The Dancer Upstairs
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  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Drama
  • Year: 2002
English 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish Dolby Surround, French Dolby Surround


This taut political thriller set in Latin America marks John Malkovich’s explosive directorial debut. Academy Award® Winner Javier Bardem* stars as legit policeman Agustin Rejas, who faces the greatest challenge of his career – to catch the leader of a terrorist movement threatening to collapse his government, while being stopped at every turn by his own corrupt superiors. As the fight becomes more ferocious, Rejas’ search brings him ever closer to the guerrilla leader. But when, amidst the chaos, he falls in love with his daughter’s ballet teacher (Laura Morante), Rejas must choose between his heart, his country, and his own well-being.

*Supporting Actor, No Country For Old Men, 2007.

Disc Information

**Theatrical Feature

**Full-Length Audio Commentary by Director John Malkovich and Javier Bardem
**Sundance Channel Featurette

Cast & Crew

Javier Bardem ... Augustin Rejas
Juan Diego Botto ... Sucre
Laura Morante ... Yolanda
Elvira Minguez ... Llosa
Alexandra Lencastre ... Sylvina
Oliver Cotton ... General Merino
Abel Folk ... Ezequiel/Duran


Joe Baltake Sacramento Bee | May 16, 2003

While The Dancer Upstairs may have nothing else to remind us of [Malkovich], it does have a certain mystique itself.

Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald | May 16, 2003

It thrives on the hush before the explosion instead of its aftermath, and it's that eerie sense of expectation that gives the film its thick aura of suspense.

Tom Long Detroit News | May 16, 2003

It is not revolutionary, but it brims with promise and a love of film, and is a fine if worried dance indeed.

Lisa Kennedy Denver Post | May 16, 2003

Moving, melancholy, and, yes, political.

Terry Lawson Detroit Free Press | May 16, 2003

Reflects its director, being intelligent and elegantly turned-out but distant.

Robert Denerstein Denver Rocky Mountain News | May 16, 2003

Bardem's performance lingers in ways that give the movie resonance.

Kathy Cano Murillo Arizona Republic | May 15, 2003

Delivers a haunting story of crime and passion.


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