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Movie propaganda

When you don't know your next step... improvise.

Cocky, rebellious and ambitious, Sean Okden (Adam Garcia), is determined to follow his passion to become a ground-breaking tap dancer and not resign himself to a life toiling in the local steel mill like most of the men in his hometown. Despite Sean's astonishing talent, his no-holes-barred attitude has a cost. First, he incites the wrath of his widowed father - who, along with almost everyone in town, mocks his dreams. Then, he clashes over the affections of the beautiful Linda (Sophie Lee) with his brother Mitchell (Sam Worthington), whose "side" career is competing with local thugs in the stolen car business. But Sean perseveres. Casting aside the "top hat and tails" of traditional tap, he nails big metal cleats onto his workboots, cranks up the rock and roll, and comes up with a kind of raw, driven, industrial-strength dance never seen before, forging a new form of expression for a new generation.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film dance tap drama Newcastle steel mill

Persons of interest

  • Adam Garcia .... Sean Odken
  • Sophie Lee .... Linda
  • Sam Worthington .... Mitchell
  • William Zappa .... Walter
  • Richard Carter .... Gary
  • Susie Porter .... Sara
  • Anthony Hayes .... Huey
  • Christopher Horsey .... Angus
  • Drew Kaluski .... Colin
  • Matt Lee .... Johnno
  • Lee McDonald .... Derrick
  • Bruce Venables .... Williams
  • Vaughan Sheffield .... Young Sean
  • Christian Patterson .... Young Mitchell
  • Dein Perry .... Choreographer
  • Hilary Linstead .... Storywriter
  • Steve Worland .... Storywriter
  • Dein Perry .... Storywriter
  • Steve Worland .... Screenwriter
  • Dein Perry .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

  • Awards and film festivals:
    • Australian Fim Institute (AFI) 2000: Nominated: Best film; best actor (Sam Worthington); original music score (Cezary Skubiszewski); achievement in production design (Murray Picknett); achievement in sound (David Lee, Laurence Maddy, Andrew Plain, Ian McLaughlin); achievement in cinematography (Steve Mason); achievement in editing (Jane Moran); achievement in costume design (Tess Schofield).
  • Download the 800x600 Bootmen desktop image of the boys splashing around
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Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Tap dogs: The movie.

There's not much more you need to know about Bootmen than that. If you like tap then you saw Tap dogs. If you liked Tap dogs then you'll watch Bootmen. It's everything you expect it will be.

Adam was "discovered" by Hollywood after appearing in this film, going on to make Coyote ugly with Piper Perabo.

Security censorship classification

M (Medium level violence, medium level coarse language)

Surveillance time

89 minutes (1:29 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 28 November 2001

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