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The Forbidden Dance (1990)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  16 March 1990 (USA)
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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Nisa (as Laura Herring)
Jeff James ...
Jason
Barbra Brighton ...
Ashley
Miranda Garrison ...
Mickey
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Joa
Ángela Moya ...
Carmen (as Angela Moya)
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Benjamin Maxwell
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Katherine Anderson
Linden Chiles ...
Bradley Anderson
Ruben Moreno ...
The King
Gene Mitchell ...
Cutter
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Dave
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Trish
Tom Alexander ...
Kurt
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Weed (as Steven Lloyd Williams)
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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!

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Drama | Romance

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16 March 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lambada, el baile prohibido  »

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$1,823,154 (USA)
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Trivia

Written in 10 days, based on an idea writers John Platt & Roy Langsdon came up with in the car on the drive to producer Menahem Golan's office. The script was commisioned in December of 1989, was in production by the end of January, 1990, and hit theaters on March 17th that same year, all in an attempt to beat rival lamdada flick Lambada (1990) to theaters. Both films were eventually released on the very same day! See more »

Goofs

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 »

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 NewsRadio: Rap (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Lambada the Forbidden Dance
Performed by José Feliciano
Appears Courtesy of E.M.I. Records Ltd.
Written by Joseph Goldman, Joe Lamont, Jan Lucas
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It's great, 'cause it's so crappy
22 October 2006 | by (Brazil) – See 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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