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The Forbidden Dance (1990)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 16 March 1990 (USA)
Filmed during the Lambada dance craze (if there really ever was one), this film tries to have a social conscience. A princess (Laura Herring) in the Amazon rain forests tries to fight a ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nisa (as Laura Herring)
Jeff James ...
Barbra Brighton ...
Miranda Garrison ...
Ángela Moya ...
Carmen (as Angela Moya)
Benjamin Maxwell
Katherine Anderson
Linden Chiles ...
Bradley Anderson
Ruben Moreno ...
The King
Connie Woods ...
Tom Alexander ...
Weed (as Steven Lloyd Williams)


Filmed during the Lambada dance craze (if there really ever was one), this film tries to have a social conscience. A princess (Laura Herring) in the Amazon rain forests tries to fight a conglomerate threatening the forests by going to Los Angeles. There she links up with a rich kid (Jeff James) who tells her that she must get on tv to succeed with her mission. Quick as a wink the two come up with the idea of winning a lambada dance contest that is getting tv attention. Sid Haig also co-stars as a witch doctor who accompanies the princess and provides some humor. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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


Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

16 March 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lambada, el baile prohibido  »

Box Office


$1,823,154 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


A sequel was planned (Advertised in Variety as "Naked Lambada! The Forbidden Dance Continues") but cancelled due to this film's less than favorable performance at the box office. See more »


At one point, Nisa calls the villain "matador". It is intended as an insult. But "matador" is a bullfighting term. What Nisa really means to say is "asesino" (murderer). See more »


[Jason and Nisa got back from dancing and Jason's parents want to talk to Jason alone]
Katherine Anderson: And we don't want you fraternizing with the hired help!
Jason: We wen't dancing, we did't go to bed!
Katherine Anderson: Well, I shoud hope not there's enough of those people in the world without you fathering any more.
Jason: Will you try to keep it down, she might hear you.
Katherine Anderson: I want her to hear me and I want her out of My Dress!
Jason: About the dress...
Katherine Anderson: What about it? I hope you realize its a Christian D'ore original and it cost me more than that ...
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Hercules Unchained (1992) See more »


Always You
Performed by Joyce Kennedy
Appears Courtesy of Mother's Finest
Written by Misha Segal, Harriet Schock (as Harriet Shock)
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I remember it being Awesome!
19 November 2007 | by (North Carolina) – See all my reviews

Okay, granted that I saw this movie several years ago and I was much younger, but I remember it as being totally hilarious. No, it wasn't a film with much depth, the concept was really stupid, and it surely wasn't going to win any Oscars. But it was super funny, because it was just that ridiculous. Still to this day I can hum the theme song to the movie,(sad, I know)but it's an awesome memory.I recommend this movie to anyone that wants to laugh their but off for no reason. The Forbidden Dance is a movie that I hope to own, so I can look at it countless times and remember the sheer genius that went into making this great film:)

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