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 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
Gene Mitchell ...
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 <>

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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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Did You Know?


Lambada (1990) producers sued successfully to have the word "Lambada" removed from "The Forbidden Dance"'s official title, though only "The Forbidden Dance" uses the song "Lambada" which became involved in the Lambada dance craze of the 1970s-early 1990s. 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 Ski School (1990) See more »


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Be thankful it wasn't about the "macarena"
16 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

This film was pure 1990's dreck. A film to cash on several major events. Laura Herring the first hispanic Miss Teen USA, plight of the rainforest and Lambada the SHORT lived sexy dance craze.

This film was a box office disaster which saw itself competing with and losing out to the other less stupid Lambada film. This films plot is about Laura as a Brazillian princess who will help her native rainforest by winning a dance contest with her sexy lambada moves. This plot becomes beyond stupid when the viewer realizes Laura has no dance ability.

It would of been more believable is if Laura played a hooker and raised money by sleeping with every creepy man she came across. The demise of the Lambada was unfortunate since the next dance craze of the 1990's was the Macarena.

Be thankful there was never a Macarena film

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