Dirty Dancing - Havana Nights

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Not a sequel, not really a prequel, sort of a remake, more of a re-imagining, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights follows the blossoming love affair of young couple Katey Romola Garai and Javier Diego Luna against the backdrop of the Cuban Revolution in 1958. Katey is an American girl living in Cuba with her parents who meets Javier, a local. Javier takes Katey to a nightclub where he teaches her how to dance dirty Cuban-style. The two grow closer and closer, but when Castro takes over, Katey's parents decide to flee ...
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Not a sequel, not really a prequel, sort of a remake, more of a re-imagining, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights follows the blossoming love affair of young couple Katey Romola Garai and Javier Diego Luna against the backdrop of the Cuban Revolution in 1958. Katey is an American girl living in Cuba with her parents who meets Javier, a local. Javier takes Katey to a nightclub where he teaches her how to dance dirty Cuban-style. The two grow closer and closer, but when Castro takes over, Katey's parents decide to flee for the U.S., leaving Katey to make the ultimate decision. Tying the film together with the classic 1987 original is Patrick Swayze who reprises the role of Johnny Castle in a cameo.
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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: 7/20/2004
  • UPC: 012236130932
  • Original Release: 2004
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  • Source: Live / Artisan
  • Format: VHS

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, 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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Dirty Dancing Havana Nights

    Enjoyable,great dancing,couple had awesome chemistry...a real take u away to romance movie!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    DIEGO LUNA= *DROOL*

    Dirty Dancing Havana Nights is an amazing movie. I've never watched the original, but I don't think I want to now. The whole story depicts what teens have to go through everyday..the mixed feelings. Diego Luna is also incredibly hot. He's a good actor, as well. lol.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Tamara-the dancer

    This is definitely one of the best movies ever made!I was absolutely fascinated when I saw it,not to mention I immidiatelly started dancing all around the house (though I had no clue!)but now I really learned some steps and I can say i'm nearly as good as Romola Garai and Diego Luna!!! Dirty dancing 4ever!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Do you only wanna dance?

    What can I say.WOW!this movie is absolutley amazing!!I have seen it more than 5 times.I love it so much its #1 on my birthday list and the soundtrack is #2.I can't get enough of Diego Luna and Romola Garia their chemistry is unbreakable.Even if you don't like dancing or whatever watch this movie and I'm sure after you watch you'll want to put on a vintage 50's dress,heels and start moving!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dirty Dancing Havanna Nights

    this is about first loves and letting go but its allso about the history of Cuba and the US

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Amazing Movie

    Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights is an amazing movie, I enjoyed watching it. It may not be like the original version with Patrick Swayze but this movie is better, it depcits the life and times during the 1950's in Cuba. The actors in the movie acted great, the dancing was spectacular. If you are the type of person who loves music filled with songs and dancing this movie is right for you. you will enjoy the music and the dancing, this movie is a must-see!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dancing, dancing, dancing...

    The music and the actors are the great hook of the movie. Romola Garai and Diego Luna know how to look like one when dancing....When they leave the dance floor it will be you the one looking forward to going out dancing as soon as possible.Salsa!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of my all-time favorite movies ever.

    OMG I loved this movie sooo much! It is like my favorite movie. I thought i was really romantic. I loved the music and the dancing. Plus Diego Luna is really hot!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Movie

    omg this is such a good movie and diego is so cute i just love the way he dances WOWOW

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    how do u dance like that?

    such a good movie! a very big must see. i loves it i wached it like 50 times in 1 day. u knoe how a lot of dancing movies dont have a good story behind all that music and dancing? well this one does have a good theme to it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    better than the orignal

    I love it!!!!!! It's the orignal with a worldly setting and conflict. The dancing was better too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    an exhilerating experience

    after seeing this movie I literally became addicted to the exotic vibes it gave off. i would recommend it to anyone who loves dance, music or even simply romance!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fluffy Entertainment

    If you are looking for a night of entertainment, this is the movie to rent. Although tedious at times, the movie has a fun theme and is good for a little romantic drama. Following the basic storyline of Dirty Dancing, with a few liberties, it follows a girl whose family moves to Havana. She meets a busboy who is a really good Cuban dancer and ends up entering a dance contest with him. I could do without some of the slow-motion shots and cliche lines, but overall this is a very fun and entertaining movie. Patrick Swazye even has a bit part!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREAT!!!!!!!!

    This was a fantastic movie, with great music! It's a fun, laid back movie that was good for all ages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This Movie was Amazing

    This movie is amazing. I loved all of the music and the dancing, it focuses on many different aspects and it is one of my favorite movies. I cannot wait until it comes out on DVD and video.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow!

    I saw the movie in the theaters and it was awesome! It left me wanting to see it again right away because its such a lovely romantic story. Unfortunately it was taken out of the theaters too soon! I'm waiting patiently for it to finally come out on DVD and I'll be able to watch it over and over. I think it is as great as the original Dirty Dancing and it captures its magic in a different but spectacular way! I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a romantic story.

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