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The Forbidden Dance (1990)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music, Romance | 16 March 1990 (USA)
A princess in the Amazon rain forest tries to fight a conglomerate threatening the forests by going to Los Angeles. There she links up with a rich kid who tells her that she must get on TV ... See full summary »

Director:

Greydon Clark

Writers:

Menahem Golan (story), Roy Langsdon (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Laura Harring ... Nisa (as Laura Herring)
Jeff James Jeff James ... Jason
Barbra Brighton Barbra Brighton ... Ashley
Miranda Garrison ... Mickey
Sid Haig ... Joa
Ángela Moya Ángela Moya ... Carmen (as Angela Moya)
Richard Lynch ... Benjamin Maxwell
Shannon Farnon ... Katherine Anderson
Linden Chiles ... Bradley Anderson
Ruben Moreno Ruben Moreno ... The King
Gene Mitchell Gene Mitchell ... Cutter
Kenny Johnson ... Dave
Connie Woods Connie Woods ... Trish
Tom Alexander Tom Alexander ... Kurt
Steven Williams ... Weed (as Steven Lloyd Williams)
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Storyline

A princess in the Amazon rain forest tries to fight a conglomerate threatening the forests by going to Los Angeles. There she links up with a rich kid who tells her that she must get on TV to succeed with her mission. The two come up with the idea of winning a lambada dance contest that is getting TV attention. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Taglines:

LAMBADA...If it got any hotter, it wouldn't be dancing!

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lambada, el baile prohibido See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$720,864, 18 March 1990

Gross USA:

$1,823,154

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,823,154
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The film was based on an idea writers John Platt and Roy Langsdon came up with while driving to producer Menahem Golan's office. The script was commisioned in December 1989, written in 10 days, in production by the end of January 1990, and hit theaters on March 17th, all in an attempt to beat Lambada (1990) to theaters. Both films were released on the same day. See more »

Goofs

Nia is supposed to be an Amazon Princess from Brazil, the glaring mistake is this character speaking Spanish, instead of Portuguese the actual language spoken in Brazil. See more »

Quotes

[Joa is sitting there playing the drumms with his hands]
Carmen: They say the music is an universal language. I know another.
[Carmen gets up and dances for Joa and he smiles for the first time at her]
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Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.148 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Lambada á la Creole
(English Translation of "Llorando Se Fue")
Performed by Kid Creole and The Coconuts (as Kid Creole & The Coconuts)
Written by Ulises Hermosa & Gonzalo Hermosa
Kid Creole & The Coconuts Appear Courtesy of CBS Records, Music Licensing Department
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It's great, 'cause it's so crappy
22 October 2006 | by kizumigreendaleSee all my reviews

This movie is one of the funniest things I've ever had the pleasure of watching. I was like 6-8 when I watched it, numerous times. I was always impressed by how bizarre people thought us down here to be, I mean, oh, yes, EVERYBODY can dance, and especially lambada, not only one or other weird boy band, and everyone can easily get in the US, and, as far as I can remember, she's an Indian or something, and looks nothing like one, but, OK. Anyway, this gets a 6 simply because it's fun and funny. It's so bad, but SO BAD I can't help but laugh. Everyone I know knows this movie, and they are all like, It's bad as hell, but it's so funny. So, here's to crappy American movies that show how the average American think (though they are trained this way) the rest of the world is. And, what you know? I'm Brazilian born and raised, still residing, I have a computer, multiple TVs, have never been in the middle of the Amazon jungle, and I'm certainly not an Indian. Most people in the country aren't. PS: Nisa? If I ever meet someone here called that, I will make it my life mission to mock her.


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