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The Forbidden Dance -- A Brazilian princess tries to save the rain forests by introducing the world to the electrifying exotic lambada.


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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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Amazingly bad, from what I remember 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
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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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?

A sequel was planned (Advertised in Variety as "Naked Lambada! The Forbidden Dance Continues") but cancelled due to this film's less than favorable performance at the box office.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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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Amazingly bad, from what I remember, 11 December 2005
Author: markmaloof100 from Big Ol' New York City, baby!

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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