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Dancing at the Blue Iguana (2000)

A non-glamorous portrayal of the lives of people who make their living at a strip club.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jessie
... Nico (as Kristin Bauer)
... Bobby
... Angel
... Dennis
... Stormy
... Sully
... Sacha
... Jasmine
... Charlie
... Jo
... Eddie
David Amos ... Dave
Carolyne Aycaguer ... Sophie
R.C. Bates ... Jimmy (as RC Bates)


Angel is a dancer wishing to adopt a child. Stormy is a dancer with a secret with her brother Sully. Jasmine is a poetess who falls in love with Dennis. Jo is a dancer who became pregnant and Jessie is a woman fighting to survive in Hollywood. The link between them is the fact that they dance at Blue Iguana, a strip-club managed by Eddie. Their personal dramas are the theme of this movie. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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from the director of Il Postino See more »


Drama | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive sexual content/nudity, language, some drug content and brief violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 October 2001 (Israel)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,181, 21 October 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$30,181, 21 October 2001
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Despite only appearing in two scenes, Kristin Bauer made her own outfit for her strip routine and visited porn stars who gig at strip clubs. She even had training on how to use a whip. See more »


The guitar from the music store is incorrectly stated to be a Gibson Les Paul. See more »


Jo: You think you'r the only person with reproductive organs. I'm gonna have this fucking baby. I'm gonna have this baby and my baby is gonna sell drugs to your baby on the playground. Do you know that. You fucking bitch.
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References The Powerpuff Girls (1998) See more »


Where I Come From
Written by Tom Anderson
Performed by Tom Anderson
Courtesy of Dreamworks Music
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realistic depiction of a slice of life
16 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

"Dancing at the Blue Iguana" shows the life of a number of strippers inside and outside of their place of work, a life the more sedate of us normally don't get to see. It appears to be a very realistic portrayal, almost a documentary, which I for one always find fascinating. A few events built in which probably don't happen quite so routinely in normal life, but still believable. I was left by the movie with very mixed emotions: depressed by the whole atmosphere of the club, feeling sorry for the girls, but nevertheless enamored by their beauty. First-class acting and directing - every scene, every move convinced. Recommended for all who have a taste for real life reflected in a movie (instead of fancy nonsense).

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