Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Joel Silberg|
|Produced by||Peter Shepherd (producer) Yoram Globus (uncredited)|
|Written by||Joel Silberg
|Starring||J. Eddie Peck
Adolfo "Shabba-doo" Quinones
Ricky Paull Goldin
|Music by||Greg DeBelles|
|Cinematography||Roberto D'Ettorre Piazzoli|
|Edited by||Andy Horvitch|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. (theatrical) MGM (home video)|
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.
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.
- J. Eddie Peck - Kevin Laird/Blade/Carlos Gutierrez
- Melora Hardin - Sandy Thomas
- Adolfo "Shabba-doo" Quinones - Ramone
- Leticia Vasquez - Pink Toes
- Dennis Burkley - Uncle Big
- Rita Bland - Lesley
- Jimmy Locust - Ricochet
- Kayla Blake - Bookworm (as Elsie Sniffen)
- Richard Giorla - Double J
- Debra Hopkins - Muriel (as Debra Spagnoli)
- Eddie Garcia - Chili
- Kristina Starman - Linda Laird
- Keene Curtis - Principal Singleton
- Gigi Hunter - Dancer in Classroom
- Basil Hofman - Supt. Leland
- Bonita Money - Lead Dancer
- Ricky Paull Goldin - Dean
- Eric Taslitz - Egghead
- Michael Phenicie - Collins (as Michael Gates)
- Geldie Burns - Monica
- Thalmus Rasulala - Wesley Wilson
- Gina Ravarra - Funk Queen
- Edgar Godineaux Jr. - Tidal Wave
- J. W. Falls - Fingers
- Olivia Villa Real - Maria
- Vincent Tumeo - Eric
- Sheila Roehm - Miss Taylor
- Tony Burrer - Clay
- Deborah Chesher - Miss Farnsworth
- William Marquez - Trevino
- Jennifer Mann - Party Girl
- Steve Cuevas - Football Player at Math Quiz
- Lauren Gale - Librarian
- Geno Hart - José # 1
- Dash Hart - José # 2
- Tom Reda - Freeman
- Barry Bernal - Homeboy # 1
- Tony Cordell - Homeboy # 2
- Ricki Malinwanag - Homeboy # 3
- Matt Feemster - Rudy Laird
- Smith Wordes - Twinkie
- Dina Kay Bunn - Rapper
Release and reception
Lambada opened on March 16, 1990, at #8 and earned $2,031,181 to 1117 theaters. 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.
Lambada was released on DVD on Apr 15, 2003.
- Set Night On Fire - Sweet Obsession
- This Moment In Time - Absolute
- Perfect - Dina D!
- Tease Me, Please Me - Tony Terry
- Lambada Dancing - Kathy Sledge
- Gotta Lambada - Absolute
- I Like The Rhythm - Carrie Lucas(Sandy's Fantasy Theme)
- Rock Lambada - Johnny Thomas Jr.
- Wes Groove - Billy Wolfer
- Sata - Brenda K. Starr
- Give It Up - Judette Warren
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