Lambada (film)

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For the Brazilian-Italian film, see Lambada (Brazilian film).
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Joel Silberg
Produced by Peter Shepherd (producer) Yoram Globus (uncredited)
Written by Joel Silberg
Sheldon Renan
Music by Greg DeBelles
Cinematography Roberto D'Ettorre Piazzoli
Edited by Andy Horvitch
Distributed by Warner Bros. (theatrical) MGM (home video)
Release dates
  • March 16, 1990 (1990-03-16)
Running time
104 min
Country United States
Language English
Budget $900,000
Box office $4,263,112

Lambada is a 1990 dramatic film starring J. Eddie Peck, Melora Hardin, Adolfo "Shabba-doo" Quinones, Ricky Paull Goldin, Dennis Burkley, and Keene Curtis. Lambada was written and directed by Joel Silberg and choreographed by Shabba-Doo.

The film was released simultaneously with rival film The Forbidden Dance; neither was well received, though Lambada was called "the better of the two".[1][2]


A Beverly Hills school teacher by day, Kevin Laird (J. Eddie Peck), journeys at night to a warehouse in East L.A, where a group of barrio kids gather to dance the lambada.

Using his dazzling dance moves to earn the kids' respect and acceptance, Kevin then teaches them academics in an informal backroom study hall. One of his students, Sandy (Melora Hardin) sees him at the club. The next morning at school while Kevin is teaching, Sandy daydreams that she and Kevin are dancing and he madly kisses her on his motorcycle. It's the best of both worlds, but then Sandy becomes a jealous and lovestruck student and she exposes Kevin's double life, his two worlds collide, threatening his job and reputation.


Release and reception[edit]

Lambada opened on March 16, 1990, at #8 and earned $2,031,181 to 1117 theaters.[3] It quickly fell from the box office with a scant of $4,263,112. It received mixed reviews, and currently holds a 47% on Rotten Tomatoes.[4][5][6]

Home video[edit]

Lambada was released on DVD on Apr 15, 2003.


  1. Set Night On Fire - Sweet Obsession
  2. This Moment In Time - Absolute
  3. Perfect - Dina D!
  4. Tease Me, Please Me - Tony Terry
  5. Lambada Dancing - Kathy Sledge
  6. Gotta Lambada - Absolute
  7. I Like The Rhythm - Carrie Lucas(Sandy's Fantasy Theme)
  8. Rock Lambada - Johnny Thomas Jr.
  9. Wes Groove - Billy Wolfer
  10. Sata - Brenda K. Starr
  11. Give It Up - Judette Warren


  1. ^ Kempley, Rita (1990-03-17). "‘Lambada’ (PG-13) and ‘The Forbidden Dance’ (PG-13)". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2007-04-08. 
  2. ^ Pareles, Jon (1990-03-18). "And Now on the Screen: Lambada!". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-04-08. 
  3. ^ "WEEKEND BOX OFFICE : 'Red October' Doing Fine in March". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-06-03. 
  4. ^ "MOVIE REVIEWS : Lambada Craze Spawns 2 Amusing Quickies". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-06-05. 
  5. ^ "Review/Film;And Now on the Screen: Lambada!". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-06-05. 
  6. ^ "Lambada". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-06-05. 

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