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The Forbidden Dance (1990)

A princess in the Amazon rain forest tries to fight a conglomerate threatening the forests by going to Los Angeles. There she links up with a rich kid who tells her that she must get on TV ... See full summary »

Director:

Greydon Clark

Writers:

Menahem Golan (story), Roy Langsdon (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Laura Harring ... Nisa (as Laura Herring)
Jeff James Jeff James ... Jason
Barbra Brighton Barbra Brighton ... Ashley
Miranda Garrison Miranda Garrison ... Mickey
Sid Haig ... Joa
Ángela Moya Ángela Moya ... Carmen (as Angela Moya)
Richard Lynch ... Benjamin Maxwell
Shannon Farnon ... Katherine Anderson
Linden Chiles ... Bradley Anderson
Ruben Moreno Ruben Moreno ... The King
Gene Mitchell Gene Mitchell ... Cutter
Kenny Johnson ... Dave
Connie Woods Connie Woods ... Trish
Tom Alexander Tom Alexander ... Kurt
Steven Williams ... Weed (as Steven Lloyd Williams)
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Storyline

A princess in the Amazon rain forest tries to fight a conglomerate threatening the forests by going to Los Angeles. There she links up with a rich kid who tells her that she must get on TV to succeed with her mission. The two come up with the idea of winning a lambada dance contest that is getting TV attention. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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LAMBADA...If it got any hotter, it wouldn't be dancing!

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lambada, el baile prohibido See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,823,154
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The picture was nominated for Worst Picture at the Hastings Bad Cinema Society's 13th Stinkers Bad Movie Awards in 1990. See more »

Goofs

At one point, Nisa calls the villain "matador". It is intended as an insult. But "matador" is a bullfighting term. What Nisa really means to say is "asesino" (murderer). See more »

Quotes

Nisa: They must stop killing the trees' or the sun will eat the air!
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Connections

Referenced in Ski School (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

It's Never Too Late
Performed by Jeff Harper
Written by Mark Vincent, Don Vincent, Joey Arreguin
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Amazingly bad, from what I remember
11 December 2005 | by markmaloof100See all my reviews

Ten out of ten stars? Sure, for AMAZINGLY BAD and HIDEOUS. OK, I'm going from memory, but in 1990 I was a projectionist at a six screen multiplex theater in NH for about 6 months before I moved to NYC Those few months allowed me to witness some horrendous films I would never volunteer to go see like "Joe vs the Volcano" (rember that hilariously putrid waste of celluloid? Funniest part was seeing Abe Vigoda dressed up to play a native chief. Honest.) Well, "Forbidden Dance" was easily the worst film I had seen that year (maybe in years), thus becoming one of the best unintentional comedies I had seen up to that point. Incredibly stupid dialog, horrendous acting, terrible script, absolutely ignorant and insulting to Brazilian culture (which disturbs me now to think of, but at the time I just saw it as another element of ineptness and stupidity exercised by the director/writer/producers.) Anyways, I raved about this film to friends, as in "Ya gotta see this, it's unbelievable, goes beyond the bottom of the barrel." Alas, it stayed maybe a week at the theater, so the planned orgy of a gang of us laughing our heads off at the abomination never materialized.

So I'm going by memory now. Is the film as horrendous as I remember it? I have half- hearted plans to try and dig up a copy to see again and show my wife how truly bad films can be. Yeah, OK, I'm one of those "gotta see a horrible film now and then to get some laughs at its expense" sort of guy, though as I get older, maybe I have a little less time to waste doing that. I am going to try and rent this if I can, to see if it is as hilarious as I remember it. One sad note: one of my favorite character actors, Sid Haig, is in it. A low point in his movie career. All is forgiven, Sid!!!!!!


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