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Lambada (1990)

PG | | Drama | 16 March 1990 (USA)
Kevin Laird is a Beverly Hills school teacher by day and a mystery man by night. Using his lambada dance moves to first earn the kid's respect and acceptance, Kevin then teaches them ... See full summary »

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Joel Silberg

Writers:

Joel Silberg (story), Sheldon Renan (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
J. Eddie Peck ... Kevin 'Blade' Laird
Melora Hardin ... Sandy Thomas
Adolfo Quinones ... Ramone (as Shabba Doo)
Leticia Vasquez Leticia Vasquez ... Pink Toes
Dennis Burkley ... Uncle Big
Rita Bland Rita Bland ... Lesley
Jimmy Locust Jimmy Locust ... Ricochet
Gina Ravera ... Funk Queen (as Gina Ravarra)
Matt Feemster ... Rudy Laird
Kristina Starman Kristina Starman ... Linda Laird
Basil Hoffman ... Supt. Leland
Kayla Blake ... Bookworm (as Elsie Sniffen)
Ricky Paull Goldin ... Dean
Debra Hopkins ... Muriel (as Debra Spagnoli)
Rick Mali Rick Mali ... Gang member
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Storyline

Kevin Laird is a Beverly Hills school teacher by day and a mystery man by night. Using his lambada dance moves to first earn the kid's respect and acceptance, Kevin then teaches them academics. But when a jealous student exposes Kevin's double life, his two worlds collide, threatening his job and reputation. Written by Carolyne

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

16 March 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ламбада See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Gross USA:

$4,263,112
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Alphacine)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Released around the same time as The Forbidden Dance (1990). See more »

Goofs

On the car scene where Sandy is in the car with Laird, Principal Singleton arrives to chat with the him. As Singleton leaves, Sandy suddenly pops up and speaks with Laird. Singleton acts as if nothing's happening, when it is obvious he would've spot Sandy with Laird. See more »

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Referenced in At the Movies: Remembering Gene Siskel (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Rock Lambada
Written by Ricky Smith and M.C. Bat Mike
Performed by Johnny Thomas Jr
Produced by Freeze
Published by Blueberry Slush/Portrait/Solar Songs, Inc./Canpic Music (ASCAP)
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Dated now, but amazing dancing
24 May 2014 | by GiselleCorrelliSee all my reviews

Im in mixed minds. When I was 16 (Im now 37!) I adored this film, mainly for the dancing by unknown dancers. They weren't famous yet they were brilliant. Also the whole Latina/Latino thing which Im slightly obsessed with, Hispanic culture hasn't come to the UK so it all seems exotic to me. Now I watch it, and Im more critical... the kids seem way too old - younger people should have been cast. The story line isn't great, nor the script writing. Its sad that as we mature we're naturally so critical of everything instead of enjoying it. Id like to see this remade but with a sharper script, better actors but still the same sort of dancing, I'd love to know who taught them.


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