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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

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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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
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Trivia

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 »

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Nia is supposed to be an Amazon Princess from Brazil, the glaring mistake is this character speaking Spanish, instead of Portuguese the actual language spoken in Brazil. 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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Referenced in NewsRadio: Rap (1997) See more »

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It's Never Too Late
Performed by Jeff Harper
Written by Mark Vincent, Don Vincent, Joey Arreguin
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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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