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Mao's Last Dancer (2009)

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117 min | Biography, Drama, Music

A drama based on the autobiography by Li Cunxin. At the age of 11, Li was plucked from a poor Chinese village by Madame Mao's cultural delegates and taken to Beijing to study ballet. In 1979, during a cultural exchange to Texas, he fell in...See moreA drama based on the autobiography by Li Cunxin. At the age of 11, Li was plucked from a poor Chinese village by Madame Mao's cultural delegates and taken to Beijing to study ballet. In 1979, during a cultural exchange to Texas, he fell in love with an American woman. Two years later, he managed to defect and went on to perform as a principal dancer for the Houston Ballet and as a principal artist with the Australian Ballet. Written by Anonymous See less
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Jan Sardi (screenplay) | Cunxin Li (autobiography)
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$ 199,657
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$ 4,806,750
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Oct 1, 2010 (United States)

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7.3 / 10 | 6,779 votes