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The Forbidden Dance is Lambada (1990)

Laura Harring , Jeff James , Greydon Clark  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Laura Harring, Jeff James, Barbra Brighton, Miranda Garrison, Sid Haig
  • Directors: Greydon Clark
  • Writers: Menahem Golan, John Platt, Roy Langsdon
  • Producers: Ami Artzi, Marc S. Fischer, Menahem Golan, Richard L. Albert
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 30, 2003
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AUHQD
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,226 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The Forbidden Dance is the story of Nisa (Laura Herring), a beautiful princess from Brazil who, concerned over the destruction of her homeland and the rainforests by a giant, multinational corporation, travels to Los Angeles to meet with the company's chairman. But her visit is in vain - she is prevented from arranging a meeting. Despondent and discouraged, Nisa accepts a job as a maid to make ends meet while she's in America. There, she falls in love with Jason (Jeff James), the handsome son of her employer. She teaches him the passionate and erotic dance of her home ... Lambada. Together they decide the only way to deliver the message to the American people is to enter a Lambada dance contest. But Jason's ex-girlfriend wants to prevent it, and the corporation wants to prevent it - and both are willing to stop at nothing to keep them off the dance floor.

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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cheesy fun! July 9, 2004
The Forbidden Dance is a fun movie; badly acted, horribly directed and cheesy, yet strangely engrossing and loveable. It tries to be serious, but fails for the most part because everything about it is so dated. Yet, it is energetic and lively, with upbeat songs and very HOT dancing. You'll ultimately find yourself addicted, without knowing why. Fans of Laura Harring (Mulholland Dr.) should definitely seek this out to see her in an early role. It is much better than the similar Lambada, released in theaters on the same DAY in 1990!!! As fun trivia, Lambada producers sued successfully to have the word "lambada" removed from "The Forbidden Dance"'s official title, though only "The Forbidden Dance" uses the song "Lambada" which launched the short-lived dance craze. The title is now used for the DVD release.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars sizzling! November 4, 2004
I love this movie. I seen it when it first came out in 90 and fell in love with it. So I bought it. The music itself will make you get outta your seat and start dancing right then and there.

But the Lambada dance itself is enticing and will have you craving for a dancing partner at the very moment.

I give it 4 stars, also it sends out the cheezy cliche message about "if you want something bad enough, go and get it"
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PASSION PLUS+ August 2, 2004
I LOVE this movie. The songs are so sultry. The dancing is so full of passion. When you watch this it puts you in THE MOOD-for real. If you want to jumpstart your relationship, watch this movie!! The music makes you want to dance which in my case led to more.. Does anyone know how to get this soundtrack???
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Ever Salsa Movie! September 6, 2005
When I think of this movie I think of Excitement! I have a great passion for dance, all types but when I first saw this movie I had to be about 12 years old,(I'm 21 now)and then I knew it would be my favorite for a while. Sure Save the last dance, Dance with me, and Dirty Dancing will all be classics to mine, but this movie is different, Nisa was so passionate when she danced, and Jason had the same passion, and when they danced together they released a sense of warmth. I really love this movie, for any young couples who love to dance watch it at night by the fire place, and appreciate a good dance movie!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Absurdity February 27, 2003
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Format:VHS Tape
Aside from how attractive I personally find the lead actress, this movie is a complete and utter waste of time. Period.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A powerful ecological/phenomenological statement August 14, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Many small-minded film reviewers have dismissed this as a simple dance movie. Wrong, wrong, wrong. In fact, the Lambada, as used our protagonist, the Princess, is an inverse metaphor for Brazil and, indeed, the struggles of the Third World.
Whereas Brazil has brought economic stability, and the favor of the IMF, through unpopular interest rates, the Princess finds ecological stability, and the approval of seedy Los Angeles dancers, through the Lambada. The finale alone -- featuring corporate executives, DJs, Amazon Indians, drug dealers, Anglos, the Los Angeles/Brooklyn Dodgers, members of Poison and their entourage and Princess -- proves to be the most compelling symbolism in American cinema, post-1975.
Yet unweaving this richly textured quilt brings more colors. Princess' love affair with Boy, and seconded by the Boy's Crazy Aunt's equally romantic entanglement with the Amazon's Chief, proves a prescient warning about the dangers of IMF/World Bank power -- and provides a possible blueprint for repair. Although Boy/Princess, as two consenual adults, find true happiness radiating from the mutual pelvic thrusts of the Lambada, Amazon Chief/Crazy Aunt's relationship, marked mostly by misunderstanding and lamp-breaking, ends sadly and without resolution. The message is clear. Greydon Clark (director of the equally sublime "Angels' Revenge") was, truly, raging against the machine, years before these questions were first raised.
The climax of the movie comes in a breathtakingingly choreographed Marxist critique, with the Princess (losing her Brazilian accent, which, I believe, shows the truly transformative power of political awareness and this exotic dance) declares that "The killing of the trees must be stopped.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ELECTRIFYING, MADE ME WANT TO DANCE! May 28, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I Loved the movie, the dancing alone was beyond words. I bought the soundtrack and had lost it and have been trying ever since to find it again. With no luck i might add. Please if anyone knows how to get it again, please let me know!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Fobidden Dance November 4, 2006
A real GOOD feel and entertaining movie that has everything in it. Mind you the acting isn't all that great but the music and dancing sure does make up for it. You get to see how the "Lambada" should actually be wonder they call it the forbidden dance!

Get a copy of the movie and check it out yourself. You will not be disappointed. I had the VHS version which was getting worn out and was keeping my fingers crossed waiting for DVD version to be released.....WoW and it has do what I did...just BUY it. AAA for value!
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