Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (2004)

Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights



Critic Consensus: Cheesy, unnecessary remake.

Movie Info

Not a sequel, not really a prequel, sort of a remake, more of a re-imagining, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights follows the blossoming love affair of young couple Katey (Romola Garai) and Javier (Diego Luna) against the backdrop of the Cuban Revolution in 1958. Katey is an American girl living in Cuba with her parents who meets Javier, a local. Javier takes Katey to a nightclub where he teaches her how to dance dirty Cuban-style. The two grow closer and closer, but when Castro takes over, Katey's … More

Rating: PG-13 (for sensuality)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Victoria Arch, Boaz Yakin, Kate Gunzinger, Guy Ferland
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 20, 2004
Box Office: $14.1M
Artisan Entertainment - Official Site


as Katey Miller

as Javier Suarez

as Jeannie Miller

as Bert Miller

as James Phelps

as Susie Miller

as Carlos Suarez

as Lola Martinez

as Steph

as Señor Alonso

as Grandpa Suarez

as Grandpa Suarez

as Dance Class Instruct...

as Troubador

as country club singer

as Country Club M.C.

as Rosa Negra Singer

as girl in club

as Arturo

as Dance intructor's pa...

as Dance Instructor's P...

as Chabe Suarez

as Alma Suarez

as Rafael Suarez

as Mrs. Phelps

as Mr. Phelps

as palace singer

as Julio Daviel

as palace M.C.

as General Ramirez

as Check-In Lady

as Officer in Kitchen

as Lola Martinez
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Critic Reviews for Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights

All Critics (112) | Top Critics (39)

Pure schmaltz, but not without its share of feel-good entertainment value.

Full Review… | March 11, 2004
New York Observer
Top Critic

Next to Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, the first picture is like something out of the golden age of Hollywood.

Full Review… | March 1, 2004
Top Critic

Tries to add Cuban flavor to a familiar plot but comes up with nothing more than a bubbling stew of cliches.

March 1, 2004
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Top Critic

Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights does have some sexy music and a few good dance sequences in a steamy nightclub, but the story is terribly contrived and the lead actors have zero chemistry.

Full Review… | March 1, 2004
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

A horribly routine star-crossed romance job with none of the spunk or humanity that made its oh-so-better forebear a generational classic.

Full Review… | July 30, 2012
Antagony & Ecstasy

Bad movie, lame plot, poor acting. Don't bother.

Full Review… | December 22, 2010
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights

Without any of the spark of the original this second Dirty Dancing film is a giant disappointment to every expectant woman looking forward to the same sex appeal of Swayze we were graced with in the original. Set in revolutionary Cuba, much of the film decided to saturate itself with this plot point, including spicy music, random acts of rebellion, and societal and family tensions within the lower classes of workers who cater to the American residents. As you can guess, this leads to a Romeo and Juliet-esque relationship between prim and proper Katey and working Joe, Javier. The reason the original worked so well was the immersion of the time period with a nostalgic soundtrack, and a love story of abandoning innocence for something much better, freedom finally being found through dance. This film seems to want to explore an entire country's journey towards freedom instead. Garai's character is less developed than the original Baby, and her relationship with her forbidden lover is random. If they hadn't set it where they had, in the time they had, and maybe hadn't even included a love story, it could have successfully worked. Even in the original there wasn't a lot of great choreography, but there were some profound scenes involving Patrick Swayze, who pops up to provide somewhat of a cameo as the dance teacher who teaches Katey about letting her partner get close to her. In this there is no exciting dance scenes, except for a brief peek into a Cuban club, and that's fast glanced over. Besides the fact that this is pure consumer cheese, the music does not set the mood, as it's all from the past ten years. I would have been more understanding if they hadn't tried to sell it as a Dirty Dancing film.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

Pretty good.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer


Different story...centred on the dancing aspect. Not bad at all.

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