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Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (2004)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music, Romance | 27 February 2004 (USA)
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High school senior Katey moves to Havana in November 1958, when her dad gets a promotion at Ford. She meets a local waiter, who introduces her to sensual Cuban music/dance. They enter a big dance contest for the prize when he gets fired.


Guy Ferland


Kate Gunzinger (story), Peter Sagal (story) | 2 more credits »
1 nomination. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Diego Luna ... Javier Suarez
Romola Garai ... Katey Miller
Sela Ward ... Jeannie Miller
John Slattery ... Bert Miller
Jonathan Jackson ... James Phelps
January Jones ... Eve
Mika Boorem ... Susie Miller
René Lavan ... Carlos Suarez
Mya ... Lola Martinez (as Mya Harrison)
Polly Cole Polly Cole ... Polly (as Polly Cusumano)
Chris Engen Chris Engen ... Steph
Tommy Kavelin Tommy Kavelin ... Señor Alonso
Wilmer Cordero Wilmer Cordero ... Teacher
Charlie Rodriguez Charlie Rodriguez ... Grandpa Suarez
Donato Poveda Donato Poveda ... Troubador (as Donato)


In November 1958, the American teenager Katey Miller moves with her parents and her younger sister to Havana. Her father is an executive of Ford expatriated to Cuba, and Katey is an excellent high school senior student that misses her friends. The family is lodged in a fancy hotel, where Katey accidentally meets the local teenage waiter Javier Suarez. Later she sees Javier dancing in a public square and they become friends, but he is fired from the hotel because her acquaintances have seen them together. Katey invites Javier to participate of a Latin Ballroom Contest in the local Palace club to help him to raise some money, and she secretly meets him in the La Rosa Negra nightclub for rehearsals. Later they fall in love for each other in times of revolution. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Break the rules. Find your freedom. Live your life. See more »


Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sensuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

27 February 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Havana Nights: Dirty Dancing 2 See more »

Filming Locations:

Puerto Rico See more »


Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,811,325, 29 February 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Diego Luna (Javier) is not a trained dancer, but learned the dances he needed for the movie in about six weeks. He has said that normally, he dances best with a few beers in him. See more »


The red dress that the maid shows Katey is different from the one that she wore to the country club. See more »


Javier Suarez: Afro-Cuban dance, it's the dance of slaves. When they danced, it was their only time to be free. So they could be a bird, or do a Flamenco Step and make fun of their owners. Or just be in the sea instead of being stuck on an island away from home. It's a dance about being exactly who you want to be in that moment.
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Featured in Shameful Sequels: Dirty Dancing 2 (2014) See more »


Written by Rodolfo Castillo, Omar Hernandez and Michell Diaz
Published by Universal Musica Unica Publishing and Castillo Music Group
Performed by Anthony Carrillo, Justino Sanchez, Pablo Rosario, Israel Cruz, Pedro Bermudez,
Rafael Lopez Diaz, Ernesto Roldan, Charlie Rodriguez
Produced by Rodolfo Castillo
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sequel in name only
24 October 2004 | by Buddy-51See all my reviews

Patrick Swayze makes little more than a guest appearance in 'Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights,' the misbegotten 'sequel' to the 1987 box office smash that turned the actor into a bona fide movie star.

This time around the focus is on Katey Miller (Romola Garai), a high school senior who moves with her family to Cuba in 1958, right on the eve of the Castro revolution. While there, she goes from being a white-bread, college-bound bookworm to a hot-blooded Latin dancer under the tutelage of a young Cuban ('Y Tu Mama Tambien's Diego Luna) who works poolside at the hotel where she and many other Americans live. Naturally, her cavorting around with a dark-skinned native raises a whole host of hackles among the snooty foreigners who live only to feed off the sweat and hard work of the indigenous population.

Naturally, it is the dancing that is the key element in a film of this type, but even the choreography, which isn't really all that impressive to begin with, can't overcome the film's humdrum storyline, shallow characterizations and infantile view of international politics. The complexities of the Cuban revolution are glossed over in favor of soap opera mechanics and corny melodramatics. As 'Doctor Zhivago' proved long ago (only better), there's nothing like a governmental overthrow to put a little sizzle into your love life.

As noted earlier, Swayze stops by briefly to reprise his role as Johnny Castle, providing Katie with a few words of wisdom and encouragement and showing her a few nifty dance moves before sending her on her way. I hope Swayze was paid well for his efforts, but it seems a bit demeaning for a star of Swayze's caliber to be treated in so ungrateful and cavalier a fashion. The irony is that the film would have been far more interesting had it focused on Castle instead of Katie, but it's obvious that the studio executives who green lighted this project weren't about to bankroll a dance film with a middle-aged actor in the lead role. That 'Shall We Dance?' will wind up doing far better at the box office than 'Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights' may provide some sweet vindication not only for Swayze but for all the fans of the original film for which this sequel was allegedly made.

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