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Salsa (1988)

PG | | Music, Romance | 6 May 1988 (USA)
As a young East Los Angeles Latino pursues his dream of becoming a great Salsa dancer, he is enraged to learn that his little sister is romantically involved with his best friend.


Boaz Davidson


Boaz Davidson (story), Eli Tavor (story) (as Eli Tabor) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Draco Rosa ... Rico (as Robby Rosa)
Rodney Harvey ... Ken
Magali Alvarado Magali Alvarado ... Rita
Miranda Garrison ... Luna
Moon Orona Moon Orona ... Lola
Angela Alvarado ... Vicki
Loyda Ramos ... Mother
Valente Rodriguez ... Chuey
Daniel Rojo Daniel Rojo ... Orlando
Humberto Ortiz Humberto Ortiz ... Beto
Roxan Flores Roxan Flores ... Nena
Robert Gould ... Boss
Chesher Cat ... Sister (as Deborah Chesher)
Debra Ortega Debra Ortega ... Aunt / Featured Dancer
Renee Victor ... Aunt / Featured Dancer


Fatherless barrio Puertorican Rico is a menial car mechanic by day, but lives for the nights, when he dances and dates hot dancing girls, cockily convinced the title of Salsa king in fancy nightclub La Luna's upcoming contest is to be his. He encourages his best friend, courteous gentleman Ken, to date his sister Margarita so he gets a free hand with her flirtatious classmate Lola. The reigning salsa queen Luna's interest in Ruco as dance-partner threatens his on-off relationship with Vicki. More jealous trouble follows when Ken and Margarita fall in true love. Written by KGF Vissers

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The Dirtiest Dancing Of Them All !


Music | Romance


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Did You Know?


Draco Rosa, previously known as Roby Rosa, was part of the Puerto Rican crossover Pop group, Menudo. See more »


When Rita hops on Ken's motorcycle she is seen with a blue backpack. In the shot when she and Ken were riding around the field, she is seen with a pink backpack. See more »


Rita: Don't call me puta, cabron!
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Featured in Laura Branigan: Your Love (1988) See more »


Son Matamoros
Written by Tata Guerra
Performed by Celia Cruz and Willie Colón (as Willie Colon)
Celia Cruz and Willie Colon perform by courtesy of Vaya Records
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bad movie? or bad move?
12 September 2008 | by jvlivSee all my reviews

Well, I endured watching this thing in my Beloved Island Puerto Rico, and it was all hype, no bang. Worse movie I ever seen. Poorly directed and apparently a cheap casting effort. It seems that it was a bad attempt to legitimize Robbie Rosa as an actor. One thing is being a hit singer with Menudo and a good dancer, another thing is being a descent actor. Robbie was not the latter. He may as well have gone into one of the Friday the 13th sequels, that bad was the acting of everyone in this...."movie". The music is not bad, the rest, goodness!!! Don't get me wrong I am Puertorrican and darn proud of it, but this was a piece of junk movie.

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Release Date:

6 May 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Salsa - se polttaa See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,627,533, 8 May 1988

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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo


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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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