilbert

Writers

Davida Wills Hurwin, Kara Lindstrom

Cast

Larisa Oleynik Juliana 'Jules' Michaels
Shiri Appleby Samantha 'Sam' Russell
Peter Coyote Wyn Michaels
Patricia Kalember Sandra Michaels
Amy Madigan Jackie Russell
Shane West Paul, the DJ
Scott Vickaryous Eli
Anton Yelchin Jackson Michaels
Lynn Whitfield Linda Derricks, the Dance Teacher
Barbara Eve Harris Dr. Conner
Vicki Davis Juilliard Check in Girl
Ayesha Orange Sarah / Company Dancers (Adults)
Tovaris Wilson Ivan / Company Dancers (Adults)
Shanti Lowry Eva / Company Dancer (Adults)
Jennifer Hamilton Colleen
Honey Sanders Juilliard Administrator
Nikki Tuazon Nadia / Company Dancers (Adults) (as Nikki Tauazon)
Kevin Alexander Stea Bryan / Company Dancers (Adults) (as Kevin Stea)
Nancy Stephens Mrs. Hillman
Laurie Kanyok Jules Dance Doubles (as Lori Kanyok)

Producers

Harvey Gettleson Executive Producer
Lou Gonda Executive Producer
Kate Axelrod Producer
Peter Gilbert Producer
Kelly Gonda Producer
Jeffrey Kramer Producer
Abbie Phillips Producer
Jeremiah Samuels Producer

Editors

Amy E. Duddleston, Stuart H. Pappé

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