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Step Up Revolution (released in some countries as Step Up 4: Miami Heat) is a 2012 American 3D dance film directed by Scott Speer (in his feature film directorial debut) and written by Amanda Brody. It serves as a sequel to 2010 s Step Up 3D and the fourth installment in the Step Up film series. The film stars Ryan Guzman, Kathryn McCormick, Misha Gabriel, Cleopatra Coleman, Stephen tWitch Boss, Tommy Dewey, and Peter Gallagher.

Step Up Revolution was released in the United States on July 27, 2012, by Summit Entertainment, through conventional 2D and 3D formats. It became the first film in the series to not be co-produced by Touchstone Pictures nor distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and the first film to be released by Summit after being acquired by Lions Gate Entertainment in January 2012. The film received mixed reviews from critics.

A sequel, Step Up: All In, was released on August 8, 2014, in the United States.


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In Miami, Florida, a flash mob, later identified as The Mob , shuts down Ocean Drive briefly by cutting off the streets with retro convertibles and dancing on cars to music blasted by DJ Penelope (Cleopatra Coleman).

A few hours later, Sean Asa (Ryan Guzman), Eddy (Misha Gabriel), and Jason Hardlerson (Stephen tWitch Boss), the leaders of The Mob, watch their latest flashmob air on the television news in a restaurant kitchen of the Dimont Hotel where they work as waiters. A few complain about their public disturbance, while others praise it. After they get off work, the group sneak into the hotel s beach club, claiming to be guests, not employees.

Meanwhile, across the club at the bar, Emily Anderson (Kathryn McCormick) tries to get a bartender s attention, but ends up preparing her own beer. Sean, who is immediately smitten by her, asks for a beer with Emily telling him it s on the house, then heads down to the beach to dance, resulting in a dance battle between the two, but ending with Emily suddenly running off when she sees one of her dad s business partners, Trip.

The next day, Emily and her father William Bill Anderson (Peter Gallagher) argue over breakfast at the Dimont Hotel. Sean, their waiter, immediately recognizes her, but Emily accidentally spills orange juice. Sean helps clean it up then leaves to fetch her another juice.

While he s gone, Emily continues to argue with her father before storming off. Sean later finds her in the hotel s ballroom, where Emily begins a fast contemporary dance, oblivious to Sean s presence. After Emily notices Sean and warms up to him, she explains to him that she s trying to nail an audition for the prestigious Winwood Dance Academy Company. Sean advises her to incorporate faster, more interesting moves, but Emily declines, saying that there are rules. Sean, in turn, tells her to break the rules, giving her an address and telling her to come there. Emily does and finds herself at the Miami Museum of Fine Arts, where the paintings and statues come to life, which is the work of The Mob. By telling her to attend, Sean basically reveals to her his participation in The Mob.

The next day, Emily persuades Sean to let her take part in their next flash mob, which is scheduled to hit a restaurant the following week. Eddy immediately dislikes Emily, giving her the lead to test her. Sean then introduces her to the gang where she meets Eddy (The Hacker), Penelope (The DJ), Jason Hardlerson (The FX), and Mercury (The Artist), who never talks. Sean also explains that they are trying to win a contest through YouTube by getting 10 million hits on the site.

The flash mob goes well and Eddy admits that Emily did great. The two then celebrate at Ricky s, where Sean and Emily salsa together, much to everyone s delight. Sean and Emily then sneak onto a boat and sail down the river. There, they bond over their mothers both not being a part of their lives, and they kiss and sleep on the boat until morning.

When they hurry back to Ricky s, which turns out to be owned by Sean s uncle Ricky, Ricky reveals to them that Emily s dad, a building tycoon, is planning to develop the strip, destroying Ricky s bar, Sean s home, Sean s sister s home and workplace, and many other things.

Enraged, Emily storms off to talk to her father, with Sean following behind her. Emily wants to tell The Mob who her dad is, but is reluctantly convinced by Sean not to and instead finds out from her dad that there will be a meeting to determine whether the project to develop the strip goes through or not. Emily convinces the rest of The Mob to protest the plans. Their dance is a huge hit, gaining the group over a million more views.

Eddy finds out that Emily is William s daughter through watching a tape of Sean and Emily rehearsing where she reveals the truth, without knowing that they are being recorded. Enraged, he reveals Emily s complicity with The Mob to William through a protest flash mob. This ruins everything when Emily feels betrayed by Sean and he gets arrested for saving Eddy after a fight between the two.

Emily had rehearsed her Winwood audition piece as a duet with Sean, but now that she and Sean are estranged, Emily no longer has him as a dance partner. Instead, she adapts the piece, dancing it as a solo performance. The result falls flat and she fails her audition for the troupe. Sean finally meets Emily, still hurting from the humiliation, and tells him she is going back to work for her dad, per a promise she made with her dad that if she did not become a professional dancer by the end of the summer that she would work with him back in Cleveland.

After Sean and Eddy were sent to jail for being caught in the flash mob, Ricky bails them out. Sean ends his friendship with Eddy for destroying his relationship with Emily, knowing how much of a grudge he holds towards her father for firing him. Getting a pep talk from Ricky, Eddy and Sean make up for the wrongdoings they both made on each other. Together with the Mob again, they plan one more performance. No longer a contest, but a voice to be heard.

The final flash mob is aimed at the development s public announcement, with the help of members from The House of Pirates, including Moose (Adam Sevani), Vladd, Hair, and Jenny Kido. Sean and Emily then perform the original audition piece. Seeing his daughter so happy, William decides to build the community up rather than tear it down. Reconciled, Sean and Emily kiss passionately and make up, and Sean and Eddy make a deal with the owner of the marketing firm that represents Nike for the Mob to dance in their commercials.


  • Ryan Guzman as Sean Asa, Emily s love interest and the leader of the Mob.
  • Kathryn McCormick as Emily Anderson, Sean s love interest, a gifted dancer and a Rookie member of Mob
  • Misha Gabriel as Eddy, Sean s best friend who co-leads the Mob with Sean. He, Sean, and Jason work as waiters at the Dimont Hotel, but he gets fired by William for being late to work one day, which fuels his aggression towards him.
  • Peter Gallagher as William Bill Anderson, a real-estate tycoon and Emily s father, as well as Sean and Eddie s boss.
  • Stephen tWitch Boss as Jason Hardlerson, a member of the Mob and the Pirates as he was in the 3rd movie and had returned to Miami after being in New York.
  • Tommy Dewey as Trip, William s protege
  • Cleopatra Coleman as DJ Penelope
  • Megan Boone as Claire, Sean s sister who is a single mother with a young daughter
  • Adam Sevani as Robert Moose Alexander III. He makes a cameo in the film, Moose gets a call from Jason to come to Miami and help him and the Mob which he does and brings some of the Pirates.
  • Chadd Madd Chadd Smith as Vladd. He makes a cameo, also a member of the Pirates, his character appears with Moose and Jenny Kido in the final dance scene.
  • Seyfo Franklin Bass Glitch is in the Mob
  • Sean Rahill as Iris
  • Mari Koda as Jenny Kido. She makes a cameo, her character appears with the rest of The Pirates along with Moose.
  • Chris Scott as Hair. He makes a cameo, his character appears with the rest of The Pirates along with Moose.
  • Brendan Morris as Neighborhood Kid / Dancer (also part of the Mob)
  • Phillip Pacman Chbeeb in The Mob
  • RayNeshia Robinson in the mob
  • Justin Jet Li Valles in the Mob
  • Glenn Michael A. Mataro in the Mob
  • Celestina Aladekoba in the Mob
  • Angeline Fioridella Appel in the Mob
  • Natali Reznick in the Mob
  • Mia Michaels as Olivia
  • Tangi Colombel as Ballet Master
  • Bebo in the Mob
  • Blonde Paint Girl
  • Tony Bellissmo in the Mob
  • Sean Tsunami Rivera in the Mob

Production technology

Step Up Revolution was filmed in native / true 3D without post production conversion using Red Epic cameras, Zeiss Ultra Prime and Angenieux Optimo DP Lenses and 3ality Technica TS-5 camera rigs and Stereo Image Processor (SIP) technology systems.


Step Up Revolution received a 41% approval rating on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes based on 98 reviews, with an average rating of 5.00/10. The consensus stating: Step Up Revolution treads familiar territory by surrounding its lively and kinetic dance sequences with a predictably generic story. It holds a rating of 43/100 on Metacritic signifying mixed or average reviews.

In its opening weekend, the film grossed $11,731,708 and was placed at No. 4 on the Box Office. The film was released in 2,567 theaters. As of November 19, 2012 the film has grossed $35,074,677 in the United States and $105,396,069 in other territories, for a total of $140,470,746 worldwide. As of November 19, 2012, it lies third in terms of worldwide box-office receipts compared to other films in the Step Up series.

Year 2012
ReleaseDate 2012-07-27
RuntimeMins 99
RuntimeStr 1h 39min
Plot Emily arrives in Miami with aspirations to become a professional dancer. She sparks with Sean, the leader of a dance crew whose neighborhood is threatened by Emily’s father’s development plans.
Awards Awards, 1 nomination
Directors Scott Speer
Writers Amanda Brody, Duane Adler
Stars Kathryn McCormick, Ryan Guzman, Cleopatra Coleman
Produced by Jon M. Chu,Lynn K. D Angona,Erik Feig,Jennifer Gibgot,Garrett Grant,Meredith Milton,Nan Morales,Adam Shankman,Matt Smith,Patrick Wachsberger
Music by Aaron Zigman
Cinematography by Karsten Gopinath
Film Editing by Matt Friedman,Avi Youabian
Casting By Joanna Colbert,Rich Mento
Production Design by Carlos Menéndez
Art Direction by Charlie Daboub,Caleb Mikler
Set Decoration by Helen Britten
Costume Design by Rebecca Hofherr
Makeup Department Laurie Cocheio,Michelle Diamantides,Ashton Glasser,Charles Grico,Desne J. Holland,Whitney James,Carmen Lopez,Patricia McAlhany Glasser,Claudia Pascual
Production Management Andrea Isaacs,James K. Jensen,Leigh Shanta
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Maria Mantia,Karen Manuel,Nicholas Mastandrea,Lisandra Soto,Juan M. Zuniga
Art Department Jeff B. Adams Jr.,Yvonne Aja,David Alban,Chris Alicia Jr.,Travis W. Allen,Bobby Amor,Jean P. Andre,John Bare,Jules Barraclough,Susann Belaval,Jerry Blohm,Michael Burke,Dennis Burnett,Kyle Coleman,Peter Cordova,James P. Crasper,Don Dalstra,Peter Damien,Anthony Darin,Raniero Daza,Jacob Deckard,Vivian Galainena,Lisa Gigliotti,Brian P. Harris,John Hinchie,Dean F. Janik,John A. Kelly,Megan Kristen Lane,John-Michael Le Baron,Shawn W. Logue,Erica Matyas,Julian Mercado,Randy E. Moore,Shannon Mullins,John Ogonoski,Thomas Pilgram III,Linda Pilgrim,Jennifer Raneri,David Rende,John Rusnak,Eddie Santiago,Fred Schwendel,Zack Shisslak,John Sommerville,Ryan Tindall,Thomas Traugott,Karen Virgin,Ronald Wells,Jan Wittman,Yvette Zarlenga,Christian Byrd
Sound Department Ron Bedrosian,Michael J. Benavente,Frank Collins,Brian Courchine,Susan Dudeck,Paul Hackner,Catherine Harper,Shane Hayes,Greg Hedgepath,Tony Lamberti,Nancy MacLeod,Darrin Mann,Michael Minkler,Margit Pfeiffer,David J. Schwartz,David Stanke,Ceri Thomas,Greg Townsend,Tami Treadwell,Jon Udell,Mark Weber,Ben Wilkins,James Wright,Aaron Zeller
Special Effects by Charles Beck,Jeremy S. Brock,James Carter,Joshua Harvey,Bruce E. Merlin,Jose Che Morales,Adam Roback
Visual Effects by Nick Brown,Andrey Drogobetski,Jessica E. Engels,Elbert Irving IV,Inna Kelembet,Pavel Nefyodov,Cafe Noir,Lauren Ritchie,Dottie Starling,Dmitriy Tokoyakov,Archie Villanueva,Vitaly Volkov,Jason Wilson
Stunts Brent Bernhard,Chick Bernhard,Rosie Bernhard,Ricou Browning Jr.,Dale Cannon,Marc Canonizado,John Evanko,Tonie Farace,Adrian F. Gonzalez,Daniel Graham,Torleif Gundersen,Rayshine Harris,Ron Henry,Mandy James Morgan,Grant Koo,Sli Lewis,Mike Litz,Sammy Maloof,Kyle Mclean,Kevin Morgan,Phi-Long Nguyen,Bill Orsini,Dave Phillips,Kiana Politis,David Flip Rodriguez,Glenn Rogers,Scott Rosen,John Rottger,Robert Daniel Souris,Beau Sydes,Jimmy Waitman,Michele Waitman,Jared Woods
Camera and Electrical Department Michael T. Banner,Christa Beth Watkins,Nick Brown,Jon Nico Canino,Rafiel Chait,Tyler Coats,Joe Cuzan,A.J. Del Cueto,Nicolas Donadio,Joshua Earles-Bennett,Sam Emerson,Greg Faysash,Shawn Fossen,C.R. Sten Garcia,Dean Georgopoulos,Jorge Luis German,Sean P. Gilbert,Carlos Gomez,Bruce Hazen,Kevin Higgins,Douglas K. Horton,William Hutchinson,Malcolm Jolley,Jamie Klein,Rick Lacoste,Daniel Lago,Patrick Longman,Pablo Eugenio Lopez,Sean Lunski,Jimmi Lyon,Bill McConnell Jr.,Mike McGowan,Omar Miller,Paco Moises,Brian Murray,Patrick Murray,Evan Nelson,Karina Otero,Gonzalo Parra,Jorge Parra,Brian Perez,Carlos Perozo,Keith Putnam,Humberto Recio,Alicia Robbins,Alexa Romero,James Allen Sheppard,Todd Smith,Nathan Spencer,Chris Tarantino,Jeff Togno,Shawn Torge,Michael Watson,Cheuk Wong,Todd Wood,Tim Yoder,David Zuckerman
Casting Department Skyler Barrett,Patty Connolly,Jennifer Conrader,Erin Fragetta,Max Scharf,Jessica Sherman,Mark Sussman
Costume and Wardrobe Department Darek Beeman,Jenn Edelson,Lori Ellison,Page Haggerty,Jared B. Leese,Veronica Martinez,Susie Minor,Cori Mizrahi,Juliet Primo,Pauline Rodriguez Sanchez,Teresa Skiles,Emae Villalobos
Editorial Department Gilbert Carreras,Pete Conlin,Jonathan Hoffman,Benjamin Howdeshell,Steve M. Ngo,Carrie Oliver,Anna DiNuovo Slaughter,Mike Sowa,Valance Eisleben,Heather Goodwillie
Location Management Jennifer Orta Castellanos,R. Colette Hailey,Kelly King,Liliana Kondracki,Amir Modak,Andy Sleet,Leah Sokolowsky,Gloria Uribe,Sandra Woodward
Music Department Christine Bergren,Buck Damon,Daniel DiPrima,Dalia Franco,Kory Kruckenberg,Ernest Lee,Ricky Luna,Chris Newlin,Michael Stern,Brian Valentino,Seth Waldmann,Paul Katz,Nathan Lanier,David Sabee,Jesse Voccia
Script and Continuity Department Melinda Taksen
Transportation Department Connie Lee Brown,Robert E. Byrd,Michael Carter,Manuel Cespedes,Larry Craig,Ralph P. Fernandez,Robert R. Grandin,Ronald Lowe,Frank Oliva,Cecilia Palomino,Jay Palomino,Thomas Pinkney,Rodney Thorpe,John Wiser
Additional Crew Caellum Allan,Josue Antonio,Hendricksen Armand,Justin Begnaud,Daniel Booko,Karen Bosma,Kevin Breen,Ricou Browning Jr.,Christian Byrd,Natalia Castellanos,Peter Closi,Maggie Crumps,Damnsevani,Alize Emme,Tonie Farace,Shayne Fiske,Wilmore Fowler,Allison Furgal,Dean Georgopoulos,Aaron Goldenberg,Ralph Gonzalez,Carolyn Gross,Ash Harris,Andre Herrera,Alain Iglesias,Catanya Jackson,Quanita Johnson,Sunja Knapp,Eric Ladd,David Linck,Kristen Lindberg,Tay Lindsey,Brian A. Litman,Giovanni Lopez,Carlo Macolino,James Macolino,Chuck Maldonado,Verner Maldonado,Trevor Martin,Nancy Minkler,Johnny Moniz,Giovanna Biatti Najjar,Jessica Potter,Chris Ranung,Victoria Reynoso,Mike Risco,Reynaldo Rodriguez,George Schoendorfer,Dee Schuka,Christopher Scott,Michael James Scotty Scott,Patrick Selts,John Semedik,Daniela Servan,Karrie Shockley,Joshua Shomo,Jamal Sims,Allan Skeene Jr.,Todd Steiner,Alicia Triana Tabeau,Sasha Tandlich,Kevin Allen Thomas,Matt Turner,Angelo Vacco,Michael Valverde,Georgia Vaughn,Travis Wall,Marc Weinstein,Marc T.S. Zakalik,Nicole Ziobro,Regan B. Pederson,Veronica Read,Michael A. Zakalik
Thanks Xavier Collin
Genres Drama, Music, Romance
Companies Summit Entertainment, Offspring Entertainment
Countries USA
Languages English
ContentRating PG-13
ImDbRating 6.4
ImDbRatingVotes 56379
MetacriticRating 43
Keywords dance off,dance movie,dance music,flash mob,dancer