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Director  Jack Haley, Jr.
Sequel  Thats Entertainment! III
Writer  Jack Haley Jr.
Language  English
7/10 IMDb

Genre  Documentary, Musical
Duration  
Country  United States
Thats Dancing! movie poster
Release date  January 18, 1985 (1985-01-18)
Prequel  Thats Entertainment, Part II
Cast  Mikhail Baryshnikov (Himself - Host), Ray Bolger (Himself - Host), Sammy Davis, Jr. (Himself - Host), Gene Kelly (Himself - Host), Liza Minnelli (Herself - Host)
Similar movies  Entourage, Youth, Silver Linings Playbook, Dirty Dancing, Footloose, Footloose

Iconic figures such as Liza Minnelli, Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly lead the viewer through this retrospective of classic dancing numbers throughout the films of the 20th century. From classical ballet to modern dance, the compilation features clips and never-before-seen footage from films such as "The Wizard of Oz," "West Side Story," and "Singin In the Rain." Mikhail Baryshnikov also appears, commenting on the art of ballet and the responsibilities of the dancer.

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Thats Dancing! movie scenes

Thats Dancing! is a 1985 retrospective documentary produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer that looked back at the history of dancing in film. Unlike the Thats Entertainment! series, this film did not focus specifically on MGM films and included more recent performances by the likes of John Travolta (from Saturday Night Fever) and Michael Jackson and from the then-popular films Fame (1980) and Flashdance (1983), as well as classic films from other studios, including Carousel, released by 20th Century Fox, and Oklahoma!, released by Magna Corporation (roadshow) and 20th Century Fox (general release).

A highlight of the film was the first theatrical release of a complete dance routine by Ray Bolger for his "If I Only Had a Brain" number that had been shortened in The Wizard of Oz.

The hosts for this film are Gene Kelly (who also executive produced), Ray Bolger (his last film appearance before his death in 1987), Liza Minnelli, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Mikhail Baryshnikov. Pop singer Kim Carnes was commissioned to sing an original song, "Invitation to Dance", that plays over the closing credits.

This film is sometimes considered part of the Thats Entertainment! series, especially since its starting credits contain a card with the Thats Entertainment! III title (not to be confused with the 1994 film), but even though it shared studio and producers, it is considered a separate production. Jack Haley, Jr., who wrote, produced and directed the first Thats Entertainment! film, also wrote and directed this one, co-producing with longtime friend David Niven, Jr. Haleys father, Jack Haley, had co-starred with Bolger in The Wizard of Oz.

Thats Dancing! was not included when the three Thats Entertainment! films were released on DVD in 2004; it was instead released on its own in 2007. The DVD includes several behind-the-scenes promotional featurettes from 1985 on the making of the film, as well as its accompanying music video featuring Kim Carnes singing "Invitation to Dance" although the DVD omits both the video and song itself.

A documentary film about dancing on the screen, from it's orgins after the invention of the movie camera, over the movie musical from the late 20s, 30s, 40s 50s and 60s up to the break dance and the music videos from the 80s.

Dedication

This film is dedicated to all dancers .... especially those who devoted their lives to the development of their art long before there was a motion picture camera.

Appearances

  • Tommy Abbott
  • June Allyson
  • Ann-Margret
  • Fred Astaire
  • Lucille Ball
  • Mikhail Baryshnikov
  • Jennifer Beals
  • David Bean
  • Busby Berkeley
  • Eric Blore
  • Monte Blue
  • Ray Bolger
  • John Brascia
  • Lucille Bremer
  • James Cagney
  • Irene Cara
  • Leslie Caron
  • Gower Champion
  • Marge Champion
  • Cyd Charisse
  • Joan Crawford
  • Dan Dailey
  • Jacques dAmboise
  • Sammy Davis, Jr.
  • Doris Day
  • Gloria DeHaven
  • Isadora Duncan
  • Buddy Ebsen
  • Taina Elg
  • Eliot Feld
  • Margot Fonteyn
  • Loie Fuller
  • Clark Gable
  • Judy Garland
  • Virginia Gibson
  • Cary Grant
  • Jack Haley
  • Margaret Hamilton
  • Carol Haney
  • June Haver
  • Robert Helpmann
  • Judy Holliday
  • Jose Iturbi
  • Michael Jackson
  • Marine Jahan
  • Van Johnson
  • Ruby Keeler
  • Gene Kelly
  • Paula Kelly
  • Michael Kidd
  • Charles Laskey
  • Ruta Lee
  • Vivien Leigh
  • Bambi Linn
  • Peter Lorre
  • Susan Luckey
  • Shirley MacLaine
  • Dean Martin
  • Leonide Massine
  • Matt Mattox
  • Joan McCracken
  • Ray McDonald
  • Ann Miller
  • Liza Minnelli
  • James Mitchell
  • Ricardo Montalban
  • Annabelle Moore
  • Tony Mordente
  • George Murphy
  • Gene Nelson
  • Julie Newmar
  • Rudolf Nureyev
  • Donald OConnor
  • Anna Pavlova
  • Marc Platt
  • Dick Powell
  • Eleanor Powell
  • Jane Powell
  • Tommy Rall
  • Debbie Reynolds
  • Jeff Richards
  • Chita Rivera
  • Bill "Bojangles" Robinson
  • Ginger Rogers
  • Mickey Rooney
  • Wini Shaw
  • Moira Shearer
  • Frank Sinatra
  • Red Skelton
  • Tucker Smith
  • James Stewart
  • Lyle Talbot
  • Russ Tamblyn
  • Lilyan Tashman
  • Robert Taylor
  • Anthony Scooter Teague
  • Shirley Temple
  • Tamara Toumanova
  • John Travolta
  • Lana Turner
  • Bobby Van
  • Vera-Ellen
  • Ethel Waters
  • Bobby Watson
  • Esther Williams
  • David Winters
  • Vera Zorina
  • Vincent Price
  • Robert Banas
  • Francesca Bellini
  • Betty Carr
  • Carole DAndrea
  • Leroy Daniels
  • Norma Doggett
  • Harvey Evans
  • Nancy Kilgas
  • Bert Michaels
  • Susan Oakes
  • Gina Trikonis
  • Tarita
  • Similar Movies

    Gene Kelly and Liza Minnelli appear in Thats Dancing! and Thats Entertainment!. Thats Dancing! and Thats Entertainment! III are part of the same movie series. Gene Kelly appears in Thats Dancing! and Ziegfeld Follies. Gene Kelly appears in Thats Dancing! and directed Invitation to the Dance. Swing Time (1936).

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  • Roberta (1935)
  • The Littlest Rebel (1935)
  • Born to Dance (1936)
  • Swing Time (1936)
  • Honolulu (1939)
  • The Wizard of Oz (1939)
  • Gone with the Wind (1939)
  • On Your Toes (1939)
  • Down Argentine Way (1940)
  • Babes on Broadway (1941)
  • Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
  • Bathing Beauty (1944)
  • Kismet (1944)
  • The Harvey Girls (1946)
  • Till the Clouds Roll By (1946)
  • Ziegfeld Follies (1946)
  • Good News (1947)
  • The Red Shoes (1948)
  • Neptunes Daughter (1949)
  • Three Little Words (1950)
  • Royal Wedding (1951)
  • An American in Paris (1951)
  • The Merry Widow (1952)
  • Singin in the Rain (1952)
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  • Kiss Me, Kate (1953)
  • Latin Lovers (1953)
  • Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
  • Its Always Fair Weather (1955)
  • Jupiters Darling (1955)
  • Oklahoma! (1955)
  • Carousel (1956)
  • Invitation to the Dance (1956)
  • Les Girls (1957)
  • Silk Stockings (1957)
  • Indiscreet (1958)
  • Tom thumb (1958)
  • West Side Story (1961)
  • Viva Las Vegas (1964)
  • Sweet Charity (1969)
  • The Boy Friend (1971)
  • Cabaret (1972)
  • Saturday Night Fever (1977)
  • The Turning Point (1977)
  • Fame (1980)
  • Flashdance (1983)
  • References

    Thats Dancing! Wikipedia
    Thats Dancing! IMDb Thats Dancing! themoviedb.org


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