Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights

2004

Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights

Critics Consensus

Cheesy, unnecessary remake.

23%

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Total Count: 108

73%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 269,617
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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 parents decide to flee for the U.S., leaving Katey to make the ultimate decision. Tying the film together with the classic 1987 original is Patrick Swayze who reprises the role of Johnny Castle in a cameo.

Cast

Romola Garai
as Katey Miller
Diego Luna
as Javier Suarez
Sela Ward
as Jeannie Miller
John Slattery
as Bert Miller
Jonathan Jackson
as James Phelps
Mika Boorem
as Susie Miller
René Lavan
as Carlos Suarez
Mya
as Lola Martinez
Tommy Kavelin
as Señor Alonso
Charlie Rodriguez
as Grandpa Suarez
Patrick Swayze
as Dance Class Instructor
Charlie Rodriquez
as Grandpa Suarez
Donato Poveda
as Troubador
Shawn Kane
as country club singer
David Rittenhouse
as Country Club M.C.
Heather Headley
as Rosa Negra Singer
Debbie Casteñeda
as girl in club
Joann Fregalette Jansen
as Dance intructor's partner
JoAnn Jensen
as Dance Instructor's Partner
Alia Maria Alvarez
as Chabe Suarez
Angélica Aragón
as Alma Suarez
Diego Alvarez
as Rafael Suarez
Mary Portser
as Mrs. Phelps
Lawrence Duffy
as Mr. Phelps
Jerry D. Medina
as palace singer
Angel "Cucco" Peña
as Julio Daviel
Guillermo De Cun
as palace M.C.
Freddie De Arce
as General Ramirez
Yvonne Caro Caro
as Check-In Lady
Matt Birman
as Officer in Kitchen
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Critic Reviews for Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights

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Audience Reviews for Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights

  • Dec 02, 2010
    they sure tried to live up to the legend that is dirty dancing, but failled miserably
    Andreia C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 29, 2010
    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
  • Mar 28, 2010
    Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, while much better than I had expected, falls short of being anything truly memorable. Katie Miller is an American who moves to Cuba in her senior year at high school. She is fascinated by the way the locals feel the music while they dance. She meets Javier, a Cuban, who is a great dancer. The young couple learns to fuse their different forms of dance in the interests of entering a Latin ballroom dance competition while inevitably falling for each other. Patrick Swayze's appearance brought this film some bonus points, simply for nostalgia.
    Deb S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2009
    It brings together a decent story, with hot music and a time/setting of Cuba is a brilliant setting, the colourful surroundings bring to life a surreal feeling that captures the summer buzz of the movie perfectly.
    John M Super Reviewer

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