The Forbidden Dance (1990)




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When the Brazilian rainforest home of young Princess Nisa (Laura Herring) is threatened by greedy American businesses, she travels to Los Angeles with Joa the shaman (Sid Haig). There Joa is thrown in jail, and Nisa must find a way to stop the rainforest destruction herself. When a young man who loves to dance crosses her path, and together they enter a televised lambada contest, Nisa might have found the answer to her prayers.

Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Musical & Performing Arts
Directed By:
Written By: Roy Langsdon, John Platt, Joseph Goldman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 30, 2003
Columbia Pictures


as Jason

as Joa

as Benjamin Maxwell

as Carmen

as Security Guard No. 2

as Katherine Anderson

as Bradley Anderson

as The King

as The Queen

as Security Guard #2

as Mr. Gaines

as Jail Cop #1

as Jail Cop #2
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Critic Reviews for The Forbidden Dance

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (3)

Its PG-13 version of a Hollywood-vice plot is so inept it puts you in a stupor.

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Its dance sequences are barely sexier than a bowling tournament. But connoisseurs of clunky dialogue and shameless continuity lapses should look no further.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Herring, a former Miss USA, must not have danced for her talent portion of the competition.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

The story relies on one absurd coincidence after another, the acting is pedestrian, and the screenplay is often unintentionally laughable. However, although overlong, the film is consistently entertaining.

Full Review… | April 6, 2015
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A film that defies all sense of merit by intercutting an endless array of pelvis gyrations and Latin-inspired grooves with a tone so inconsistent and downtrodden that it left me wincing in discomfort.

Full Review… | December 16, 2014

A deadly combination of inept political cartooning and fatigued, dirt-poor filmmaking anti-skills.

Full Review… | November 7, 2014
Antagony & Ecstasy

Audience Reviews for The Forbidden Dance

Nice music nothing more nothing less...

John Me

Super Reviewer

Quite interesting! A movie from my childhood.

Wan's fav. movie!! ;P

Leo L

Super Reviewer

"Real" dirty dancing j/k ... good storyline and the dance scenes were fun to watch.

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