Salsa (1988)

PG  |   |  Romance, Music  |  July 1988 (Austria)
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Fatherless barrio Puertorican Rico is a menial car mechanic by day, but lives for the nights, when he dances and dates hot dancing girls, cockily convinced the title of Salsa king in fancy ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rico (as Robby Rosa)
Rodney Harvey ...
Magali Alvarado ...
Miranda Garrison ...
Moon Orona ...
Daniel Rojo ...
Humberto Ortiz ...
Roxan Flores ...
Robert Gould ...
Chesher Cat ...
Sister (as Deborah Chesher)
Debra Ortega ...
Aunt / Featured Dancer
Aunt / Featured Dancer


Fatherless barrio Puertorican Rico is a menial car mechanic by day, but lives for the nights, when he dances and dates hot dancing girls, cockily convinced the title of Salsa king in fancy nightclub La Luna's upcoming contest is to be his. He encourages his best friend, courteous gentleman Ken, to date his sister Margarita so he gets a free hand with her flirtatious classmate Lola. The reigning salsa queen Luna's interest in Ruco as dance-partner threatens his on-off relationship with Vicki. More jealous trouble follows when Ken and Margarita fall in true love. Written by KGF Vissers

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The Dirtiest Dancing Of Them All !


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July 1988 (Austria)  »

Also Known As:

Salsa - O Filme Quente  »

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$8,892,589 (USA)

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Did You Know?


Rico puts on a towel after having taken a shower. In the following shot, he slides down the stairs in his shorts. In a subsequent shot, he is wearing the towel once again. See more »


Rita: Don't call me puta, cabron!
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Referenced in The Dream Team (1989) See more »


Written by Marco Antonio Cossio and Arturo Cabrera
Performed by Grupo Latino
Grupo Latino performs by courtesy of Peerless Records
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Baked Beans in Australia...
4 November 2007 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Some really dynamic music and surprisingly effective 1989 level teen romance are just some of the enjoyable parts of this awful Golan Globus production from Cannon Films, the LA/ Israeli based exploitation outfit that simply made D grade knock offs of whatever other hit films there were in cinemas the previous year. In this case DIRTY DANCING from 1988.

The roster of SALSA guest artists is surprising and the Salsa numbers quite dynamic in their Latin way. Talented boy-band dude Bobby Rosa clearly was the indecent obsession of someone at Cannon as he is lust-filmed to the point of near nude as often as possible (especially in the opening ten minutes... (I thought I had the wrong DVD playing)..... We even have a garish nightclub with an orchestra - lots of pink neon and glass blocks -and it's a place frequented by Aunties and their husbands, mum and li'l sisters... a real family affair, as is the whole film... even with backyard parties in the afternoon. It offers a real good look at suburban 1989 Los Angeles... which is interesting in itself.

Occasionally Golan Globus accidentally made something that was actually good (eg RUNAWAY TRAIN) ... and I am very sad to say that today in 2007 this film is rendered quite emotional because of the charming and effervescent appearance of talented 20 year old Rodney Harvey in one of his few good roles before his terrible drug death in 1997. I have seen the string of mug shots of Rodney in decline from sparkling teen to gaunt ghost ...they were printed in Premiere magazine years ago in a run of shots 1-10 showing just his arrested image in horrifying shrivel as his heroin addiction rotted his handsome young face. You can also see him in GUN CRAZY and MY PRIVATE IDAHO. Absolutely tragic. His family and friends must just be grief-stricken still if they see his films today.

I was also reminded by SALSA a lot of the Oz film STRICTLY BALLROOM which was made 4 years later. Some sequences from SALSA are clearly reformatted into STRICTLY, especially the billboard dancing scene. Hmmmmmm.

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