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 ...
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Kevin Laird is a Beverly Hills school teacher by day and a mystery man by night. Using his lambada dance moves to first earn the kid's respect and acceptance, Kevin then teaches them ... See full summary »
J. Eddie Peck,
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Andy J. Forest,
Hakan is a handsome young man who wants to be a famous actor and dancer. He comes to Istanbul, his uncle to realize this thought. He starts to work as a dancer in a bar. He has taken the ... See full summary »
Having gotten a taste of college life, a drastically changed farm girl returns home for Thanksgiving break with her best friend, a flamboyant party animal who is clearly a fish out of water in a small farm town.
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 »
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The picture was nominated for Worst Picture at the Hastings Bad Cinema Society's 13th Stinkers Bad Movie Awards in 1990. 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 »
[Joa is sitting there playing the drumms with his hands]
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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Ten out of ten stars? Sure, for AMAZINGLY BAD and HIDEOUS. OK, I'm going from memory, but in 1990 I was a projectionist at a six screen multiplex theater in NH for about 6 months before I moved to NYC Those few months allowed me to witness some horrendous films I would never volunteer to go see like "Joe vs the Volcano" (rember that hilariously putrid waste of celluloid? Funniest part was seeing Abe Vigoda dressed up to play a native chief. Honest.) Well, "Forbidden Dance" was easily the worst film I had seen that year (maybe in years), thus becoming one of the best unintentional comedies I had seen up to that point. Incredibly stupid dialog, horrendous acting, terrible script, absolutely ignorant and insulting to Brazilian culture (which disturbs me now to think of, but at the time I just saw it as another element of ineptness and stupidity exercised by the director/writer/producers.) Anyways, I raved about this film to friends, as in "Ya gotta see this, it's unbelievable, goes beyond the bottom of the barrel." Alas, it stayed maybe a week at the theater, so the planned orgy of a gang of us laughing our heads off at the abomination never materialized.
So I'm going by memory now. Is the film as horrendous as I remember it? I have half- hearted plans to try and dig up a copy to see again and show my wife how truly bad films can be. Yeah, OK, I'm one of those "gotta see a horrible film now and then to get some laughs at its expense" sort of guy, though as I get older, maybe I have a little less time to waste doing that. I am going to try and rent this if I can, to see if it is as hilarious as I remember it. One sad note: one of my favorite character actors, Sid Haig, is in it. A low point in his movie career. All is forgiven, Sid!!!!!!
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