Slow Dancing in the Big City

Slow Dancing in the Big City is a 1978 film directed by John G. Avildsen and starring Paul Sorvino and Anne Ditchburn. This was the first film made by Avildsen after 1976's Rocky won Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Director. It has never been released on video or DVD.


Lou Friedlander (Paul Sorvino) is a popular columnist for the New York Daily News, writing about the little people of bustling New York City while befriending a street boy named Marty (Adam Gifford). His life changes dramatically upon falling in love with neighbor Sarah Gantz (Anne Ditchburn), a young ballerina who had just discovered she is stricken with a debilitating condition that will eventually force her to quit dancing.

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    contentLocation New York City
    director John G. Avildsen
    editor John G. Avildsen
    genre drama
    keywords anne ditchburn falling in love little people new york daily news write
    musicBy Bill Conti
    producer Lloyd Kaufman
    productionCompany CIP
    publisher United Artists
    theme dance