In the holiday spirit of good and uplifting feelings I thought that some happy group dance scenes would be the right thing this week. These scenes wrap up good films, some of which are cult classic that live forever in the collective imagination. The music is catchy and light and you can’t help but feeling good. As always this is a list of favorites: enjoy!
Dirty Dancing – (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life, Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes (1987)
Nobody puts baby in a corner!
Swayze knows his stuff and it’s memorable! You finally get to see the famous jump.
Footloose – Footloose, Kenny Loggins (1984)
A whole school learn to dance and have a good time (very fast and very proficiently!). Kevin Bacon is a hero of the eighties (as Peter Quill reminded us!).
Slumdog Millionaire – Jai Ho, A.R. Rahman (2008)
A happy ending to a tale of woes in modern India with… a Bollywood musical number! That’s just perfect. The song stays with you for days.
Beetlejuice – Jump In Line (Shake, Senora) Harry Belafonte (1961)
Floating Winona Rider dancing with ghosts to an Harry Belafonte’s song… only Tim Burton could have come up with it. Plus shrinking heads!
The Blues Brothers – Jailhouse Rock, The Blues Brothers (1980)
Well, what’s better than making the best of it when you end up in jail with a classic song? Perfect conclusion to an epic film.
Shrek – I’m a Believer, Smash Mouth (2001)
The most irreverent fairy tale of them all and the best wedding party in animation history.
Bonus for a laugh: Tropic Thunder – Get Back, Ludacris (2004)
Unrecognizable and with a great sense of self-irony, Tom Cruise gives us this pearl of comedy.
14 responses to “Sound & Motion Pictures: endings with a dance scene”
My toes are definitely tapping along with your choices Marta.
🙂 that was the intention of this post!
And a very good job you did with this post.
I love commenting on your posts Marta, you’ve got style. And thanks for the like on my latest bum post, what did you make of it?
Too kind sir, too kind!
I haven’t watched AHS yet, although I heard good things. Your post respects gender equality very well but I’m little bummed — see what I did there 😉 — that there’s no Matt Bomer’s B side.
You should watch it, it’s so good. I have featured Bomer’s wonderful bum in past posts so I thought I’d switch it up this time.
yeah I know but it never hurts to seem some Bomer’s bum, just to cheer up the day 😛
I promise in the next post like this, he will be there especially for you.
thanks! Looking forward to it.
Have you ever seen this? it’s at the end of ‘Zatoichi.’
Best wishes, Pete.
Now I have, impressive! Although the music is not particularly memorable, which was the point of my selection: the combination of dance and music.
I’ve yet to see Zatoichi, a blank spot in my knowledge of Takeshi Kitano’s oeuvre.
Sorry to miss the point of the post, I appreciate it isn’t great music. I just remembered this from Kitano’s film, and being surprised at the end by it.
Short review here.
no worries 🙂