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Lambada (1990)

PG-13 | | Drama | 16 March 1990 (USA)
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 »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin 'Blade' Laird
Sandy Thomas
Ramone (as Shabba Doo)
Leticia Vasquez ...
Pink Toes
Uncle Big
Rita Bland ...
Funk Queen (as Gina Ravarra)
Matt Feemster ...
Rudy Laird
Kristina Starman ...
Linda Laird
Supt. Leland
Bookworm (as Elsie Sniffen)
Muriel (as Debra Spagnoli)
Rick Mali ...
Gang member


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 academics. But when a jealous student exposes Kevin's double life, his two worlds collide, threatening his job and reputation. Written by Carolyne

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Release Date:

16 March 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Il ballo proibito  »

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$4,263,112 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Called "the better of the two" from its rival Forbidden Dance. See more »


On the car scene where Sandy is in the car with Laird, Principal Singleton arrives to chat with the him. As Singleton leaves, Sandy suddenly pops up and speaks with Laird. Singleton acts as if nothing's happening, when it is obvious he would've spot Sandy with Laird. See more »


Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Outlaw (1993) See more »


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Written by R. Ray Barnes and Tony Coleman
Produced by R. Ray Barnes and Tony Coleman
Performed by Sweet Obsession
Published by Knight Crew Music/Epic/Solar Songs, Inc./Bada Music (BMI)
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Dated now, but amazing dancing
24 May 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Im in mixed minds. When I was 16 (Im now 37!) I adored this film, mainly for the dancing by unknown dancers. They weren't famous yet they were brilliant. Also the whole Latina/Latino thing which Im slightly obsessed with, Hispanic culture hasn't come to the UK so it all seems exotic to me. Now I watch it, and Im more critical... the kids seem way too old - younger people should have been cast. The story line isn't great, nor the script writing. Its sad that as we mature we're naturally so critical of everything instead of enjoying it. Id like to see this remade but with a sharper script, better actors but still the same sort of dancing, I'd love to know who taught them.

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