Dirty Dancing - Havana Nights

Dirty Dancing - Havana Nights

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Director: Guy Ferland

Cast: Diego Luna, Romola Garai, Sela Ward

     
 

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Relive the glamour and romance of the Batista regime with this sequel to the smash-hit Dirty Dancing, which gets a robust release on DVD. Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, which has also been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The audio is presented inSee more details below

Overview

Relive the glamour and romance of the Batista regime with this sequel to the smash-hit Dirty Dancing, which gets a robust release on DVD. Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, which has also been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The audio is presented in two formats, Dolby Digital Stereo and Dolby Digital 5.1; the dialogue is in English, with optional subtitles in English and Spanish. Among the disc's bonus features are a commentary track from the film's producers and choreographers, a short documentary on the making of the film, a collection of deleted scenes, a look at the creation of the movie's dance sequences, multi-angle viewing options for the dance scenes, and a music video for the song "Guajira (I Love U 2 Much)" by Yerba Buena.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
It's not really fair to expect this sequel to live up to the surprise 1987 blockbuster, a true sensation both in its original theatrical engagements and later during its home video rollout. But Havana Nights has considerable merit, not only in its exhilarating dance sequences but also in its depiction of Cuba in the days immediately prior to the 1958 revolution that swept Fidel Castro into power. Director Guy Ferland brings that turbulent period in the tiny island's history to life, replicating the settings and costumes with unusual accuracy. Romola Garai portrays American teenager Katey Miller, whose well-to-do family enjoys its stay in Cuba without really being aware of the turmoil that will soon lead to armed insurrection. A chance meeting with talented dancer Javier (Diego Luna), a local youth working as a waiter in a big hotel, inspires Katey to train for an upcoming dance competition at a Havana nightspot. Her overprotective mother (Sela Ward) objects, but a bigger problem for the young lovers is the connection of Javier's brother to the rebel uprising -- a connection that endangers his entire family. While Garai and Luna may not have the chemistry that Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey had in the original Dirty Dancing, they certainly look great in the big production numbers, which are well staged, inventively shot, and suitably sizzling. And that, after all, is what we really want from a movie like this one.
All Movie Guide - Fred Beldin
The producers of Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights have a shrewd strategy in remaking the original 1987 hit for a modern audience. The plot is essentially the same (good girl away from home meets bad boy, he teaches her to dance, and they fall in love despite parental objection) and follows a similar arc, ensuring that all the emotional buttons pushed by the prototype are touched upon again. Setting the new film in Cuba at the height of the Castro revolution helps camouflage the redundancy, and gives Havana Nights an ethnic flavor that makes room for an urban-oriented soundtrack from high-profile artists like Wyclef Jean, Mya, and Christina Aguilera. Indeed, the music in the film sounds entirely modern, produced with fat beats and even the occasional rap interlude, often negating the film's 1958 time frame. It doesn't matter, however, because for a lightweight musical, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights does just fine, with an attractive, appealing cast and lots of movement. The film rounds all the bases in record time, bringing leads Romola Garai and Diego Luna together within the first five minutes and painting each supporting character with a wide brush for instant identification. While director Guy Ferland dares to preface the story with "Based on true events," there isn't much history to be found, and often the impending revolution is forgotten among montage sequences of the two young lovers dancing on beaches and in nightclubs. The politics of the era are used mainly to establish a sense of conflict and tragedy for Luna's Xavier, who lost a father to the unjust government and is chastised by his firebrand brother for consorting with the Americans. So don't expect Havana Nights to get into any ideology, because all it wants to do is dance, which it does, constantly. Patrick Swayze pops up briefly to show Garai some steps and give her a pep talk on "facing her fears," Sela Ward is the mother who left her dream of professional dance behind to bear children, and the Cuban population is so hot-blooded that they do their dirty dancing everywhere, slithering against each other without shame through the streets with hip-hop group Black Eyed Peas providing the beat. The very predictability of Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights is its strongest asset, providing a low-impact love story for teenyboppers and romance novel readers. Anyone with an interest in Cuban history or expecting lots of authentic Latin music should probably steer clear.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/20/2004
UPC:
0012236132035
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:45:00
Sales rank:
19,843

Special Features

Closed Caption; Yerba Buena music video "Guajira (I Love U 2 Much)"; "Baila! A Dance Piece," featuring Diego Luna's and Romola Garai's dance auditions, rehearsals, interviews, and more; Multi-angle dance sequences; "Inside Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights" behind-the-scenes piece with cast and crew interviews; Deleted scenes; Commentary with co-producer/choreographer and producer; 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound; 2.0 Dolby Digital Surround Sound; Widescreen feature; English and Spanish subtitles; Trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Diego Luna Javier Suarez
Romola Garai Katey Miller
Sela Ward Jeannie Miller
John Slattery Bert Miller
Jonathan Jackson James Phelps
January Jones Eve
Mika Boorem Susie Miller
René Lavan Carlos Suarez
Mya Harrison Lola Martinez
Polly Cusumano Polly
Chris Engen Steph
Tommy Kavelin Señor Alonso
Wilmer Cordero teacher
Charlie Rodriquez Grandpa Suarez
Donato Poveda Troubador
Marisol Padilla Sanchez Yolanda
Shawn Kane country club singer
Richard E. Lange chaperone
David Rittenhouse country club singer
Heather Headley rosa negra singer
Debbie Casteñeda girl in club
Luis Gonzaga Arturo
Ricardo Alvarez Miguel
César Detrés Raoul
Yessenia Benavîdes Esmerelda
Joann Fregalette Jansen Dance intructor's partner
Modesto Lacen Ramon
Alia Maria Alvarez Chabe Suarez
Angélica Aragón Alma Suarez
Diego Alvarez Rafael Suarez
Diego Alvarez Rafael Suarez
Mary Portser Mrs. Phelps
Lawrence Duffy Mr. Phelps
Jerry D. Medina palace singer
Angel "Cucco" Peña Julio Daviel
Guillermo De Cun palace M.C.
Freddie De Arce General Ramirez
Yvonne Caro Caro check-in-lady
Matt Birman stc
Roy T. Anderson st
Manny Siverio st
Chris Colombo st
Pedro Bermúdez Singer
Anthony Carillo Singer
Alfredo Copello Singer
Victor Copello Singer
Israel Cruz Singer
Jean M. Diáz Singer
Felix Escobar Singer
Rafael López Singer
Blake Neely Conductor
Ernesto "Koko Bongo" Roldán Singer
Pablo "El Indio" Rosario Singer
Eduardo Saborit Singer
Justino Sanchez Singer

Technical Credits
Guy Ferland Director,Screenwriter
Victoria Arch Screenwriter
Lori Ayala-Read Costumes/Costume Designer
Lawrence Bender Producer
Jennifer Berman Executive Producer
Theresa Carriker-Thayer Art Director
Tim Chau Sound/Sound Designer
Rachel Cohen Executive Producer
Luis Colina Editor
Sandi Figueroa Costumes/Costume Designer
Zina Torres Figueroa Set Decoration/Design
Carola D. Gonzaléz Costumes/Costume Designer
Sarah Green Executive Producer
Kate Gunzinger Original Story,Screenwriter
Alan Hicks Set Decoration/Design
Trish Hofmann Co-producer
Anthony Janelli Camera Operator
Joann Fregalette Jansen Choreography,Co-producer
Julie Kirkham Co-producer
Christina Kline Musical Direction/Supervision
Zoraida Sanjurjo Lopez Casting
Hugo Luczyc-Wyhowski Production Designer
Amir J. Malin Executive Producer
Mindy Marin Casting
Isis Messenden Costumes/Costume Designer
Glenn Morris Associate Producer
Isis Mussenden Costumes/Costume Designer
Ian Noe Co-producer
John Nyomarkay Art Director
Bob Osher Executive Producer
Heitor Pereira Score Composer
Luma Pictures Special Effects
Meryl Poster Executive Producer
Mitzy Ann Ramirez Costumes/Costume Designer
Anthony Richmond Cinematographer
George Richmond Camera Operator
Scott Richter Editor
Peter Sagal Original Story
Jorge A. Santana Consultant/advisor
Jonathan Starch Asst. Director
Rick Tiedeman Camera Operator
Grisel Torres Costumes/Costume Designer
Paul Varrieur Camera Operator
Loida Viera Costumes/Costume Designer
Boaz Yakin Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits/Arrival in Cuba
2. A New Life
3. Streets of Havana
4. A New Kind of Dancing
5. The Country Club
6. La Rosa Negra
7. Home Safe
8. Dance Class
9. A Lesson in Politics
10. Learning to Dance Together
11. You Have to Face Your Fear
12. Fluid Motion
13. Be Who You Want to Be
14. "We're All Going to the Palace!"
15. Latin Dance Contest
16. Repercussions
17. New Year's Eve Finals
18. A Revolution Begins
19. "I Can Make a Difference Here"
20. King and Queen/End Credits

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