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In November 1958, the American teenager Katey Miller moves with her parents and her younger sister to Havana. Her father is an executive of Ford expatriated to Cuba, and Katey is an ... See full summary »

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In November 1958, the American teenager Katey Miller moves with her parents and her younger sister to Havana. Her father is an executive of Ford expatriated to Cuba, and Katey is an excellent high school senior student that misses her friends. The family is lodged in a fancy hotel, where Katey accidentally meets the local teenage waiter Javier Suarez. Later she sees Javier dancing in a public square and they become friends, but he is fired from the hotel because her acquaintances have seen them together. Katey invites Javier to participate of a Latin Ballroom Contest in the local Palace club to help him to raise some money, and she secretly meets him in the La Rosa Negra nightclub for rehearsals. Later they fall in love for each other in times of revolution. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Break the rules. Find your freedom. Live your life. See more »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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$87,392 (South Africa) (22 October 2004)

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$131,416 (South Africa) (29 October 2004)
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James Phelps: Watch out for this one. She's a bad influence.
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Do You Only Want to Dance
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Written by Lester Mendez and Sy Smith
Published by EMI Blackwood Music and Sybersong Publishing
Performed by the Julio Daivel Big Band
Arranged and Conducted by Angel "Cucco" Peña
Produced by Angel "Cucco" Peña and Manny Benito
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A combination of many factors make this movie unforgettable
23 April 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

If your expecting a carbon remake of the original "Dirty Dancing", then you will be sorely disappointed as although "Dirty Dancing Havana Nights" shares the same plot and name there are few similarities between the two movies. The styles are completely different, and both hold their own individual kind of magic that captures the hearts of the viewers.

The dancing has few fancy tricks and the music is more of a dance beat then unforgettable hit, however the simple elegance and hot moves will leave the breathless. It oversteps some of the marks the original barely touched upon, the phrase Dirty Dancing comes into play as a strong theme of the dance. The dancing shows a way of rebellion where they enter there own world and dance their own steps, it shows the process of growing up and the parents fight to keep their baby, that a lot of teenage girls face.

Although the dancing is memorable (although in my opinion there is not enough) the main theme seems to be the setting. The amazing setting of Cuba is a brilliant setting, the colourful surroundings bring to life a surreal feeling that captures the summer buzz of the movie perfectly.

The politics involved of the revolution manage to reach through this idealistic dream and bring a harsh sense of reality to the movie, that in my opinion is very interesting.

Katey (Romola Garai) and Javier (Diego Luna) dance well together. They have an interesting chemistry, (although not as prominent as the characters interaction in the original, which is a slight disappointment). The dialogue at times can sound slightly false, however is usually soon made up for. Sela Ward and John Slattery (who play Katey's parents) are brilliant actors, that really bring up the movie at times. The movie has many actors that all interact brilliantly and the events that the movie covers are done in a very thought provoking way.

Towards the end I felt that it began to lose the quality that it had built throughout the movie, namely in the big dancing scene that is slightly disappointing. However, it is rescued by the ending that provides a powerful reality that wakes them up from the summer dream that the movie seems to build its self into and provides a bittersweet ending that in my opinion is very good, although it leaves you wondering what happened next.

Overall, the movie is well worth seeing, it brings together a brilliant story, with hot music and a time/setting that is unforgettable, once you see it once you'll want to watch again and again.


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