Salsa (1988 film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Boaz Davidson
Produced by Yoram Globus
Written by Boaz Davidson
Eli Tavor
Tomás Benitez
Shepard Goldman
Starring Robi Rosa
Rodney Harvey
Music by Michael Bishop
Wojciech Kilar
Cinematography David Gurfinkel
Edited by Alain Jakubowicz
Distributed by Cannon Film Distributors
Release dates
May 7, 1988
Running time
97 minutes
Country  United States
Language English
Budget $6 million
Box office $8,892,589

Salsa is a 1988 romance film about a lower-class Puerto Rican dancer who decides to improve his lot in life by entering a salsa dancing contest. The film was directed by Boaz Davidson, and stars Robi Rosa, Rodney Harvey, and Angela Alvarado. It earned a Razzie Award nomination for Rosa as Worst New Star.


In a nightly escape from his day job as a mechanic, Rico (Robi Rosa) enters his true element: the wild exuberance of the East L.A. "La Luna" salsa club. Dreaming of making himself and Vicky (Angela Alvarado), his girlfriend the "King and Queen of Salsa", Rico pours all his energy into winning La Luna's Grand Salsa Competition. But when Luna (Miranda Garrison), the club's gorgeous owner sets her sights on making Rico her dance partner, Rico must decide what drives him, his ambition or his heart.



  1. "Margarita" - Wilkins
  2. "Chicos y chicas" - Mavis Vegas Davis
  3. "Cali Pachanguero" - Grupo Niche
  4. "Your Love" - Laura Branigan
  5. "Good Lovin'" - Kenny Ortega, Chain Reaction, The Edwin Hawkins Singers
  6. "Under My Skin" - Robby Rosa
  7. "Oye Como Va" - Tito Puente
  8. "I Know" - Marisela, The Edwin Hawkins Singers
  9. "Spanish Harlem" - Ben E. King
  10. "Puerto Rico" - Bobby Caldwell, Marisela Esqueda, Michael Sembello, Wilkins, Mongo Santamaría, Charlie Palmieri, The Edwin Hawkins Singers

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