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Dirty Dancing - Havana Nights

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A Chrysler executive moves his family to Havana, Cuba in the late 1950s. His family struggles to fit in amongst the cultural differences and the changing political landscape of the island nation. Their refined daughter schooled in ballet finds that she fits in more with the island natives than fellow American transplants. In particular, she is fascinated by the sensual dance moves of a waiter in their hotel. She convinces the young man to teach her his moves and the pair enter a prestigious dancing contest together as the political turmoil in Cuba reaches a boiling point.

Special Features

  • Baila! Dance Piece - Interviews, screen tests and dance auditions
  • Music video
  • 2 multiangle dance sequences
  • Deleted scenes
  • Making-of featurette

Product Details

  • Actors: Diego Luna, Romola Garai, Sela Ward, John Slattery, Jonathan Jackson
  • Directors: Guy Ferland
  • Writers: Boaz Yakin, Kate Gunzinger, Peter Sagal, Victoria Arch
  • Producers: Amir Jacob Malin, Bob Osher, Jennifer Berman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: July 20, 2004
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (506 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00023BLXK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,008 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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By Kona VINE VOICE on February 27, 2004
17-year old Katey (Romola Garai) and her wealthy family have moved to Havana in 1958 and are living in a first-class hotel. Katey accidentally causes a young Cuban waiter (Diego Luna) to lose his job; there is a mutual attraction, and they share a love of dancing. They prepare for the big Latin dance contest, but Castro's revolution is about to change everything.

Diego Luna, who was so charming in Y Tu Mama Tambien, gets five stars from me. Here he is sweet and very likeable, a terrific dancer, and oozes teenage appeal. Co-star Romola Garai is fine, too, and the Cuban music and dance scenes are appropriately steamy. The script and the photography earn three stars, however. The story tries to balance youthful flirtation with the serious theme of political revolution. Two movies could have been made, but one seems unconnected and somewhat shallow. The whole movie was filmed in very dim lighting, even in sunlight, giving it a B-movie look.

But Havana Nights is a pleasant movie with an appealing star, and I recommend it to those who like Cuban music, dancing, and teen romance.
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I didn't think I would like this one better than the original. The original is a classic-- the perfect 80s movie, but the new one is so much more sensual and emotional. My only complaint is that it ended much too quickly, without much closure for the audience, but otherwise this film is a joy to watch.

Katie (Romola Garai) has just moved to pre-revolution Cuba. She's a total bookworm, but when she meets hotel waiter Javier (the marvelous Diego Luna) she's completely swept away. The basic story follows that of the original-- she doesn't know how to "feel" the music, her parents dissaprove of the guy she likes, preferring her to date the guy she hates.

The cinematography is impressive, and the colors are amazing-- lots of reds and oranges. It's so picturesque. The performances were great, the dancing was wonderful (although I don't think the dancing was necessarily dirty, it was much more beautiful and sensual than the dancing in the original). I really like that Patrick Swayze makes an appearance as a dance instructor. His limited screen time is awesome.

Definitely check this one out. If your a fan of the original, don't snub this one, you may like it better. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!
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Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights is the story of a young woman's discoveries about life and love in Havana during the Cuban revolution. The plot is well-worn and predictable, but Diego Luna and Romola Garai do a great job as Javier and Katey. The dancing is part of what drew me to this film...and I wasn't disappointed. The dancing is exciting and crowd-pleasing. It seems hard to believe that Luna and Garai had no dancing training prior to the film. Corny duologue down-graded some of the most meaningful or intimate scenes of the movie, and these parts of the film would have been better if the characters had not spoken at all instead of delivering cliqued lines. Overall, though, the film was enjoyable and fun. Two thumbs up!
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Despite all of the bad reviews that 'Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights' received, I watched it anyway. I've always sort of had a place in my heart for Latin music, dancing, and a fascination with other cultures. I thought that a new version might give the '80s original new life. I loved every moment of the film.

Yes, some of the dialogue was corny, and yes, some of the plot was lame. But in light of these vices, I found the performances from the two leads excellent! Luna's first English film was great, and so different than 'Y Tu Mama Tambien.'

The music is incredible. The dancing is tantric. The culture and atmosphere is steamy. Overall: a very hot movie!
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I don't understand why the critics always pan the movies I like. I thought it was very romantic. It also helps you learn some Spanish. Diego Luna es muy caliente! I don't think they tried to make it like the original! Watch the bonus features! It's not a remake or anything like that. I haven't even seen the original for so long. Don't compare the two like they're supposed to follow the same pattern or something. Look at both in its own way. I wish I could dance like that.
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Amazing Story based on real events that happened over fifty years ago during political chaos in Cuba has little connection to the Dirty Dancing masterpiece of the 1980s, except for the name and a certain extended cameo appearance by one of the original film's stars, that is.

HAVANA NIGHTS tells a compelling story of a young girl forced to relocate to Cuba when her father gets a job over there and ends up meeting a local boy who teaches her how to tap into her spiritual side by self expression in the form of dancing. Her parents of course are portrayed as old fuddie duddies at first but eventually come to realise their daughter is old enough to choose what she wants out of life, and inevitably she and the boy fall in love.
Entering a dance competition, the two take to the floor and astound just about everyone present.

But before the young dancers are able to fully embrace the passion required for the moves in the contest, some necessary help is gained by a certain dance instructor who will no doubt be very familiar to just about every female on the planet, and movie lovers everywhere. Patrick Swayze appears for several scenes and provides rather memorable moments that really add to the overall enjoyment of the story, making this an amazing cinematic experiece that will take your breath away! Also his dance partner in the first scene at the dance studio is in reality the woman whose life this film is based on. This only makes this movie rate even higher for all the cleverness that comes out of it.

I got this DVD this morning as a Christmas gift from my parents and just now finished it and sat down to write this review, so you know it is that good. Also of note is the song you hear at the end of the film when the young lovers have their last dance. It is called "Hips Don't Lie" and is by Shakira, and available on her most recent release.

Order HAVANA NIGHTS today and have a very Merry Christmas!! I know I sure will!
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