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Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (2004)

PG-13 | | Romance, Drama | 27 February 2004 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carlos Suarez
Lola Martinez (as Mya Harrison)
Polly Cole ...
Polly (as Polly Cusumano)
Chris Engen ...
Tommy Kavelin ...
Señor Alonso
Wilmer Cordero ...
Charlie Rodriguez ...
Grandpa Suarez
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Troubador (as Donato)


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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Romance | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 February 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Havana Nights: Dirty Dancing 2  »

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Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,811,325 (USA) (27 February 2004)


$14,140,215 (USA) (16 April 2004)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The plot is loosely based on the life story of producer JoAnn Fregalette Jansen, who moved to Cuba with her family in 1958. Thus, the "Based on True Events" title. See more »


When Mrs. Miller is talking to Katey about her relationship with James, Katey's sleeve changes from on her shoulder to off and back. See more »


Javier Suarez: [Sees Katey dancing rather unflatteringly] You're a pretty good dancer.
Katey Miller: [laughs] I was terrible.
Javier Suarez: Well, yeah. Yeah, you were terrible. But for an American, you move well.
Katey Miller: Oh, thanks.
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Referenced in Bob's Burgers: Family Fracas (2013) See more »


Written, Arranged and Conducted by Angel "Cucco" Peña
Published by Altamar Music
Performed by the Julio Daivel Big Band
Produced by Angel "Cucco" Peña and Manny Benito
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Bogus Latin dancing film.
22 July 2005 | by (Washington, DC USA) – See all my reviews

My biggest gripe with this movie is that the Latin dancing is not very genuine. My father was living in Havana in the early 1960s, and reports what seems pretty obvious: this film is full of a modern, highly stylized and "hip-hoppified" version of Cuban street dancing.

But, there is a lot of other stuff to gripe about in this film.

Plot: our heroine is an American gringa whose family moves to pre-revolutionary Cuba because her dad's company promoted him to a position there. We don't know anything about our heroine (let's call her "La Gringa Caliente," because she eventually learns to loosen up and let strange men touch her butt), except that she gets good grades. So, she moves to Havana and becomes mesmerized by afro-Cubano dancing. This leads her to fall madly in love with a waiter in her hotel, and enter a dance tournament with him. Her family is scandalized. Then they are not scandalized any more.

The plot is totally predictable, and the acting is downright bad. The love story lacks guts. None of that matters if what you want is to see cool Latin dancing and listen to cool Latin music, which was my goal. But, even that goal is sadly disappointed here. There is some cool music, but most of the music is just hip-hop with a Latin beat. A lot of the dancing is just 2000's club freak-dancing... it looks more like Lambada than Samba.

The three features that pushed me from silent disappointment to derisive laughter were:

(1) They make a big deal about "Old Havana," and show all of these landscape shots to impress the viewer. But the city they are showing is San Juan, Puerto Rico! This might not be so obvious, but they show the most famous landmarks in San Juan, so that you cannot possibly even pretend the setting is Havana. So much for the "Havana Nights."

(2) For some God-awful reason, they throw Patrick Swayze back in! First of all, his character has no role, no background, and no reason to be there. He plays the gringo dance teacher who somehow teaches La Gringa Caliente how to loosen up and let guys touch her butt (he has a great line: "It can be very scary when someone touches that part of your body." who wrote this?). They dance around ballroom style. Second, the guy has had a really bad face-lift or something. He was only 52 when this film came out, but he looks 65. I was worried that his hairpiece was going to come flying off during some of the spins.

(3) The pathetically weak attempt to illustrate the social pressures that led to the Cuban revolution left in me stitches.

Conclusion: stink bomb. If you want a movie with cool Cuban music, rent Buena Vista Social Club. If you want to watch cool Latin dancing, rent the 1980s Robby Rosa film "Salsa!" If you have a desperate need to get rid of four dollars and be bored for 90 minutes, rent "Dirty Dancing Havana Nights."

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