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Menahem Golan (story)
Roy Langsdon (screenplay)
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Release Date:
16 March 1990 (USA) See more »
LAMBADA...If it got any hotter, it wouldn't be dancing!
Filmed during the Lambada dance craze (if there really ever was one), this film tries to have a social conscience... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Laura Harring bedazzles despite drab script See more (12 total) »


  (in credits order)

Laura Harring ... Nisa (as Laura Herring)
Jeff James ... Jason
Barbra Brighton ... Ashley
Miranda Garrison ... Mickey

Sid Haig ... Joa
Ángela Moya ... Carmen (as Angela Moya)

Richard Lynch ... Benjamin Maxwell

Shannon Farnon ... Katherine Anderson

Linden Chiles ... Bradley Anderson
Ruben Moreno ... The King
Gene Mitchell ... Cutter

Kenny Johnson ... Dave

Connie Woods ... Trish
Tom Alexander ... Kurt

Steven Williams ... Weed (as Steven Lloyd Williams)
Sabrina Mance ... Cami
Pilar Del Rey ... The Queen
Robert Apisa ... Security Guard #2

Gregory Niebel ... Jail Cop #1 (as Greg Niebel)
Kenny Scott Carrie ... Jail Cop #2
Remy O'Neill ... Robin
Charles Meshack ... Eddie
John Rice ... Mr. Gaines
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Danny Blume ... The Band
Bongo Eddie ... The Band
Carol Coleman ... The Band

Kid Creole ... Kid Creole (as August Darnell)
Cory Daye ... Vocalist
Ken Fradley ... The Band
Javier Garcia ... Dancer
Eugene Grey ... The Band
Taryn Hagey ... Coconut
Anders Johansson ... Dancer
Adriana Kaegi ... Coconut
Charlie Lagond ... The Band
Douglas M. Nelson ... Lambada Dancer
Lee Robertson ... The Band

Kelly C. Ryan ... LAMBADA Dancer
Peter Schott ... The Band
Dave Span ... The Band
Janique Svedberg ... Coconut

Johnny Mask ... Mickey's Dancing Patron (uncredited)
Lisa Saxton ... Dance patron (uncredited)

Directed by
Greydon Clark 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Menahem Golan  story
Roy Langsdon  screenplay
John Platt  screenplay

Produced by
Richard L. Albert .... producer
Ami Artzi .... executive producer
Marc S. Fischer .... producer
Menahem Golan .... executive producer
Original Music by
Vladimir Horunzhy 
Cinematography by
R. Michael Stringer (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Robert Edwards 
Barry Seybert 
Earl Watson 
Casting by
Ted Warren 
Production Design by
Don Day 
Set Decoration by
Shirley Starks 
Costume Design by
Susan L. Bertram 
Makeup Department
Beth O'Rourke .... key makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jeff Shiffman .... second assistant director
Art Department
Phil Brandes .... construction coordinator
Sound Department
Jonathan Fuh .... boom operator
J. Patrick Kanehann .... boom operator
Steve Scoville .... dialog editor
Andy Gill .... stunts
Barbara Anne Klein .... lead stunt double
Barbara Anne Klein .... stunts
Steve Niall .... stunts
Michael J. Sarna .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Rick Lamb .... assistant camera
Casting Department
Cheryl Faye .... dance casting
Location Management
Rob Jaeger .... location manager
Music Department
Menahem Golan .... lyrics co-written by
Transportation Department
Darryl Hayes .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Felix Chavez .... choreographer
Miranda Garrison .... choreographer
Adriana Kaegi .... choreographer
Tina Louise Newman .... production coordinator
Allen Walls .... assistant choreographer

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Lambada, the Forbidden Dance" - Philippines (English title)
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97 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

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/I) to theaters. Both films were eventually released on the very same day!See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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]
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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It's a HorrorSee more »


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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Laura Harring bedazzles despite drab script, 19 July 2003
Author: Carsten Klapp from Canada

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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