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The Forbidden Dance (1990)

 -  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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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

Nisa: You want to see the lambada? I'll SHOW you the lambada!
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Outlaw (1993) See more »

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Reaction to Passion
Performed by Gene Evaro Sr. (as Gene Evaro)
Written by Gene Evaro Sr. (as Gene Evaro), Renee Ruff
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Laura Harring bedazzles despite drab script
19 July 2003 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The spellbinding dance moves of the stunningly beautiful and talented Laura Elena Harring are the only parts of this film worth watching.

Otherwise, the cast was poorly chosen and the dialogue is weak. Aside from a couple songs the music was nothing special. The rainforest subplot could have provided an interesting storyline but as presented it seems disassociated from the characters and the rest of the script; at best it provides an uninteresting break between dance sequences.

Laura Harring is simply an absolutely captivating talent who appears sorely out of place in this film.


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