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City Rhythms (1989)

Dance to Win (original title)




Credited cast:
Carlos Gómez ... Slammer
Daniel Quinn ... Francis Picasso
Sally Stewart ... Amanda
Christina Haack Christina Haack ... Emma
Sandor Black Sandor Black ... Flash
Don Reed ... Fingers
Eddie Garcia Eddie Garcia ... Dancer
Curtis Womack Curtis Womack ... Smokey
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Alvarez Robert Alvarez ... Jason
Patricia Barry
Janeen Damian Janeen Damian ... Emma Dance Double (as Janeen Best)
Sean 'Hollywood' Hamilton Sean 'Hollywood' Hamilton
Dominic Lucero ... Dancer
Garrett Morris
Willy Parsons Willy Parsons ... Biker Clerk


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Drama | Music | Romance


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West Germany | Italy



Release Date:

1 December 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

City Rhythms See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Alternate Versions

UK versions are cut by 11 seconds for a '15' rating. See more »


Follows Dance Academy (1988) See more »


Song Of The City
Performed by Curtis Womack
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Not that I've seen it, but...
3 October 2006 | by FeverDogSee all my reviews

I have this memory of talking about this movie in Chemistry class my sophomore year of high school. "Look, choreography by Paula Abdul!" This was the big, the only selling point of this movie, which played in theatres for one show a week for five days or so and then disappeared forever, like all those other presumably godawful dance movies that followed DIRTY DANCING like horses in a parade. Oh god, those Lambada movies, and SALSA, and the fact that 1989-91 was a really, really bad time for music and movies and especially music movies. Really. I mean, really: "I Wanna Sex You Up"?

So, nobody's seen this movie so nobody's gonna read these comments so why not reminisce about all these b-movies that passed through local bookings before languishing in oblivion? There was GOOD TO GO and DOWN TWISTED and, oh yeah, remember THE PRINCESS ACADEMY and APPRENTICE TO MURDER and CHOKE CANYON and SKY BANDITS and THE DRIFTER? Anyone?

Oh well, isn't this more interesting than some staid assessment of an '80s movie called DANCE TO WIN? Better this than nothing, right? Unless you arrived here by way of "American Idol," in which case I may sound like a raving loony. Do you Paula Abdul fans remember her remix CD, "Dance, Ya Know It"? I used to blast that in my backyard while clearing crabapples, way before Skat Kat and Rush Rush Keanu. Straight up now tell me.

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