Taxi Dancer (1998)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 74 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This independent film, written, produced, directed, and edited by Sharon Powers, follows the downhill slide and attempted revitalization of a former beauty pageant queen. Darlene (Darlene Reynolds) was Miss Mississippi in 1970, but more than 25 years later, her dreams of becoming a fashion model are long gone. Her pageant title didn't win her fame or fortune, and she's still stuck in a backwoods Southern town. It's one of the few places where the old tradition of taxi dancing still exists. Men -- mostly forlorn, old men -- pay 75 cents per dance to hold onto and dance with Darlene, and she is often subject to unwanted advances. Darlene retains her dignity and her naiveté, and she is shielded from harm by her tough friend, Gloria (Bel Hernandez), who has been around the block a few times. When a gentlemanly dancer named Ned (Robert Nelson) asks her out on a date, Darlene accepts. When he proposes marriage on the first date, she also accepts, with unexpected results. The debut film for Powers, Taxi Dancer garnered some attention at film festivals.

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aging, backwoods, ballroom, beauty-queen, dance-hall-girl, disillusionment, dreams-of-success, engagement, naivete, proposal [romantic], Southern-belle, taxi-dancer