Mad About Mambo

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Mad About Mambo
Mad About Mambo Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by John Forte
Produced by David P. Kelly
Written by John Forte
Music by Richard Hartley
Cinematography Ashley Rowe
Edited by David Martin
Distributed by USA Films
Release date
  • 14 July 2000 (2000-07-14) (Spain)
  • 4 August 2000 (2000-08-04) (United States; limited)
Running time
92 minutes
  • Ireland
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Portuguese
Box office $65,283 (domestic)[1]

Mad About Mambo is a 2000 romantic comedy film written and directed by John Forte. It stars William Ash, Keri Russell and Brian Cox.

Plot summary[edit]

A boy obsessed with football finds his life changing dramatically once he adds a little Samba. Danny (Ash) plays on the football team at the all-boys Catholic school he attends in Belfast. Danny's three best friends, who also play on the team, all have different ambitions for their lives. Mickey (Maclean Stewart) wants to be a fashion designer so he can get rich and date supermodels. Gary (Russell Smith) wants to become a magician so he can get rich and meet beautiful women (and presumably saw them in half). And Spike (Joe Rea) likes to beat people up, so he wants to become a mercenary and do it for a living. But Danny dreams of making football his life.

The players Danny most admires are South Americans, such as Pele and Carlos Riga, who he feels have a special rhythm and flexibility. Wanting to add some of these qualities to his own game, Danny has an idea: he'll take Samba lessons, in the hope that dancing like a South American will help him play like a South American. To the surprise of himself and his friends, Danny turns out to be a pretty good Latin dancer and finds himself smitten with a student in his dance class, Lucy (Russell). However, Lucy happens to have a boyfriend, who is a fierce competitor on one of Danny's rival teams.


  1. ^ "Mad About Mambo (2000)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2011-07-06.

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