The Forbidden Dance (1990) - Rotten Tomatoes

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.
PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Drama , Musical & Performing Arts , Romance
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Columbia Pictures

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Jeff James
as Jason
Sid Haig
as Joa
Richard Lynch
as Benjamin Maxwell
Angela Moya
as Carmen
Robert Apisa
as Security Guard No. 2
Shannon Farnon
as Katherine Anderson
Linden Chiles
as Bradley Anderson
Ruben Moreno
as The King
Gene Mitchell
as Cutter
Pilar del Rey
as The Queen
Bob Apisa
as Security Guard #2
John Rice
as Mr. Gaines
Greg Niebel
as Jail Cop #1
Kenny Scott Carrie
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

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
John Me

Super Reviewer

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

Kathryn Van Eeckhoute
Kathryn Van Eeckhoute

Quite interesting! A movie from my childhood. Wan's fav. movie!! ;P

Leo L
Leo L

Super Reviewer

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